Yesterday, we stepped inside Magic Kingdom for the first time since mid-March to attend a special Cast Member preview.
We spent the day exploring and seeing how the park has changed now that so many new health and safety measures have been implemented. We checked out the modified entertainment offerings, rode some of our favorite attractions, and hit up some shops and restaurants ahead of the park’s official opening to the general public on July 11th.
Since yesterday’s event was a Cast Member preview, we didn’t have to scan our MagicBands or use Magic Kingdom’s fingerprint scanners for entry because we had special tickets. We’ve been curious about how Disney World would address this issue since fingerprint scanners are one of the most frequently touched surfaces at the parks. They’re stationed at the front entrance of every park and previously every guest needed to scan their fingerprint for entry.
Today, the New York Times confirmed that Disney World will no longer be using fingerprint scanners. The parks will instead shift to touchless entry with guests only needing to scan their MagicBands or park tickets.
Touchless park entry joins the ranks along with several other contactless systems Disney is strongly encouraging guests to adopt. These include Mobile Dine Check-In, Mobile Order at quick-service locations, Contactless Menus, and Online Check-In at hotels. Most of these new systems are done via your My Disney Experience app on your smartphone, so make sure you have that set up and have plenty of battery life for your day in the park!
Many of these new systems may evolve or change over time and we’ll be sure to keep you posted — especially once the big grand reopening day arrives!
Will you be visiting Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week? Let us know in the comments below!