Is it impossible to think of turnstiles being replaced by cameras at the front of the parks (thereby reducing wait times and fraudulent activity both), or dark rides that can be personalized to a whole new level (such as, say, Harry Potter talking directly to you in his next ride)?
Actually, in the immortal words of Agent Smith, it’s inevitable.(A corollary to this technological point is Universal’s apparent interest in augmented reality [AR], such as its recent patent to issue special glasses to visitors that will enable them to receive a whole stream of personalized data [say, waypoints to finding Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for first-timers] or computer-generated imagery that enhances the “natural” surroundings.
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The number of ways that Universal Orlando Resort has changed so far this decade is, to put it mildly, mind-boggling; ever since the twin advent of Harry Potter and Comcast (the new corporate owner), attendance has soared, the money spigot has been turned resolutely on, and the developments have been coming fast and heavy.
Fast & Furious has already been confirmed to feature this next-gen queue, and it’s expected that all of the third theme park will built from the ground up with this in mind.
How the company will handle all these multiple swaths of property is the real question.
Will it attempt to unite them all via monorail or skyway, like Disney is currently implementing, thereby making it able to deliver a completely-seamless vacation?
Facial recognition Earlier this year, Universal began testing facial-recognition tech, in this case for validating an on-site hotel guest’s Express Pass.
It’s easy to see how most, if not all, Express Passes will similarly follow suit – but then there’s also the possibility of the technology being implemented across the board.