Walt Disney World tests faster theme park entry barcode scanners in place of turnstiles at Epcot

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We’ve all been stuck waiting in line to enter a theme park behind that guy who just can’t seem to figure out how a turnstile works. We think, “Why did I get in this line?” while all the others seem to move so much faster. Today Disney is showing off a new park entry system that they hope will eliminate this frustration and generally make the experience of entering their theme parks a little bit easier and speedier.

In recent days, Disney began testing a barcode scanning system at the main entrance of Epcot allowing guests to enter the park without passing through any spinning turnstiles or inserting their tickets into a machine. Instead, tickets in the new system were quickly scanned and guests could continue inside the park. It’s an enhancement that’s especially useful for families with strollers or wheelchairs.

Below are two videos of the test in progress, shot and posted this afternoon at Epcot by @matpez.

Outside the entrance:

Inside the park entrance:

It’s not a permanent change, yet. Disney emphasizes, “Our teams are always trying out new ideas – stay tuned to see if this makes it into the parks.”

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