Walt Disney is even jumping on board with anything Apple. The next time you visit the Magic Kingdom in Central Florida, you will not longer see turnstiles. Instead you will be greeted by a “cast member” with white-gloved hands holding an iPod touch, according to Apple Insider on March 5.
Disney is trying to make their theme parks more convenient and user friendly. The dismissal of the turnstiles is on a small part of the larger initiative called “MyMagic+.” Disney is not sure they will adopt the iPod touch as a long term solution but for now it allows passes to be scanned.
The new change will allow for family member with strollers to go through the gates at the same time instead of having to enter a separate way due to the turnstiles.
iOS is becoming a big part of Disney’s changes. Just last year, Disney revealed the Apple iPad was being used for Fastpass ride ticketing as a test pilot at the Magic Kingdom. Disney also has the official app My Disney Experience for the iPhone and the iPad. This app offers Walt Disney World maps, wait times, Fastpass return times, and the ability to view menus and book dining reservations.
Disney and Apple’s relationship is not new. They have been working together for years. It is nice to see the Magic Kingdom using Apple products to make the Disney experience a lot easier.
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