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Old 03-06-2014, 08:52 PM   #1
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Maximize FP+ make new reservations under a new MDE*see post 227 before posting*

You can get a second set of FP+ if you make your new resort reservation on a different MDE than the one you used last time. If you do this, you can get a second set of MBs which will operate independently from your old set. Only one set of these bands will be linked to your park tickets. (The old set, if you have annual passes that are still valid and which were previously linked to your original MDE. The new set, if you are starting with new tickets and link those tickets to your new MDE. DO NOT link your tickets to both MDEs.)

With the set of bands linked to park tickets, you can get FP+ in advance -- 60 days out if you have resort reservations. You can only have one set of FP+ in advance. The other set of bands (not linked to any tickets) can be used to get a second set of FP+ -- NOT in advance, ONLY in the parks, same-day, at the kiosks. (Keep in mind that this may change at any time - which is why buying MBs for this purpose might not be a great idea).

You can't get advance FP+ on the second set of bands. This is because bands cannot be assigned FP+ unless tickets have been linked to them. But if you link your tickets to the second set of bands, those bands will become clones of the first set. All the bands will refer back to the same single set of FP+.

A great way to get a spare set of MBs is if you are planning a split say. If you are making more than one resort reservation for the same trip, make each one under a separate MDE account (you just need separate email addresses to make extra MDE accounts - you don't need to use a different name or address). Then link your tickets to ONE of the MDEs so that you can pre-book FP+ on those MBs. Do *not* link tickets to the second MDE. You can then use the spare MBs for extra FP+ made same day (SDFP+!) in the parks.

If you make all your reservations under the same MDE (or if you link your tickets to more than one MDE), the tickets and the MDEs will refer back to the same set of FP+. The MBs for all those reservations will be clones of each other. You can only get extra FP+ (made at the park kiosks) if you are using MBs at the kiosks that are not clones.

If you want to park hop, you would use only one set of MBs at the first park and reserve others for the second park. (You can get FPs from only one park if your tickets are linked to your MDE.) You can only make FP+ in advance at one of the two parks. At the other park, you could get only SDFP+.

To make FP+ selections at park kiosks, you can use a set of bands from a year ago or a set from a future resort stay that is still a week away. You can also make a set on your park tickets at the kiosks (if those tickets have not been linked to an MDE with a resort reservation -- but in that scenario, you'd have no FP+ in advance, which is a bad idea).

If you are staying in a room that accommodates 5 people (for example), it might be a good idea to put 5 people on the reservation, even if only 3 will be present. That way, you'll have 2 extra MBs which would not have linked tickets but which could be used for same-day kiosk FP+. Not *every person* on the reservation has to link tickets in order for other people on the reservation - who have linked tickets - to make advance FP+ reservations. You also can't make FP+ in advance for everyone on the reservation by linking only a ticket for one person -- each person who wants FP+ in advance must have a linked ticket on MDE.

Visiting kiosks at different times of day brings up a variety of attractions (since people are constantly moving their FP times, making their times available -- for instance, you might get a Toy Story Mania FP at a kiosk in the late afternoon when another guest has freed it up). However, there is no guarantee that you'll be lucky. And waiting in line at kiosks is time consuming.

If you want a difficult-to-snag FP+ at the kiosks, you might want to try for SDFP+ just two of the bands at a time. It's easier for the system to find you two FP+ together than four. Then you can try back later for a second set for the other two people in your group.

Be aware that Disney may change the way the system operates before you arrive -- and you'll find that your MBs won't function unless your tickets are linked. At the moment, the system allows SDFP+ to be made with unlinked MBs that can be used as extra FP+.

However, the most important thing is to get your FP+ in advance by linking your tickets to your upcoming reservation. It would be miserable to try to use only SDFP+ as availability continues to shrink. So this won't work for guests who either:
1. Don't already have a set of MBs from a previous trip that are linked to old tickets
2. Don't plan a split stay (for which separate MDEs are used to book each stay and tickets are linked to only one of the MDEs).
3. Have already made their new reservation under their ticket-linked MDE. You can't unlink tickets (except for special event tickets) once they've been linked to an MDE. You would have to cancel and rebook under a new MDE - probably not worth the trouble.

At this time, Disney doesn't give you an option to refuse a set of Magic Bands for each stay. If you make 10 reservations under the same MDE, you'll get 10 sets of MBs -- all of which will be linked to your tickets -- all will be clones of each other. You might have 10 different bands assigned to each person in your family -- but you can still only get one set of FP+ in advance. So it makes sense to maximize use of the bands they're going to send you anyway, by making some reservations under one or more separate MDEs (which do not have linked tickets). The MBs sent for those reservations will not be linked to tickets (so again, they can't be used for the golden advance FP+).

Remember that the FP+ in advance are all you really want. These extras are just scraps. But if you're going to get additional MBs anyway, then consider picking up a few scraps with SDFP+.

Go to page 36 of the thread for an illustration of how this might work for a family.

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