Magic Bands

What is your Magic Band Report Card?

Magic Bands

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Walt Disney World has been using Magic Bands for a while now, and I felt it was time to start a discussion on how well you, the reader, park Guest, and Disney officianado, like (or dislike) the whole My Magic+ system.  Please take a few moments and answer some of these questions for me:

  1. What do you think of the My Magic+ system in general?
  2. Do you use the My Disney Experience section of the Disney website or the App, or neither?
  3. What do you think of the Magic Bands — like them, leave them, or something in between?
  4. Lastly, what do you think of the FastPass+ system?

Please take a moment and answer these questions via our survey — I’d love to see your answers, and also would like to hear your feedback, so feel free to leave comments, too!

Thank you for taking time to answer our poll questions!  Remember, I love to hear what you think of things, so please, feel free to leave comments to expand on the questions we have in our survey!  Thanks again, and go out and make it a great Disney Day!

Will there be a Disney Bus Wait Times App?

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

You know, I think the jury is still out when it comes to the My Disney Experience website and app.  I think that a lot of people like it, a lot of people don’t, and I’d guess that it’s about 50/50 in terms of split.  Maybe not, but that’s my feeling.

From a techy perspective, I think the MDE concept is a great one, and I have enjoyed using it for our trips and for helping my clients with their trips.  It is the present and the future I believe, so I think that we need to embrace it and roll with it.

Rumors are surfacing, though, that their is in testing a new feature for the My Disney Experience app, one that may tip the scales considerably in Disney’s favor.  I’ve heard that Disney is in testing to see about incorporating a Disney bus wait times into the system!

I personally think that this is a great idea, and one that would really improve a lot of guests experiences in transporting themselves around the Walt Disney World Resort!  What do you think?  Great idea, one that you would utilize each trip, or one that you think is no big deal?  Please let me know in the comments, and also let me know what you think of My Disney Experience in general.  Thanks, and have a great day!

FastPass

60 Days: FastPass+

FastPass

The Magic Band – the start of your FastPass+ Journey!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day60 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  With the changes to how you can schedule your FastPasses now, day 60 has much more importance than it did before!  As a result, today we are taking a look at the FastPass+ system!

If you are taking a Disney vacation, the new system that replaced the FastPass system is called FastPass+.  This system allows you to schedule which FastPass attractions, shows, fireworks viewing locations, or even parade viewing locations you want to schedule ahead of time.  If you are staying on Disney property, you will be able to schedule your FastPass+ reservations starting at 60 days out from your vacation start.  It has also been reported that if you are staying at the Dolphin or the Swan hotel located at the Disney Boardwalk region that you can make your FastPass+ reservations at 60 days out also, although you won’t get a Magic Band unless you pay for one.  If you are staying off property you will be able to schedule FastPass+ reservations, but only at 30 days out.

The way things currently stand, you can reserve up to 3 FastPass+ reservations prior to arrival per day.  All of them have to be made at one park.  However, if you finish your 3 FastPass+ reservations, you can then go to the kiosks and make additional reservations.  Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet device, you can make changes to your FastPass+ reservations on the fly by accessing the My Disney Experience app.  Remember, Disney has rolled out Wifi throughout the parks to make it easier to access the app.

Reviews are mixed from what I’ve seen about it.  Some people don’t like it, and some people do.  Generally speaking, though, the reports I’m seeing from people that have experienced it have been favorable.  Most report few issues with the system, and quick response and resolution of problems when they did have a problem.

For us, it will be really interesting to see how it works for all of us.  Our reservation is a complex one — Cindy, Sophie and I have annual passes, Leigh Ann and Riley will have regular park tickets, and Sheila, Randy and Miss J will have Disney Premier Passports.  All of this really makes for some interesting FastPass+ selections.  I’ll be keeping track of how well it is working and will let you know in a followup post how it worked for us!

In the meantime, tell me what you think about the FastPass+ system.  Like it? Hate it? Wish it was like it used to be?  Let me know in the comments please, and thanks for stopping by!