Magic Bands 101

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by MouseMomx2, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. jjskribs

    jjskribs <font color=purple>The TF is not a baseball fan, s

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    I'm checking in on January 5th and I can customize our bands but it also only shows gray as a choice. I am hoping that it is because we are not close enough yet.
     
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  3. Scotch

    Scotch DIS Veteran

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    Same experience here. Last night MDE allowed me to customize our bands and we're outside the 60 days period so we haven't checked in online yet. Based on the varied experiences, I assume Disney has some system in place that is not necessarily tied to check in date.
     
  4. jcarwash

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    For whatever reason, MDEx has allowed me into the customize MagicBand area for my February trip since the day I reserved. But I too can only see gray as a color choice. Curious to hear if/when the color choices show up for you folks, or if you decide to call about it.
     
  5. tlseege

    tlseege Mouseketeer

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    color choices just showed up today for my Jan 26-30th trip!
     
  6. DreamSweetsLove

    DreamSweetsLove Loves Mickey

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    It was the same for me too (for Jan. 3rd check in) but the other colors showed up 74 days out from our trip. Literally right now, a few hours ago it was only showing grey.
     
  7. MouseMomx2

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    Interesting. We have a split stay over the holidays. Our 12/27 band order is there, as is our 1/1 order. Our 1/9 order is not there yet.
     
  8. mjtatman

    mjtatman Mouseketeer

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    where are you going to check this? I think I'm logged in correctly because it shows all of my reservations and family in the tabs, but I'm not finding anything for Magic Bands or FastPass+. We are going on 01/18...so maybe I'm not close enough yet???

    When I click on "My Disney Experience" these are my choices in my drop down window...
    PLAN AND MANAGE
    My Itinerary
    My Reservations
    FastPass+
    Disney PhotoPass

    MY ACCOUNT
    My Profile
    My Family & Friends
    My Wish List
    MagicBands and Cards
    Annual Passholders
     
  9. MouseMomx2

    MouseMomx2 DIS Veteran

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    Try clicking on Magic Bands and Cards. The orders usually show at the top of that page. Another option is to click on My Disney Experience (rather than choose from the drop down menu). When the page loads there are links on the right. One says either Manage Magic Bands or Personalize Magic Bands. It will say Manage until you are able to customize, at which point it will change to Personalize.
     
  10. jcarwash

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    Cool! Thanks for the report! :goodvibes
     
  11. mjtatman

    mjtatman Mouseketeer

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    Did anyone answer this yet? I'm scouring the feed...but it's sooooo big :-)
    We are staying the same weekend and I'm wondering when i should start worrying about getting it all down correctly! I finally mastered dining reservations and the old fast passes....added the cruise, so I'm learning that! And now MagicBands! Glad I'm not the only confused one :-)
     
  12. MouseMomx2

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    I believe that they have only opened the system through 1/5. They usually open it through the end of a month, but with the busy end-of-year holiday period it seems that when they opened December they exteded it into January a bit.

    Eventually the system will open 60 days before check in, so that is when you should start looking. If you do not have access at that point don't worry. For October, November and December, guests began getting access about 6 weeks before the first of the month. So, for October check ins, guests got access in mid to late August...for November it was mid to late September and for December it was mid to late October. Those that were already within their 60 day window got immediate access. Those that had check ins in that month but were not yet within 60 days got access at the 60 day mark. If things progress as they have, guests with check ins on or after 1/6 should get access in mid to late November.
     
  13. mitchwebb

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    Got home last night and was able to customize all three sets of bands. Checking in 12/26. Decided to pick different colors for each set. Not sure way I need three seems redundant.
     
  14. MouseMomx2

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    It is, and you won't need all of them. Each of the bands will work for your entire trip. We, too, choose different colors each time. It's nice to have wardrobe-matching options. :)

    Disney is suggesting that you bring all bands with you during the testing phase, just in case there is an issue.
     
  15. kimara

    kimara Disney Park Addict living in Idaho??

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    We are checking in Jan. 22nd and we just got to customize our bands:cool1:
    Now, how many times will I change it before they mail it to us? It's just so hard to choose.:confused:
     
  16. OnlyDisney

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    We check-in Jan 3 and I was able to pick our colors today - Goodby gray! :cool1: I'm having such a hard time deciding on colors

    Me - Green or Pink
    DH - Green
    DS - Green
    DD - Pink

    I'm not sure if I should go with green or choose pink to match my daughter (then the colors would also be even)
     
  17. SarahD

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    So how do I plan a vacation for an extended family of 15 when only some of us are staying on property? Some on property, some off, some who live locally. I need to book fast passes ahead of time for eight of us and the others have to try to get fast passes for those time frames when we're at the park?!
     
  18. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Thankful my embarrassing tag is gone!

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    You sound like me! We had a hard time deciding on the colors too but since we got some for our arrival day at a different resort I got all of the colors except gray. I was surprised how much I loved the yellow and orange ones. :rotfl: Our main bands are pink, green, red & blue. Or first set are pink, green, yellow and orange.
     
  19. Minniekins

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    Well, those staying off site can't get FP+ yet. And, sorry, I don't see anyway that it would work out that you choose FP+ times now when you book and then hope the FP- times match up. I don't think there's anyway to know when the FP- machine will spit out the paper FP you need, and that'd be a lot of waiting around to see. And they could be out by the time you get there for big ticket rides. Pretty much stinks! :sad2:
     
  20. sunnnshin

    sunnnshin Earning My Ears

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    This is one of those things Disney has NOT thought through about this whole process. Of course, you do not have to book your fast passes ahead of time - you can book them day of. But, since they are planning on doing away with the room keys you may not be able to use the regular fast pass process and still have to use the fast pass plus. Which means, while the others are getting their regular fast passes you will be staring at your phone going through the tedious process of trying to set up matching fast pass plus for the same time. Of course, you can always try to track down a cast member with an Ipad to do that for you.

    Keep in mind, that park hopping is discouraged in the new system. You can only have 3 fast passes per day, and only in one park. And, when you choose a fast pass, you still have to choose 3 whether you want them or not. So, once you make one, the next time in the same park you have to "change the time or experience" of an existing pass.

    My recommendation is to provide feedback early and often to guest services. I know I will. I am not impressed with the rollout of the system, the limitations, and the TEDIOUSLY slow and cumbersome website.
     
  21. Wood Nymph

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    Resort guests are being issued KTTW cards which they can use to pull traditional fast passes. That rumor about taking it away from resort guests while allowing off site guests to pull fast passes not only is not true, but it doesn't even make sense.
     

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