PHOTOS: Interactive Finale Finally Debuts at “it’s a small world”; More To Come

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In the earliest days of speculation about MyMagic+, we reported about the installation of various interactive features in attractions that would allow guests to interact with the environment via RFID technology in MagicBands and ticket media.

In January of 2013, the finale scene of “it’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom was completely rebuilt. In October of 2013, we were the first to bring you video of a series of screens installed in that new finale scene of “it’s a small world”. The scene included new screens that we reported would eventually give personalized farewells to guests as they reached the end of the ride.

Well, 3 years after work on the scene initially began, it is finally functioning…


It seems Disney may finally be ready to roll out these “StoryMaker” elements that were installed years ago when MyMagic+ was initially rolled out. These elements include this finale scene, but also interactive elements installed but not activated inside Star Tours, the Hollywood Brown Derby, MuppetVision 3-D, and Expedition Everest, just to name a few.


The elements will use information read from the RFID media the guests are carrying, such as their names or park photos, to create personalized moments. This technology will also allow characters at meet and greets to know the names of the guests they are meeting or cast members at various locations to know when a guest is celebrating a special occasion.

We will have more on these new elements as they continue to roll out.

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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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Awesome Amy
Awesome Amy

When I personalize my Magic Band and can put any name on it (my name is “Snazzy” right now), will this technology pull THAT name, or the actual name I registered when I purchased the annual pass (“Amy”)? I think it would be fun for it to say Goodbye, Snazzy!


While Il ike this new technology I do have one problem. I hope that this RFID system is encoded. If it is not then a lot of informationi is floating around for people to see.