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Fun with My Magic +

We have just returned from a quick trip to Walt Disney World for a travel agent conference.  We all had an opportunity to try My Magic + during our trip and had a blast!

Testing continues for My Magic + including issuing Magic Bands to participants.  I wanted to give you some information about how the testing went for us.

When we were advised that we would be part of the test, we went to StartYourDisneyExperience.com, which guided us through the linking process.  We added our room reservation and tickets to My Disney Experience and then were given a link to customize our Magic Bands.

The Magic Bands were easy to customize.  My husband is William so I switched his name to Bill.  He really wanted gray so I got him that.  I ordered pink, the most popular color right now!  After confirming our shipping address, our bands were all set to be sent out.

I received a notice on the day they were to be delivered (I’m set up for My UPS Choice so they notified me the day prior).  Once we opened the box, we saw the great packaging from Disney.

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Inside the box was instructions on how to make the band smaller.

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And finally, here were our bands!

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We proceeded to make our FastPass+ selections, which, after doing it a couple times, was a piece of cake!  You just have to think through what you want to do and keep in mind it is a step by step process.  We made sure our smartphones had the app and that it was updated.  Now we just had to wait for the trip!

While I am not a fan of scheduling my vacation this much, I do like the FastPass+ system more than I thought I would and I do like the Magic Bands.

When I was in Florida it was in the low 90s every day.  Never once was my band uncomfortable.  It didn’t dig in or hurt in anyway.  I had some bling on my band and I was surprised how tightly it fit in the holes.  Here’s a tip — when you get to the resort and check in, ask if they have any bling for your band.  Right now they are giving away a band that says 2013 and glows in the dark!

Only once did I have trouble with my band and that was opening up the door to my room.  Trying to get the right position for it to register wasn’t always easy and one time I gave up and used my Key to the World card.

I used my band for entry to my room, charging food and drinks, getting into the parks and FastPass+.  I did mention that I’m not a huge fan of scheduling my vacation and I’ll explain.  I don’t decide until usually the morning of which park I want to go to.  I’m afraid with FastPass+ that there will be limited times available when I do that.  Time will tell on that however.  Disney is also increasing the number of attractions with FastPass+ so that will help as well.  Let’s assume that there is still availability for nearly everything the morning I want to go to any park.  Here is why I love FastPass+.

Let’s say I want to sleep in because we closed down the Magic Kingdom last night, but I still want to ride Toy Story Mania that day.  With the current system, We have to get there pretty close to rope drop and hurry to Toy Story Mania with our tickets to get FastPass tickets.  If we wait too long in the morning before heading to Hollywood Studios, we may not ride Toy Story Mania until evening if at all, unless we want to wait in line for an hour or more.

With FastPass+, I can decide that we will ride Toy Story Mania right after lunch, say at 1:00 – 2:00, I don’t have to worry, I just get on the app and make my FastPass+ time.

The other great thing we found out was how easy it was to change FastPass+ times same day.  Some of our friends traveling with us changed their minds based on the weather in the morning and were able to change their times while on the bus to a new destination.

For the way I like to vacation, I have had a hard time embracing this change, but the more I play with it and saw how it worked in practice, I’m growing more and more fond of the changes.

MyMagic+ and FastPass+

We’ve been hearing a lot about the MyDisneyExperience and the MagicBands lately, with testing of the MyMagic+ at Walt Disney World.  Last week, we had a blog from our friend Tiffany who was able to test the system.  Today I have information about using MyDisneyExperience to set up your FastPass+ selections, based on current testing going on.  Of course, this is all subject to change at anytime and as the testing continues and we move closer to the general use of MyMagic+, I fully expect that things will still change.

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Disney and MagicBands

Editor’s Note:  Today’s blog is from our friend Tiffany who recently had a chance to test Disney’s new MagicBands!  Thanks Tiffany!

It was nearly a month ago when my email, text, and facebook messages starting blowing up simultaneously. What was the reason? My friend was excitedly telling me that she had gotten us signed up to test Disney’s new Magic Bands! We each received a custom band, a one day park ticket, and we shared a room overnight and all we had to do was report back on our experience.

First off, the bands are CUTE! Each person gets to select their color (out of pink, green, red, orange, blue, grey, or yellow) and chooses the way their first name displays on the inside of the band. This is what the color selection screen looks like for the app:

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MyMagic+ and My Disney Experience

Today we heard more from Tom Staggs, Chairman at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, about MyMagic+ in his blog.  Over the years Disney has been creating more immersive and interactive ways to experience the parks.  From interactive queues and games, Disney is finding new ways for you to experience the same parks again and again.  The queues offer new experiences as you wait for the rides.  The games take ordinary artwork and displays and turn them into fun games and new obsessions!  I have friends who play the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  They are trading cards that they receive from the game to complete their sets.

