Disney is expanding its rollout to MyMagic+ on several fronts. First up, By the end of January all guests staying onsite will be part of the MagicBand only testing like Pop Century and the All-Star Resorts. Which means you get a MagicBand or an RFID enabled card that is not compatible with the paper FastPass machines. It also means the allocation given to those paper FastPass machines will be reduced.
Next up is that during the next couple of months My Disney Experience website and apps will be re-worked to speed up access and response times. If you’ve used the existing site or app, I’m sure you can agree while it mostly works…you do spend a fair bit of time for things to load or flipping thru extra screens to get where you want to go. The upside is when they are done it should be a better experience….the downside expect intermittent problems and delays as they fix bugs and unexpected problems with the new versions.
Lastly off-site use of FastPass+ will be expanded now thru Spring (when it’s expected the plug will be pulled on the paper FastPass system) to all the parks. Currently, those guests are getting the short end of the stick either way with fewer paper FastPasses or having to schedule FastPass+ when they get to the park. I hope that as they expand this out to everyone they will let them start being able to schedule them ahead of time like the onsite guests. After all even if they don’t let offsite schedule as far out, they will be a lot happier than being stuck in yet another line to really start their day.
MagicBand-only rollout dates:
Jan 6 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
Jan 7 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
Jan 8 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort & 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 & Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Jan 20 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground