In a world full of increased security, we’re often weary of sharing personal information with companies or strangers. Will our information be shared with third parties? Could the system be hacked and our information compromised?

These are valid questions that guests visiting Disney World raise about Disney’s choice to scan guest’s fingers at park entrances. This is a security measure, but it’s not one that’s meant to keep you safe.

All About Reselling Tickets

Instead, it’s meant to prevent you from selling unused park tickets. Disney World links your finger scan with a unique number that corresponds with your ticket. Every time you put your finger on the reader at the front of the park, Disney confirms that you are the correct user.

Disney collects your fingerprint at park entrances, but they don't store your fingerprint or track you.

Disney collects your fingerprint at park entrances, but they don’t store your fingerprint or track you.

Disney World does not store your fingerprints; scans are deleted immediately. You’ll also notice that you are not required to use your fingerprint anywhere else in the park including when making a purchase. The intermediary number is what’s stored and linked to your ticket.

This practice is only used in Disney World and is not used (yet) in Disneyland or any of the international theme parks.

It is interesting to note that Universal is planning to use facial recognition in its Beijing park.

You Can Opt-Out

If you still don’t like the idea of using your fingerprint, you can opt to show a photo identification, but Disney doesn’t advertise this option because it would significantly slow down the park entry process.

It’s also worth re-emphasizing here that this procedure is meant to prevent you from selling unused tickets. If you ever see someone trying to sell unused tickets for Disney World, do not attempt to buy them because you will not be able to use them. It is either a ticket scam to get money from you or the person doesn’t realize they can’t do this.

Concerned that Disney scans your finger when entering the park?