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Disney Announces MyMagic+ with MagicBand for Disney World

Disney is releasing more official details about the new technology they are rolling out. Good stuff.

Disney continues to roll out technology and information on their NextGen project. The latest comes in the form of a post by Tom Staggs, who is the Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resort.

In is blog post, Staggs announces MyMagic+. Now I follow Disney pretty closely, and I had to read the announcement a few times to understand how all the different terms fit together: My Disney Experience, MyMagic+, Fastpass+, MagicBand, etc.

So here’s the deal on how I understand all the pieces:

MyMagic+

It seems that MyMagic+ is the name for the overarching Disney program that allows people more flexibility and control over their Disney vacation. This seems to be the official term for NextGen, which was an internal working title for the large changes Disney is making to guest experiences.

My Disney Experience

Part of the overall MyMagic+ design includes a web site and mobile app, both of which seem to be called My Disney Experience. These allow for advanced vacation planning that includes resort stay, park admission tickets, and attraction and event reservations.

Disney has already installed much of the infrastructure, including these new FastPass+ stanchions.

Disney has already installed much of the infrastructure, including these new FastPass+ stanchions.

The specific part of MyMagic+ that allows for attraction and event reservations is called Fastpass+. It’s similar to the old FastPass in that you make reservations, but there are key expected differences between FastPass and FastPass+.

  • Instead of getting your FastPass reservation via a paper ticket at a station inside the park, you can instead get your reservation using your smart phone or website (My Disney Expereince).
  • Instead of only getting your reservations on the day of your visit, inside the park, you can also make your reservations before arriving at Disney World.
  • Instead of having a single FastPass reservation at a time (typically), you can make multiple FastPass+ reservations for a given day
  • Instead of getting only reservations for only the day of your visit, your FastPass+ reservations can span multiple days.

MagicBand

This is the name for a new piece of technology that Disney has now officially announced. We reported that Disney had submitted the MagicBand to the US Federal Communications Commission for approval some time ago. This regulatory approval was needed because the device transmits a wireless signal using a technology called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). The MagicBand is a wrist band that contains your identifying information and acts as your room key, your on-site credit card, and your FastPass+ ticket.

When Is It Coming?

Staggs mentioned that the project was rolling out over the next several months. Today you can visit the My Disney Experience web site and download the mobile app. You can also see FastPass+ stanchions at the entrance to many Disney World attractions as well as at portions of the entrance locations of the theme parks. You can see Mickey-shaped pay stations near many cash registers. It seems that all these pieces are starting to come together.

What About Privacy And Security?

Disney will allow you control over how much or how little personal information you chose to reveal. For example, you might enter that your child is having a birthday in your MyMagic+ reservation, and that could enable a Disney Princess to wish them a happy birthday by name. Or you could skip that. Disney will also allow you to deactivate your MagicBand. And purchases over $50 will require that you enter a PIN.

But What About…

There are still plenty of questions about the details. Assumptions include the fact that the MagicBands will be reusable, that the MyMagic+ program will be available to all park guests (and not just those staying at a Disney Resort hotel), and that Annual Passholders will still be able to use some type of FastPass+ / reservation process. But we don’t know those things for certain yet. We will see how all these events unfold over the coming months.

About the author

Herb is the founder, author, webmaster, chief executive, and chief bottle washer for World Of Walt – and he is the Disney enthusiast who put this site together. Ever since his parents took him to the Magic Kingdom on a family vacation as a youngster, he has had an interest in the magic that Disney creates for families.

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  • Christie Cassady

    I can not wait to try this new band system!! I really hope they release character bands, especially if Maleficent or Jack Skellington are included.

  • Megan Arp-Inwood

    I love this idea and hope it is implemented by the time we are down there for our trip in October… but am wondering if this will affect people with pace makers etc…

  • Joy Lomax

    I am here at WDW right now with my husband. We’re here for the month, and are staying off property, so have only our new plastic annual passholder tickets. So far the new technology isn’t working well. The cards aren’t giving us the green light. After 3 tries (watched over by the cast member posted by the mickey ikon) another cast member is called over to scan our cards and we are assured this will fix them. It does for 1 time only and then the whole process is repeated. Since we use our annual passes as park hoppers, to say this is a time consuming nuisance is an understatement. The other thing that really bothers us both is how quick the cast members are to suggest that we don’t remember which finger we used….and, by the way, there is no parade at Hollywood Studios currently because the new technology of the card readers messes up the signals to parade floats. Disney announced they’re working on a brand new parade recently; this is why.

  • Rick

    I would like to try one if they make one big enough to fit my wrist. I go all the time i don’t know why they didn’t give us one

  • renita

    They come big. The largest is 8 1/2 ” wrist when the 2 pegs are snapped in. It is kind of deceptive looking and measures longer on the outside, but you have to accommodate for the chip side that spans the back of the top. When I put a piece of paper on the inside and measure, it shows the real size.

    You peal tear apart the bracelet removing the colored part to use on small child. The smallest is a little complicated due to the flat top with chip to measure. From what I can tell the colored band when removed should fit up to 6″. When you make it smaller it not round and has the long top with chip, so too hard to measure for the smallest.

    They’re made of rubber plastic like crocs and are similar to their bands. When we were at Disney in September, we saw in the resort shops stations to buy things to personalize them like the jibbets for crocs.

    I personally do not like the feel of it on my skin. It is uncomfortable. The top with the chip is 1 10/12 ” then the sides go down to form the bracelet, which makes the bracelet grip your wrist. The undersides of the bracelet straps are ribbed between each of the holes used for adjustment or jibbets, and the bottom where the 2 little knobs poke in do poke me. I can not see this not being comfortable for small kids.

    Then I wonder about the rubber plastic and what if my kid puts it in his mouth, and where is the warning for kids. Those jibbits can be a swallowing hazard.

  • RENITA

    Check it out.

    • hleibac

      Thanks for sharing the picture!

      • renita

        I have actually been checking your site for pics, until we got ours yesterday.

  • renita

    You can only make 3 fast pass selections for 1 day. We are arriving on a friday and leaving on monday morning early. Unfortunately the fast pass will only allow us to reserve starting on saturday nov 16 so no hope for our first day. It is kinda weird as it will let me reserve fast pass until December 7th.

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