Published: December 17, 2012 at 10:43 AMDoes the 'tap and open' system on the resort hotel room locks come under the next gen banner? During our stay at Port Orleans Riverside in November our lock was changed from the 'insert card to open' style to a simple 'tap your card on the lock' to open. When you're juggling bags and stuff it's a lot easier to use.
Published: December 17, 2012 at 4:02 PMYep, that's NextGen. And I agree, from a pure usability perspective, I prefer not having to play what had become a game of "figure out which way to stick in the card."
Published: December 18, 2012 at 9:13 AMWe just got back from Disney and were part of the fastpass+ trial. It was awesome! We preplanned our trips to hollywood studios and magic kingdom before we even got to the park. We were able to schedule which rides we wanted and what time slots. We happened to go to the magic kingdom the night before and got on the winnie the pooh ride (waited about 5 minutes) so we were then able to log back into the fastpass+ website and change which experience we wanted to use our fastpass on. Before our trip they mailed us green credit card type fast passes and they have installed little mickey mouse "touch n go" type devices for all the fastpass rides.
It worked wonderfully! They also started using our room key (for resort guests) on a tap n go type system to enter the park as well.
Published: December 18, 2012 at 2:12 PMJust returned from WDW and was unable to participate in these NextGen because of being new annual passholders. I wonder how Disney will go about that, since we had the room card and then AP cards. I would have loved to have tried it out. Needless to say, I was surprised by the new tap and open for the resort rooms. It definitely made getting into our room and Bay Lake Tower a lot easier.