Leave it to the Theme Park Masters to take it to the next level. Disney has made the leap forward towards innovative technologies. These tags open up endless possibilities, which I hope Disney uses to their full extent.
Yes, it will expedite the entry process. (Those strollers ALWAYS slow everything down!!!)
But, if they incorporate everything else, (like Fastpasses) all the better, I have no problem with that.
Also, if 'Hotel' guests get some addition perks, well good for them! These people are spending large amounts to stay at these hotels, so I have no problem with that. If I was staying at a WDW hotel, then yes I would like the same.
As a passholder to the Disneyland/DCA resort, I wouldn't have any issues with a hotel guest getting a little VIP treatment. An example would be the redue of Star Tours, whereas Fastpasses would often run out by noon, guests at the Disney hotels could get exclusive fastpasses well into the evenings.
This represents the future of the industry, I'm glad that Robb and Elissa had the chance to view it first hand on this trip. This is typical of TPR, keeping us all up to date!
Just a thought on the fast pass 'issue' - what if the RFID system knew how many were in your party - one person could get a fast pass for any or all members of their party? Saves collecting up all the tickets/wristbands and means there is only one person per party in the fast pass queue!
Visited again today to see how they handle a crowd. We'll ignore the cluster at the security line as that should not be in place for go live. For the entrance, they had a line for each side of the "V". They had 2 cast members forming the lines with a roamer between the two. They were also explaining how to use the new entrance. At the actual mouse heads, they had 2 more people helping. Then at the entrance clearing they had 1 more person making sure everyone was legit. None of these guys looked like management or observers, so I'm assuming this is how they are looking to implement this. That's 6 people for 8 "turnstiles", so at least to begin, there won't be a decrease in jobs. The line keepers would only let 4 people go at a time (if your family was larger than 4, they'd let you all go). Once they cleared, they'd send 4 more. Using this setup, technically, the line would move 4 times faster (not counting stroller time or issues).
Earlier this week I stopped by Epcot to check out the holiday decorations for the Holidays around the World. A good deal has changed in the park since the Food & Wine Festival ended, and now the holidays are truly in full swing at the park.
The RFID entry system has since been closed off for reconfiguration, opening briefly in different layouts several times in the last two weeks.
The entrance planter now features several character topiaries.
The flower art behind Spaceship Earth now features a holiday Mickey.
The Hub's new tip board still looks great, and now features artwork from the Holidays around the World offering at the park's World Showcase.
Joyful! returns to the Fountain of Nations stage for the holiday season.
The stage is slightly modified to suit the gospel group and the show's theme.
The Food & Wine Festival's cranberry bog has been replaced with more character topiaries.
Mickey looks pretty great!
I couldn't help but play with my new camera when I saw these rain-drenched poinsettias.
They really did a nice job with the topiaries this year!
A new sign has been added to the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure station on the bridge to the World Showcase, probably to help let people know that they can take part in the offering.
The main Christmas tree at the World Showcase gateway is huge!
The Chateau Laurier hotel is currently under wraps for an extensive refurbishment.
Storyteller stands have been set up around the World Showcase for country-specific performers to help tell the story of their native holiday. Here is Canada's stage.
France's stage has some fabulous scenery behind it.
This little seating area has been retained from the Food & Wine Festival for the rest of the season. It was host to the Belgium booth this year as well as last year.
While Japan's quick service location continues to be refurbished, the Food & Wine Festival cart has been retained to help alleviate the need for quick service dining at the pavilion.
It features an abbreviated version of the menu formerly found at the original quick service location.
These walls have since been removed, but during my visit, the left side of the pavilion was essentially cut off from guest access.
The location is set to open within the next few weeks.
The interior looks refreshed.
The lighting fixtures give the facility a more modern feel, which will definitely be a nice change.
Santa's Village has returned to the American Adventure pavilion.
The Candlelight Processional is still popular as ever.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus are meeting guests at the pavilion.
Kwanzaa is also represented as a holiday at the American Adventure pavilion.
A story teller at work!
As with the last few years, the Gingerbread House has returned to the Liberty Inn.
And it is still awesome!
The hot cocoa is great, but I've also had the gingerbread cookies and apple cider in the past.
In case you were wondering...
The house has unique details on each side.
And all of it is made with sugar!
The standby line for the Candlelight Processional ran all the way to the Isola at the Italy Pavilion.
The holiday storyteller at work in the Italy pavilion.
The Germany Pavilion's miniature village (you know, the home to 'Trains of the World' *wink*) is celebrating the holidays too.
Germany's Food & Wine Festival section has also been retained for use further into the season.
The storyteller stage in Germany is in this same area.
A small area has been set up in Germany selling food and drinks as well as holiday souvenirs.
They were selling Gluhwein along with beer as an alternate option.
It's been a while since I've been this close to the Earth Globe.
China's storyteller stage is tiny, but picturesque.
Norway's storytelling has a bit of humor to it.
Mexico's stage blends very well with the surrounding environment.
Stitch has gotten into the holiday lights!
And he bit off a section of the entrance sign!
Donald is ready to go skating!
Goofy is already way ahead of him!
The Bambi topiary from last year's Flower & Garden Festival is also featured at the front of the park.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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