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Biometric Scanners Active At Six Flags Magic Mountain

By on 04/21/2014

Six Flags Magic Mountain finally flipped the switch and went live with their new biometric finger scanners today. The new scanners, which have been in the process of being installed for a couple of months now, will allow new season pass holders to get their pass and enter the park quickly without having to visit the Season Pass Processing center.

The first step is for you to scan the bar code on the season pass voucher you printed at home, or the voucher that you received from the ticket booth. Here is an employee helping a customer scan his printed voucher:

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Once you scan your voucher, you are instructed to place your right index finger onto the finger reader. The scanner reads the profile of your finger, creates a unique numerical value that represents your finger, and assigns it to your Six Flags account:

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If you need a little help with the finger scan, just ask your big sister:

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The Six Flags employee will then hand you a generic season pass card with a unique account number. You will scan that card and all of your Six Flags account information will then be associated with that card. Every time you visit a Six Flags park, you will need that card:

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Photo © Nicholous Mirgoli/Theme Park Overload

I learned today that if you already have a Six Flags season pass card, like I do, you will not need to replace it. My entry was super quick. All I did was scan my existing season pass, place my finger on the scanner, and I was in. It took roughly 10-15 seconds, but they said that was because the initial scan takes a little bit longer. Future finger scans shouldn’t take that long.

One of the main purposes of the new scanners is to keep people from having to visit the dreaded Season Pass Processing center. Compared to the photo I posted on Friday, it seems to be working, as there were hardly any people in the registration line today:

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If you’d like to know more about the biometric scanners and how they work, please read my blog post titled Six Flags Rolling Out Biometric Finger Scanners. If you’ve used the new scanners, tell me what you think of them.

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9 Comments

  1. John

    04/22/2014 at 10:40 am

    I have a good question, like disneyland with thier scanners does six flags also have records of people who are banned and if so do thier scanners recognize the banned guests ?

    • Eric

      04/22/2014 at 5:52 pm

      John, I don’t know if something like this is in place, but I’ll bet it could be done fairly easily. It’s a good idea.

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/22/2014 at 11:14 pm

      The scanners probably wouldn’t flag them as banned. If somebody gets banned, then I would assume that their account is deactivated. If that’s the case, then their pass simply won’t work in the scanners at all. It just won’t recognize the pass and the customer should know why.

  2. Andrew

    04/24/2014 at 12:02 am

    When using the dining pass, will the resteraunt or food place need to scan your finger?

    • The Coaster Guy

      04/24/2014 at 6:08 am

      No, the finger scan is only needed at the front gate to get you in the park. Once in, you just use your card for everything else.

  3. Edward

    04/25/2014 at 3:39 pm

    They’re also have finger scanners in universal studios

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