Scanning fingers (fingerprinting) at Disneyland??

magic-kingdomI was watching, or really just listening to a morning news show one day last week and they were talking about raising the prices at Disneyland.  I kind of thought to myself it wasn’t really that big of a deal.  It was only a few bucks.  I just figured that if you couldn’t afford that amount, you probably shouldn’t be going.  That’s just how I look at it. 

They started playing music and I turned from the computer to see what they were showing and it was one of the amusement park rides of some kind.  That wasn’t really what I was looking at though.  I was watching the people in line.  In order to get in, they scan your pointer and middle finger.  I thought, what!?!?!?

It turns out they have been doing this for a while now.  Almost a year.  Man, am I ever out of the loop.  Have you heard of this?  It’s not so much I have anything to hide from.  My biggest crime (that I got caught for) is a speeding ticket in 1992.  But there’s something inside of me that says I don’t like it.  I can’t give you a reason or say why I don’t but I just don’t.  The only time I’ve been fingerprinted was in the hospital when I gave birth.  They took my thumb and put it with the baby’s footprint.  I don’t even know if they do that anymore.

Am I alone here?  Has anyone been there or anywhere else where this is done?  Does it bother any of you and if so, why?  I almost feel like it’s an invasion of ME.  Disney claims it’s for counterfeiting ticket concerns.  What about those bracelets or something like that?  I just feel creepy about this and I’m not really sure why.

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15 Responses to Scanning fingers (fingerprinting) at Disneyland??

  1. pammy wammy says:

    Thats a little wierd for me.I dont think i would like that.I have nothing to hide,never been in trouble(besides my many speeding tickets),Dont no if I would go to that now.

  2. Doraz says:

    Well, I have not been to Disneyland for a while. My kids like Universal Studios. I also think it is weird that it has come down to doing what they are doing now! It will keep a lot of people from going. Guess they do not care!

  3. I agree with you, Joy… I find that a bit too private. I mean, like you said, it’s not that I have anything to hide from, but it’s just kind of nerve-racking to have your fingerprints in Disney’s databases. Plus, what sort of weird message does this send out to the countless kids there? That nobody can trust anybody anymore or something? Anyway, why fingerprints? Like you said, couldn’t they give some sort of scanable card or bracelet?

  4. javajunkee says:

    ok I’m not going to get into the whole bible thing cuz I will do that on my own blog if I need to. Just leaving it at this. In the bible in Revelation this same subject is addressed.
    That’s all I’m going to say about that.

    Local banks here in our town do the thumbprint verification if you are not a member. I’m wondering what is wrong with a drivers license or photo id. If they don’t have one of those they shouldn’t be cashing a check. To me there is NO reason somebody I don’t care who they are doesn’t have just a photo id. It should be a law.

    ahhh see all my snarky comments were debunked when I reread it and the printing was for phoney tickets..had it been for a particular ride my mind went to like a tree ring count. To see if they were old enough to ride a ride….it’s early and I haven’t had near enough coffee so I’m just rambling.

    However if America INSISTED that EVERYONE had it done maybe that would be just the crack down we needed on illegal immigrants. If you had to get your finger scanned for everything we could weed out the illegals real quick. Other than that I see no purpose of it and say NO! It shouldn’t be done.

  5. starlaschat says:

    I have heard about this Joy and I think that there should be other ways of ID and I agree they probably do loose a lot of business. In today’s Economic Environment you would think that they would care about loosening even one costumer. My guess is it is a trail run to see if people would be willing to have this done. Looks like a lot of people don’t care. Some do we will see how this plays out I guess. Disney Land of all places. It’s more like a Surreal, Word, not a small world.

  6. Laura (LS) says:

    You don’t like it for the same reason that I don’t. In our society, there used to be an assumption of innocence, until guilt is proven.

    But lately, (and accelerated by 9/11) we have been guilty until proven innocent. Look at the antics of the TSA. They confiscate anything they want, do not give you a receipt for it, and if you argue, you are clamped in chains and arrested. There is a List, somewhere, that includes a bunch of names of “suspected terrorists” – but regular people are not allowed to see that list. Red Light cameras are everywhere, and you cannot face your accuser in court – how can you face a camera in court?

    And the worst part is our fellow citizen’s attitude of, “well, if you’re not doing anything wrong, you shouldn’t care.”

    I’m constantly reminded of that poem…. “First, they came for the Communists, but I didn’t speak, because I wasn’t a Communist.” It scares the crap out of me, because now it’s happening here. And nobody is coming, because they aren’t us.

  7. Laura (LS) says:

    Oh, yeah, and I just have to ask…. in the “Automatically Generated Related Sites”, the post you did on me, and my ‘extended family’ shows up??? How is that related to Disney scanning people’s fingerprints. Unless it’s a secret CIA plot to spy on people like me who don’t like what’s going on….. I’m getting paranoid. I’m gonna go back to hiding under the couch now.

  8. javajunkee says:

    just a little side note here. I disabled the AGRS feature due to some nasty stuff showing up. I know it takes away some hits but nasty stuff will creep in with that feature enabled.

    • Joy says:

      I agree with you Laura. I have no idea why that’s there. I’ll disable that now jj. I could give two hoots about hits. I just want real people here anyway.

      • javajunkee says:

        I was all freaking out and even had Gary searching for what I thought was a nasty link that somebody hid in a comment. we were both searching for it and in the meantime I had asked in an email to the support for wordpress about it and it was brought to my attention that those generated related stories can bring in all kinds of crap. 😦 it’s too damn bad people can’t just go about their business and not be assholes. SIGH!

  9. Gary says:

    I had NO idea this was going on! I’m with you, I don’t like it. NOT that I have anything to hide but I just feel like it’s an invasion of ME. I don’t like it!

  10. Laura (LS) says:

    *sigh*, and I soooo wanted to take Hot Rod in the next few years….

  11. San says:

    They scanned me at Universal studios, thankfully they didn’t scan the kids if they did I would’ve gone bonkers right there – the UK are talking of bringing it in as well. It’s all about control and I hate it.

  12. Bob McNoodle says:

    Actually, only Disneyworld uses the biometrics at the moment. Disneyland still just uses the old “harrass you as you come through the gate” if there is a question about the tickets.

  13. Dave says:

    I would not give my fingerprint and I was treated rather poorly I had to wait for security. then I was told they dont save the print i said i do not beleave you. let me in I said or give me my money back. i was let in. are people just sheep?
    I will never go to any park who collects peoples finger prints. other people i have spoken with also have concern about collecting these prints. when the ticket wat bought a ohoto ID was required then a finger print along with my credit card info?
    WTF our flag is not there folks.

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