One question that I have been asked a lot lately is What is Fastpass Plus and Disney Magic Bands and My Magic Plus? Walt Disney World is rolling out a new guest experience using RFID technology that is suppose lead to a better vacation and magical experience.
If you have visited Walt Disney World recently, you might have noticed the new turnstiles that have appeared at the entrance to the parks. These are part of the new MyMagic+ experience.
If you have noticed these same looking devices at the entrance to rides, they are part of the new Fastpass+ experience.
So how does this work? Luckily a Couponing to Disney reader recently visited Walt Disney World and was selected to test the experience and provided more information for us!
Right now, The MagicBand is currently being tested by guests at select resorts at Walt Disney World. If your party is selected to test the MagicBand, you will receive an email letting you know. You can then personalize your bands by color (you can see the color choices in the photo at the top of this post) and they will be shipped to your house with your name printed on the inside of your band. You can also elect to have the bands shipped to your resort and they will be issued to you at check in.
The MagicBand will be used in place of the Key To The World. Using the RFID technology, the band will hold your park ticket, room key, dining plan, dining reservations, Fastpass + reservations and much more. Instead of carrying a Key to the World card or tickets, you will just need to wear the MagicBand. When you see a Mickey Head receiver, like the ones at the turnstiles or on the credit card machines, you’ll just tap the 2 Mickey Heads together (your band and the machine’s) and it will read the information on the RFID chip. You’ll even be able to charge to your room with the MagicBand.
The most exciting part of the MyMagic+ is the Fastpass+. Before arriving for your vacation, you will be able to make Fastpass reservations for select attractions at the 4 parks. It isn’t clear yet how many Fastpass+ reservations you will be allowed when the MyMagic+ program goes live for everyone, but during the test it is 3 per park with a limit of 1 park per day. So when our reader chose to get Fastpass+ reservations at Magic Kingdom on August 10th, they were only allowed 3 reservations of their choice and they must all be made at Magic Kingdom.
MagicBand uses the My Disney Experience area of Disney.com and the My Disney Experience app. Here’s a look at what the experience will look like when you are planning your Fastpass+ reservations online:
When you log in, you will be prompted to start making Fastpass + Selections. Select a day to start making your reservations:
For this review, we are using Sunday, August 11th as our example. You will then be prompted to pick which of the 4 parks you would like to plan to visit that day:
Once you select the park, you will be able to scroll through the attractions that are participating in Fastpass+ and have reservations available for your date:
Once you select your Fastpass+ reservations, you will see a screen with the Best Match for your reservations listed:
If that doesn’t work for you, you can select Option A, Option B or Option D to rearrange the Fastpass+ reservations until they work more for your family. At this time, the system does arrange it for you so you can’t choose a specific time slot or order if it is not listed in these options.
Once you select the best order for your family, your Fastpass+ Selections are confirmed! But don’t worry, if you want to change and rearrange them, you can! Plus during this test, they were giving a bonus Fastpass+ reservation to Haunted Mansion which was a nice surprise:
You can also check the list of your resort, Fastpass+ and Dining reservations:
To use Fastpass+, you visit the attraction during your listed reservation time. Just tap your MagicBand to the Fastpass+ reader and the Cast Member will see your name and reservation confirmation listed on their screen. You’ll be lead into the Fastpass entrance and you’ll be prompted to tap the Magicband to another Fastpass+ reader at the end of the Fastpass queue to mark this Fastpass reservation as used.
So what if you are in the park and you decide that you no longer want to use one of your existing Fastpass+ reservations? Just bring up the My Disney Experience App and you’ll be able to change one (or more) of your Fastpass+ reservations as long as the reservation times have not passed.
Our reader changed their Fastpass+ reservation from Pirates of the Caribbean to Peter Pan’s Flight while they were in the parks on August 9th by using the My Disney Experience App on their iPhone.
Choose Fastpass+ from the Plan & Manage screen:
Select the park you have chosen for your Fastpass+ reservations for that day:
Select which Fastpass Plus reservation you would like to change and which members of your party will need their Fastpass+ reservation changed:
Select the new Fastpass+ reservation and confirm the changes:
You will then receive the confirmation screen that your Fastpass+ Changes have been confirmed:
And that is all there is to it! It looks pretty easy to manage!
If you want to learn more about the Fastpass+, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions on the Disney website.
There will be a lot more information about the MyMagic+ experience in the coming months before it is officially launched to every Walt Disney World guest.
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