Being one of the ‘Chosen Ones’ at Disney World

Being one of the Chosen Ones!

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 the CM handing it to you will ask you to wear it on the ride, and then give it to the CM at the end of the line.

Contrary to rumors, Disney isn’t spying on guests and eavesdropping on their conversations while they wait in lines!!  Say whatever you want to your family and friends!

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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 real wait times for rides are padded with an extra 5-10 minutes.

Red Lanyards at Certain Rides
Red lanyards hanging at Peter Pan’s Flight…which has one of the worst line wait times in Fantasyland!  Always use a FastPass for this ride!!!

This is something that is going away as MagicBands become more common. If fact, we were surprised to still see them on our last visit!

Disney has already put sensors in the walls at popular rides in the line beginning area and just before the unloading area that automatically read guests’ MagicBands before and after rides to calculate the wait time.  You’ll see frequently updated signs that say: “From this point, the wait is …”

Ouch...that's a LONG wait time!  :(
Ouch…that’s a LONG 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.  The cast members then update the ride sign out front frequently throughout the day with current information.


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