Next Gen: My Disney Experience, My Magic + and Fastpass+ Rumors

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    Various components debuting in 2013 and 2014

    RUMOR STATUS

    Completed

    Disney has reportedly spent over $1.5 billion on a project they are referring to as “Next Gen”. While this includes aspects like interactive queues and behind the scenes upgrades, a large component is the new ticket media, mobile app and Fastpass system. Each of these components is outlined below.

    A significant component of the Next Gen program is the Magic Band technology and My Magic +. The concept behind this is integrating all aspects of a Disney vacation so that a bracelet can be used for all access (The Magic Band) and all experiences are linked online (My Magic +).

    My Disney Experience/My Magic+

    • My Disney Experience is the website, mobile application, and in park kiosks that guests can use to plan their Disney Vacation.
    • My Disney Experience allows guests to make or view resort reservations, dining reservations, and FASTPASS+ reservations.
    • Guests are able to add a credit card to their My Disney Experience profile for use in park.
    • Guests are able to link other members of their party to their profile.
    • Guests are able to link their park tickets for themselves and other members of their party to their My Disney Experience profile.
    • Older tickets can be linked or upgraded as well, but they must contain at least one valid day of admission. Once added to My Disney Experience, the tickets are non-transferrable.
    • It is anticipated that guests will be able to add in personal information that will be utilized as part of custom interactions in rides or character meet and greets.
    • It is anticipated that guests will be able to order food from select quick service locations from their mobile device.
    • Special Event tickets, Cirque de Soleil tickets, and Tables in Wonderland cannot currently be linked, but it is anticipated they will be in the future.
    • It is anticipated that gift cards will be linked to the account

    Magic Bands

    • Magic Bands are RFID enabled bracelets that are used as your in park access to My Disney Experience.
    • For guests that do not have, or wish not to use a Magic Band, they can utilize an RFID enabled ticket.
    • The Magic Band are free of charge to resort guests, annual passholders, and Disney Vacation Club members.
    • Magic Bands are available for purchase for Day Guests at a variety of locations for $12.95
    • Beginning in February and March 2014, Annual Passholders joined Resort Guests and Disney Vacation Club Members in being eligible for Magic Bands.
    • Replacement Magic Bands for Annual Passholders will be free for the first replacement, $50 for any additional replacements. Guests can also opt for an RFID enabled ticket instead.
    • Annual Passholder benefits will be included on a separate RFID enabled card.
    • The band will include RFID chips that will be read at both long range and short range readers throughout the parks.
    • The Magic Bands will be encrypted to protect personal data.
    • The Magic Band will act as your ticket upon entering the park and will be scanned at the turn styles.
    • The Magic Band can be used as a form of identification at Resort guard shacks.
    • The entrance gates at each park have been converted to RFID enabled devices. The new entrance gates feature a Mickey icon that will be illuminated green once the Magic Band or ticket is scanned correctly. A biometric finger scan is still required for entrance. There is also no actual turn style but cast members will be monitoring each entrance.
    • If a credit card is linked to a guest’s My Disney Experience account, the Magic Band can be used at touch to pay food and merchandise kiosks throughout the park. Usage will require a pin for security purposes.
    • Magic Bands will be utilized to enter a FASTPASS+ line, and will be scanned at the entrance to confirm eligibility.
    • Magic Bands will be available in Nine Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Iconic Gray, and Purple
    • Magic Bands will be shipped to guests within 10-30 days of arrival and are currently only shipped within the United States.
    • If the Magic Bands are not received within 10-30 days of arrival, they will be shipped to the resort within 1-9 days of arrival.
    • The default Magic Band color will be “Iconic Gray” if received within five days of resort reservation arrival.
    • Replacement Magic Bands will be “Iconic Gray”
    • The Magic Bands cost approximately $4.50 each to produce, and the current mass production of roughly 20,000 bands a day has resulted in a worldwide shortage of RFID.
    • Magic Bands are waterproof, but do not float.
    • Magic Bands are battery powered and the battery life is up to three years.
    • Parking privileges will be addressed via “touch points” for resort guests and eligible annual pass holders.
    • Magic Band accessories are available for sale in many locations, and the number one accessory people have been asking for is a watch face. Watch faces are not currently available.

    FASTPASS+:

    • FASTPASS+ is the replacement/evolution of the legacy Fastpass system. The new system allows for advanced bookings of FASTPASS+ reservations.
      • Eligibility for FASTPASS+ is expected to be Resort Guests, Disney Vacation Club guests and Annual Passholders
      • Reservations can be made for Resort Guests and Disney Vacation Club guests 60 days prior to arrival, plus an additional 10 days with a reservation. This is similar to the current system for dining reservations.
      • Annual Passholders are currently able to make advanced reservations up to 30 days in advance. During a 30 day period, Annual Passholders are allowed to make advanced reservations for 7 days. These days do not need to be consecutive.
      • Beginning on March 31, 2014 non-resort guests will be able to make Fastpass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance.
      • Also beginning March 31st, all guests will be able to use the My Disney Experience mobile application to make their Fastpass+ selections.
    • Currently, guests select a single park and their 3 preferred FASTPASS+ reservations (attractions, nighttime shows).
      • Guests can select any 3 FASTPASS+ attractions for their reservations at the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Eligible Attractions are listed at the bottom of this page.
      • Guests can select 1 “Tier 1” FASTPASS+ attraction for their reservations at Hollywood Studios and Epcot and 2 “Tier 2” attractions. Eligible Attractions are listed at the bottom of this page.
        • Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Attractions
          • Toy Story Midway Mania
          • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
          • Fantasmic
          • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
        • Epcot Tier 1 Attractions
          • Character Spot
          • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
          • Maelstrom
          • Soarin’
          • Test Track
      • Beginning on April 28th, 2014 guests can make additional FASTPASS+ selections after they have used their initial 3 FASTPASS+’s
        • Guests can use in park kiosks to make their 4th FASTPASS+ selection. Once this selection is used, the guest can return to a kiosk and make an additional selection. Guests can continue to make selections as long as their is availability.
        • Once a guest has used their initial 3 FASTPASS+ selections for a given day, they can make additional selections at any park.
        • The additional FASTPASS+ reservations at Hollywood Studios and Epcot will not be tiered.
        • If a guest does not use any of their initial FASTPASS+ selections they will wind up replacing all 3 of them if the time expires.
        • If a guest uses one of their three FASTPASS+ selections and the time on the other two expires, they will be eligible for additional FASTPASS+ reservations.
        • It is unknown at this time if guests are able to utilize their smart phones to make FASTPASS+ selections beyond the initial 3.
        • It is unknown at this time if guests will be able to select attractions that they have already utilized a FASTPASS+ reservation on in that day.
        • It is unknown at this time if guests will be able to make an additional selection if they have a FASTPASS+ reservation for a nighttime show.
      • A list of eligible attractions can be found below.
    • In order to make a FASTPASS+ reservation, guests will need to create a My Disney Experience account, or have their name and park ticket attached to an existing account. The tickets themselves also need to be eligible for Fastpass+
      • Guests will be able to link their reservation with other members of their party and the FASTPASS+ groupings can be done together or separately.
      • A guest can link other names to their account and they can also link other My Disney Experience users to their account.
      • A guest can add a name to their account for an individual that does not have a My Disney Experience account, the guest with the account will then be able to select FASTPASS+ reservations for the guests that do not have an account.
      • If two different accounts are linked, they can select what access level the other person has to their account with respect to FASTPASS+ reservations.
      • Individual guests can modify their FASTPASS+ reservations if they wish to have different options from the group.
      • The Magic Bands for a group of people will not be linked for the purposes of FASTPASS+. This means that if the group has four FASTPASS+ reservations for each of Peter Pan’s Flight and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, but only two for Space Mountain and two for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the appropriate Magic Band needs to be in line for Space Mountain or Winnie the Pooh in order to gain access to the system. It also means that every Magic Band needs to be scanned at the FASTPASS+ entrance.
    • The My Disney Experience website/app will give guests up to four groupings for their preferred FASTPASS+ reservations based on time of day. This is also true for day guests currently visiting the Animal Kingdom or the Magic Kingdom
      • It’s likely that one or more of these groupings will include substitutions.
      • Once a grouping is selected, individual attractions and attraction times can be changed based on availability.
      • Guests can opt to have Disney choose their Fastpass+ experiences for them in an option called “Fast Picks”
    • The legacy Fastpass return policies will carry over to FASTPASS+, this includes a set time window with a 5 minute early return and 15 minute late return.
      • There are no plans to increase the return window beyond 1 hour
    • Guests can switch their park prior to using their first FASTPASS+ reservation. Currently, after using the first reservation, they can only modify their reservation within the same park.
    • Currently, if a guest misses their FASTPASS+ reservation they will not be able to replace it. However, surveys conducted in March of 2014 indicate that this may change in the future.
    • If a guest enters the FASTPASS+ line for one attraction, but they are actually set up with another attraction, the cast member will be able to alert them of an open FASTPASS+ window.
    • Disney has said that FASTPASS+ reservations will be available on a first come first serve basis.
      • They have not stated that any reservations would be held back for day of use.
    • FASTPASS+ for stage shows does not mean that these are preferred viewing locations.
    • For guests that do not have a smart phone, in park kiosks are available, however they seem to be changing regularly:
      • Magic Kingdom: City Hall, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin FASTPASS distribution, Splash Mountain FASTPASS distribution, The Heritage House, Stitch’s Great Escape FASTPASS distribution
      • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Sid Cahuenga’s One of a Kind, Guest Relations, Tower of Terror FASTPASS distribution, Star Tours FASTPASS distribution, Sunset Boulevard/Hollywood Boulevard Tip Board
      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Guest Relations, Creature Comforts, Disney Outfitters, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Primeval Whirl
      • Epcot: Guest Relations, Future World Tip Board, International Gateway, Innoventions Breezeways, Outside The Land Pavilion
    • When an attraction closes, and a guest has a FASTPASS+ reservation, it will be addressed as follows:
      • In the event of an attraction closure, the original issued FASTPASS+ will be expired and a new FASTPASS+ option will be issued through the My Disney Experience app. This distribution will be based on time of day and availability.
      • If the closure happens early in the day, guests will be given the option to return to the closed attraction, or select from up to eight alternative FASTPASS+ experiences in the same park for that day. Guests would only be able to select one of the eight alternative Fastpasses.
      • If the attraction closure takes place later in the day, the guest will be allowed to select any FASTPASS+ experience at any park on the next day.
      • If an E-ticket attraction is the one experiencing downtime, an E-ticket attraction will not be available as a replacement Fastpass. For example, if Test Track experiences down time, the replacement attraction will not be Soarin’.

    Memory Maker/PhotoPass

    • Information on this can be found in a separate rumor here.

    Next Gen Additions

    • Smartphone charging stations have been added to the Tangled Restroom Area, the Space Mountain Shop, and Storybook Circus

    Timeline, Testing and Criticisms:

    • March 7, 2014: Reports of surveys indicate that changes to the FASTPASS+ system are being considered that include allowing for park hopping and additional day of reservations beyond the initial 3. Details of this survey can be found here.
    • January 23, 2014: Offsite guests visiting Epcot gained access to the FASTPASS+ system. Selections will be made through in park kiosks on the day of the visit and paper Fastpass will not be available.
    • January 21, 2014: Offsite guests visiting Hollywood Studios gained access to the FASTPASS+ system. Selections will be made through in park kiosks on the day of the visit and paper Fastpass will not be availab
    • January 14, 2014: Offsite guests visiting Magic Kingdom gained access to the FASTPASS+ system. Selections will be made through in park kiosks on the day of the visit and paper Fastpass will not be available.
    • December 18, 2013: Fastpass+ testing took place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for non-resort guests. Guests were given information at the entrance to the parking gates and Cast Members assisted guests at the kiosks. The kiosks were supplemented with iPads. Initial reports were positive with wait times at the kiosks reportedly at less than 5 minutes throughout the day. The park reportedly had average crowds and there were no notable issues with attractions being distributed at an accelerated rate.
    • November 14, 2013: Groupings have returned to Hollywood Studios. The biggest change is that guests may only chose one of the following: Toy Story Mania, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Fantasmic!, or Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • November 1, 2013: Guests staying at the Swan and Dolphin will be allowed access to the Fastpass+ system, but will not be able to make reservations in advance. They will only be able to make reservations day of.
    • November 1, 2013: Reports have indicated that Fastpass distribution at Toy Story Mania (11:30 gone for the day) and Soarin’ and Test Track (2-3 PM, gone for the day) are starting to return to numbers closer to normal.
    • October 20, 2013: Reports of faster day-of Fastpass distribution see Toy Story Mania Fastpasses distributed by 10:00 AM and Soarin’, Test Track and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Fastpasses distributed by 11:30 AM.
    • October 15, 2013: Testing led to a glitch in the Fastpass/Fastpass+ integration that reportedly saw paper Fastpasses either unavailable or “distributed for the day” by 9:20 AM at Toy Story Mania, Soarin’, and Test Track
    • There have been criticisms about the program as errors have occurred. Most notably, early reports show that the online component has resulted in some guests seeing other guests personal information. Additional reports of less critical, but still important issues include the inability to link dining reservations to a particular ID. Disney does have an online technical support line for many of these issues but reports have indicated that they have not always been able to assist guests.
    • In park concerns still exist for free parking (resort guests and Annual passholders), Extra Magic Hours, and Ticketed Events. Additional reports are stating that linking gift cards to the RFID enabled device has also presented some issues.
    • A test run from June 20-26 for pre-selected guests staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Contemporary Resort is expected to test all components of My Magic+ including:
      • Touch-to-enter
      • Touch-to-pay
      • FASTPASS+
      • Use of both the RFID Key to the World Card and the MagicBand.
    • During the June 20-26 testing, full self-service kiosks will be available at Town Square Theatre in the Magic Kingdom, and at Guest Relations in the other three parks and Downtown Disney. The lobbies of Animal Kingdom Lodge and the Contemporary Resort will also have kiosks available.
    • During the August 2013 testing, guests staying at the Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Pop Century are able to participate.
    • It was reported that many of the revenue generating components of Next Gen/My Magic + have been problematic, and some have been canceled entirely.
    • Jason Garcia wrote an article where he cited conflicting opinions on the My Magic + and Fastpass+ experience during testing. In the article he cited that the company used social media to determine that 80% of guests viewed the changes as a positive and only 2% viewed it as negative.

    FASTPASS+ Eligible Attractions

    Magic Kingdom (3 Per Day, No Tier Restrictions)

    • Ariel Meet and Greet
    • The Barnstormer Featuring the Great Goofini
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Festival of Fantasy Parade (Preferred Viewing)
    • The Haunted Mansion
    • it’s a small world
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Mad Tea Party
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
    • Main Street Electrical Parade (Preferred Viewing)
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Princess Fairytale Hall
    • The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Coming Soon)
    • Space Mountain
    • Splash Mountain
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • Town Square Theater Mickey Mouse
    • Town Square Theater Fairies (Rumored: Coming Soon)
    • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Wishes

    Epcot (3 Per Day, 1 Tier 1 FASTPASS+, 2 Tier 2 FASTPASS+)

    • Tier 1 (Choose 1)
      • Epcot Character Spot
      • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
      • Maelstrom
      • Soarin’
      • Test Track
    • Tier 2 (Choose 2)
      • Captain EO
      • Living with the Land
      • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
      • Mission: SPACE
      • Spaceship Earth
      • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
      • Turtle Talk with Crush

    Hollywood Studios (3 Per Day, 1 Tier 1 FASTPASS+, 2 Tier 2 FASTPASS+)

    • Tier 1 (Choose 1)
      • Toy Story Midway Mania
      • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
      • Fantasmic
      • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
      • Meet Minnie Mouse at The Magic of Disney Animation
    • Tier 2 (Choose 2)
      • The American Idol Experience
      • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
      • Disney Junior Live on Stage
      • Fantasmic
      • The Great Movie Ride
      • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
      • Lights, Motors, Action ! Extreme Stunt Show
      • Muppet*Vision 3-D
      • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
      • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
      • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

    Animal Kingdom (3 Per Day, No Tier Restrictions)

    • Adventurers Outpost
    • Dinosaur
    • Expedition Everest
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo The Musical
    • It’s Tough to be a Bug
    • Kali River Rapids
    • Kilimanjaro Safaris
    • Primeval Whirl

    The tiers at Epcot and Hollywood Studios allow for one FASTPASS+ attraction from the Tier 1 attractions and 2 from the remaining FASTPASS+ attractions

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    May 1, 2014: At a media event at Walt Disney World, Head of Parks and Resorts, Tom Staggs revealed that, “40% more people are using Fastpass+ than Legacy Fastpass.” Staggs also revealed that My Magic+ will evolve as needed. As such, we are regarding the Next Gen project as completed.

    April 30, 2014: InsideTheMagic.com posted the schedule of events for the media from April 30-May 2. On May 1st, Disney is expected to officially kick off My Magic + and Fastpass+ with additional explanations of the future direction of Next Gen. An “Around Our World” presentation will take place on May 2nd with possible details of other projects around Walt Disney World. A panel discussion will also take place on May 2nd where media can ask questions about My Magic+, New Fantasyland, and more.

    April 24, 2014: WDWMagic.com user Jakester added clarification on some of the upcoming changes. If a guest does not use any of their initial FASTPASS+ selections they will wind up replacing all 3 of them if the time expires. If a guest uses one of their three FASTPASS+ selections and the time on the other two expires, they will be eligible for additional FASTPASS+ reservations. The additional FASTPASS+ reservations at Hollywood Studios and Epcot will not be tiered.

    April 24, 2014: Tom Staggs confirmed on the Disney Parks Blog that beginning on April 28th, guests will be able to make additional Fastpass+ reservations after they have used their initial 3 reservations. At this time, there was no clarification over whether or not guests could use smart phones or if they had to use in park kiosks. Additionally, there was no clarification as to whether or not guests holding reservations for nighttime shows would be able to make additional Fastpass+ selections. There was also no indication whether or not guests could book a second Fastpass+ reservation on an attraction they had already used Fastpass+ on earlier in the same day.

