Wondering how to use My Magic+ with Fastpass+ and Magic Bands? This system at Walt Disney World can get very confusing and I am going to try to help you understand how to best use it before your next vacation.
The MagicBand is issued to each member of your party and is worn on the wrist. 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 (you do set up a PIN at check in that must be entered each time you charge to the room).
The Fastpass machines with paper tickets have been removed from the theme parks. You no longer visit each attraction to obtain Fastpasses with your park ticket. Instead, you can book them 60 days in advance if you are staying on-site using MyDisneyExperience.com or the My Disney Experience App. If you are staying off-site, you can book your Fastpass+ reservations 30 days in advance. If you didn’t book your Fastpasses before you arrived, you can visit one of the Fastpass+ Kiosks located in the parks (check the Guide Map for exact locations).
Each guest is limited to 3 advanced Fastpass+ per day and the Fastpass+ is only valid in one park. Once you have used the 3 advanced Fastpass+ reservations, you can use the MyDisneyExperience app to book another Fastpass+ for the park you are in or in the park you plan to hop to.
My Disney Experience
MyDisneyExperience.com or the My Disney Experience App (available on iTunes and Android Marketplace) is your go to resource for your Walt Disney World vacation. With this program, you can manage your reservations, reserve and change Fastpass+ selections, check wait times, view park maps, find characters and lots more.
To get started, you will want to create your account on MyDisneyExperience.com. To make this as easy as possible to understand, my friends at DestinationsinFlorida.com have created a video for you walking you through the process:
Next you will need to link your Disney Resort, ticket and package reservations to your My Disney Experience account online. If you have any dining reservations booked you can add these reservations to your My Disney Experience, too. You will need your reservation number for each one. Here is a video on how to add these reservations to your account:
Once you have linked your reservations, you can go ahead and customize the bands for each member of your party and have them sent to your home or resort. If you choose to have them sent to your home, I recommend you order them at least 2 weeks before your arrival date. Here’s a video on how to order the bands:
Next you can book your Fastpass+ reservations for each day of your Walt Disney World vacation. Here is a video on how to book your Fastpass+ using My Disney Experience.
Finally make sure you add the My Disney Experience app to your smart phone using either iTunes or Android Marketplace.
Read more about planning your vacation with Fastpass+.