Disney Parks Introduce MyMagic+ Magic Band
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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:38:48 PM
These bracelet bands act as your entry ticket into the park, automatic fast pass (no more paper fast pass), it acts as your hotel room key, your credit card (for shops and dining in the parks), your photo pass, and it stores your child's name so characters can acknowledge them, such as Cinderellla saying "Oh, hello, Emma. I hear it's your birthday today."

Will be rolled out at WDW and then DLR. Also, a way for Disney to track your every move in the park (what rides you ride, what food stands you stop at, which characters you visit, etc.)

Thoughts?

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:45:55 PM
I think it's a cool idea, but some people are upset about the data collecting. I think that they already can track data in other ways, so it's not really a big deal.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:54:55 PM
I am so glad they finally announced it. We have a friend who is working on the technology and it's been killing me not to say a peep about all the rumors.

I think it will be great, once the kinks get worked out.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:58:03 PM
99% of what I've seen about it is negative. A few people are upset about the data collecting (call it 20-25% of the "opposition". Much more of the complaints are coming because:
(1) it forces you to plan your trip to the Nth degree (exactly what ride at what time - and apparently 60 days out) to make good use of it
(2) because all credible information seems to point to a limit of 3 FP+ per day (half of what lots of people use in a day currently), and
(3) because at least in its test stages, it's forced people to choose amongst headliners. IOW, each attraction is in a group, and you can only pick ONE each from group A, B, and C, even if your top 3 wants are all listed in A (and apparently they were in the testing).

I'm less than thrilled to have to possibly - because Disney's not saying when it goes 100% live - deal with this additional wrinkle in planning our upcoming trip. We certainly want to make the most of our trip, so if FP+ comes to pass for us, we'll deal with it, but I'd have been much happier using the standard FP system and KTTW card.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:58:19 PM
imagine how awesome it would be to have parent/child info on those bands, so you can find one when separated from the other.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:59:38 PM
We were just at WDW over Christmas and one of the CMs mentioned these to us. All I can say is I hope they work better than that blasted finger scan technology, which has done more to delay entry to the park than anything I can think of. They've already started embedding chips into the "key to the world" and when they get that operating you're supposed to be able to enter without having to insert your ticket or your finger on the machine, but they didn't have it operational when we were there.

I'm intrigued by the fast pass feature of the Magic Bands. This was our first trip to WDW since they stopped taking late fast passes, so we had to be much more strategic than usual on this visit and I was not happy about that. I imagine there are more changes coming on that front. We make heavy use of fast passes and they're an important part of our touring plans, so anything that limits fast passes will be a negative as far as I'm concerned.

As for the data collection - I don't really care. Disney has a ton of information on me already (we're frequent visitors), and I get loads of marketing and promotional material from them already. If they want to send me stuff that's more targeted, that's OK with me.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 12:59:43 PM
I think it sounds good.

As for data collecting...I seriously have no issues with that. Them knowing what I prefer at their park can work out in my favor.



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Posted: 1/9/2013 1:01:00 PM

imagine how awesome it would be to have parent/child info on those bands, so you can find one when separated from the other.


That would be awesome!



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Posted: 1/9/2013 1:06:42 PM
This morning on the radio they were discussing it, and they did not say it would limit the number of fast passes you could get. They just said it was electronic vs. paper. I want to read more details on it!



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Posted: 1/9/2013 4:19:51 PM
One concern is credit card info. If your bracelet came off, does that mean someone could use your credit card around the park? Wonder how easily they come off?

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Posted: 1/9/2013 4:22:45 PM
Huh... we're going to disney world in 44 days. Although it's off peak season, wondering just how complicated it is... gotta go check out the boards!



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Posted: 1/9/2013 5:52:56 PM

One concern is credit card info. If your bracelet came off, does that mean someone could use your credit card around the park? Wonder how easily they come off?


If you're a resort guest you can already charge now with the KTTW and it's linked to your credit card information on file with the resort. On our recent trip (and for the first time) they put PIN numbers on the cards. Anything over $50 required a PIN. However, someone could run up a lot of $49 charges without needing the PIN. I suspect they'll do something similar with the Magic Bands.

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Posted: 1/9/2013 6:24:09 PM
Great Wolf Lodge has bracelets that are your room key and can have your cc info loaded for charging purposes. It also sounds like loading your cc is optional.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 6:26:19 PM

If your bracelet came off, does that mean someone could use your credit card around the park?



I have no idea how sturdy they are, but I suppose plenty of room keys with CC info linked to them have been lost over the years as people walk about with them in their pockets or such. So I imagine they must have a procedure in place to deal with that problem when it happens.



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Sucks; they never work properly


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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:10:53 PM
I wonder what kind of band it will be. I really don't like going somewhere where you have to wear that band that doesn't come off for your whole stay.
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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:19:43 PM
Pett Pea,

According to Disboards they go on and off like a watch, you adjust it to the whole that is your size and fits your wrist snuggly.

