FP+ is Live! Magic Bands in the park!

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by PrettyFlower2, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. BriarRosie

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    Quite a few inaccuracies you've got there. The biggest misconceptions are the parts about stealing your credit card info. The magic bands do NOT store active credit card info. The cards store an inactive RFID chip that is linked to a centralized record on a database. No personal info is stored on the band. Just like the Key to the World Card, but in wristband form. And no, Disney is NOT going to track your movements. Bog Iger wrote a scathing reply to Congressman Ed Markey from Massachusetts, who brought up those concerns. Bog Iger practically ripped him a new one in his reply.

    As for the other assumptions. the enforcement of FassPass return times didn't drive people away in droves. The parks are as crowded as they ever were.

    The only part of the post remotely accurate is the IT problem. The app and website for My Disney Experience has some glitches. It didn't work properly for my April trip, but I was still able to make a dining reservation from it while I was on the trip. It's working on some things but seems to have trouble with some prior resort or dining reservations.
     
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  3. BriarRosie

    BriarRosie <font color=blue>Creator of Tag Fairy Haiku:<br>Cl

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    Since FastPass has been around since 1998 or so, I really think it's the fault of the people who don't take time to do any basic research of their trips. They don't have to be on the boards, but every guidebook on the market discusses FassPass.
     
  4. Planogirl

    Planogirl I feel the nerd in me stirring

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  5. NYDisneyKid

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    Correct
     
  6. d1gitman

    d1gitman Mad About The Mouse!

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    personally I am willing to drink the koolaid and believe that the eventual implementation of FP+ will be a good thing. while it is in the interest of Disney to find ways to get us in their shops and eateries spending our money, it still is also in their interests for guests to have an overall good time. I would really be surprised if they did not consider all aspects of a guest's experience and how to not negatively impact their experience. i'm sure they have worked at covering all aspects from the commando, rope dropping, running of the bulls to TSM crowd to the smell the roses crowd that still doesn't know about the current FP system. I just don't see Disney rocking the boat to the point that they alienate the masses. Yes, I drink the koolaid and I have faith in the Mouse
     
  7. Tink3rbell86

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  8. monorailrabbit

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    I am a tinsy bit stressed myself!

     
  9. BibbidyBobbidyBoo

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    Ok I'm assuming this won't affect DL this summer? (Please say no LOL)

    And I have another question that probably no one can answer... but I'll give it a shot anyway. WHO gets the magic band? Just those who stay onsite and purchase a pkg that includes park tickets? What about those that are staying onsite, or off (doesn't matter) and are using tickets they already have? You know- using those 10 day non expiration tickets.... anyone anyone anyone know? I'm just confused who gets the magic bands and when. If you're using tickets you already have to get in the park- when, if ever, would you get a magic band? And would that mean if they implemented only the bands, no longer using tickets at the kiosks, that those that are using days off their own tickets they wouldn't get the band and therefore no FP at all?

    And I'm with the crowd that says 1-3 fastpasses per day is the pits.... then to top it off booking that months ahead of time? Oh arghhhhhhhh I finally got past the ADR stuff (so over it since it has to be booked so far in advance and thankfully we've done all the character meals so don't have to plan ADR's for every day of the trip) and I'm not looking forward to planning FP's months in advance. Bah humbug
     
  10. monorailrabbit

    monorailrabbit Rabbits Rabbits Everywhere!

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    :duck: I will do my best with some of these, no this is not going to DL... yet...as far as I know, everyone that has a ticket package will get the magic band. I believe there will be some options to pay to upgrade with a character theme or something. I'm guessing resort folks will get their bands at check-in. You would also (I'm guessing) have access to the kiosks and your smartphone for additional FPs (if this is indeed an option) And yes, I agree too, 3 is lame.

    DISCLAIMER: This is JUST my understanding... I'm not trying to be an expert or say this is going to be the gospel truth! I am as anxious as you guys to hear people reporting back! :thumbsup2
     
  11. wdwobsessed

    wdwobsessed I love Disney ... I love Disney ... I love Disney

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    Reading this thread makes me wonder how people survived all those years without FastPass.

    I think whatever free variation they have of it people should be thankful for that as its not something they even have to offer.

    Geez. Stand in line a bit and maybe interact with your fellow mankind. You may enjoy it!!
     
  12. RangerPooh

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    I just inquired about this at SSR and they had no information about the testing. They even inquired with a manager and still no info on the selection for testing. I'm wondering if its only at select results?
     
  13. Dreamer & Wisher

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    I am skeptical about this report... Anyone care to confirm? So far I have read 2 posts in this thread that do not support the OP's claims.

    How about a photo or two or three?

    Anyone ??
     
  14. WILDERNESS FAN 55

    WILDERNESS FAN 55 CANNOT GET ENOUGH

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    A good thought! It is funny how many think FP has been there since 1971. And if they change it in any way it gets personal. Same way so many think about free dining as if it's been offered since the beginning. :lmao:
     
  15. AngiTN

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    Seeing as the test is only on 100 guests, out of all guests in the park system, per day I would say yeah, it's very select and your odds of being selected are slightly better than winning the lottery
     
  16. BibbidyBobbidyBoo

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    so does this mean those using tickets they already have, and not a new ticket package, won't get it? And especially not if staying off site?
     
