Disney confirms FastPass+ and MyMagic+, but questions remain
Published: January 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Staggs didn't reveal anything new: FastPass+ will be a "NextGen" system that allows certain WDW visitors to reserve multiple ride and show times in advance of their visit, instead of having to collect individual FastPass paper tickets on the day of their visit. Visitors will make their reservations via Disney World's new "My Disney Experience" website and mobile app, using a process that Disney's calling MyMagic+.
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Once visitors arrive, they'll get a "MagicBand" wristband, an RFID-enabled device that will function as their theme park ticket, FastPass+ ticket, Disney PhotoPass and hotel room key.
What we don't yet know for certain is if people not staying in a Disney hotel will have access to the MagicBand or FastPass+. (Could it become a paid extra for non-hotel guests? Your guess is as good as mine here. *See the update below....) Nor do we know if paper FastPass tickers will be going away, or what the percentage of available rides will be reserved for FastPass+ users, as opposed to traditional FastPass reservations or stand-by riders. (The more people using FastPass+, the longer the wait for stand-by riders, of course.)
Nor do we have an official launch date for the new systems, just Staggs' words that Disney will "be testing, adjusting and adding features to MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience over time and will continue to make improvements based on our guests’ feedback."
Update: Some additional information, from a WDW press release:
"The MagicBand is initially available to select Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests and guests who purchase other specific products. Other guests will be able to use their standard ticket to access the benefits of MyMagic+, such as making FastPass+ selections on My Disney Experience."