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Old 08-15-2013, 07:54 PM   #2476
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What about adding a ro @ POP....that's what i have read some ppl are doing
the problem as I understand it is that we check in on the 2nd and the FP+ starts on the 3rd

It was suggested splitting the stay. I assume it means. Sept 2 and then sept3-8 instead of sept 2-8.

I am not sure how that is done but I assume I have to cancel and rebook everything and probably lose my free dining
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What about adding a ro @ POP....that's what i have read some ppl are doing
How would that work? we can't afford to pay for another day
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #2478
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We check in on Sept. 1. Does this mean we will not be able to at least get FP+? If not, I will complain. We are staying until Sept. 10th, so people from the 3rd-10th will be able to get regular FP's and FP+ and we won't? It just doesn't seem fair. I understand there is a date they have to start the magicbands but getting less fastpasses does not seem fair.
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How would that work? we can't afford to pay for another day
Some ppl on the boards have said book it and cancel it five days out but that seems wrong to me. I think you would have to still pay for the night there. The split stay might work as long as it doesn't take away your free dining if you have it. Also tickets went up in price a few months back so if you booked before that your locked in if you change your ressie as far as the tickets then you would probably be paying the difference
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:43 PM   #2480
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Arriving at por sept 7....just customized our magic bands!!!! So exciting!!! Still working on fast pass selections....
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:07 PM   #2481
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Arriving at por sept 7....just customized our magic bands!!!! So exciting!!! Still working on fast pass selections....
Woohoo hopefully I can soon!
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:33 PM   #2482
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We check in on Sept. 1. Does this mean we will not be able to at least get FP+? If not, I will complain. We are staying until Sept. 10th, so people from the 3rd-10th will be able to get regular FP's and FP+ and we won't? It just doesn't seem fair. I understand there is a date they have to start the magicbands but getting less fastpasses does not seem fair.
Just to encourage those who are feeling the sting of non-fast passes...a couple of things...this is a relatively slow time....the last time we went in September with Free Dining..we walked on many rides especially in the mid-afternoon times (when many with young toddlers head back for that nap) and later in the evening when everyone is lined up for parades, we're going nuts riding Splash Mountain multiple times One night, they even let us stay on the ride about 4x in a row! So, if a family gets 2 fast passes for Splash Mountain, is it really that much better than hitting it on slow days/times of days and riding many times?
I've also found that my system of NOT going to the park that has Early Magic Hours (if that still exists now) is a good one! What happens if the Fast Passes/magic bands have huge blips and not a one works...that is the payoff for being a test group...it can stink...just don't think your trip will be diminished by missing an opportunity, you are going to Disney!!! IT will be AWESOME!!
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Thanks Imhall, you made me feel better. I should be looking at the bright side, like staying at a great resort with free dining and great dinners planned all week. I just don't like to feel that we are "missing out" but everything you said is correct. Thanks again for taking the time to say it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:10 PM   #2484
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Very excited to be a part of the test for the new magic bands. Arriving on the 3rd. Now I can arrive at the parks when I want and my favorite rides are on fast pass. I also was able to get fast-passes at MK for a linked reservation that happens to be a one night stay at the AOA resort and a 4th bonus FP showed up for the New LM ride.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:13 PM   #2485
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I need opinions for room requests. We are staying in a RR. And I was just curious which building people like better. Oak or Panterre ( don't know if that is spelled correctly). I know I would like near the pool, we have std view. Thanks for all the info thus thread has helped planning.
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I need opinions for room requests. We are staying in a RR. And I was just curious which building people like better. Oak or Panterre ( don't know if that is spelled correctly). I know I would like near the pool, we have std view. Thanks for all the info thus thread has helped planning.
I would like this too!! We are also in a royal room, garden view.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:24 AM   #2488
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That will be the case once the system is fully live, yes. At the moment testers have been able to get regular Fastpasses too, but that won't last forever. They have also been able to book a new FP+ once the first one has been used in the park (from what's left for that day anyway) so they can keep up to three planned bookings active at any given time. I assume they will add a multi-park facility at some point in the future too.

