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Old 05-16-2013, 03:52 PM   #316
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both splash mountain and BTMRR were covered up throughout the trip until at least yesterday (our last day in MK). you would think they would include at least these. We didnt ride space mountain so i can't confirm this ride but every other attraction in MK that we encountered was covered.

On Saturday, Toy Story, RNRC and TOT were all covered.

The only top attraction I noticed was EE uncovered yesterday. Did not ride safari or kali so I don't have info on that as well.

I didnt see anyone using magic bands but if its 100 people just in AK, then I can see why.
Soarin' was uncovered yesterday, and Toy Story Mania was uncovered today. (My littles are too small for RNRC and afraid of Test Track & ToT).
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Old 05-16-2013, 04:23 PM   #317
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Will be at POR on Sunday I am going to ask about it when we check in, wouldn't mind trying it out if testing is going on while we are there.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #318
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Nice Disney CM on the phone said.. not till 2014.

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I called Disney. I told them I am travelling in June and asked if I would have to worry about the new FastPass system. The person on the phone was very surprised I was even asking about this. He said, "Oh, no.. that's only JUST being piloted now and it won't really be rolled out until 2014." Just my 2 cents.


Just quoting myself since a lot of people might not have seen this earlier. It's not gospel but it sure made me feel better to hear the CM tell me this on the phone.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #319
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Just quoting myself since a lot of people might not have seen this earlier. It's not gospel but it sure made me feel better to hear the CM tell me this on the phone.
I wouldn't put too much weight on this. CMs are notorious for having incorrect information about things like FP+.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:34 PM   #320
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There is recent quote from the CFO that basically says their belief is the more they can get customers to schedule in advance, the less likely the customers will leave to visit competitors.
Interesting because I was thinking just the opposite. We will always visit a certain competitor and I've already been strategizing on how to use fastpasses even more wisely to have more time to spend away from the Disney parks. This isn't just to visit that competitor but to perhaps do more hanging out at the resort and resort hopping and such things. Unless I'm missing something (which is possible since we still only have limited knowledge) this might just free up more time.
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Interesting because I was thinking just the opposite. We will always visit a certain competitor and I've already been strategizing on how to use fastpasses even more wisely to have more time to spend away from the Disney parks. This isn't just to visit that competitor be to perhaps do more hanging out at the resort and resort hopping and such things. Unless I'm missing something (which is possible since we still only have limited knowledge) it might just free up more time.
You are in the minority of their expectations. I expect we all (on the DIS) are.

By guests spending less time wondering what they'll do next within a park, they expect they'll do more while in the park - and they are hoping that translates into more shopping and eating.

I'm not sure why that expectation is any more realistic than when they first came up with Fastpass.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:54 PM   #322
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You are in the minority of their expectations. I expect we all (on the DIS) are.

By guests spending less time wondering what they'll do next within a park, they expect they'll do more while in the park - and they are hoping that translates into more shopping and eating.

I'm not sure why that expectation is any more realistic than when they first came up with Fastpass.
Yup.

It's not like I'm at a loss looking for something else to pass the vacant time.
I just use any "extra" time in a park to ride (or re-ride) more attractions and see more shows.
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If someone already plans to leave the park then they probably will do so anyway. I don't see this as making much difference when it comes to that group.

I guess that I can see those that are there for the duration possibly shopping more. A person can only eat so much.
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If someone already plans to leave the park then they probably will do so anyway. I don't see this as making much difference when it comes to that group.

I guess that I can see those that are there for the duration possibly shopping more. A person can only eat so much.
It is for the group that has not planned to leave the park. If they feel tied to the park through fast passes and meals already booked they are less likely to go drive I-4 to see what's there.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:09 PM   #325
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I wouldn't put too much weight on this. CMs are notorious for having incorrect information about things like FP+.
and this thread was started by a person who is thought to be a CM.... hmmm...
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #326
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Well, in all fairness.

It's only an issue if you want to do rides in the parks.

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Limiting the quantity of fastpasses that a guest can get is not a method of getting guests to spend more time in gift shops.

If a guest ducks into a gift shop for several minutes, when he comes out he still has to wait the full length of time in a ride line if he does not have a fastpass. Can anyone suggest (or imagine) a way around that?

1. A family gets in line. One (or more) members can leave, duck into a gift shop, then rejoin the rest of the family.

2. (you finish the story).

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When it gets this large, this test should be available to all guests jumping through the same hoops. For example if volunteers are selected only at deluxe and moderate resort concierge desks, then any guest should be able to report there at the appointed hour(s), follow the same instructions, and have an equal chance of participating.
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Looks like some MagicBands are indeed in the wild - and some more details about colors and selection:

http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2013/05/17/f...gic-magicband/

Some interesting details:

- You must choose a color at least 5 days in advance. Less than 5 days everyone gets "Iconic Gray" (was to sensationalize a boring color there...)

- If you do it at least 10 days out, they can be shipped to you. I'm betting there is an upcharge for that.

- You can get your name (9-10 characters) printed on the band - I'm going to assume that likewise has to be done in advance. No idea on an upcharge.
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Looks like some MagicBands are indeed in the wild - and some more details about colors and selection:

http://blog.wdwinfo.com/2013/05/17/f...gic-magicband/

Some interesting details:

- You must choose a color at least 5 days in advance. Less than 5 days everyone gets "Iconic Gray" (was to sensationalize a boring color there...)

- If you do it at least 10 days out, they can be shipped to you. I'm betting there is an upcharge for that.

- You can get your name (9-10 characters) printed on the band - I'm going to assume that likewise has to be done in advance. No idea on an upcharge.
According to the link, your name goes on the back of the band, the part that sits on your skin. I was thinking it would be on the front, like a fun ID bracelet for kids to wear with their first names. Other than the possibility of having it returned to you if lost, I don't see the appeal of having your name on the band if no one sees it.

"Iconic Gray"? LOL I guess just "grey" was too boring.
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MagicBand Guest Reservation Timeline:
  • From booking until 10 days prior reservation date: Each guest can choose a specific color for their band and get their name printed. Guests can also choose to either have their MagicBands shipped directly to their house or to their resort to be picked up from the front desk at check-in. If shipped home, the MagicBands will be sent no earlier than 30 days from the reservation date.
  • From 9 days prior until 5 days prior reservation date: Guests can choose their color online and specify a name, but the only option is to have the MagicBands sent to the resort to be picked up from the front desk at check-in.
  • From 5 days prior until reservation date: Guests can no longer select their color and all guests in party will receive ‘Iconic Gray’ MagicBands at check-in.
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