Vote of the Week: MagicBands or Magic Wands?
Written by Robert Niles
This summer's offering plenty to excite theme park fans. The two biggest theme park resorts in America will have completed major new themed lands, giving fans some great choices for their summer vacations.Tweet
Over at Walt Disney World, the Mouse House will have completed its ambitious New Fantasyland at the end of the month, as the heart of that new land, the Snow White-themed Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, opens to the public on May 28. Disney World's also completed implementation of its new MyMagic+ reservation system, which allows all advance ticket holders — on-site hotel guests, annual passholders, and day guests who buy and register their theme park tickets in advance — the opportunity to reserve three ride, show, parade, or character meet-and-greet "Fastpass+" times for each day of their visit, in advance of their visit.
Disney's hotel guests and annual passholders can use their free MagicBand RFID-enabled wristbands as their park and Fastpass+ tickets, tapping their way into the park and bypassing queues for their reserved experiences.
Up the road at the Universal Orlando, the resort will welcome reporters to a media preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley on June 17-20. We've been all over Diagon Alley all week — heck, we've been all over this story since we first leaked the detailed plans for its centerpiece Gringotts Bank thrill ride in December 2011. Diagon Alley promises the theme park industry's most immersive themed experience, with a level of construction, dining, and storytelling detail that exceeds even the original Hogsmeade-set Wizarding World at sister park Islands of Adventure.
In addition to riding the Hogwarts Express between the two Wizarding World lands, visitors will be able to use next-generation interactive Magic Wands to trigger special effects throughout the lands, helping to create a unique "magical" experience for each visitor.
So what will you be rockin' this summer: MagicBands or Magic Wands? It's time for the Vote of the Week!
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