More NextGen roll-outs at the Walt Disney World Resort
Written by Robert Niles
The Walt Disney World Resort is rolling out more and more of its NextGen technology for managing visitors' vacations. Last week, Disney ran another test of its news Fastpass+ system, which allows selected on-property Disney hotel guests to reserve in advance specific ride times at a limited number of attractions. Disney's also rolling out "tap to pay" RFID payment stations at some of its merchandise locations. (You might have seen or used the same basic technology at ExxonMobil gas stations that allow you to wave a Speedpass keychain at the pump to pay for your fuel.)Tweet
With Disney, you're using your resort hotel keys to access the NextGen services. But the company's about to open up NextGen to more visitors. This week, the company debuted a new version of the Walt Disney World website, which includes a link to a new section, My Disney Experience. That's where visitors can set up a trip itinerary, which eventually will hook into the new Fastpass+ system for eligible guests.
Ultimately, I'd love to be able to enjoy a day in the parks without having to bring my wallet, and worry about it getting stolen, lost or soaking wet. Just slip on my waterproof NextGen wristband, and I'd be good to go - using it to get into the parks, access my restaurant and ride reservations and to pay for all my meals, souvenirs and snacks. I know my wife would really like to be able to ditch the purse.
Of course, parent with small kids will still need the diaper bag. And I imagine most of us will still want to bring in our cell phones. But anything that cuts down on the amount of stuff I have to haul around the parks for the day, hey, I say let's go for it.
Have you used any of the NextGen tech at Walt Disney World yet? (So far, all I've used is the ordering system at Be Our Guest.) If so, please tell us in the comments about the experience.
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