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Old 09-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #121
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Do you have to do online check in? I wasn't because I have 2 suites booked at AoA and we want to be close to each other - our reservations have travel with designated on them but that doesn't always mean that we will be put close to each other. But if I want to do FP+ and I have to do online check in then I guess if we aren't close we will have to talk to the front desk after the fact.

Can you ask at the front desk where you will be if you are getting there a day before but have a room only reservation (LM) before the suite? Then maybe I won't hold up the line for online check in trying to change things when checking into the suite.
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Some people are reporting that MagicBands and FP+ are not dependent upon check in, but some say it's required. I'm hoping to not check in online because we have two families and would like to set up two separate charging privileges and this can only be done at the front desk. We were told not to do the online check in.
We are at AKL 10/31-11/2 and BC from 11/2-11/9. Both resorts are testing the MBs and FP+. We do not do online checkin but were able to customize our MBs and make any FP+ we wanted to.
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:48 PM   #122
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I find this somewhat hopeful since Pop has consistently been a part of testing. It's a matter of time and wait and see. I have an 11 night stay at three resorts coming up. Currently none are testing resorts . . . surely at least one will be by November!
I have been told by Disney IT that once a resort participates in the testing process they will continue to have that technology. Take it for what it's worth!
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #123
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I'm not sure what others have heard but on the UK boards somebody posted an official email they relieved from disney IT stating that there will be NO MB testing for November or December!

Any body checking in to 1 of the participating hotels before October 31st will be able to use their MB and make selections for their whole stay, anybody arriving after that even if in a hotel that is participating for guests before November will not get the bands!

I called up today and asked as I check into the Poly on the 28th October and my MDE app is saying I can customise my bands, I was told that the above was true and I'm lucky as I'm checking in before the deadline, they will start rolling out the MB again in January.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:25 PM   #124
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We also will need two separate charging privileges, if I do online check in, can the front desk fix the charging accounts when we arrive? We are at Pop, arriving Nov. 14.
You may want to ask Disney directly. Here is the content of the message I received in response to my questions:
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When you check-in at the Front Desk, you are able to add multiple credit cards for the charging privileges. Since you will be doing this, please
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:29 PM   #125
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Can you link to that thread? I'd be interested to read it. I find it hard to believe there wouldn't be any magic bands in November and December. There is too much hype about them. And what's left to test after this test is "done?"
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:32 PM   #126
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I'm not sure what others have heard but on the UK boards somebody posted an official email they relieved from disney IT stating that there will be NO MB testing for November or December!

Any body checking in to 1 of the participating hotels before October 31st will be able to use their MB and make selections for their whole stay, anybody arriving after that even if in a hotel that is participating for guests before November will not get the bands!

I called up today and asked as I check into the Poly on the 28th October and my MDE app is saying I can customise my bands, I was told that the above was true and I'm lucky as I'm checking in before the deadline, they will start rolling out the MB again in January.
I kind of hope this is true because all of the magic band talk has me stressing out. We go the week of thanksgiving and I could swear I read that Riverside would be up and running. It's going to be a very busy time and I would hate to have problems.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:40 PM   #127
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I'm not sure what others have heard but on the UK boards somebody posted an official email they relieved from disney IT stating that there will be NO MB testing for November or December!

Any body checking in to 1 of the participating hotels before October 31st will be able to use their MB and make selections for their whole stay, anybody arriving after that even if in a hotel that is participating for guests before November will not get the bands!

I called up today and asked as I check into the Poly on the 28th October and my MDE app is saying I can customise my bands, I was told that the above was true and I'm lucky as I'm checking in before the deadline, they will start rolling out the MB again in January.
Wow, this is big if it is true. This would be something that Disney should announce publicly, not as a random email to someone. If it is true that there won't be any Magic Bands for ANYONE checking in to any WDW resort in November and December, then that will be both a disappointment and a relief.

I've been disappointed that the WL was not part of the MB tests. The exclusion has been a little tough to bear. But if no one has Magic Bands and if no one can get FP+'s during November and December, then at least everyone will be having the same experience.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #128
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This is what I was guessing would happen. When they tested them last year, they tested them Aug and Sept, but stopped testing them during the busy times of Nov. and Dec. I am wondering if that will happen again. Wondering if they will resume testing during the low times of Jan. and Feb. as well.


I truly can't see them rolling this out before their busiest seasons. I can't imagine the nightmare Thanksgiving and Christmas crowds could be on this system that is still incurring some major bugs. Nothing would make me happier than if they put a pause on the testing before our trip and let me get in one last trip using the regular FP.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:51 PM   #129
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I would definitely be okay with them stopping the testing until January. Anyone able to prove that information is false??? Anyone checking in November 1st or after able to customize bands yet???
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:05 PM   #130
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Wow, this is big if it is true. This would be something that Disney should announce publicly, not as a random email to someone. If it is true that there won't be any Magic Bands for ANYONE checking in to any WDW resort in November and December, then that will be both a disappointment and a relief.

I've been disappointed that the WL was not part of the MB tests. The exclusion has been a little tough to bear. But if no one has Magic Bands and if no one can get FP+'s during November and December, then at least everyone will be having the same experience.
Agreed on all points!
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:14 PM   #131
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This would just be a giant relief if it's true that they aren't testing for November and December. I've said a few times they'd have to be crazy to roll this out during the Thanksgiving/Christmas crowds. Can you imagine the potential for problems? It's hard enough to keep people happy during crowd level 10 days. Add in all the new technology and it's a nightmare scenario.
I've been whining all over the boards because I have 2 day tickets from a free dining promo to use for this trip. I can't upgrade them until I get there and couldn't get any answers about adding them to my account. If I don't have to worry about this for one more trip I will be one happy Dis'er. Fingers crossed.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #132
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You may want to ask Disney directly. Here is the content of the message I received in response to my questions:
Thank you for the information.

I am actually hoping the FastPass+ will not be tested in November and December. Planning our first trip to WDW is overwhelming to say the least. I have been reading these boards for over a year in preparation, and the whole FastPass+/MagicBands has thrown me into anxiety overload to try and understand all of the schematics to get the most from our first WDW trip.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #133
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I've looked at the uk board but I can't find where any one posted such a letter. There was one person who posted a letter from IT, but it says November/December hasn't been added yet. Not that it never would. Anybody have a link?
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:29 PM   #134
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This new info is very confusing. I have read posts that state that people staying end of Oct into Nov have ordered MBs and have reserved FP times. If they aren't utilizing FP+ in November then why would the system allow them to go into the month of November? I would think that the entire month would be blocked out. I can see people who have vacations that start in Oct be able to test it but once they put in a Nov date it would say "Sorry your dates are out of range" or something like that.
This whole thing has made me a mess
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:42 PM   #135
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I've looked at the uk board but I can't find where any one posted such a letter. There was one person who posted a letter from IT, but it says November/December hasn't been added yet. Not that it never would. Anybody have a link?
Yeah, that's all I'm finding too. It just says right now no November/December people.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....3153071&page=7
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