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Walt Disney World now requires a finger scan for younger children to enter the parks

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Walt Disney World parks will begin scanning fingers of children 3- to 9-years-old when they enter the parks in order to combat fraud. This has never been required before by any Disney park, but it’s important in the ongoing fight to ensure that those who bought their tickets are actually the ones to use them.

Up until this point, it’s been totally possible for families to swap tickets between children under the age of 10 due to the fact that there has been virtually no way of identifying whom the ticket is attached to. Now the times are a-changin’!

It’s also worth noting that Disney is not keeping your child’s fingerprints in some hidden underground database that will eventually be hacked into — it’s just a security measure. The scanners use “finger geometry” — pictures of several points on people’s fingers, according to the Associated Press.  So if you’re worrying about privacy, rest easy, however parents who do not want their children’s fingers scanned can simply use their own instead.

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4 Comments

  1. Ken Hutchinson

    What kind of fraud was going on with children’s tickets?

    1. Garaan

      I think it was that they’d have 2-3 kids and one kid’s ticket and let some of them stay at the hotel and play in the pool while one kid used the ticket, then hand the ticket to Kid #2 while Kid #1 took his turn in the pool.

  2. Angela

    however parents who do not want their children’s fingers scanned can simply use their own instead.
    if you scan your your own finger you can still get away with the fraud??

  3. but just stayed there and didn’t leave the park, but it seemed like years ago when I went to Disneyworld in Orlando, left and came back they stamped the hand to re enter. Is that no longer done, that’s the best way to avoid THAT particular fraud that Garaan was talking about.

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