When we visited Walt Disney World last Fall, we were able to take part of a widespread beta test of MyMagic+, Disney’s vision of the next generation theme park experience. MyMagic+ allows guests to pre-book Fastpass+ reservations, pay for meals or souvenirs, add pictures to their Photopass, and more, all through a unified system. The beta test is officially over, and now MyMagic+ and Fastpass+ are available to all Disney World guests. Whether you are staying on property or off property, you are an annual passholder or a day guest, you’ll be able to take advantage of MyMagic+.
With the official debut of MyMagic+, Disney announced some key improvements to the system that should make things a better experience for everyone.
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First off, the big change. Everyone can now participate in MyMagic+. Magic Bands are provided to Annual Passholders and Walt Disney World Resort Guests. For those staying offsite, Magic Bands can be purchased for $12.95 at various locations throughout Walt Disney World. Magic Bands are not required to participate in MyMagic+, as your RFID ticket will have all the same capabilities as the Magic Band. However, the Magic Band makes things like using a Fastpass+ or entering your hotel room extremely convenient.
Speaking of Fastpass+, everyone can now make reservations in advance. To do this, you can link your ticket, annual pass, or resort reservation to your MyDisneyExperience account. Resort guests will be able to make reservations 60 days in advance. Annual Passholders and day guests will be able to make reservations 30 days in advance. We strongly encourage linking your ticket with a MyDisneyExperience account and making reservations in advance, as doing them day-of will require standing in a long line and having a more limited selection.
As before, you can make up to three Fastpass+ reservations in advance. However, coming soon, you will have the opportunity to get more Fastpass+ reservations once the first three have been used. This will make getting early Fastpass+ reservations and having the MyDisneyExperience app with you at the park even more important than before. This also makes the new system more similar to the legacy Fastpass system.
Also coming at an unspecified point in the future, Fastpass+ reservations will no longer be limited to one park per day. Currently, Fastpass+ reservations are limited to one park per day, which has been a widespread complaint of the system, as park hopping is a popular way to tour the parks.
Overall, this is great news. Our experience with MyMagic+ in the Fall was mostly positive, but there was something left to be desired. We loved the convenience of pre-booking Fastpasses, and the system mostly worked, aside from a hitch or two that were quickly dealt with by cast members. But we really thought that 3 Fastpasses was not enough, especially since we had become accustomed to getting at least 4 or 5 per day through having a solid plan. That change, plus the announcement that park hopping will be added to Fastpass+, shows that Disney is not only committed to MyMagic+, but they’re listening to their consumers and making changes for the better.