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MermaidMommy 01-07-2013 02:14 AM

New York Times Article on FP+ and "Magic Bands"
 
Not a lot of new info, but . . .

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/bu...s&emc=rss&_r=0

missmary 01-07-2013 02:37 AM

I thought it was interesting that it says "MyMagic+ will allow users of a new Web site and app called My Disney Experience to preselect three FastPasses before they leave home for rides or V.I.P. seating for parades, fireworks and character meet-and-greets."

So now the number is 3 for FP+?

Princess Sleepy 01-07-2013 02:44 AM

When do you suppose "this spring" is? I am going in February and in May. Hard to plan.

MermaidMommy 01-07-2013 04:01 AM

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Originally Posted by missmary
I thought it was interesting that it says "MyMagic+ will allow users of a new Web site and app — called My Disney Experience — to preselect three FastPasses before they leave home for rides or V.I.P. seating for parades, fireworks and character meet-and-greets."

So now the number is 3 for FP+?

I wondered about that, too, and the fact that it doesn't specify anywhere that the FP+ component is only for guests staying at Disney hotels. Of course, they only got some fluff comments from the WDW chairman - no timeline or specifics were actually on the record. Still, it's another piece to add to the FP+ puzzle.

Pixiedust34 01-07-2013 06:09 AM

I read a speculation somewhere that the paper FP machines may not be available to those using Next Gen. That would put a cramp in our touring style because we make good use of FP (we get more than 3 each day) throughout our trip.

PrincessArlena'sDad 01-07-2013 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Pixiedust34 (Post 47108369)
I read a speculation somewhere that the paper FP machines may not be available to those using Next Gen. That would put a cramp in our touring style because we make good use of FP (we get more than 3 each day) throughout our trip.

This is not speculation.

The terms and conditions of My Disney Experience state explicitly that if you use FP+, you can not use regular fastpass.

The reason: FP+ requires RFID tickets, but RFID tickets can not be used for regular fastpass.

For now, at least it is one or the other.

luchamouse 01-07-2013 06:38 AM

Do we know yet if it's for on-site guests only?

DeluxePrincess 01-07-2013 06:50 AM

That big, red band is pretty ugly.

I wonder if this system allows you to park hop? If I want a Fast Pass from Epcot in the morning and MK at night, would that be allowed?

Pixiedust34 01-07-2013 06:54 AM

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Originally Posted by DeluxePrincess (Post 47108496)
That big, red band is pretty ugly.

I wonder if this system allows you to park hop? If I want a Fast Pass from Epcot in the morning and MK at night, would that be allowed?

That's a good question. Perhaps if you bought hoppers, you would be allowed 3 FPs in a mix-and-match of parks. :confused3

Pixiedust34 01-07-2013 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by PrincessArlena'sDad (Post 47108391)
This is not speculation.

The terms and conditions of My Disney Experience state explicitly that if you use FP+, you can not use regular fastpass.

The reason: FP+ requires RFID tickets, but RFID tickets can not be used for regular fastpass.

For now, at least it is one or the other.

I wonder if the old machines will be in use for off-site guests, or if all will get wristbands?

I'm not sure if on-site guests will have perks (perhaps extra FPs?), though it wouldn't surprise me. Rumor has it that they are trimming down free dining (nothing for value stays, quick service for mods and deluxes) and offering FP perks is a way to entice guests to stay onsite when the resort prices keep climbing and promotions such as FD are not as good as they once were.

I also wonder how this would work for those w/o smart phones and for international guests in the parks if they want to change a reservation or FP time.

I don't mind wearing a bracelet, but I do hope it's removable for showering and sleeping.

It'll be interesting to see what develops! We won't be at WDW until Sept., so hopefully by then the system will be up and running well.

PrincessArlena'sDad 01-07-2013 07:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Pixiedust34 (Post 47108506)
That's a good question. Perhaps if you bought hoppers, you would be allowed 3 FPs in a mix-and-match of parks. :confused3

All FP+ reservations must be for the same park, on any given day.

So, you can still park hop, but all FP+, per day, must be in the same park.

This is from the MDE terms and conditions.

McKelly 01-07-2013 07:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pixiedust34 (Post 47108369)
I read a speculation somewhere that the paper FP machines may not be available to those using Next Gen. That would put a cramp in our touring style because we make good use of FP (we get more than 3 each day) throughout our trip.

I would be disappointed as well, if we could not use regular, paper FP.

Is there going to be a choice? Which one we can use? Or if we are on-site, we have to use the FP+?

glammadiva 01-07-2013 07:23 AM

Noticed at the gates this weekend when an RFID card could not be read, the CM would call out Magic! A person with a clipboard and scanner would then read the card and mark something on the clipboard. Seems like Magic is the operative word for the RFID project. Lets just hope the don't roll it out during a holiday season like they did the website!!

Buffalo2Disney 01-07-2013 07:43 AM

This seems very cool and I am excited to hopefully use it when I go in November, HOWEVER I can't even link my package reservation to the new website so how can I schedule anything for it if the Disney website doesn't even recognize I am going to WDW. Fix your website Disney, then we'll talk.

*UPDATE* Logged into Disney website to TRY and link my reservation to the new site and when I went to the reservations page a pop-up came up and they automatically linked my reservation to my account for me. It's all there now, with dates for when I can make my ADR's and when I can do my online check-in (which is now 60 days out instead of 10)

conniehar90 01-07-2013 08:33 AM

We definitely need more than 3 fastpasses!

My DD was looking over my shoulder while I read this article - she said - "I don't want to wear that!" Ha!


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