Disney set to use iPads for next generation FastPass park system

Disney is testing iPads and looks set to use them for its next generation FastPass park system. The current FastPass system allows park guests to receive their passes and avoid lines for popular attractions. The new system is being tested now with selected guests being asked to pre-book attractions in the near future.

Workers going around earlier were using iPads for RFID testing. Coordinator has an iPad training CMs with RFID at Mansion.

After guest scans card, the Cast Member uses a waterproof iPad to see the information from the card (including FP time & other Q&A).

They then select next guest on the iPad if it lights up green or direct them to one of four kiosks if it lights up blue.

Seeing a Haunted Mansion cast member with an iPad is a bit... strange.

The information comes from an unofficial Disney twitter account that claims to to know the various Disney projects going on at the theme parks. It should come as no real surprise that Disney is looking to Apple and the iPad for its new systems. The two companies have always had a close relationship, Steve Jobs served on Disney's board and Disney's Bob Iger is currently a member of Apple's board too.

Source: @DisneyProjects via 9to5 Mac

Disney look set to use iPads for next generation FastPass park system

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Disney set to use iPads for next generation FastPass park system


While I applaud Disney for embracing new technology (the iPads are great at being mobile audio and lighting consoles in the parks), the next gen FastPass system takes all the fun out of vacations- how am I going to know when I will want to ride Space Mountain or eat at the Napa Rose 6 months in advance? Trips to the parks should have at least some measure of spontaneity.

Nick, I tend to agree with you. Planning the meals 180 days out has always bugged me, cause some you MUST book at 7 am on the 180 day. And what if your chosen day rains? Tough luck.
Though from what I read about this new FastPass/XPass is that it is not going to be a replacement for the existing system, but rather a "benefit" they will be offering guests staying at a Disney hotel. There is some speculation it will roll out by resort level, starting with Deluxe, orbe a paid add-on. Not sure there is a specific direction yet aside from this pilot.
Back to the Disney/Apple relationship. Disney needs to drop Flash from their sites. Still get the errors on some pages on my iPad.