    April 21, 2014: WDWMagic.com has reported that the Magic Kingdom will begin testing locker charging stations for cell phones beginning next week. The lockers will be located at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and the Tomorrowland Arcade.

    April 2, 2014: Tom Staggs, the head of Parks and Resorts posted an article to the Disney Parks Blog announcing changes to the Fastpass+ system. He mentioned the change effective March 31st where all guests would be able to book advanced reservations, but he also mentioned that additional Fastpasses beyond the original 3 as well as park hopping would soon be incorporated into the system.

    March 31, 2014: Day guests are now able to purchase Magic Bands at multiple resort locations for $12.95.

    March 26, 2014: WDWMagic.com is reporting that beginning on March 31st, offsite guests will be able to make advanced Fastpass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance. In addition to this they will also be able to utilize the My Disney Experience Mobile Application in addition to the in park kiosks that all guests are currently allowed to use.

    March 14, 2014: WDWThemeParks.com posts details of the Annual Passholder rules for Fastpass+

    March 9, 2014: WDWThemeParks.com posts full details of the Fastpass+ survey.

    March 7, 2014: Beth Anderson Goldman posted to the WDWFanBoys Facebook Group. That she recently participated in a Fastpass+ survey that included questions about additional Fastpasses and Fastpasses at multiple parks. One of the concepts allowed for guests to acquire a new Fastpass as soon as one of the three reservations was used.

    March 6, 2014: WDWFanBoys posted to their Twitter account that they could order a Magic Band as an Annual Passholder.

    February 27, 2014: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that Magic Bands will be required for all guests beginning on April 1st. Guests staying off property will be required to purchase the bands separately.

    February 18, 2014: ATT&T is the official wireless provider of Walt Disney World, and they shared a video of the advancements in the smart phone connectivity throughout the resort.

    February 13, 2014: InsideTheMagic.net has reported that they received an invitation to a press event on April 30th where Disney will be discussing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, My Magic+ and the Festival of Fantasy Parade.

    February 11, 2014: ThemeParkReview.com user traincrossin has posted an image that indicates that Disney is testing uncapped Fastpass+ reservations. This has reportedly allowed guests to book multiple tier 1 attractions as well as potentially book additional Fastpass+ attractions same day once their initial 3 Fastpass+ reservations have been used.

    February 11, 2014: Disney has updated the My Disney Experience Mobile App for the iPhone. Version 2.0 includes a new home screen as well as speed upgrades.

    January 17, 2014: WDWMagic.com has reported that Fastpass+ will be rolled out to all guests at Epcot and Hollywood Studios next week. Hollywood Studios will make the switch on January 21st and Epcot will make the switch on January 23rd. After this, legacy Fastpass will no longer be available in any park.

    January 14, 2014:The Magic Kingdom began tests of Fastpass+ for all guests. Additionally, WDWMagic.com user dreamfinder has reported that The Heritage House re-opened on Tuesday January 14th and is now a Fastpass+ center.

    January 9, 2014: WDWMagic.com user donsullivan has reported that the Magic Kingdom will switch to Fastpass+ for all guests beginning January 14, 2014.

    January 5, 2014: Len Testa of the WDW Today Podcast has reported that Hollywood Studios is expected to remove legacy Fastpass by the end of the month.

    January 3, 2014: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Disney is rolling out Magic Band Only testing at each resort. The tests will mean that each guest will access everything through their Magic Band. This includes park access, Fastpass+, room entry, etc. The schedule for this rollout is as follows:

    • Jan. 6 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
    • Jan. 7 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
    • Jan. 8 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
    • Jan. 9 – Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa
    • Jan. 10 – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Jan. 13 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
    • Jan. 14 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Jan. 15 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
    • Jan. 16 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    • Jan. 17 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort
    • Jan. 20 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

    Guests can request a Key to the World card, but the cards will not be used in Fastpass machines.

    January 3, 2014: Twitter user @otisney posted an image of a new “E-Ticket” Magic Band.

    January 1, 2014: Disney has filed construction permits to remove the legacy Fastpass machines in the parks.

    Primeval Whirl Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Expedition Everst Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Dinosaur Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Star Tours Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Rockin Rollercoaster Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Little Mermaid Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Land Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Soarin Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Norway Maelstrom Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Mission Space Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Town Square Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Test Track Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Storybook Circus Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Space Mountain Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Big Thunder Mtn Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Splash Mtn Legacy Removal – BVCC
    Captain Eo Legacy Removal – BVCC

    December 25, 2013: Samantha Brown talked about My Magic+ and Fastpass+ during the Christmas Parade.

