A Look at the Past and Future of WDW Offered to Passholders Updating to RFID Tickets

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Annual Passholders upgrading their tickets at the Odyssey Center at Epcot received a pleasant surprise when they showed up… (Thanks to Jose Castillo and Dirk Wallen for the photos)

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The set-up is a little nicer than we expected

Kudos to Disney for putting the effort in to make the exchange process pleasant

The tickets… you actually get to pick what character you get!

Signage talks about what the new pass can do and will do

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The MagicBands and the box they will be delivered in was on display. The black MagicBand now appears to be grey…

One of the original Figment animatronics on display

A Kitchen Kabaret character as well

Walt Disney World tickets through the years on display

Some recent innovations

Tom Morrow 2.0 from Innoventions

Cast name tags through the years

Pegleg Pete is back at Disney World! He was recently spotted at Disneyland

The history of audio-animtronics discussed

After they get their new pass, Passholders can test it out on some of the new entrance touch points

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • lol I so want to order a box of those just to have them to wear. I was disappointed they were not available yet when I went back in January cause they look really cool and I already do wear wristbands.

  • We are going there this weekend. Will it still be set up then? How are the lines doing the exchange? Thanks for the report!

  • I just got back from WDWR on Saturday and had a chance to do the change over in Epcot earlier in the week. Got to use the new pass card at MK and HS and it worked flawlessly. My family and I went in the afternoon to do the swap and there was no wait. Every one was so pleasant and it took no time at all. Not sure if it is still going on this week but if it is definitely take advantage of it and do the swap.

  • Does anyone know whether they are also replacing the Disney Premiere annual passes with these new tickets? Will the new ticket work at the Disneyland resort as well?

  • I too would like to know about the exchange for the Premier Annual Passholders. How will that work?

  • Wow. So THIS is how they plan on programming the people to freely accept RFID National ID cards that are supposed to be coming out soon and tracks everywhere you go. They bundle it with Mickey Mouse to mask the horrific Orwellian consequences.

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