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Disney World tests reservations for water-park rides

Disney World tests reservations for water-park rides

Walt Disney World may be dipping its toe into a virtual-queue system at its Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks. The resort began testing a reservation procedure for select attractions on Tuesday.

The experiment will last into early April, according to various Internet reports and several Disney World cast members. On Tuesday, a skip-the-line option was offered to guests only at the Downhill Double Dipper slide of Blizzard Beach.

The passes later may come to the water park’s Slush Gusher and Summit Plummet plus the new Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon.

On Tuesday, the procedure resembled one of Disney’s old-school FastPass attractions. Visitors arrived at the base of the Double Dipper and were given the option of receiving a 15-minute time frame to return. The time was printed on a card with a rubber band attached for putting around guests’ wrists.

At the appointed time, riders returned to the attraction to ride. The card warned that there would be a “moderate wait.” The service was included with park admission.

The system was not connected to Disney MagicBands, and reservations could not be made digitally through the My Disney Experience app, which is a key cog for the FastPass+ reservation system used in Disney World theme parks.

Tuesday’s testing was done with minimal signage. A sandwich board near the entrance of Blizzard Beach mentioned a special “Virtual Queue” and the location to receive a reservation.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay water park, set to open in late May, will have a virtual queue that features a wearable technology that will alert visitors as to when it’s their turn to ride. The first official use of the Virtual Line on Universal property will be at the Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon ride, which has a grand opening scheduled for April 6.

The idea is to decrease waiting time, thus giving visitors more time to explore other attractions, eat or shop.

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