I'm curious as too when it will go live and all that. We plan on going in November, so hopefully the kinks are mostly worked out by then.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:20:44 PM
It was always optional to have the "key to the world" cards load the credit card info as well. I know because they always gave us the option with DD's card. We always said NO -- no reason for a 7yo to have credit card privileges in those souvenir stores!

We generally got the CC info loaded on our cards -- it was easy. But one year we were watching our expenses more closely and didn't get the info loaded onto them.

I do hope they get the entrance stuff worked out. The thumb scans have never worked very well.


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Posted: 1/9/2013 7:54:14 PM
I don't think I would like it unless you could take it off. When we went to DW we went for three weeks and did many other things in between Disney Days. I wouldn't want to have to wear at band for three weeks and not be able to take it off!

Our last DL trip was just over two weeks and I wouldnt want to wear it that long either. I have sensitive skin and things tend to give me a rash.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:08:11 PM
scrapnchick, I'm sure they would let you take it off. It would've hard not to!



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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:30:14 PM
So would you have to take all the family member's bands to go get
Fast Passes?
And then would they not be able to go on anything until
that one person came back with them?



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Posted: 1/10/2013 12:40:03 PM
I have mixed feelings on it:

+it allows for quick service dining, parades, and character times along with rides

-will limit the nubmer of FP+ you can get per day - current rumors and information indicate 3-4

+/-allows for planning ~60 days out

+gaurentees that you get your top FP choices

-won't allow for getting FP at more than one park per day

+/-reports are that you will be able to schedule for FP+ during the day via the MDE app or kiosks (if there are any left, dining reservations can be hard to come by without ADRs)

-you have to choose between the current FP system or the FP+ system, you won't be able to switch between the two

I am keeping my eyes open to any new information on this as we are going at the end of April. With the information as I currently understand it, we won't be using it. We are planning on park hopping during our trip and I would like to be able to use FP at the second park.

On the other hand, there are rumors that they will be reduding the number of FP to offset the number of FP+ so there may not be any left when we do get to the second park.

A lot will depend on if you have to wear it as a bracelet - there is no way my mom will do that. If she can carry it in her bag and take it out as needed, then maybe?????

Who knows at this point......

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Posted: 1/10/2013 1:14:32 PM
Any idea when they will start rolling this out in the Parks? We're going in September...adding one more thing to my list to research! I only have 60+ days for my ADR's.....planning is stressful! LOL


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Posted: 1/10/2013 2:17:50 PM
I'm going next week. The way it sounds, I don't think I would be a fan. I don't particularly like wearing things on my wrist and I think this would be annoying.

I also don't like having to plan EVERYTHING. I like some spontaneity and flexibility in my vacations. Also we park hop a lot. I really won't like it if you are limited to only fastpass in one park a day.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:04:45 PM
I don't think you are limited to 1 fast pass? I never heard that?

It is supposed to be rolled out to WDW this spring, with DLR following in the months after.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 3:31:14 PM
As an annual passholder to Disney World I am definitely NOT a fan of this new program they're rolling out!

We park hop just about everyday and utilize fastpass to the fullest extent! To only be able to get fastpasses ( and a limited number at that!) for one park per day is crap.

I don't mind the wrist band part at all, nor them tracking my every step I make. But having to plan if I want to ride Space Mountain at 10:15am 6 months from now is sooo not the way we plan our trips!

We've been annual passholders for quite a few years now. We take 3-4 trips a year, always staying onsite. We're keeping a close eye on how this all pans out and it will really determine if we renew our passes again.





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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:03:36 PM
Like Jenny, I am also an annual pass holder and have been for about 13 years total. I like an hour and a half from wow and go on average three days per month. We have friends in Orlando we meet up with and from other parts of Florida. We have a group of about 80 people and none of us are thrilled about it.

First they raised prices, then again, then again, three times in less than two years

Now there is no difference in price for a child's ticket over that of an adult. If you are three years or older, you pay the same no matter your age.there has always been a discount for children.

Then they took away other perks for pass holders. Premium pass holders used to get a 20% discount on merchandise, now they do not.

With as many times as I go there and the amount of money I spend, they took away some extra perks for me too and have them to people who stay on property. I can drive there for the day and go home. They cut off us being allowed to enter the park early, now only if you stay on property.

For Star Wars weekends, I have camped out to get autograph tickets, as in sleeping in the parking lot, all night. But now, if you stay on property, they will hold a certain a,out of autograph tickets for you and you don't have to wait at all. The majority of people who attend weekends are pass holders and go all the time and spend money and we don't get anything anymore.

Honestly, this year 2012, I wasn't going to renew my passes for me and two kids. The price went up way too high. We were given passes as a Christmas present.

Back OT, I don't like this at all. I am close to many wdw employees and none of them are thrilled about it nor are they happy with many of the recent changes. I personally don't want to be tracked this way and the FP idea really sucks.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:04:19 PM
Mari~ I too was none too happy when they made the price of all AP's the same regardless of age! It ran us 3K for our passes this year! And will be more next year since youngest will be 3.

As a local, I think the FP+ program will affect you even more!!

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