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MyMagic+ Review: MagicBands & FastPass+
Our blog from August 2013 on the test of the FastPass+ system- See more at: http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2013/08/03/mymagic-review-magicbands-fastpass/
To fully take advantage of the MyMagic+ system, some pre-trip planning is definitely encouraged. First of all, it's very important to have your Disney online account up-to-date and accessible on My Disney Experience, either through their website or one of their apps on mobile devices. My Disney Experience is really the central hub for guests to keep track of all their vacation plans - resort reservations, park admission, dining reservations, FastPass+ reservations, payment options and even PhotoPass information.
Before your stay, you'll need to make sure your accounts are up-to-date by linking your resort stay to your account, adding your park admission to your account, and ensuring that everyone on the reservation is listed as a Friend or Family on your account. In order to use FastPass+, your My Disney Experience account must have valid park admission linked to it. If you can't add a ticket ahead of time, this can be done once you arrive at the resort. For park guests who are not staying at a Disney hotel, they will need to visit a FastPass+ kiosk to make reservations when they enter the park.
Tickets can be purchased directly through My Disney Experience. Tickets can be 1-10 days, either one-park or park hoppers. Tickets can be assigned to existing Family and Friends and then Fastpass+ reservations can be made.
PhotoPass is now available on My Disney Experience. You can preview your photos, purchase Memory Maker, share and download your photos. You will also be able to find the locations of PhotoPass photographers in the theme parks.
The FastPass+ system, which is one of the biggest advantages of the MyMagic+ program, allows guests to reserve a time to experience FastPass+ attractions and entertainment in advance of your visit. This means that you can avoid waiting in long lines for some of the most popular attractions. FastPass+ reservations can also be made the day of your visit by visiting one of the kiosks or by accessing the My Disney Experience app on a mobile device. Once your resort reservation and valid park admission are linked into your My Disney Experience account, you have the ability to schedule three FastPass+ selections for one park per day. You may not get multiple FastPass+ for the same attractions in one day. These can be modified if necessary, even the day of, as long as your desired times are still available. When you arrive at the attraction, simply tap your MagicBand on the RFID reader and the system will scan them, allowing you access if it is the correct time. There is no charge for using FastPass+.
Onsite resort guests and guests at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance. Annual Passholders and offsite guests can make their reservations up to 30 days in advance.
At the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom, you have the ability to choose any three FastPass+ attractions that you wish.
Magic Kingdom (choose 3):
Disney's Animal Kingdom (choose 3):
At Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, the attractions are separated into groups that you can choose from.
Epcot Group A (choose 1):
Epcot Group B (choose 2):
Disney's Hollywood Studios Group A (choose 1):
Disney's Hollywood Studios Group B (choose 2):
The whole MyMagic+ program revolves around MagicBands, a wristband with an embedded RFID chip that park guests will wear that links to their park tickets, resort room keys, dining reservations, PhotoPass photographs, payment option and even FastPasses. Disney resort guests will get a MagicBand mailed to them in their choice of color. The wristbands will replace the Key to the World cards. Guests will touch their bands to RFID readers throughout the parks and resorts on turnstiles, cash registers and FastPass+ machines. The bands come in different colors and are able to be customized with snap-on charms, fabric covers and even a watch face.
Guests can opt out of customizing and receiving a MagicBand before a trip if they already have one linked from a previous visit. Guests doing a split stay will only receive one MagicBand for the whole visit if they do not customize a band for the second reservation. These choices can be made in your My Disney Experience account under the "Customize Your MagicBand" option.
For guests staying off property, or who just may want a different MagicBand, these can be purchased at most retail locations around the Resort. You can link your valid theme park admission to the band at that time, or use the "Link-It Later" option, allowing you to purchase the bands and link them to valid theme park admission at a later time. This option would be good if you are buying the MagicBands as gifts.
All kiosks are accessible in both English and Spanish. Additional languages will be added in the future.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom