MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ Fall Testing
MyMagic+ is a new vacation planning tool for Walt Disney World resort vacations. Various aspects of MyMagic+ has been in testing for over a year, but this fall larger tests are being carried out at several Walt Disney World hotels.
Before you leave for vacation, you’ll first interact with My Disney Experience. This is both a portion of the Walt Disney World website and a smartphone app. An online account is required for full functionality. On the website, you can link your room, package, and/or dining reservations and create profiles for your family members. Theme park tickets must be linked to have access to Fastpass+. If you booked a package, your tickets are automatically linked with your reservation. This is also where you’ll initially book your Fastpass+ reservations.
All planning information you need on a trip is at your fingertips with the My Disney Experience app. You have access to park hours, wait times, maps, character meet and greet information, and menus. You can also modify your Fastpass+ reservations from this app while on your trip.
Online Check-In can be completed on My Disney Experience starting 60 days before the start of your trip. Once MyMagic+ is fully rolled out, this will also be the date you can order your MagicBands and book Fastpass+.
My Disney Experience and online check-in are available to all Walt Disney World guests. These next two features, MagicBands and Fastpass+ are currently available at select test resorts.
MagicBands are a new feature that will eventually replace the current Key to the World card. These waterproof RF enabled wristbands act as your room key, dining plan credits, park admission, room charge and Fastpass. You order MagicBands in advance, selecting from 7 colors and specifying a name to be printed on the back face of the band. The bands are shipped to your home address via UPS. You must remember to bring your bands with you, and in your carry on if flying. Those who do not pre-order will get grey MagicBands upon check-in. In gift shops you can buy add ons to customize your bands, slip on covers or small snap in pins. MagicBands and RF enabled cards currently work in tandem, but that may change once the system reaches full roll out. MagicBands are designed to work for multiple trips, so save them after your vacation.
Fastpass+ is perhaps the biggest change MyMagic+ has ushered in. The basic concept of Fastpass remains, but with Fastpass+ you book your Fastpass times in advance of your trip and no longer need paper Fastpass tickets. You can select up to 3 Fastpass+ per park, per day. All existing Fastpass rides are available, plus some new rides, character meets, parades, shows and fireworks. The system currently suggests return times, with some customization available. If available, your Fastpass+ return times can be modified with the My Disney Experience app or at a MyMagic+ kiosk, which are available in the parks.
One of our vacationers recently qualified for this expanded test. She had MagicBands shipped to her house before her trip, and selected Fastpass+ times on the My Disney Experience website. She found both website and app easy to use. One of her favorite things about Fastpass+ was she didn’t need to rush to the parks each morning to secure those highly sought after Toy Story Mania and Soarin’ Fastpasses. They also found the MagicBands to be nice convenience, streamlining their food and souvenir purchases.
She also encountered some of the reasons MyMagic+ is still in testing phase. A few technical hurdles are to be expected using My Disney Experience. Technical glitches also happen time to time in the parks, but there are many Cast Members on hand to help solve problems. They continue to learn and get feedback about the system, improving and preparing it for a full roll out.
Overall, she was pleased with her MyMagic+ experience, and hopes the system is fully implemented by her next trip. More resorts continue to be added to the tests, so if you’re traveling late in 2013 or early 2014, you may qualify. We’ll keep you posted on any big developments!