One of the unrealized promises of Disney’s MyMagic+ technology is the ability to match up your magic band with your face for some surprise photopass photos and videos around the park. That promise is now a lot closer to reality with the latest offerings from… Read More »New Disney Photopass Opportunities add unique perspective
There’s nothing like the feeling of anticipation that’s kindled when your Magic Bands arrive in the mail ahead of your next Walt Disney World resort vacation. It’s a big sign that your magical adventure is nearing a reality. Up until now guests have been able… Read More »New character and attraction MagicBand options for Disney Resort guests
After debuting in June of this year, the Play Disney Parks App has had a mostly quiet period among park guests. The big rollout was simultaneous with the opening of Toy Story Land and I think it kind of got lost a bit. That might… Read More »Play Disney Parks app expands to Pandora and first Disney World Resort
Disney World is now making it easier than ever to check in and get your vacation started right away. The My Disney Experience app now allows you to check-in ahead of time and head straight to your room when its ready. With only a few… Read More »How to use the new mobile check-in feature at your Walt Disney World resort
Since 2010, We’ve been writing about the promise of next-generation technology that was being woven into the fabric of a guest’s vacation. I also speculated about a similar idea back around the turn of the century when I wrote some of the stories in my… Read More »Disney’s MyMagic+ to finally show true potential with latest enhancements
Disney is continuing to roll out MagicBands, the handy dandy alternative to your Key to the World Card, across property. While Disney originally planned to roll out the bands property-wide by the middle of this month, it now appears that testing will continue at least through November. What does this mean for you? Well, if you’re going to Disney World between now and Christmas you’ll most likely use the bands, although you should monitor the situation. Using the bands isn’t complicated, but it requires you to take several steps before you travel. First things first, you’ll want to get set up online with Disney.
1. Go to MyDisneyExperience.com and log into your account. If you don’t have one, you’ll want to create an account, which takes only a few minutes.
2. Once there, add your resort reservation. This is your confirmation number and the lead guest’s last name. You can customize each guest with a cute Disney-themed avatar at this time. If you have a Disney package, your tickets will be automatically added. If you don’t have tickets on your package, you’ll have to have to add them manually. This can be a problem if you’re buying them at check-in, because you can’t choose fastpasses until you have a valid ticket.Read More »Part of Disney’s MagicBands Testing? Here’s Everything you Need to Know.
I’m down here in Disney World right now for Disney’s Earmark Conference, which is a conference for Disney travel agents, and I’m writing this from the balcony of my room at the Contemporary Resort–not a bad place to write, although the castle is a bit distracting! This trip was my first opportunity to try the Magic Bands, as they’re still in the testing phase. They’ve been rolled out to most resorts at this point and should be resort-wide sometime in October (this can change), but I wanted to share some thoughts on using them with all of you.
First, let me just explain the bands for the uninitiated. The bands are literally that–wrist bands (similar to plastic wrist watch bands, but without the watch face) that will hold all your pertinent information, from where you’re staying to how many dining credits you have left on the Disney dining plan. They’ll have your room key, credit card information, and tickets on them as well. You’ll be given a pin as well, which makes it more secure for credit card transactions. All your information is stored on the system, meaning that Disney can tell if you like Mickey bars at 11:00 p.m. and send one to your room. Or, more likely, they can use that information to customize marketing towards your likes. In the future, there will even be sensors in the parks that track movements for crowd control purposes.Read More »Using Disney’s Magic Bands
Jeff and Denise of the excellent Mousesteps Disney fan site were invited by a cast member friend to be their guest during a test of the new Next-Gen system at EPCOT. During the test of the neww MagicBands and MyMagic+, they put the device through… Read More »MyMagic, Fastpass+ and Magicband Test Preview Video