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    Ok so I hardly ever create a topic here on Micechat, but I just want to know who was in the board meeting and they're were like yeah lets have everyone take pictures at the gate and sign their tickets too! This has dramatically increased times to enter the parks. Why can't we have a system as easy at Tokyo Disney?
    Jeff Wayne







  • #2
    I would only take a picture at the main gate or inside the gate under the Main Street Station / Mickey if there was almost nobody around. Far too many people in the shot at that and a few other spots like in front of the castle.

    And some people TAKE FOREVER to take a photograph-- it gets a little ridiculous sometimes.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hbdad

      I think what GhostHost is talking about is the cast members at the ticket turnstile taking photos of people for their AP or other tickets. This does add considerable amount of time to the line. Also adding time is the fact that most ticket takers seem to be retirees, no offense.
      Oh sorry. No, that should NEVER happen if it is busy and people are waiting--- never.

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      • #4
        I always thought they should have a separate line to get your picture taken not in the entry or ticket window. Or at least a line for return entry and multi day passes having already had photos taken.

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        • #5
          It's to prevent people from selling multi day tickets and that the ticket can only be used by one person. It is also to prevent you from handing your one day ticket off to someone else to use.
          "And yes, we implore EVERYBODY to follow the park rules. Having off-ride footage is great, but any still photo's or video's taken ON the coasters at SFMM are strictly against the rules. They are there for your (and everybody's) safety." "Six Flags doesn't allow ANY loose articles on their coasters, and they don't allow video taping on their coasters. " BUT, "​ This is not true. Six Flags does not allow ANY On-Ride video or pictures on the rides. The ONLY way is if you get explicit permission from Park Management." ???

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GhostHostJeff View Post
            Why can't we have a system as easy at Tokyo Disney?
            I wish DLR was more like TDR in a lot of ways. Went to Tokyo in September and wow. Everyone said how great Disney Sea was and I knew it was going to be great but honestly had no idea it could be as good as it was. After you go it really sets a new bar for the theme park experience.
            Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GhostHostJeff View Post
              Why can't we have a system as easy at Tokyo Disney?
              TDL management calls the shots on their ops and guest relations, not Disney. Top to bottom, TDL has a very different mindset than TDA and TDO about the importance of customer convenience.


              Originally posted by Quentin View Post
              I wish DLR was more like TDR in a lot of ways. Went to Tokyo in September and wow. Everyone said how great Disney Sea was and I knew it was going to be great but honestly had no idea it could be as good as it was. After you go it really sets a new bar for the theme park experience.
              Yep. It's another demonstration of what WDI can do when the executives in charge -- in this case, the OLC executives at TDL -- value innovation and showmanship as well as profits.

              Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 02-14-2018, 01:34 AM.
              "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
              it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
              together with every variety of recreation and fun,
              designed to appeal to everyone."

              - Walt Disney

              "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
              - Michael Eisner

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hbdad

                We all understand why they do it. The issue is Disney's choice on where and how to do it. There has to be a better way.
                I know this will be an unpopular opinion here but the solution us My magic plus and the magic band which ties to your finger print and is a very easy way to access the park, would also speed up the maxpass entrance to rides.
                BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                • #9
                  Some executive team who never waits in line comes up with genius plans like this.
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                  My company had a special night at the park
                  WdW trip report with WWoHP
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                  NYE 2012
                  HKDL trip report

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                  • #10
                    I remember taking a picture on Main Street when my parents bought me an annual pass in 2005. The AP center had a passport-esque photobooth wall where they would walk out with a digital camera. Obviously the beancounters reclaimed that area for retail space, but it would go a long way to set up an AP center in the Esplanade, or even convert one ticketbooth to a photo room for APs and multi-day passes on their first use.

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                    • #11
                      I think their should be a section for people who need their pictures, and another for those who have annual passes / already have done it.
                      KA CHOW

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mickdaddy View Post

                        I know this will be an unpopular opinion here but the solution us My magic plus and the magic band which ties to your finger print and is a very easy way to access the park, would also speed up the maxpass entrance to rides.
                        Great point. It takes people forever to scan their fast passes with the new system.
                        KA CHOW

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                        • #13
                          Like I sad all along, give us AP'ers our own gate and our own place to have our pictures taken. It's not like we want to rub up against the common folk anyways lol.
                          My wife is the rebel spy.

