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.
Fastpass + has recently replaced the paper Fastpass system over the past few months. There are already a lot of confused people, just as there were when Fastpass came out. Our goal is 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. For an in-depth look at the My Disney Experience website, and how to plan a vacation properly using the new system, check out our 6 part series on My Disney Experience!
Currently, most resort guests get a colorful band as seen in the picture below. Resort guests that are used to 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 allowing guests to have better views of parades, fireworks and other activities. There is no question that Disney has a lot of options with this band, and since everything is computerized, they can implement changes relatively quickly.
My Disney Experience. What Does This Do?
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! Once again, for details of how to best use this product, see our articles on My Disney Experience.
How will this affect you?
The older fastpass system is no more. You may not like the My Magic+ system, but you have to use it. So 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!
The Future of My Magic Plus
Now that this system has been rolled out, Disney has many options. They can increase the number of fastpasses per guest, they can change the “tiering system”, and they can even charge for additional fastpasses, if they’d like.
One of the things that this system should allow Disney to do is to spread the guests throughout the park. By releasing fastpasses all over the park, in essence they are controlling where people are at certain times. Previously, there was nothing they could do to stop everyone from going to certain areas. Now they have some sort of control as to where guests go, as they can apportion fastpasses to guests for specific times.
As such, it’s important to understand the best time to reserve fastpasses. In our next article, we’ll go over the new FP + system.
By: Ryan Shade