But now, MORE changes are on the way. Earlier today, we shared that a NEW facial recognition system would be testing in Magic Kingdom for park entry, and today we got to see it in action!
Okay, so here are the basics: From March 23rd to April 23rd, Disney World is testing a NEW facial recognition feature at Magic Kingdom. Basically, Disney will capture an image of your face, convert it into your own personal number, and associate that number with your park admission.
Participation in the test is ENTIRELY optional. If you don’t want to participate in the test, you’ll just head to one of the alternate lines to enter the park. Of course, we had to see the system for ourselves, so we made our way over to Magic Kingdom to test it out in person!
As we approached the park’s entrance, we found various signs about the Facial Recognition Test. The signs note that participation is optional, and that Disney is testing this technology at this time. You can also scan the QR code or visit the Disney website to learn more.
Another sign near the Facial Recognition Test entrance noted what you can and can’t wear. Specifically, you must keep your face mask on at all times. But, during the facial recognition test, you will need to remove hats and sunglasses.
Signs near the front indicated where the entrance was for the lanes that were testing the Facial Recognition system. Again, if you don’t want to participate in this system, you can just one of the other lanes with the traditional scanners.
As you get to the spot where you scan your MagicBand or ticket, you’ll see markers on the floor indicating where you should stand.
You’ll stand on the markers, and scan your MagicBand or ticket like you normally would.
You’ll find a screen above the scanner that shows you where to look, and then it’s just a quick scan (say cheese!) and you’re OFF!
Check out our video below to see the process in action!
We tried the NEW facial recognition technology when we entered Magic Kingdom today! 🏰 pic.twitter.com/kAEmcdBmet
— AJ Wolfe (@DisneyFoodBlog) March 23, 2021
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