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Old 01-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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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
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:37 AM   #2
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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+?
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:44 AM   #3
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When do you suppose "this spring" is? I am going in February and in May. Hard to plan.
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Old 01-07-2013, 03:01 AM   #4
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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.
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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.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:21 AM   #6
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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.
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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.
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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 enjoy reading everyones interpretation of the "terms and conditions", which are also "subject to change". They currently read that you can not use Fast Pass+ (RFID) and exisiting fast pass (paper tickets), which makes sense since they are on different systems. Is it possible they will make the regular fast pass machines RFID in a seperate stage? So now you just swipe your wrist band and its now on your "reservation"? Everyone assumes you will only get 3 fast passes the entire day and can not receive anymore. Could it be the 3 are the perk (onsite guests) and you can get more throughout the day through the new system which acts similar to the old?

I am going to wait to see what it actually ends up being instead of trying to decipher terms and conditions.

Here is a quote from Staggs that you can interpret how you want as well: “We know that some people like to plan every aspect of their Disney vacation in advance while others like to plan very little, letting their day unfold spontaneously. No matter where guests fall in that spectrum, My Disney Experience gives them the flexibility to plan as much or as little as they’d like to create the exact Disney experience they want.”
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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.
That doesn't mean you won't be able to get additional FP+s in the park using a smartphone. In that scenario, I wonder about how well the wi-fi in the parks will actually work with possibly thousands of people trying to connect to it monitoring and updating their plans. Any time I've been around situations with thousands of people needing wi-fi access, it hasn't been executed well.
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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+?
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V.I.P. seating for parades, fireworks
This really has me interested! Does anyone know what they mean by VIP seating for parades and fireworks? I don't really care about the character meet & greets. But the fireworks and parades? That sounds wonderful.
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This really has me interested! Does anyone know what they mean by VIP seating for parades and fireworks?
There will be "roped-off" areas where guests with FP+ appointments for these would be allowed to watch the parade or fireworks.

I'm going to have to assume that these locations would allow for only a relatively few number of guests.
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Do we know yet if it's for on-site guests only?
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:50 AM   #14
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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?
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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.
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