Biometric Scanners Return at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the fourth and final Park to bring back the biometric finger scanners to enter their Park. On August 23rd, 2021, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the first of the four theme parks to bring that back. A couple of days later, on August 25th, EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios followed. There was no word when Magic Kingdom would be bringing back the same entry system, but as of today August 26th, 2021, they have.

Cast Members are wiping off the scanners between Guests and are doing everything they can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other germs. You will still need your Magic Band or Park ticket to enter the Park. Since reopening after the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all you would have to do is scan your magic band or ticket, which would grant you access. Many Guests are concerned that this is just another touchpoint and may not be the most sanitary way to operate things.

Walt Disney World is constantly sanitizing and wiping down high touchpoint areas around all their Parks and Resorts. There are hand sanitizer stations all over, but they are often empty, so it is recommended that you bring your own just in case. Make sure to constantly wash your hands to keep germs at a minimum. Recently Walt Disney World did bring back a face covering policy, but that only applies to indoors. Guests are allowed to use their discretion if they would like to wear a face covering outdoors. You can see the updated safety policies here.

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It is up to your judgment if you feel like this is the right time for you to visit Walt Disney World. Cast Members are doing all they can to keep everyone safe, but you must do your part as well. Please be kind to all Cast Members as well. They are just doing their jobs and do not make the rules. 


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About Tricia Kennedy

Tricia Kennedy lives in Orlando and loves having Walt Disney World pretty much in her backyard. She can be found at Disney several times a week. She will often stop by a park for an hour or two, but she also enjoys spending a whole day there with her friends. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Tricia especially enjoys Star Wars Weekends and has ridden Star Tours over 200 times. Tricia's other favorite thing is Disney's BoardWalk, where she can often be found taking a walk or watching the nightly street performers.