Disney is testing this new technology at some of the park entry turnstiles at Magic Kingdom through April 23, 2021. Guests can choose not to opt for the test.
Walt Disney World started a 30-day test using facial recognition technology. They say they are always looking for innovative and convenient ways to improve the guest experience—especially while navigating the impact of COVID-19.
The test was announced as a 30-day trial, however, the length of the test is subject to change. Participation in the test is entirely optional.
Guests that wish to participate in the limited test must have their park ticket or MagicBand, as well as a park reservation for the day.
When entering the park, make your way to one of the turnstile entrances at Magic Kingdom with the Facial Recognition Test signage and follow the posted instructions.
Disney says children under the age of 18 who wish to participate may do so with the consent and in the presence of a parent or guardian.
If you happen to visit the park again during this limited test, Disney reminds you to utilize the facial recognition lanes again to help them better understand how the system is working.
It’s possible that this technology could be rolled out in a permanent way, replacing fingerprint scanners as a no-touch option, although Disney has not yet commented on that.
Disney does stress, however, that the security, integrity, and confidentiality of guest information is important to them.
They state that images and the associated unique numbers captured for this test will be discarded within 30 days after the test concludes and will not be shared with third parties.