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Trying Out Disney’s New Magic Band System

Magic Bands

The Family That Magic Bands Together Stays Together

I have to admit – I wasn’t sure about using Disney’s new Magic Bands system at first – I was sure it would be hard to setup, and confusing to use once we got to Disney World – but I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed them!

A few months before the trip, I went online to the My Disney Experience website and setup all 4 of us (myself and my husband, and then I linked my parents reservation too) with profiles, and I have to say – this was probably the worst part of the process. The My Disney Experience Website was not the most user friendly – it was slow, often the pages “couldn’t be found” or the “server was busy”, but once I was finally able to set all 4 of us up with profiles on the site, we were able to customize our Magic Bands, and they were shipped to us about a month before our trip

I was also able to setup our Fastpass+ through the website, and I would say the only drawback to this was that you can only have 3 fastpasses per person per day, and they can’t be at 2 different parks – which to me is a bit limiting, but I understand that they can’t let everyone go nuts and have as many as they want. However, I hope they look at this limitation in the future and come up with some kind of alternative – anything is possible!

Once we were at the Resort, I was able to use the My Disney Experience app on my iphone to check dining reservation and Fastpass times, and change them if need be – which was nice. The app was pretty slow too and didn’t always want to work correctly, but I am guessing those kinks will be worked out soon, since the Magic Band system will be rolled out all over the World very soon (while we were there, the Magic Bands were only being tested by select Resorts).

We were able to use the Bands to pay at Restaurants, shops, snack carts, and they were our fastpass and park admission tickets as well. I am glad we were able to test out the Magic Bands system, and can’t wait what new technology Disney comes up with next!

Learn more about the Magic Band system Here

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Breaking WDW News: Magic Bands Rollout Delayed

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Some Disney News for you all: Disney had been planning to fully roll out its new Magic Band program to all WDW Resorts this year – but it looks like this has changed, and has been delayed. It will likely be several months before the program is fully operative for all guests, according to Disney sources.

The Magic Band program is essentially an RFID bracelet that acts as your Resort room key and room charge account, and it also stores your reservation, Fastpass, and Disney ticket information for a more seamless guest experience. It sounds like a great idea, and I know it has been several years in the making for Disney, as a LOT of work and updates are needed to make this functional

Personally, I hope this doesn’t affect my chance to try out the Magic Bands – I already picked out the color (PINK!) and the My Disney Experience website asked me for my shipping address – so I will keep my fingers crossed that mine will arrive soon and I can have the chance to participate in the testing process for this new system

Check out more info here, and stay tuned – I will post more info as it becomes available!

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My Magic+ Lets You Plan Your Days At Disney World

Disney is always coming up with new ways to better their Guest’s experience, and their latest invention is the MyMagic+ system, which will allow Guests to pre-plan not only their meals, but also their times for various shows and multiple attractions at once, before they even get to the Parks!

This will work with the Fastpass+ system, as well as integrate with the My Disney Experience App, and all of this comes together to help you plan in advance, as well as easily change your Park plans once you arrive at Disney World

MyMagic+ comes in the form of an RFID bracelet that acts as your Disney Resort room key, room charge, and also holds your dining plan and Fastpass information

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MyMagic+ hasn’t officially been rolled out, but it’s currently in the testing stages and it’s rumored that within a few months Resort Guests as well as Annual Passholders will get the chance to try it out! Read more about it on the Disney Parks Blog

So what do you think – is this a good idea that will enrich your WDW experience and allow you to use your super planning skills to their max? Or is this a system that may kill the spontenaity that comes with the vacation territory? Personally, I am on the fence, but am more than willing to give it a try!

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Favorite Disney Rides – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

LocationBig Thunder Mountain Railroad is located in Frontierland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

 

What It’s Like – As you board, the announcement advises you to “Hang on to your hats and glasses folks, cuz this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”, and I personalyl take that advice to heart – you will want to remove your glasses and secure your valuables for this Old West themed roller coaster ride through the mountains! The line queue takes you through Big Thunder Mining Co, where you board an ore train for your wild ride

Having fun on Thunder Mountain!

 

Why I Love It – It’s fast, it has sharp turns that throw you from side to side, and its lots of fun! I have loved this ride for years, and sadly it was being renovated last time I was in Disney World, so I know I will have to get in extra rides on my next trip! The seats in the back of the trains make for the wildest ride (so I always try to get one of those spots if I can!

