Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Disneyland says goodbye to the hand stamp

The old act of getting a hand stamp to re-enter Disneyland is no more.

Instead, Disneyland now takes a photo of everyone who enters the park with an admission ticket. There's no more need for the hand stamp, according to the Orange County Register.


The stamp, visible only under ultraviolet light, had a different shape or word each day, usually related to a Disney character. A valid ticket and the hand stamp would allow re-entry.

The practice ended on July 9, according to the Register.

Now, everyone who enters the park has their photo taken and that is associated with the ticket. So when people re-enter their photos are matched with what is on record.

Annual pass holders and multi-day ticket holders have had their photos taken for a while.

This is different from what Disney World does, which uses biometrics to associate a ticket with a person. Disney places a finger on a reader and converts it into numerical value. Fingerprints are not stored.
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