Fastpass+ & Magicbands & My Disney Experience, oh my!

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With all the Fastpass+ changes happening, planning your next trip to Walt Disney World can be even more confusing.  What are these Magicband things & what are you supposed to do with them?  How many fastpasses can you have?  Which ones should you choose?  Read on fellow Disney lovers!! I have some answers for you!

If you are visiting the Walt Disney World resort, you will need to understand the new Fastpass+ system as well as the My Disney Experience website/app.  These tools will be invaluable if you want to maximize experience & minimize wait times.  It only requires a little planning & time.  Guests staying on-site will receive Magicbands before the trip.  You can customize the bands in a variety of colors.  The band is linked to your reservation & stores a lot of information such as hotel room key, park admission tickets, fastpass reservations, & credit card information for purchases.  You can also link your MemoryMaker to the Magicband.  Magicbands are also available to passholders.  In addition, guests staying off-site can purchase Magicbands for $12.95.

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My Disney Experience

Once you have the Magicband, you will use The My Disney Experience app to make your Fastpass reservations BEFORE your trip.  You can also use the app to make & keep track of dining reservations.  You can link your party with others should you need.  For instance, if you frequently visit the parks with a friend, you can add each other to the app.  This makes it easier to make fastpass reservations, especially for passholders.

Now on to the main question….fastpasses.  Gone are the paper fastpass tickets!  Now, you will need to visit a Fastpass+ kiosk in the park in order to reserve fastpasses or use the My Disney Experience app to reserve before your visit if you have a Magicband.  You are allowed 3 fastpasses per day for one park only.  This means if you visit more than one park per day (park hop), you must choose in which park you want to use fastpasses.  Disney has recently stated that fastpasses for park hopping will be an enhancement coming soon.  I, personally, look forward to this!  In addition to the 3 per day per park, EPCOT & Disney’s Hollywood Studios have tiered systems.  You are allowed 1 fastpass for Tier 1 attractions & 2 fastpasses for Tier 2 attractions.

Reserving fastpasses means a little more planning.  You need to decide which park you will visit on which day & attempt to arrange the times around dining or other events you’d like to attend.  Luckily, the app allows for up to the minute changes & cancellations.  Keep in mind that there are still only a certain number of fastpasses to be had per day.  Fastpasses for popular attractions like Toy Story Mania, for instance, will go quickly.  So while you are able to make changes as your day progresses, that doesn’t necessarily mean that fastpasses will be available.

Which attractions offer fastpasses? Which are the best use of your fastpasses?  What is popular at each park?  Look for my next article for answers to these questions & more tips!  Have other questions?  Feel free to comment below!

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!

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Jason Mayhew

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!