    December 18, 2013: Fastpass+ testing took place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for non-resort guests. Guests were given information at the entrance to the parking gates and Cast Members assisted guests at the kiosks. The kiosks were supplemented with iPads. Initial reports were positive with wait times at the kiosks reportedly at less than 5 minutes throughout the day. The park reportedly had average crowds and there were no notable issues with attractions being distributed at an accelerated rate.

    December 17, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that Disney conducted small scale tests of Fastpass+ for non-resort guests at Epcot last week.

    December 17, 2013: Touringplans.com has reported that Disney will hand out paper checklists to offsite guests visiting the Animal Kingdom that wish to participate in the Fastpass+ testing. This will be done to help alleviate crowds at the Fastpass+ Kiosks.

    December 16, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that on December 17th, the Creature Comforts shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be partially converted into a My Magic + service center. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is planning on all guests being eligible for Fastpass+ beginning on December 18th and the new service center aims to assist with that change.

    December 13, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that the next test for Fastpass+ will make the service available to all guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom after December 18th. Offsite guests will be able to make reservations at in park kiosks while resort guests will still be able to make advanced bookings. Paper Fastpass will not be available during the test.

    December 10, 2013: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that concerns about the My Magic + program may soon be reported in the mainstream media. These concerns could address the privacy issues that have persisted around the project. In addition, he also speculated that in order to meet earnings goals a tier of pay for use Fastpass may also be created.

    December 4, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that beginning on December 6th, the new “Memory Maker” program will replace PhotoPass. The program will allow photos from in park photographers and on ride photos to be linked to your account in the same way that PhotoPass did previously.

    November 27, 2013: The Disney Parks Blog announced that the Magic Kingdom is the first park to go turnstyle free.

    November 23, 2013: KennyThePirate.com has posted a loophole in the current Fastpass+ system that will allow users the ability to obtain more than 3 Fastpass+ reservations as well as park hop

    November 14, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that Fastpass groupings have returned to Hollywood Studios. The groupings are as follows:

    Group 1 (Choose 1):

    • Toy Story Mania
    • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    • Fantasmic!
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

    Group 2 (Choose 2)

    • Tower of Terror
    • Star Tours
    • The Great Movie Ride
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • MuppetVision 3-D
    • Disney Junior, Live on Stage
    • Lights, Motors, Action!

    November 1, 2013: WDWMagic.com and WDWInfo are reporting that the Swan and Dolphin will begin Fastpass+ testing for guests traveling between November 4 – January 12th.

    November 1, 2013: Unconfirmed reports on WDWMagic.com have indicated that Disney has reverted back to Fastpass+ groupings at Epcot. Group 1 is Test Track, Maelstrom, Soarin, Illuminations, and Epcot Character Spot. Group 2 is the remaining Fastpass+ attractions. Guests are allowed to select one attraction from Group 1 and 2 attractions from Group 2. It is unknown whether or not this will be rolled out to other parks, if this is a permanent change, or if this is in place only for the holiday season.

    October 20, 2013: WDWThemeParks.com reports continued changes to Fastpass distribution rates at popular attractions.

    October 15, 2013: Multiple reports on WDWMagic.com indicated that there was a glitch with the integration of Fastpass+ with the paper Fastpass system causing Fastpass to be distributed for the day by 9:20 AM at Soarin’, Test Track, and Toy Story Midway Mania.

    September 30, 2013: WDWThemeParks.com has posted the questions in a recent survey about My Disney Experience.

    September 6, 2013: WDWMagic.com user RAXIP confirmed that Fastpass distribution for Princess Fairytale Hall will be done at Peter Pan’s Flight.

    September 6, 2013: The Disney Parks Blog confirmed that Princess Fairytale Hall will offer both Fastpass and Fastpass+.

    August 28, 2013: WDWMagic.com has posted photos of new telephone charging stations and Fastpass+ kiosks in Storybook Circus.

    August 17, 2013: Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel wrote an article with conflicting opinions on the MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ experience during testing. In the article he cited that the company used social media to determine that 80% of guests viewed the changes as a positive and only 2% viewed it as negative.

