There's much been much ado made about the MagicBands product being rolled out by Walt Disney World in Orlando. There are critics, and there are guests who are raving about it.
In a previous article, this examiner mentioned the forthcoming debut of the application of new technology for use of the guest. Now the reality is being deployed to many of the guests, including guests of Disney's Vacation Club homeowners.
By making a reservation on line, and following the steps given by the company for its My Disney Experience program, you as the guest log in and plan the vacation first.
The steps are easy to follow using the link:
What does this process really mean for you? It means that before you arrive at your resort, you will have to do some planning.
You will have to determine the parks you want to visit, on what days, and what FastPasses you want at the parks you're visiting.
It also forces you to plan with Disney Dining the restaurants you want to use.
All of this process is streamlined if you downloaded the app referenced in the link above.
In a nutshell, everything is linked on your wristband that is sent to you in the mail or that you pick up at the resort (assuming that you booked your reservation with less than two weeks' notice.)
Booking and planning in advance is critical.
For example, your hotel key, that is, your resort Key to the World card, is now on the chip on the wristband.
Your credit card information is also stored so you can easily make purchases at any merchandise or restaurant location, including outdoor food stands by pressing your band to the RFID receiver, and inputting your pre-selected PIN code.
PhotoPass is also encoded on the RFID technology.
The same colorful rubber device will link your FastPass+ attraction reservations. You can plan out what you and the spouse want to ride, as well as the kids, or you can force the family to go on all the same attractions. When your appointed time arrives for that attraction, you arrive with wristband and check in queue at the beginning of the ride, and usually right before loading.
What FastPass locations do you and your family want to enjoy? If you've been the parks before, the decision should be easy. If not, then ask your family and friends, look at examiner articles, and/or ask your vacation planner.
Have there been hiccups? Sure. In a recent visit, this writer's wristband did not allow access to the room so it had to be re-calibrated. Other than that one instance, the process was seamless.
A previous complaint on-line was that annual pass holders couldn't use the technology, but that problem's been solved.
It's new technology, and there's some fear out there about it.
But once you try it, you'll realize the fun you can have, you'll probably tell everyone your wristband is "all that and a bag of chips."