Disney will not use fingerprint scanners at park entrances


We are now days away from the reopening of its theme parks by Walt Disney World to visitors and as more and more information is revealed on how Disney intends to improve cleanliness and sanitation. in parks, the New York Times reports that visitors will no longer be required to scan. their fingerprints at park entrances, and Inside the Magic will continue to update this story as more information is revealed.

Note that this information comes from a New York Times report. We are still waiting to receive more information from Disney regarding fingerprint scanners in the parks. However, this is in line with a policy in place just before parks close in March, when some of the Disney World park entrances did not require visitors to scan their fingerprints before entering. Read more here.

Also note that MagicBands will still be used at Disney World (and guests can still scan their MagicBands to enter parks), although free MagicBands will be phased out in 2021.

An image of the turnstile emerged showing covers installed on the fingerprint reader.

Fingerprint scanning

Credit: Disney

Before the theme parks closed, there had been a debate around fingerprint scanners not only regarding the cleanliness of the park, but also regarding privacy concerns. The main reason Disney World has integrated fingerprint readers at the entrance to the park is to prevent ticket fraud. They want to be sure that it is you and only you who continue to use your pass or multi-day ticket. They don’t keep your fingerprints.

However, guests can opt out by simply showing photo ID.

Read more: Here’s the REAL reason Disney World has fingerprint scanners

Improved cleanliness at Disney World

While, again, we are still awaiting confirmation of this change from Disney, it remains in line with Disney World’s commitment to increasing the cleanliness of areas often touched by guests and Cast Members.

In a new statement on park security measures, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel said:

We have updated our already high standards of cleanliness in our parks and resorts, with particular emphasis on areas such as attractions, queues, restaurants, lobbies, transportation and other spaces. common.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection: We are increasing the frequency of cleaning, especially for frequently touched surfaces and high traffic areas. After the park closes, each park will benefit from enhanced cleaning before guests arrive the next day.
  • New procedures for stays in resorts: In addition to increasing cleaning in areas such as elevators and escalators, handrails, tables, handles and toilets, we have updated our procedures for rooms at our owned Walt Disney World hotels and exploited. Prior to arrival, each room will receive enhanced cleaning and a light cleaning service (including garbage removal and replenishment of towels and equipment) will be offered every other day during the stay.

Click here to read the full statement.

Walt Disney World is expected to start reopening with annual glimpses of pass holders to Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on July 9 and 10, followed by the official reopening of these two theme parks on July 11 and the reopening of ‘EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. the 15th of July.

Do you think it’s a good idea for Disney World to stop scanning fingerprints at the entrance to their parks? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!


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