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  • [Question] red card given by a cast member...

    hello there, I just had a question about a red card that was given by a cast member to my friend. This happened around october of last year I think. My friend and I went over to the haunted mansion and as we were entering there was a cast member who gave my friend a red card with lanierd. It says " this card is used to help us provide you with the most accurate wait time..." are the cards really used to determine wait time? we went early in the morning and there was no wait time at all...do they still hand these out?

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    Re: red card given by a cast member...

    it says to give the card to a cast member at the end of the line. My friend forgot about it and just kept it I think.

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    • #3
      Re: red card given by a cast member...

      I think you answered your own question.

      Strange that they were using it when the line was so short though.

      I think next time you go to the park you should hand it back in... that'll make the wait time interesting
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      • #4
        Re: red card given by a cast member...

        Yes they are really used to help determine wait times. They know at what time they gave it to you and at what time you give it back at load and can update their board.

        Originally posted by monotonehell View Post
        I think next time you go to the park you should hand it back in... that'll make the wait time interesting
        Wait time from this point, 440972 mins. Damn should have grabbed a fastpass.
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        • #5
          Re: red card given by a cast member...

          Better idea: give a red card to anyone who doesn't understand the concept of a walkway.

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            Re DLandFansAZ

            Yikes! That's what I was thinking too. As long as the fastpass doesn't schedule me for an October 16, 2015 return time due to the long wait.

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            • #7
              Re: red card given by a cast member...

              They're given to help gauge the wait times. I've been given those cards for BTMM, Indiana Jones, and Star Tours. They give out a lot of them for RSR, I've noticed.
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              • #8
                Re: red card given by a cast member...

                These cards have an RFID chip in them. The cast member scans it before giving it to you (usually the RFID beeps like crazy when it's time to recalculate) you then take it through the line and give it to a cast member at the end where he/she will scan it again. The systems then calculate the time it took you and then updates the wait time.

                They are given out when there is little wait because that is the only way to stop the horrendous beeping the scanner gives off.
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                • #9
                  Re: red card given by a cast member...

                  i was given one at grizzly river run. i think it just makes their 'guesstimate' a little more accurate.

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                  • #10
                    Re: red card given by a cast member...

                    Originally posted by socalfun View Post
                    Better idea: give a red card to anyone who doesn't understand the concept of a walkway.
                    Wow, Disney just gave you the power to evict anyone from the park who is being a jerk. Did someone hit you from behind with their strollers? Show them the red card and tell them they are evicted from that land!
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                    • #11
                      Re: red card given by a cast member...

                      The only thing about these is that i never find it to be very accurate. Say i get one and its a 40 min wait. Well there going to be updating it based on where i got in line 40 minutes ago when in reality it could be 20 minutes shorter or longer. Can't blame em for trying i just think they should go by length or something maybe. You'd think there would be a better way. There's a couple apps i use i think are more accurate. This one called DLR Lines is pretty good.

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                      • #12
                        Re: red card given by a cast member...

                        I think they have to give it out a certain number of times per shift, which is why they're given out even with no wait. I was handed one on Ariel when my husband and I were the only people in line. We laughed, and I of course took a picture with it because I'm a total nerd like that.


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                        • #13
                          Re: red card given by a cast member...

                          While not versed in the system they're using, the constant checks *should* provide a competent wonk the data they need to help predict not only line length but also how many CMs a given ride needs at average, how many cars on the track, etc.

                          It's only one point of data, but combined with the FP data, GAC issues for the day (presumably they track how many at a given ride as well) and other resort guest flow info it'd be an amazingly useful look at how the park is working at a given time.
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                          • #14
                            Re: red card given by a cast member...

                            You are correct, it's done to calculate wait times. We got one on Star Tours.

                            I second the notion that you should hand it back the next time you go.

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                            • #15
                              Re: red card given by a cast member...

                              I was there on the 12th they were still handing them out.
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