This morning, Disney World unveiled their new facial recognition technology that they are currently testing out as a new means of park entry. Rather than scanning your fingerprint like before, Disney is now introducing technology that will capture your image and assign it a unique number that associates YOU with your park ticket!
But how does this technology work in real life, exactly? We tested it out for ourselves this morning when we visited Magic Kingdom!
Right now, the facial recognition mode of entry is completely optional, so not every point of entry has them available! If you choose to try it out, Cast Members will ask you to stand in front of a small camera where your image will be captured.
At this time, face masks are required to stay on while the photo is being taken. However, sunglasses and hats must be removed. Once you approach the camera, you will first scan your ticket or MagicBand, and then the photo is taken! It’s as easy as that! It did not take us any longer to be scanned into the park than it did previously.
This test phase is currently scheduled to take place at Magic Kingdom through April 23rd. Any guest can participate in the test; however, children under the age of 18 must have an adult’s consent.
There’s no word yet on when this new technology will be rolled out across the parks, but we’ll let you know as soon as it does!
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