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                          • #14
                            As much as we love to bag on TDA, I will say that they have been and are constantly trying to find a better solution to the problem that appeases the media admissions and legal teams, while dealing with the fact that there's no money from Burbank to fix it. It's frustrating, yes, but you know what really slows the process down? The guests who pitch a fit about "being recorded," despite the fact that they've been recorded from the minute they stepped on property.

                            It's one of the least fun positions for a CM, I'll tell you that.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 1LE McQueen View Post

                              Great point. It takes people forever to scan their fast passes with the new system.
                              I know everyone hates on the magic band on this forum but i think they are amazing and super easy.
                              BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by mickdaddy View Post

                                I know this will be an unpopular opinion here but the solution us My magic plus and the magic band which ties to your finger print and is a very easy way to access the park, would also speed up the maxpass entrance to rides.
                                As a Floridian who goes to both parks, let me tell you how bad the fingerprint scan can be. Nobody seems to understand that each person has to have their own ticket, or that they have to remember which finger they used the first time. If they don't expand the entry points with the V shaped multiple touchpoint and just did a single line it would be far worse than it currently is now. Universal Orlando is the best example of that and it can be absolutely awful. Photos are obnoxious and yes they should have a dedicated re-entry only lines, and other lines where photos are taken and re-entry is also permitted if you choose.
                                My signature is NOT larger than my post, nor should yours be!

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                                • #17
                                  Shanghai Disney has the best solution for DLR, if they want to continue with the picture taking. Their handheld scanners have a built in lens on the tip facing toward the guest. The picture is taken as the ticket is scanned instantly linking them. It's not a direct photo of their face but enough to serve its purpose.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by lnsemsf View Post

                                    As a Floridian who goes to both parks, let me tell you how bad the fingerprint scan can be. Nobody seems to understand that each person has to have their own ticket, or that they have to remember which finger they used the first time. If they don't expand the entry points with the V shaped multiple touchpoint and just did a single line it would be far worse than it currently is now. Universal Orlando is the best example of that and it can be absolutely awful. Photos are obnoxious and yes they should have a dedicated re-entry only lines, and other lines where photos are taken and re-entry is also permitted if you choose.
                                    Easily solved by a CM that makes sure that everyone uses right index and points out that there are multiple scan points, I have used them many times and it has always been easier than the Disneyland paper ticket to me!
                                    BGood! It's not just my motto its my name!

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                                    • #19
                                      Both Magic Mountain and Universal use fingerprints. I'm guessing the technology behind it is not quite the same... it can still take a bit of time to scan a print at SFMM (though it has been improving lately), and USH generally goes relatively quick. I don't know why Disney can't do the same. It's not only taking the picture, it's the individual signing of each ticket that's the worst part... there's no real good flat surface to sign on, so it takes guests forever to find a spot to sign, then ask point at the ticket, say "Where do I sign again? Do you have a pen? This pen isn't working..." etc.

                                      I go agree that at least in the morning hours, there should be a separate line(s) for those who don't need to have a picture taken. It's agonizingly slow, especially when you get stuck behind a family of 5, all of which need to not only get their picture and individually sign each ticket. You'd never think it'd take that long until you see it for yourself.

                                      The worst part is this is after you've already spent about 45 minutes just waiting to get through the bag check line that still generally has no "no bag" option, and forces all lines to merge in the most inefficient manner.

                                      Just thinking about all of it makes me glad I don't have an AP anymore. So much time wasted.
                                      Does anyone even bother with signatures anymore?

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                                      • #20
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                                        The worst part is this is after you've already spent about 45 minutes just waiting to get through the bag check line that still generally has no "no bag" option, and forces all lines to merge in the most inefficient manner.
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                                        Recently they have opened a "Guest Without Bags" line in the mornings. Much faster as you go directly to a scanner.

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