We have mentioned before about FastPass+, a system that allows you to preplan your trip and set up times to experience select FastPass attractions.  Instead of collecting FastPasses when you arrive at the park, you can select times in advance of your trip to experience the rides.

Now we are hearing about MyMagic+.  This includes the My Disney Experience website and mobile app, giving you the ability to plan your trip online before arrival, plus last minute information on everything Walt Disney World has to offer.  Staggs indicates that since not everyone likes to plan in advance, the My Disney Experience allows those who don’t like to plan to go with the flow.  Using their smartphones after arrival, everyone can modify their plans instantly.  How will this all work when you arrive?  Guests will wear the MagicBand.  This wristband will replace the Key to the World card and become your room key, theme park ticket, FastPass+ ticket, PhotoPass card and optional charge card.

Last month more testing was done on this system.  They will continue testing and tweaking the system.  No word on when the program will go live, other than Staggs indicating they will share more in the months ahead.

Now it’s your turn.  What do you think about MyMagic+?  Are you looking forward to it at the parks or has Disney gone too far in controlling your experience?

Disney FastPass+

We mentioned recently on our Facebook page that Disney was starting up trials of the FastPass+ system again.  One of our clients has been selected to test the system so we wanted to share with you what she has received.  Hopefully, she will give us feedback when she returns from her trip.

This is different than the last test as participants are receiving their passes before leaving home and can select the experiences before getting to Disney.

The test is still just at Magic Kingdom Park and guests can select up to 4 experiences.  Choices can be modified at any time.  They will choose two experiences from these groups:

  • The Barnstormer, Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Town Square Theater:  Meet Mickey & Minnie
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Main Street Electrical Parade, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Town Square Theater: Meet the Disney Princesses, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Have you been selected for this program and used it yet with this trial?  We’d love to hear your opinion.

Testing Out the xPass System

Between May 1 – 15, 2012, select guests visiting Disney World are taking part in a test of the next generation of FastPasses at Magic Kingdom, currently called the xPass.  Clients of ours were selected when they arrived at the Magical Express Welcome Center at the Orlando airport last week.  They told us all about the experience plus offered us to use their second set of passes.

While they were at the Welcome Center, they were pulled aside by a castmember with a tablet to ask them some questions.  They selected dates for the trial and then were offered four fastpasses for each day.  There were two groups of four rides each.  They had to choose two from each group.  Then they needed to say if they wanted to tour in the morning, afternoon, evening or all day.  This allowed the system to select the appropriate times for the ride.  They supplied an email address and were sent a confirmation of the times for their rides.  They were given plastic FastPass cards that they would use for the trial.

Your email will spell out the times that you have xPass times for.  The nice part was how the rides were organized.  Instead of criss-crossing around the park, you started on one side and then moved your way across the park, saving time between rides.  If you forget the times when you get to the park, you can take your xPass card to certain machines at the FastPass attractions to see your times. Continue reading

Winter Offers at Disneyland

Disneyland has a great post-holiday travel offer for you to save on travel there between January 2 and February 26, 2012.  With a 4 day/4 night Disneyland Resort Vacation Package, you can save up to $500.  This package includes 4 nights at your choice of Disneyland Resort hotels, a 4 day park hopper pass for each person in your party, a collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag and Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness.

If a package is not what you are looking for, you can also save up to 35% on room reservations at the Disneyland Resort hotels between January 2 and February 29, 2012.  Travel must be completed by March 1, 2012.  Discounts are as follows:

  • At Paradise Pier Hotel, save 35% on most stays Sunday through Thursday and 30% on most stays Friday through Saturday.
  • At Disneyland Hotel or Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, save 25%  on most stays Sunday through Thursday and 20% on most stays Friday through Saturday.

For reservations between January 4 and February 29, 2012, registered guests at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels will receive 2 Fastpass tickets which can be used at any Fastpass attraction (except World of Color).  Fastpasses expire 7 days after issuance.

Finally, you can receive a complimentary phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy when your reservation is booked online by your travel agent.  This is for arrivals between November 14, 2011 and January 8, 2012.

Finally, you can also get a 3 day park hopper ticket for just $199.  This ticket is valid for 13 days after first use and can be used between January 4 and May 28, 2012.  These tickets must be purchased prior to arrival.

All offers have terms and conditions so contact us at Travel On A Dream for all the details today!

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