UPDATE – 9/25 — Testing for My Magic Plus is coming to a close! It appears at this time that most resorts are going to come online with My Magic+ in October and that it should be implemented fully by the end of this year!
Disney World has made a billion dollar investment in My Magic Plus, a revolutionary system that Disney feels will revolutionize the way we tour theme parks. While many of the details are still unknown, the Mymagic+ system is in the parks and the testing phase is almost over!
Fastpass + is going to gradually replace the current Fastpass system over the next year or so. There will be a lot of confused people initially, just as there were when Fastpass came out. We have a number of great articles helping you maximize your Disney experience now, and our goal will be to help you maximize your experience under the new system. Please see our section on Fastpass+ to stay up-to-date on any FP+ specific info.
Currently, the plan is to have participating guests wear a colorful band as seen in the picture below. Resort guests that are used to just carrying around their Keys to the World, now will just need their bands.
The wrist band will be fully customizable and will allow guests to purchase food, souvenirs, enter the park and use the Fastpass system. Disney is also going to allow participating guests to have better views of parades, fireworks and other activities. There is no question that this will have the potential ability to enhance the overall vacation for many people!
My Disney Experience. Do I need this app?
Disney has rolled out a new website and a free new app. This app allows you to quickly make dining reservations, and will be expanded to allow for Fastpass + reservations. Owning a smartphone will be a necessity for guests who want to have ultimate flexibility in the parks. While Disney will certainly make allowances for guests that don’t have smartphones, they will likely be in the form of machines, which means….more lines.
Also, you will notice that now when you go online to book restaurants, things are a bit different. You will create avatars for every member of your family, and you’ll have to tell Disney exactly who will be dining with you at meals!
How will this affect you?
It is likely that the older fastpass system will be going away in the near future. At that time, you will need to use the Magic+ system if you want to tour the park efficiently. You’ll need to do a better job of planning your vacation, so that you can get passes for the premier attractions.
Also, if you’d like some help in determining how to book your vacation, get some free assistance from some of our planning experts!
4/23 — On April 12th and 13th, limited testing of My Magic Plus was conducted at the Animal Kingdom. Very little information positive or negative information has come out regarding these tests. Disney is still planning to roll out the full package later this year
6/1 – Testing will take place between June 20th and June 26th. We will keep you up-to-date on the results from these tests and any further news we receive.
8/5 – As noted above, testing is being carried out in August and September for a hopeful full rollout by the end of the year. From what we’ve seen, most people are positive on this so far. However, how that will change as we switch from SOME people using it to EVERYONE using it remains to be seen!
As updates continue to come out, we will continue to keep this page updated with any of the latest news regarding this system. Please continue to check back frequently as we all try to learn how best to use the new My Magic+ system!
Next, let’s look in detail at the new FP+ system:
By: Ryan Shade