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New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby robbalvey » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:07 pm

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...

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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!

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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!

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KidTums tests out the new Epcot RFID entrance system! No turnstile needed!

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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!

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Disney management observing the testing of the new "turnstile-less" entry system at Walt Disney World's Epcot.

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Of you have an older Walt Disney World ticket, they sticker your ticket with an RFID tag to work with the new entry system.

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If you have an old Walt Disney World park ticket, these are the RFID stickers they put on your ticket.

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Does this look temporary to you?

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The new RFID park tickets have this logo on them.

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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?

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby AnonymousReed » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:10 pm

awesome.

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby larrygator » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:15 pm

I'll reserve judgement until I understand what the park does what the data.

It would be great if they could track people cutting through the queues and eliminate those folks.
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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby Captain Jack Sparrow » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:16 pm

Pretty cool Robb! Tap and go!
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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby BaMiTsPaT » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:25 pm

It looks cool, but I am a bit confused. If there are no turnstiles, then are the staff members the only barrier stopping people from sneaking in to Epcot now?
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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby UberBeavis » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:31 pm

Cool. I wonder when they'll expand it so that you can add monetary value to your pass for purchases in the park?

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby AuSSiETiG3R » Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:52 pm

They look quote cool actually :)

As for the finger scanning I think it's going to be more for an ID thing. How so? It'll more than likely be used to stop anyone from entering the park with a stolen pass.

If Robb's got that pass registered under his name, he scans his finger, next time he enters the park it will recognize who he is. Say then if I borrowed the pass and tried to get in, scan my finger - that ball will probably turn red :) (that's what I'm guessing that thing on the side is for) In short it's a security measure possibly to stop people with stolen passes from getting in - maybe ??

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby Meteornotes » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:00 pm

This is pretty cool. Anything that speeds up park entry is something I approve of. I'm sure not having turnstyles saves on equipment costs, plus it likely cuts down on the number of employees at the entrance. Will be curious to see if they roll this out at all the parks.

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby DougMJr » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:03 pm

Looks very cool! I wonder if this will be incorporated into other aspects of the park as well. Virtual queuing and payment options ect.

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Re: New RFID "Turnstile-less" Entry System in place at Epcot

Postby yesac519 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:12 pm

Awesome! Can't wait to see how the fastpass system works. I'm guessing they'll save a lot of paper if the just "Store" the fastpass on the RFID card. Very cool. :mickey:

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