Lanyards hanging at Peter Pan’s Flight.
Have you ever been given a lanyard with a red tag on it by a cast member when entering a ride at Disney World?
These lanyards are randomly given to guests in line to determine the posted wait time for that attraction. You might get one while walking into a line for say Peter Pan’s Flight, and a CM will ask you to give it to the CM at the end of the line.
Guests don’t mind when seeing that the posted wait time is 25 minutes and then finding out that they boarded the ride after only 12 minutes of waiting. But, they REALLY mind when the wait time is posted at 15 minutes and their real wait time was 30 minutes! Normally, the wait times for rides are padded with an extra 5-10 minutes.
This is something that is going away as MagicBands become more common. They’ll have sensors somewhere in the wall and will just read bands before and after rides to calculate the wait time.
How it works: RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. It’s basically a small chip that is embedded somewhere that sends and receives signals from another location. The red card on the lanyard has an embedded RFID chip in it that’s read by two sensors to determine the current wait time.
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