Originally Posted by aerinpegadrak
Warning: This post may spoil some magic. Proceed at your own risk.
There's actually a reason why they started this (they do it at Astro Orbitor as well), is because they had serious problems with younger kids (and those pesky teenagers) wanting to fly alone, but telling the CM that they were flying together. Well, then they would split apart, and take their own Dumbo/Rocket. Well, then there was always someone who missed out, and had to wait for the next cycle, split up groups even. So, the decision was to create the feathers and "boarding passes" in order to regulate the people getting on.
Still cool, just not nearly as show-worthy as it might seem.