Disney resumed testing a Virtual Queue at Blizzard Beach, today. This information was brought to my attention by a fellow travel agent named Denise Meyers. Denise stated that there was s sign outside the entrance which stated
Experimenting with the Virtual Queue System!
Blizzard Beach Virtual Queue
Conveniently, tables were set up in front of the attractions. Here guests could obtain a disposable waterproof wristband, which had a preprinted barcodes, similar to the ones below. A cast member would then scan the wristband at the top of each attraction.Each attraction had its own wristband, each a different color. Guests were allowed more than one at a time, but she was unsure if there was an actual limit. Only the “bigger” attractions had these Virtual Queue stations, that she had noticed, such as Summit Plummit and Snow Stormers. These rides also had separate queue for guests with Virtual Queue and one for guests without, much like the Theme Park’s FASTPASS and Stand-By Queues.
This past March 28 to April 7, which washortly before Universal’s Volcano Bay opened. Disney tested a similar system. The bracelets were a bit different then and resembled the original PhotoPass card with a small lanyard (pictured above). Withthe recent success of Universal’s Volcano Bay, it’s not surprising to see Disney testing this concept again.
Denise finished by saying that she had an awesome day and enjoyed using the wristbands, but many ended up floating in the water. If Disney continues to pursue a Virtual Queue wristband, I hope it is a bit more sturdy i.e. MagicBand
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[Source: Denise Meyers and Laughing Place]