Magic Kingdom testing Facial Recognition for theme park entry

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This morning the Magic Kingdom was testing a new Facial Recognition method for theme park entry on a strictly volunteer basis.

Starting today through April 23rd guests can opt to use this new ticketing service. This is the newest addition to the touchless entry into the Disney World Theme Parks.

Related – Magic Kingdom now has Contactless Security Screening!

For the Facial Recognition guests enter the Testing Lane and must remove any hats, visors, or sunglasses before passing through, you must also keep your mask on.

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Last year Disney World rolled out the full-body security scanners instead of bag check which allow guests to walk through the security scanner before gaining admittance to the theme parks. LOVE THEM!

Gone are the days of having Disney Security go through your bags. Sometimes I will still get pulled aside if I have my laptop with me but for the most part, I hold my phone and battery pack in front of me and walkthrough.

Related – Disney MagicMobile Service similar to Magic Bands coming later this year

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Here is the full information from Disney on the Facial Recognition test.

At Walt Disney World Resort, we’re always looking for innovative and convenient ways to improve our Guests’ experience—especially as we navigate the impact of COVID-19.

With the future in mind and the shift in focus to more touchless experiences, we’re conducting a limited 30-day test using facial recognition technology (length of test subject to change).  The technology we’re testing captures an image of a Guest’s face and converts it into a unique number, which is then associated with the form of admission being used for park entry.  Participation in this test is optional. For those interested in volunteering to participate in this effort, please make sure you arrive with valid theme park admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation.

Note: children under the age of 18 who wish to participate may do so with the consent and in the presence of a parent or guardian.

What to Expect

Step 1: Enter the Facial Recognition Technology Test Lane
When you’re ready to enter the park, simply enter the lane designated for the test program.

Step 2: Remove Accessories, But Keep Your Face Covering in Place
Please take off any hats, visors or sunglasses before you approach the facial recognition test zone. Your face covering must remain on at all times.

Step 3: Face the Camera
Once in the facial recognition test zone, stand facing the camera and then position your valid park admission or MagicBand close to the scanner to activate the technology. The technology will capture an image, which will be converted into a unique number that will be associated with your valid ticket media.
You’re All Set!

If you return to Magic Kingdom park during our limited-time test, consider entering using the same designated entry points. Re-entering through the same lanes helps us better understand how the technology works.

Important Details

The security, integrity, and confidentiality of your information are extremely important to us. We have implemented technical, administrative, and physical security measures that are designed to protect Guest information from unauthorized access, disclosure, use and modification. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.

Images and the associated unique numbers captured for this technology test will be discarded within 30 days after the test concludes. We will not share the images and unique numbers captured for this test with third parties.

Participation in this test is optional and limited. Guests who have valid theme park admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation may use another line for park entry.

We are unsure if this new Facial Recognition method will replace Magic bands and the new MagicMobile service. Stay tuned for more details.

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