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Wonder how this will affect availability of fast pass for us who aren't part of the test , we are there until 5th and was hoping our last few days after labor day crowds have left were going to be quiet with less queueing but if everyone has 3 fast pass plus AND normal fast pass AND extra fast pass plus can't see there being many normal fast passes left
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:37 AM   #2489
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Do you need to "link your tickets" to a room/ticket package reservation to get the magic bands? Is it even necessary to link your tickets when you've booked a package? Because obviously I don't have the tickets yet?
Tickets do need to be linked for FastPass+ use, but not for Magic Bands as you will get those even for a room-only booking.


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The magic bands are not available for customizing yet. They should be in the next few days.

I have a River View room plus FD booked right now and my question is, is it reasonable to request a Royal Room (even Standard, which is the exact same price point) and expect that request might be honored?
I have forwarded the comments about Magic Band customisation not working to the resort, as it seems to be a common issue (although one person has now said it worked for them).

As for swapping categories, you can certainly ask (as you say, regular River View is the same price as Royal Room standard) but there is no guarantee your request can be met. However at a quietish time of year you stand a better chance. Send a fax 4-5 days out (no more than 5 days, as 'pixie dust' category swaps are not available on the system until 5 days out) asking if this is possible.


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the problem as I understand it is that we check in on the 2nd and the FP+ starts on the 3rd

It was suggested splitting the stay. I assume it means. Sept 2 and then sept3-8 instead of sept 2-8.

I am not sure how that is done but I assume I have to cancel and rebook everything and probably lose my free dining
You could get them to modify the 2nd-8th booking, removing only that first day but keep the rest intact. Then book a one-day for the 2nd (possibly with no free dining, depending on availability).

Remember that your park tickets might work out more expensive, as a one-day MYW ticket is a LOT more expensive than the difference between a 7-day and an 8-day ticket.

But is it really worth it, just to pre-book a few fastpasses which you can still do on-the-day when you are there anyway - just as you have for the past 10 years?


The fact that so many guests are arriving on 2nd Sept (the start of Free Dining) is the reason that the Magic Band launch isn't happening on the Monday by the way. The resort very sensibly doesn't want to launch a brand new system on a very busy checkin day.

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We check in on Sept. 1. Does this mean we will not be able to at least get FP+? If not, I will complain.
For what? Sure, it is unfortunate that you check in two days before a new system is going to be made available for testing at your resort, but these things have to have a hard cut-off date somewhere. And the vast majority of Disney Resorts still won't have it at all as yet. I'm sorry it's happened to you, but it's really just one of those annoying little things that happen in life. And as I said above, the old system has worked fine for the last ten years, so it's not really too major a loss.


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I need opinions for room requests. We are staying in a RR. And I was just curious which building people like better. Oak or Panterre ( don't know if that is spelled correctly). I know I would like near the pool, we have std view. Thanks for all the info thus thread has helped planning.
Don't request a specific building, just request a room close to the pool. There are rooms near the pool in both Oak and Parterre. If you really want to try to choose a building too, Oak would probably be marginally better - but make sure you mention the pool proximity first.


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Wonder how this will affect availability of fast pass for us who aren't part of the test , we are there until 5th and was hoping our last few days after labor day crowds have left were going to be quiet with less queueing but if everyone has 3 fast pass plus AND normal fast pass AND extra fast pass plus can't see there being many normal fast passes left
I assume the more resorts they add, the more fastpass inventory will be allocated over to the new system and thus taken away from on-the-day guests. But FP+ people are still very much in the minority, so there should still be plenty available for regular guests.

Also, we don't know when the current ability for FP+ guests to also use regular fastpasses will be turned off.

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Tickets do need to be linked for FastPass+ use, but not for Magic Bands as you will get those even for a room-only booking.

I have forwarded the comments about Magic Band customisation not working to the resort, as it seems to be a common issue (although one person has now said it worked for them).

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Thank you for this Andre! You are quite remarkable to do this for everyone!
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