Currently, many Walt Disney World entrances are being converted to brand new touch point entryways. Because of that, a new Radio Frequency (RFID) ticket is necessary to gain entrance into the parks. This is all in preparation for the My Magic+ experience.
From now on, any guest purchasing a single or multi-day ticket at Vacation Planning or Guest Relations locations will receive tickets with RFID technology. These guests will be able to enter the parks at either the new main entrance touch points OR the regular ticket turnstiles.
These tickets will still work like current ticket media. Guests will still be able to obtain FASTPASS tickets from FASTPASS machines. In addition, these new tickets will be made of hard plastic, rather than the paper-like plastic that tickets are now made of.
According to Disney, guests who have Annual Passes, as of right now, will not be able to convert their tickets, but they will be able to in the future.
For guests who are visiting the parks and do not have RFID ticket media, they will still be able to use the regular turnstiles.
These new tickets will be available at all of the parks by February 4, 2013.