Disney to Offer Online Ride Reservations
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Pedestrians walk near the entrance to Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks on February 19, 2009 in Anaheim, California. With the worsening economy, declining attendance and reduced operating income, the Walt Disney Company announced that it plans to restructure its domestic theme-park operations, which will result in the layoff an unspecified number of employees in the coming weeks. Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida will reportedly be consolidated into a single unit headed by Worldwide Operations President Al Weiss. Attendance at Disney theme parks in the US dropped 5 percent in the last quarter of 2008 compared to the previous year and in January, Disney offered buyout packages to 600 US executives. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs says the company's working on a way for folks to book their entire Disney vacation from home -- reserving times for rides, meals, shows and to meet Disney characters. Guests could even receive their hotel room keys in advance.
The Orange County Register says Staggs announced the program Thursday at an investor conference in Anaheim.
Staggs says the company is well into development of the patented system but he didn't say when it will be ready.
Disney currently has a Fastpass system where visitors can reserve blocks of time for certain rides, but they must do it from a park.
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Published at 10:42 AM PDT on Feb 18, 2011
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