MyMagic+ Continuing to Transform Walt Disney World Experience for Guests

The Walt Disney World Resort is still in the midst of the "test and adjust" phase of MyMagic+ but guests have been able to take advantage of some changes brought about by MyMagic+.

The mobile app and website allows guests to plan their vacation at home and make changes on the go in the parks. The app features itinerary tools and gives guests the ability to scheduled FastPass+ reservations in advance or on the day of their visit.

Guests can also or the mobile app to make dining reservations.

The FastPass+ system allows guests to select up to three FastPass+ experiences at one park per day. The menu for available attractions is double what the old FastPass system allowed, and guests can choose a date and time for their FastPass+.

The system also works for Disney character meet and greets, in addition to fireworks and parade viewing areas.

If a guest has not made a reservation for FastPass+ prior to arriving at a park they can visit the FastPass+ kiosks at the theme parks and make their selections.

The centerpiece for the MyMagic+ experience is the MagicBand. These are the high tech, colorful wristbands that serve as an all-in-one room key, park ticket, and optional payment system.

Guests also use the MagicBand as their FastPass+ access, and the bands are connected to PhotoPass+. The MagicBands are waterproof and hypoallergenic and come in seven colors and can be personalized.


Terri Madore wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:28:

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If you save your magic bands can they be re-activated on your next visit?

Cynthia R wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:36:

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I love the Magic Bands but not the FastPass+! With the FastPass+ service the park hopper tickets were a waste of money! And before you could get a FastPass to the good rides like Toy Story Mania AND Rock N Roller Coaster and now you gave to pick just one!

Leslie McDaniel wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:39:

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Yes you can reuse your magic bands. You just have to deactivate your old tickets and activate your new ones. As it stands right now, you get a new band for each trip though. Don't know if that will always be the case but it is for now.

KT wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:42:

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To be honest, at first I found these to be very impressive. We were part of an initial trial in 2013 and it was very exciting. The bands are pretty cool and it is nice to not need to carry a wallet around, especially now that we have a child and all of the stuff that comes with that.

We are just planning another trip for early May and we now realize how limiting these are. We logged in the moment (literally 12:00 AM) we could choose our rides/attractions/events and many were already booked up. You are also only able to choose within one park each day. As a Disney enthusiast and an expert at navigating the parks, this really has hindered our ability to have the vacation we want. Pre-magic band we were able to use 5-7 fast passes per day so only having three choices and facing the prospect of waiting in lines (which I have literally never done at Disney) is pretty upsetting. In addition, we always visit one park in the morning, go to the pool in the afternoon and then visit another park for dinner. Now this will not be as enjoyable.

Needless to say, we feel that this new process has hindered our ability to enjoy the parks to our fullest ability. We have already discussed reducing the number of times we visit to ever few years instead of every year as a result. I hope that Disney listens to their most frequent visitors and biggest fans and makes some more updates to this system soon.

KT wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:42:

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Also, yes, they can be reactivated on your next visit. The battery life is a couple of years if I remember correctly.

Tom Vose wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 18:50:

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The magic bands are reusable and can be used on multiple visits. They are waterproof too! I got to be part of the first wave of guest tests and I really loved it. Made our whole vacation better.

tash wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:25:

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I am going back to Disney in July , will these wrist bands replace your park ticket.

jen s wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 19:51:

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My family are passholders and we have reused our magicbands numerous times. You dont need to reactivate them unless you have actively deactivated them.

Laurarossstuart1211 wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:14:

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Loved the bands! HATE the 3 fast pass limit. Hate it. The cast members were so cute telling people "Mickey to Mickey" to everyone in line. It's become a family saying now when ever one struggles with technology we all say "Mickey to Mickey!" Lol oh did I mention that I hate the 3 fast pass limit?

Eddie wrote on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 23:18:

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From what I've been reading, the batteries on the bands last about 2 years so you can reuse them on future visits.

Lena Calo wrote on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:14:

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We had the opportunity to use the Magic bands in October. It was great when they had the legacy fast pass, but now that they limit you to only 3 per day, so apparently we will be waiting in line a lot more, thanks Disney!!! I think Disney needs to consider giving more perks their guests that stay on their property. 3 is just not enough per day. Guest staying on Disney property should get more depending on the type of property they stay at. Let's be honest. It's a lot cheaper to stay off property. We have been staying on Deluxe properties and I would like more fast pass than the average joe that does not even stay on your resorts. I hope Disney revamps the whole fast pass + program!

Cheryl wrote on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 23:58:

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3 is defiantly not enough. At Epcot it's like old style Chinese restaurant. One from column A and 2 from column B

MrHub wrote on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 03:32:

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They are never deactivated unless you do it yourself. I have had 5 active bands since last Oct.

ea_willard wrote on Sun, 03/30/2014 - 14:21:

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If you have visited other parks in the area ( Universal/ Adventure Island) you will find that you can pay extra for "Fast Passes" but the price will only give you 3 choices. I believe this is the system that Disney is copying.
I too feel that the limit to one park each day is bad, Though I have to admit when I got my first magic band this last January (2014) and I was able to book FP's for Epcot in the morning and MK in the afternoon and it worked. I just went into the MK choice and picked FP"s for the afternoon and it showed up on "My Disney Experience" app for both parks on the same day. You could try this, but they may have fixed this by now.
I also don't like that you can only choose certain rides each day. I want to be able to ride Soaring and Test Track on the same day, but they say you only get one. If they limit the number of passes given each day for each ride, then let you ride whatever you want even if it is only one time with the FP. The way it is now you might as well go back to the old "E" ticket system so you could at least buy more tickets if you want to ride again, lol

buhdoo wrote on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 19:47:

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I loved the Magic Band! I think they are a wonderful idea and I am so happy that they can be reused. Our first experience with them was in February and I thought it was such a good idea. I didn't have any problems with the Fast Pass +'s either. I loved them because we usually tend to sleep in and can never get a fastpass for Toy Story Mania and because of the Magic Band we were able to get Fast Pass + for it. My father has been there with us 3 times and he has never been able to get onto the ride so it was good for him to be able to finally go on it. I can't wait to go back now!

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