As testing of the MyMagic+ bands continues, many of us are wondering how exactly the new FastPass+ system will work. FastPass is kind of important to me. I associate it with getting maximum enjoyment with minimal time wasted. When I am on vacation, I don’t like wasting a second!
|Photo from Disney Parks Blog
From Tom Staggs Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts regarding “Taking the Guest Experience to the Next Level” via Disney Parks Blog January 7th, 2013: “A major component of MyMagic+ is the new My Disney Experience website and mobile app, which gives guests planning their trip the latest information on all Walt Disney World Resort has to offer. We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously. No matter where guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want. They can book dining and other experiences and reserve times for their favorite attractions, shows and more through an enhanced FastPass system, FastPass+. Once they arrive, they can use their smart phones to spontaneously change their plans in the moment, exploring our parks at their own pace and getting the most out of their visit. “
So how is this going to work? THAT is the question we all want to know right? Because well change is not easy for most of us and before we try something or know the details we can tend to go down the worst path scenario…..or is that just me?
|Photo from Disney Parks Blog – Happy guests show up to utilize FastPass as verified on MagicBand
Tom Staggs on Disney Parks Blog from January continued to explain :
“Linking the entire MyMagic+ experience together is an innovative piece of technology we developed called the MagicBand. Worn on the wrist, it will serve as a guest’s room key, theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and optional payment account all rolled into one. We’ve began testing certain aspects of MyMagic+ in Florida last month and the early reactions we’ve gotten have been fantastic.”
This week, the folks at WDWMagic.com posted this description of the FastPass+ system . This is NOT the official Disney Parks announced policy, but comes from sources in the know according to the article. While giving a nice peek at how to utilize your FastPass+, keep in mind it says things are subject to change as testing continues before full launch later this year or early next year and exact details are changing frequently. At least its a glimpse of how you can book your FastPasses in advance when you are in the tour strategy planning phase of your trip. Oh and while this is still in testing phase, if you are a lucky MagicBand wearer, there are kiosks in some shops where you can purchase some bling for your MagicBand. WDWMagic.com has the MagicBand pimpin’ accessory photos here.
I still have lots of questions – and to be honest concerns, but at least we are all beginning to see the future of planning and enjoying your trip to Walt Disney World. No matter the touring strategy, its safe to say we all want to get the most out enjoyment out of our park time for the money we are spending.
What do you think about the MyMagic+ and the new FastPass+? Will this enhance your park experience?
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