Walking in from the Amaze parking lot today at Epcot I noticed immediately that something was amiss. For starters, the tram was facing the wrong way and unloading at the often lesser used security check point to the left side of the monorail.
As we came around the tram, we noticed there were a lot of Castmembers milling about interacting with guests. They were asking us to have our passes out. Each pass had a small circular Mickey Mouse headshot sticker applied to it. You could see the silver of RFID tech right on the back of it. Needless to say this geek was very excited.
Prior to the security check another Castmember took our passes and swiped the magnetic strip and then scanned the RFID sticker. This is to bind the sticker to your account in Disney’s ticketing system. Then it was on through bag check. Once through, more Castmembers directed us over to the turnstiles on the left.
However, instead of turnstiles – which were completely gone – we were presented with silver poles topped by orbs bearing Mickey Mouse head outlines. Off to the right side was a finger scanner. Castmembers were directing guests to wave their tickets in front of the orb and then scan their fingers on the scanner. And then you’re presented with a light show of swirly awesomeness.
From there it was through the gate and into the park. The saddest part is that I really just wanted to sit with my pass and scan it again, and again, and again.
* hand modeling by Dana