Magic Bands, My Magic+ and Fastpass+

Disney World is in the process of undergoing one of the biggest high-tech makeovers in Disney history with the new My Magic+ experience.  I recently had the pleasure being in the test group for this experience and found it completely impressive and a huge way to help get the most of my time.

 What is My Magic+, you may ask?  This is Disney’s way of linking anything and everything concerning your reservation to one specific place: your Magic Band.  On my most recent trip, I checked in at my resort and was handed an Iconic Gray Magic Band.  All of my dining credits, room entry, my annual pass, Fastpasses for four days and charging privileges were pre-loaded onto the band, I set a 4-digit pin and I was ready to go! I couldn’t wait to try it out so I then picked up my resort refillable mug by scanning my Magic Band at the register, entering my pin number and that was all there was to it! I headed to my room, held up my Magic Band to the Mickey icon by the door and entered my room. 

 Now, onto the part I was really excited about: testing my Fastpass+.   I had pre-loaded Fastpasses for four days into the My Disney Experience app several days prior, but my plane was delayed and I ended up getting to Disney World later than expected.  It was no problem to go into the app and edit the times for my Fastpasses.  They can be edited as much as you need them to be.  Basically, you’re allowed to choose three Fastpasses for one park per day.  The first park I was visiting was Animal Kingdom so I chose the Kilamanjaro Safari (9-10 a.m. , Dinosaur (10-11 a.m.)  and the character photo opportunity at Adventurer’s Outpost (11 a.m.-12 p.m.).  I entered the park by holding up my Magic Band and was greeted a “Welcome Julie!” by a cast member and headed to my first Fastpass at the safari.  I went to the Fastpass return line and held my Magic Band up to one of the posts, it made a “magical” sound and again, the cast member welcomed me with “enjoy your safari, Julie!” I walked right on the ride with no wait. 

 After doing Fastpass+ for four days with three Fastpass+ passes per day, I found it to be a huge time-saver.  I was in and out of the parks by 1 p.m. each day feeling like I had accomplished all of my favorite E-ticket attractions with absolutely no hassle.  There was one point at which a ride was down during my Fastpass time.  I was e-mailed immediately with four other selections available to me and I didn’t even have to walk back to find a disappointing ride closure. 

 As of right now, the Fastpass+ and Magic bands are only available for testing at certain resorts.  A cast member said they would be rolling out at a few more resorts each month until the end of 2013, when they should be available to all guests staying at Disney resorts. Making selections beforehand can be confusing to even the most experienced Disney guest so  please let your travel agent help you.  If you have technical questions please call the help desk.

 407-939-7849 (7am-11pm EST).

I hope you enjoy using the Magic Band as much as I did!

Julie Stewart

Travel Specialist 

About Author

Julie Stewart
Contact Julie when you are ready to start planning your next dream Disney vacation, and receive her complimentary concierge services!


Leave a Reply