BREAKING: Walt Disney World Now Testing Facial Recognition Technology for Theme Park Entry
Facial recognition technology was tested this morning at the entrance to Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World has shifted in recent months to utilizing more touchless technology, and the newest addition could be touchless entry to the theme parks through facial recognition.
The test was optional this morning, and testing will continue sporadically. The test was only conducted for a short period today.
The testing takes place in three easy steps. Guests begin by entering the designated facial recognition testing lane. After that, guests are instructed to remove any hats, visors, or sunglasses before approaching the facial recognition testing zone. Guests will need to position their MagicBand or valid park admission close to a scanner to activate the technology. The technology will then capture an image and convert that into a unique number that is associated with the valid ticket.
Disney added a note stating that the “security, integrity, and confidentiality of your information are extremely important to us.” They go on to state that the images captured will only be stored for 30 days, and that the images or unique numbers will not be shared with third parties. They also add that despite strict security measures, “no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.”
Stay tuned here at WDWNT for more information on this new technology.