 

I HIGHLY recommend using a Fastpass for this one – my attack plan with this is to grab a fastpass then get in the standby line and ride it once (or more if time allows!) then head to the fastpass line once the time comes

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Favorite Disney Rides – Kali River Rapids

Location – Kali River Rapids is located in the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

 

What It’s Like – “Caution – You WILL Get Wet!” as you embark on a raft ride through the jungle in an area that is jeopardized by illegal logging. The outdoor queue area has a lot of Asian themed artifacts that are very interesting so be sure to pay attention to that! As the name suggests, it is a ride through the ‘rapids’ – it can and will get bumpy, with splashing water and a lot of it! I recommend you keep your feet up unless you want soggy sneakers all day!

 

Why I Love It – Getting wet is fun – especially when you don’t know exactly when it will happen, or who will get the wettest! It’s a fun ride that is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day, and as usual Disney did a great job with the theming and the ride is an overall fun experience that will leave you breathless (and wet!)

 

I recommend using the Fastpass for this one, as the lines can get long as the day stretches into the hot afternoon!

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Utilizing Extra Magic Hours – Early Morning Plan Of Attack

 

For those of you who don’t know what Extra Magic Hours are, in a nutshell, it is a perk available to those staying on Walt Disney World property which allows you into the parks an hour early, or to stay in the parks after closing time. Certain parks open early/close late on different days, and you can check out a calendar of Extra Magic Hours here

Waiting for the bus – so early that it’s still dark out!

Personally? I prefer early Extra Magic Hours, I don’t mind getting up early and I love an empty theme park in the morning – especially the Magic Kingdom, and we were lucky enough on our last trip to get to see the trolley coming out of storage and got the first ride of that morning on it (we hadn’t ridden it in years so that was a real treat for us!)

When it comes to Extra Magic Hours, I like to have a plan of attack for each Park, that extra hour is priceless and I want to get as much out of it as possible, so here’s what I recommend:

Magic Kingdom: After getting some nearly empty Main Street/Castle photos, I rush (speedwalk aka almost sprint) to Tomorrowland, where I ride Space Mountain 2 or 3 times in a row while the wait is still under 10 minutes, and once I have gotten the proper amount of adrenaline rush from that, I get a Fastpass for it so I can return and ride it again later! Then I hightail it over to Fantasyland where I get in an early morning spin on the Mad Tea Party teacups, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh - which are all rides that I enjoy a lot, but not enough to stand in line for 45 minutes to an hour (the waits can get super long for these later in the day!). By this point, my “extra magic hour” is pretty much used up, and the Park is already starting to fill up, so I head over to grab some breakfast from the Main Street Bakery, and then start my more leisurely stroll around the park, where I find that rides like Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain still have a relatively short wait time, so I will try and do those in the morning too!

Animal Kingdom: Since I am fairly new to this park (having only been there twice!), I am still trying to figure out the best way to utilize my extra morning hour. I like to start by hitting up Expedition Everest once or twice, then grabbing a Fastpass for it for later in the morning. I will also try and do Kali River Rapids at this time, as the wait for this can get longer as it gets hotter (since its a great way to cool off!). Speaking of temperature, it can get HOT at Animal Kingdom, for some reason I feelt the heat the most at this Park, so once the mid morning sun starts beating down, I like to escape to the Dinosaur ride (since it’s indoors!), then I will take a leisurely stroll over to the Kimilamjaro Safaris, stopping for some breakfast and shopping along the way

Epcot: I still have not been on Soarin’, so I would have to say that this would be my #1 priority as soon as I got to the Park. Then I would head over to Test Track (which is currently closed, but slated to reopen this November!) for a spin, and then hit up some classics like Spaceship Earth, The Land, and Journey Into Imagination

Hollywood Studios: This is another park where having long legs comes in handy, as I like to speed over to Tower of Terror right away, and follow that up with Rock N Roller Coaster, and then I get a Fastpass to come back to the Coaster later. Then I hit up some of my favorites – Star Tours (usually multiple times in a row as the waits tend to be very short early in the morning!), and the Backlot Tour. I find that the Great Movie Ride, Muppet Vision 3D, and The Magic of Disney Animation are good ones to save for later in the morning, as they both tend to move pretty fast and they are both inside (a bonus on those rainy or hot Orlando days!)

 

Moral of the story is, Extra Magic Hours is a great perk that those of us who stay at the WDW Resorts get to enjoy, and even though it may only be 1 extra hour, early morning Extra Magic Hours can equal a lot more time on rides, which is a whole lot better than standing in line!!

What about you – do you use Extra Magic Hours in the morning or evening?

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