    August 10, 2013: WDWThemeParks.com asked several questions of a Fastpass+ and MyMagic+ expert that was available at the “Journey Into Imagineering” pavilion at the 2013 D23 Expo. Items included:

    • When asked about availability of same day Fastpass for high demand attractions, it was established that this is a concern. However, it was also explained that the system as currently set up is a first come, first serve system.
    • At this time, there will be no Fastpasses held back for same day availability.
    • Fastpasses for stage shows are not currently “preferred viewing”, however that is still being reviewed.
    • If a guest misses their Fastpass window, they will not receive another Fastpass.
    • Guests are able to select individual attractions and change the Fastpass return time for a specific attraction.
    • For guests getting same day Fastpasses, they will have access to book Fastpasses for later in the day, not just the next available Fastpass
    • The initial rollout is planned for 3 Fastpasses per guest per day, including the Magic Kingdom
    • It is expected that Fastpass+ will be in place by the end of the year.
    • There is no plan to adjust the Fastpass return window.
    • There was not a definitive answer regarding the concern about Fastpass+ affecting Park Hopping
    • The Magic Bands for a group of people will not be linked for the purposes of Fastpass+. This means that if the group has four Fastpass+ reservations for each of Peter Pan’s Flight and Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, but only two for Space Mountain and two for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the appropriate Magic Band needs to be in line for Space Mountain or Winnie the Pooh in order to gain access to the system.
    • If a guest enters the Fastpass+ line for one attraction, but they are actually set up with another attraction, the cast member will be able to alert them of an open Fastpass+ window.
    • I asked about clip on watch face attachments for the Magic Band and was informed that it was a frequently asked question and something that was being looked into.

    August 6, 2013: Asked about MyMagic+ in today’s 2013 Q3 Earnings Call, Bob Iger stated we can expect a “probable full rollout in the early part of fiscal 14”. All previous comments from Disney referenced a roll-out of MyMagic+ in 2013.

    August 2, 2013: WDWMagic.com has posted a report stating that in the recent Fastpass+ test, guests using the service at the Magic Kingdom will be allowed 4 Fastpass+ reservations per day. All other parks will remain at 3. Additionally, this is the first test where Fantasmic, Wishes, Reflections of Earth and the Main Street Electrical Parade will be eligible for Fastpass+ reservations. Lastly, this will be the first test where accommodations will be made for attraction downtime.

    July 31, 2013: Tim_4 posted on WDWMagic.com that one of the difficulties Disney has been having with Next Gen is the Photopass+ feature. This would have utilized long range RFID readers and it has reportedly been scrapped. Additional difficulties with the Next Gen project seem to be surfacing as well.

    July 30, 2013: WDWMagic.com posted an update on how downtime for Fastpass+ attractions would be handled. Additional clarification was provided by posted t3techcom18 on the WDWMagic.com forums.

    July 22, 2013: During the August 2013 testing, guests staying at the Yacht Club, Animal Kingdom Lodge, Contemporary Resort, and Pop Century are able to participate.

    July 21, 2013: Len Testa posts on WDWMagic.com a list of Fastpass+ attractions that will be available in the August test.

    July 18, 2013: TouringPlans.com blogger Erin Foster posted an update on MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ details for Annual Passholders. Erin was chosen as an annual passholder and her article reinforces much of what was assumed/learned about Fastpass+ and MyMagic+

    July 18, 2013: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Sid Cahuenga’s One of a Kind shop will be used as the Hollywood Studios headquarters for My Magic+. Town Square Theater will also be used for the Magic Kingdom.

    July 18, 2013: The official Fastpass+ FAQ has changed the number of Fastpass+ reservations per guest per day to 3. The text now reads:

    Depending on availability, you should be able to reserve access to up to 3 FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences each day.

    July 16, 2013: The WDW Fan Boys Facebook page and WDWMagic have both posted photos of new charging stations in the Magic Kingdom. In the back of the Space Mountain giftshop, a very long power strip has recently appeared. Additionally, near the Rapunzel themed restrooms, multiple charging stations have also appeared.

    July 12, 2013: WDWMagic.com user ParentsOf4 posted an update from the latest official Fastpass+ FAQ. This included information that the number of Fastpass+ reservations per guest would be increased to 4, and the reservations would be linked to the guest’s park ticket.

    June 25, 2013: WDW1974 has reported significant My Magic + information on WDWMagic.com. Details are summarized under the specific details section.

    June 23, 2013: Reports have surfaced on WDWMagic.com of guests participating in the full scale My Magic+ Testing. The test saw usage of many MyMagic+ components, and was also the first time that participating guests only had access to Fastpass+ and not the paper Fastpass system.

    June 19, 2013: WDWMagic.com posted a photo update of the new Fastpass+ kiosks near “it’s a small world”. Additionally, they updated the current list of Fastpass+ enabled attractions.

    June 13, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that a large scale test of all features of My Magic+ will be taking place next week. The test will be for pre-selected guests staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge or Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The test will run from June 20-26.