  17. Princess-ish

    Princess-ish Earning My Ears

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    I'm going to be a minority here... but I would LOVE to have access to FP+ for my Sept. vacation and fingers are crossed that they will start pilot testing this soon.

    I've had absolutely ZERO issues with the MyDisneyExperience App... although it certainly isn't anything worthy prior to arrival. I downloaded the app, created a Disney account (booked my Disney vacation online, as a guest, and created a new email for this process), had no problems linking my reservation, and creating My Profile and Guest's.

    When on the actual site, I assigned characters and created my daily itinerary. The graphics are pretty impressive (which I'm sure plays a part in the occasional lag) and the dinning reservations I had made on my cell (under the same email address) were automatically linked, almost immediately.

    At this point... Disney knows exactly where I'll be, when I'll be there, and for what purpose... surprisingly, I like it.

    We're the minority, I get that. The couple who wants more table service than counter, more pool time than park, more drinks then ice cream bars, more Deluxe than Value.

    If you're telling me, that I can secure my Kilimanjaro Safari fast pass ahead of time, and just arrive at rope drop to ride Everest multiple times... I'm in.

    If I can secure a FP for Soarin' and/or Test Track so I'm able to enjoy a nice breakfast at my resort area... I'm in.

    If I can secure a FP for Toy Story Mania, so I can head straight to Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror for a few rides... I'm in.

    Those of us on these sites know how to "play the game"... how to work the system... the best days, routes, strategies, etc. I would also venture that if you HAD to plan your day WITHOUT FP... most of you could, and still accomplish the majority. Funny, as I type that... I almost feel like this is Disney's goal all along. Would it force you to add on options like Park Hoppers or maybe even extra days? How nice for Disney :scratchin

    Though at the same time I was nearly baffled at the out cry of foul play when Disney decided to enforce FP times. Never once had my planning style included purposely collecting and holding FP to be used later in the day... clearly I was missing out on something. Yet I never once felt like my vacation/park experience was compromised and often rode E-Ticket attractions multiple times.

    No doubt Disney is changing the game and how many of the members of this site (and others) currently tour. For us, and of course, this is just our personal experience and opinion, whatever Disney is doing... is "working" for me... and I greatly look forward to what's to come. :ssst:
     
  18. seashoreCM

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    Letting the pilot phase or testing phase run for a long time would be the most dangerous thing. It would mean that for many months a small number or rather a moderate number of guests could get extra fastpasses in the form of fastpass plus and everybody else would have to share the remaining paper fastpasses equally with the fastpass + folks also.

    Better would be a linkage that imposed the two hour delay for each pre-reserved fastpass + after you enter the park. For example if you reserved 2 fastpass + (regardless of times you chose) then there would be a 4 hour delay from when you entered the park before you could pull paper fastpasses.
     
  19. White Rose

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    The sky is falling!! aaah!

    Bracelets do not store data - they only have a code.

    Did you know.. Disney is a for profit company?

    I read somewhere that there will be helpers at the kiosks, not sure if this si true. Wanna know why I do not know? cause it's not live for everyone yet.

    Did you know many people still think regular fast pass is a pay service, or do not know it exsists at all? Lots. I help people get the most out of their trips to WDW daily - at my work I'm kown as the resident disney expert which is funny because I only go every 5 years, and I live in NJ. I still get asked how the harry potter ride is in WDW - or wondering how much fast passes are...or the fact that there three major classes of WDW Resort hotels (if you ignore DVC villas etc.)

    Did you know...most people don't book anything and just show up at disney?
    They won't know any different from FP to FP+ because they don't care about it like we do.

    I hate carrying a card that I need to keep secure - it means i need to carry a wallet and a purse because i do not trust my pockets and I'm not buying shorts with buttons/snaps to carry a wallet to carry a silly card - sheesh. too much work. wear a bracelet? yea. easy, no need to carry anything at all. I wear a watch and jewelry anyway, so no big deal.

    If you really think that disney can not change the terms and conditions on anything they put out...wow..then how are they able to do FP+ at all? How are they able to change rules on anything ever? Your whole complaint is very hard to understand because you are complaining that disney made changes and one of your arguements is that Disney can not change the rules.

    The sky is not falling.
     
  20. Magpie

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    I really don't think a hundred guests getting "extra fastpasses" will affect anyone's touring, in any measurable way, regardless of how long they let it run.

    Remember the year of a million dreams when they were handing out cards with multiple fastpasses on them? They probably handed out a lot more than 100 each day, and it didn't affect wait times one little bit.

    No need to fuss about with four hour delays and unnecessarily complicate things, just to ensure a handful of folks don't get an "unfair advantage". I don't begrudge the lucky testers one bit.
     
  21. TJBerry

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    If people were familiar with that poster, they would realize the post was sarcasm.
     

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