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Old 08-12-2013, 02:25 AM   #16
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We're staying at Pop in Sept, and already have our Magic Bands. I never received an email. I checked MDE randomly one day, and saw the option to customize our Magic Bands. I was like, "What Magic Bands?" Ha! Anyway, I customized our bands, we chose our FP+, and our bands shipped out very quickly. They were at my front door about a week after we customized them. The only email I received was to alert me that our bands had shipped--and they arrived at my door the same day I got the email (they shipped from Memphis and we live in the New Orleans area, so by the time the auto-email was sent, they were on the truck for delivery lol). Received our bands on Aug 1st.
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We're staying at Pop in Sept, and already have our Magic Bands. I never received an email. I checked MDE randomly one day, and saw the option to customize our Magic Bands. I was like, "What Magic Bands?" Ha! Anyway, I customized our bands, we chose our FP+, and our bands shipped out very quickly. They were at my front door about a week after we customized them. The only email I received was to alert me that our bands had shipped--and they arrived at my door the same day I got the email (they shipped from Memphis and we live in the New Orleans area, so by the time the auto-email was sent, they were on the truck for delivery lol). Received our bands on Aug 1st.
Do you arrive in September or on like the last day of August?
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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Do you arrive in September or on like the last day of August?
Haha, ya know what, we DO check in on the last day of Aug. We've gone in Sept every.stinkin'.year. So it just rolls off my tongue to say we go in Sept every year. But yes, for the first time ever, we're checking in on the last day of Aug. So sorry for any confusion! Are the MB's not being tested by ppl checking in in Sept?
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Haha, ya know what, we DO check in on the last day of Aug. We've gone in Sept every.stinkin'.year. So it just rolls off my tongue to say we go in Sept every year. But yes, for the first time ever, we're checking in on the last day of Aug. So sorry for any confusion! Are the MB's not being tested by ppl checking in in Sept?
September hotels haven't been announced for magic bands. But I knew Pop was testing for August dates. So that one day got you a magic band. Congrats!!
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September hotels haven't been announced for magic bands. But I knew Pop was testing for August dates. So that one day got you a magic band. Congrats!!
Holy smokes, for real??? I haven't really been keeping up with the MB testing, just knew that some ppl got them, and some didn't. Had no idea it was tied to our check in date.

Really, I'm sort of excited about the bands themselves, not so excited about the FP+. I'm all for convenience, having everything tied to the MB, but while we were choosing our FP+'s, it was a bit disappointing. We aren't terribly spontaneous, but having to basically map out our entire day every day of our trip wasn't so magical . We like just a bit of leeway built into our day, but with FP+'s, it feels like we're tied to a schedule.

I'm hopeful that, as it is EVERY year in Sept, crowd levels are so low that we hardly use any FP, so maybe it won't be a big deal.

Just my $.02.
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Holy smokes, for real??? I haven't really been keeping up with the MB testing, just knew that some ppl got them, and some didn't. Had no idea it was tied to our check in date.

Really, I'm sort of excited about the bands themselves, not so excited about the FP+. I'm all for convenience, having everything tied to the MB, but while we were choosing our FP+'s, it was a bit disappointing. We aren't terribly spontaneous, but having to basically map out our entire day every day of our trip wasn't so magical . We like just a bit of leeway built into our day, but with FP+'s, it feels like we're tied to a schedule.

I'm hopeful that, as it is EVERY year in Sept, crowd levels are so low that we hardly use any FP, so maybe it won't be a big deal.

Just my $.02.
Fortunately since the system is still being tested you can use your card key to get regular fast passes as well to supplement it. I'm hoping the FP+ system evolves I include more spontaneity an the ability I decide in park to grab a pass for an attraction. But for now you can just use both for maximum fast pass efficiency.
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We're staying at Pop in Sept, and already have our Magic Bands. I never received an email. I checked MDE randomly one day, and saw the option to customize our Magic Bands. I was like, "What Magic Bands?" Ha! Anyway, I customized our bands, we chose our FP+, and our bands shipped out very quickly. They were at my front door about a week after we customized them. The only email I received was to alert me that our bands had shipped--and they arrived at my door the same day I got the email (they shipped from Memphis and we live in the New Orleans area, so by the time the auto-email was sent, they were on the truck for delivery lol). Received our bands on Aug 1st.
Whew! I got scared for a minute! We are staying at Pop in Sept too and I was afraid I missed something... not that I really want them. Glad you guys got it cleared up that it actually is in Aug... I'm curious if since Pop was tested in Aug if they will just extend it and if so when people will be made aware.
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I've heard typically 17 days out is when it happens. That would make Aug 15th the date to keep watching for Sept 1st. For me it would be Aug 29th.
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I've heard typically 17 days out is when it happens. That would make Aug 15th the date to keep watching for Sept 1st. For me it would be Aug 29th.
I have read that as well. 17 seems like a weird magical number to me But it seems like it has been pretty consistent. Ugh now I have to do math to figure out 17 days from Sept 8!
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I have read that as well. 17 seems like a weird magical number to me But it seems like it has been pretty consistent. Ugh now I have to do math to figure out 17 days from Sept 8!
Next Friday for you. I only know because I'm the 4th and I'm waiting on Monday. >.<
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Next Friday for you. I only know because I'm the 4th and I'm waiting on Monday. >.<
Haha thank you! Now, take this as you will, but: I just got off the phone with a CM - I had to call and add PP+ the website wouldnt let me (go figure) and he asked if I was excited about FP+ and if I had picked out my magic bands. I told him no, it wasn't an option for me and I knew about the testing at Pop in Aug but hadn't heard about Sept. He said he was very sure that Pop would continue to have them through Sept and to keep an eye on the website to add the bands and choose my FP+...
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I really hope WL gets to do it in September. My boys have been bugging me about them - I don't know why cause DH and I could care less about it. LOL Any idea when/where they would announce the testing hotels for September?
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I really hope WL gets to do it in September. My boys have been bugging me about them - I don't know why cause DH and I could care less about it. LOL Any idea when/where they would announce the testing hotels for September?
I'm also hoping for Wilderness Lodge. I think we will know by the end of this week if the 17 day before pattern hold. BUT we called the hotel and asked and when we did they took down our info as an "interested party" not sure what that will do for us. Or if enough people at one hotel are interested they test there first.
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I'm also hoping for Wilderness Lodge. I think we will know by the end of this week if the 17 day before pattern hold. BUT we called the hotel and asked and when we did they took down our info as an "interested party" not sure what that will do for us. Or if enough people at one hotel are interested they test there first.
Well, I have to call anyway tonight about my Mickey Mail (it still has all the paperwork for the Poly in it! Argh!) so maybe I'll just let them know that we too would be interested in testing them!! That would add more of us to the list!! Thanks for the quick response!
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