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What is MyMagic+ at Walt Disney World? Samantha Brown video and full explanation

When I attended the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train event at Walt Disney World last week, I didn't just learn about the new ride. I also tried out MyMagic+ and learned exactly what this program encompasses. I was already familiar with FastPasses, but I hadn't yet tried the new FastPass+ program or the other components, like MyDisneyExperience and the Magic Bands. Here's an explanation of each of three MyMagic+ parts:

MyDisneyExperience: You can start the fun before you even begin your Walt Disney World vacation by visiting MyDisneyExperience.com. This website acts as your centralized planning spot at home, and you can continue to access it in the parks from your mobile device via the website or app (all four parks have free wi-fi).

This component is especially useful if you're not familiar with Walt Disney World, as it helps you decide on rides, shows, dining, and other attractions and helps you plan your days. You can link up with other family members to plan together and share photos. Once you're in the parks, the website acts as a virtual map, with up to date show schedules and wait times. Even though I'm very experienced and know the parks well, I loved having virtual access to show times and waits.

FastPass+: No more rushing to the parks and running to the FastPass kiosks to make sure you get a time for your favorite ride. Now you can do it from the comfort of home, 30 to 60 days before your visit, depending on whether you're a resort guest or day visitor. You can book up to three FastPass+ times and grab more once you use up your initial choices. I used the heck out of FastPass+, including slashing a three hour wait time for Anna and Elsa of "Frozen" down to only 10 minutes. If you're not a local, it's a great way to ensure that your family will get to do its must-dos with minimal waits.

MagicBands: How do you use your FastPass+ reservations in the park? Simply touch your MagicBand to the sensor and you're in. That's my favorite park of the MagicBands, but they also give you theme park admissions and, if you're staying at an on-site resort, they act as your room key and let you make charges without constantly digging our your credit card. You can even link them to your Photopass pictures (I highly recommend getting the Memory Maker package, as you get to take advantage of every photo op for one set price and access them all online).

If you're a day guest and want to use a MagicBand, you can buy one for $12.95. Annual pass holders and resort guests get them free. You can choose from yellow, orange, pink, blue, green, gray, or red, and there's bling available for purchase to spice them up.

If you'd like to learn more about MyMagic+, check out the video accompanying this article for the media presentation with travel guru Samantha Brown. For my personal experience with FastPass+ and my MagicBand, go to this article.

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