Sunday, March 2, 2008

End of Biometrics Finger Scanners at Walt Disney World?

Last weekend I saw Disney trying out some new ticket scanning machines over at the Main Gate of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. When I asked what they were, I was told they were testing for a new type of admission media. The media will be thicker with a more robust coding mechanism. Apparently the paper tickets aren't holding up as well with the fastpass machines.

As it turns out even the switch from a two finger scan to a one finger scan is still too much for most tourists to figure out. As the adage goes, when you check in to your hotel, your brain checks out. So delays at the turnstiles can be long. Plus it takes a lot of labor hours to staff each gate with cast members who can troubleshoot when the finger scanning doesn't work.

What I've heard is that now Disney is considering doing away with the finger scanning all together. Instead they would do spot checks for age and ID.

Not sure how much faith I put in this rumor. Since the reason they went to biometric scanning was to link each piece of admission media with a specific individual. That cuts down on re-sale (which the Florida legislature regulates) and passing off your idea to others in your party. I don't know how the new system would do that. Maybe Disney is just happy to have a body inside the park spending money.

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Anonymous said...

The finger scanning doesn't prevent people from passing off their id's. Friends and family that we've gone with for years do it all the time. If a parent doesnt want to go to the park that day, then the kid's friend uses their ticket. Our theory, therefore, is that it is just to scare people so they won't do this. The only few times they've ever gotten stopped is when the stupid ticket demagnetized from being near credit cards,etc.

Anonymous said...

How do they do this? Doesn't the finger scanning prevent this? I am trying to figure out how I can enter the park in the morning without my child (with just his ticket and mine) to get fast passes for later in the day. Disney guest services says I can't do this because his card will not have been activated. Then I asked if I could buy two tickets for myself and again they said no because the biometric machine would know that it was me twice and reject the second me. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Me and my wife wanted to see if the finger reader would not work if we switched our tickets and guess what. We got in just fine. It does not really work it is just there to deture people from doing it.