    June 4, 2013: LaughingPlace.com posted an image of Fastpass+ signage at Mad Tea Party, that has been added to the list of tagged attractions.

    May 29, 2013: Tom Staggs spoke at the D11 conference about the Magic Band technology. The video is available at AllThingsD.com

    May 26, 2013: OrlandoParksNews.com has reported that Fastpass+ signage will be installed throughout all four parks.

    April 26, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that Fastpass testing should begin at both Magic Kingdom parades next week

    April 19, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that Fastpass testing should begin at Fantasmic this week. It was expected that Fantasmic would be included as a Fastpass+ attraction. During the test, holding a Fastpass for Fantasmic would not affect guest ability to acquire an additional Fastpass.

    April 7, 2013: Orlando Theme Park News has reported that additional testing of the Magic Bands will take place between April 12-14.

    March 28, 2013: Disney updated the My Magic Experience Mobile App and the terms of service. In this update it indicated that Fastpass+ reservations would be able to be booked by guests with Annual Passholders and Magic Your Way tickets up to 60 days in advance.

    March 13, 2013: Per drew81 on WDWMagic, it is speculated that a Magic Band will now be required for certain meet and greet locations. It is assumed that these meet and greet locations will feature both face characters (Princess Fairytale Hall) and non-face characters (Adventurers Outpost, Town Square Theater) and the non-face characters will be the talking characters that have been tested on a limited basis. The requirement for the Magic Band will allow guests to have their name spoken by the characters without an introduction.

    March 13, 2013: Per TouringPlans.com, Annual Passholders will be issued RFID enabled tickets beginning March 20. Existing passholders can exchange their tickets at the Odyssey between March 20-May 19, and after that they will be exchange their passes at any ticket window.

    February 16, 2013: Reports on Disboards.com have indicated that some guests are able to view other guests itineraries on DisneyWorld.com

    February 16, 2013: Reports on WDWMagic.com from user WDW1974 have indicated additional problems with My Magic +.

    Several tests for FASTPASS+ occurred in 2012, the details of which are as follows:

    • May 1, 2012 – May 15, 2012: Exclusively at the Magic Kingdom, guests were approached prior to boarding the Magical Express Bus at Orlando International Airport.
    • September 18, 2012 – Unknown: Exclusively at the Magic Kingdom, guests were randomly contacted via e-mail by Disney to select their attractions.
    • December 11, 2012 – December 15, 2012: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

    During the test guests utilized “Fastpass+ Cards” that were scanned at new Fastpass+ Card Readers at the entrance of select attractions. Each Fastpass+ Card had an RFID chip embedded into it that allowed the cards to be read by the scanners. Once the card has been scanned, a cast member with an iPad was alerted of the Guest’s name, any celebrations, and whether or not they are returning at their scheduled time.

    While the full implementation strategy is unknown, it is believed that all guestss will be able to schedule a set number of attractions at each park for every day of their trip. With varying levels of access.

    The number of attractions available per day for each guest will likely be contingent on anticipated crowds, type of guest (resort, non-resort, annual pass) as well as the park itself.

    • Magic Kingdom: 3 or 4 Fastpass+ Reservations per day
    • Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom: 2 or 3 Fastpass+ Reservations per day

    Attractions included in these reservations will not be limited to current Fastpass attractions. Fastpass+ will be extended to many attractions that don’t currently have Fastpass, as well as premium viewing for parades and fireworks shows as well.

    The September testing at the Magic Kingdom included two different attraction groups for Fastpass+

    Group 1 (Choose 2):

    • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    • Space Mountain
    • Splash Mountain
    • Main Street Electrical Parade
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Town Square Theater Meet and Greet: Princesses

    Group 2 (Choose 2):

    • Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Haunted Mansion
    • Jungle Cruise
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • The Barnstormer Starring the Great Goofini
    • Town Square Theater Meet and Greet: Mickey
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Guests are allowed to choose their attractions and advise Disney of any dining reservations. Disney has been giving guests 4 different choices per attraction, and not every attraction will have a Fastpass+ reservation available.

    During the December testing the Magic Kingdom Attraction Groups expanded and “Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater” moved from Group 2 to Group 1.

    Additions to Group 1:

    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

    Additions to Group 2:

    • Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor
    • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

    In Hollywood Studios, guests are able to chose one attraction from Group 1 and two attractions from Group 2:

    Group 1 (Choose 1):

    • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
    • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    • Toy Story Midway Mania

    Group 2 (Choose 2):

    • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Muppet*Vision 3-D
    • Star Tours
    • The American Idol Experience
    • The Great Movie Ride
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
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