Monday, January 7, 2013

Trip Planners Get Ready: MyMagic+ Is Here

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After several years of work and one heck of a large price tag, Disney Parks have finally revealed some concrete details on their next generation FastPass system.  Well, really, the ability to skip the lines for attractions is only one part of MyMagic+, which is the new name of the program.  Generally speaking, MyMagic+ is a set of "tools" that guests visiting the parks will be able to use to customize their vacations more than ever before.

Revealed by Disney today on their official Blog, some of the highlight of the system include:

- The My Disney Experience website, which allows visitors to preplan their trip to the Florida parks in detail, including scheduling ride experiences, shows, and dining before ever even arriving at Disney World.  An app for phones will allow guests to change their plans and reservations on the spot when in the parks.

- The use of the MagicBand once at the resort, a literal wrist band that will serve as park tickets, Fastpass+ entry vehicle, room key, PhotoPass card and even a method of payment for souvenirs, if you like.

- Guests who are unfamiliar with the theme parks can choose from preselected lists of rides, dining, character meet and greets, and even fireworks viewing locations using the planning tools.  The preset itineraries are made up to create park visits for a variety of guests - those with kids, without, etc.

The Orlando Sentinel has a good write up of the new system, including some downsides to the use of the technology in the parks.  While everyone saw it coming, it's certainly a bold next step in customizing a Florida vacation.  And no, there most certainly won't be a button to click to schedule your day trip to Universal for Harry Potter!