Disney is currently testing the new X-Pass system at the Magic Kingdom for the next 2 weeks.
Select guests were given the option of choosing their ride times at specific Magic Kingdom attractions before they arrived. Guests were then presented with a Disney Fastpass card that they scan at the RFID scanner at the entrance of the ride. A Disney Cast Member is standing by with an iPad that displays the guest’s name, any special events the party may be celebrating, and if the guest’s return window is valid. If everything is in order, the guest goes through the entrance just like other FASTPASS users and instead of having their paper Fastpass ticket collected, a second Cast Member scans the card to make sure it is valid and allows the guest to proceed onto the ride.
This new Fastpass system is expected to roll out in 2013. We do not know yet if it will be available to everyone or just to certain guests (such as those staying in Deluxe resorts). As I know more, I will be sure to share it.
If you want to learn more about how this program is being tested and what attractions are included, be sure to read this article on the Touring Plans blog.