Although Disney introduced their FastPass+ system quite a while ago now, which is one way to help guests avoid the queues, the system requires guests to plan ahead and book their FastPass+ way in advance, rather than while they’re in-park. In comparison, Universal’s new TapuTapu technology allows guests to reserve a place in line during the course of the day on a waterproof wearable wristband and to be alerted when it’s their time to ride, allowing more flexibility and time to enjoy the park.
Of course, Disney didn’t want to be upstaged by this brand-new water park tech, so this week they’ve started to test their own in-park virtual lines system. Over at Blizzard Beach guests can now test out virtual queueing on Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Double Dipper and at Typhoon Lagoon they can trial it on the brand-new Miss Adventure Falls.
The way the new system will work (if this week’s test is successful) is that guests will need to walk to the attraction and reserve a return time with some sort of pager-style technology that will buzz when it’s time to return to the ride. Disney have used this successfully in the past with the revamped Dumbo ride and it functions in a very similar way to Universal’s TapuTapu, with the exception that it’s not wearable tech.
If this test is successful, it could spell a whole new era for theme park guest experiences, with less time waiting in line and more time to enjoy the attractions, shows and the finer details of the incredible Orlando theme parks. We’re excited to see the results!
Don’t forget to book your Orlando theme park tickets before you leave the UK to avoid another big line at the gates!
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