So upon entering Epcot today, we noticed a few things different... We were all told to go through the bags line, regardless if we had one or not. People in our group that already had a WDW ticket or annual pass were given a sticker to put on their pass. The sticker housed an RFID chip. Those who were buying tickets for the first time at the ticket booths, were given brand new tickets that were a bit thicker than the old tickets, still made out of paper, but also have an RFID chip in them. This goes for any park hopper tickets or annual passes.
One of the sections of turnstiles were replaced by banks of these scanners. You tap your card on the Mickey logo, if it turns green, you're good, and you enter the park. There is no "turnstile" to walk through.
Of course, the first thing you notice is "How are they going to keep people from just walking right in????" I would have to assume they have figured this out.
On the other side of the entrance, there did seem to be some sort of a counter system, and people with lots of custom-made tablets and iPhone-looking systems that appeared to be counting and registering everyone that come in.
Overall, it worked extremely well, and was very "interesting". Here are some photos...
There is a new "turnstile" system in place at Epcot today. Looks to be RFID based. Each ticket will have a chip inside. Tap your ticket to the mouse ears, get a green light, and you're in!
Here's a closeup the new Epcot turnstiles! Tap your ticket, get a green light, you're in! There isn't actually a "turnstile" to walk through anymore!
KidTums tests out the new Epcot RFID entrance system! No turnstile needed!
Shot of the new RFID system currently testing at Epcot. Tap you're ticket. Get a green light. You're in! No actual turnstile to walk through!
Disney management observing the testing of the new "turnstile-less" entry system at Walt Disney World's Epcot.
Of you have an older Walt Disney World ticket, they sticker your ticket with an RFID tag to work with the new entry system.
If you have an old Walt Disney World park ticket, these are the RFID stickers they put on your ticket.
Does this look temporary to you?
The new RFID park tickets have this logo on them.
If you have a WDW Annual Pass, you'll still need to scan your finger.
The system was very interesting...what do you all think?