Today we are going where few guests ever get to venture – inside fire station #1 for the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Located between EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios it sees many calls throughout the day. Reedy Creek Emergency Services provides fire protection and emergency… Read More »Tour Reedy Creek Fire Station #1
The MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ system started a long slow test period in the end of 2013 and really kicked off for the general public in January of 2014. In just about a year, over 10 million MagicBands have been distributed to guests of the Walt… Read More »Walt Disney World MagicBands now owned by more than 10 million guests
In the old Odyssey restaurant at EPCOT there is currently a temporary annual passholder lounge where they’re converting paper tickets to the new RFID enabled plastic tickets. In the lobby is a fun collection of objects from the history of the resort. One of them… Read More »[Video] Animatronic Hand
Shanghai Disneyland officials told members at of a digital media forum that technologies shown at Shanghair’s World Expo in 2010 will find their way into the park. Additionally, several of the next-gen technologies being developed for Walt Disney World, will be part of the park.… Read More »Shanghai Disneyland Announces Incorporation of 2010 World Expo technologies
We’re really beginning to see the fruits of Disney’s $2 billion investment in integrating technology into the way guests experience their theme parks. According to Bob Iger one of the big changes will be how much of their vacation families will be able to make schedule from home. Instead of just dining, you’ll soon be able to schedule rides, parade viewing, show seating, and more. The first step in that is integrating a new type of RFID based Fastpass into the parks.
Magic Kingdom is ground zero for the beta-test for this advanced version of Fastpass. During the test select Disney World hotel guests are given the opportunity to schedule 4 rides a day using this new pass. Since it’s RFID, you carry around a unique identifier and the computer knows who you are, a few personal items (if it’s your birthday, anniversary, etc), and what your reservations are. If you forget the latter, you can swipe your card at a terminal and it will let you know what you next reservation is for. Eventually you’ll be able to change your Fastpass reservations at that terminal or even via your mobile device.
I’m hearing some very interesting rumors about projects at Walt Disney World. I can’t vouch for their 100% accuracy, but I thought I’d share none-the-less. At least one of these will forever change the way you experience the parks and resorts. There’s the recently posted… Read More »Big Rumors
In the Los Angeles Times, Hugo Martín writes about Precision Dynamics’ microchip wristband, which has uses at places like the Disney resorts. The wristbands use the same technology as electronic tollbooths, security key cards and the newest U.S. passports. But at Precision Dynamics, this sophisticated electronic know-how… Read More »Precision Dynamics’ Microchip Wristband
RFID, or Radio Frequency ID, is a way of tracking things without having to physically scan the item. Just proximity to an RFID Scanner confirms the presence of the item. All new US Passports have them. Your credit cards likely have them. It’s rumored that… Read More »RFID at Disney Parks