While it has been hinted at and discussed for a few years now, an official bulletin from Disney now confirms that a Next Generation series of tools will be coming shortly to the Walt Disney World Resort of Florida. These tools are touted as a means for guests to customize their vacations through the use of new technologies.
Customizations available include the new Disney Fastpass+ service which allows guests to reserve some Fastpasses in advance of their arrival to the theme parks. It also includes new MagicBands which will be worn on the wrist and can serve as room keys, park tickets, photopass cards, paperless payment cards and more.
More information on the changes will be posted as they are rolled out at Disney World.
The official internal bulletin Cast Members about the changes reads as follow:
Soon, Walt Disney World Resort will introduce tools that allow guests to use technology to customize and personalize their vacation, along with more guest enhancements that will continue to be tested and implemented in the coming years. Many of these efforts are part of MyMagic+, which has the ability to connect nearly all aspects of the guest experience.
- My Disney Experience, a new website and mobile application, will provide a one-stop shop for all things Walt Disney World during every phase of a guest’s vacation. Guests may use My Disney Experience to get information on all Walt Disney World offerings, reserve dining and other experiences and make FastPass+ selections in advance.
- Disney FastPass+ service will allow guests to lock in some of their must-do attractions and show experiences in advance, freeing them to explore and discover the magic in Walt Disney World theme parks and resort hotels. For the first time, guests will be able to reserve firework and parade viewing areas, shows, Disney Character Greetings and more.
- The new MagicBand, worn on the wrist, will become the key to unlocking the magic, serving as room key, park admission, access to FastPass+ selections, PhotoPass card and payment account (optional) all rolled into one.
- MyMagic+, as well as other guest experience enhancements, will continue to be tested and implemented in the coming years. We are continually looking at ways to take the entire Disney Parks experience to the next level at all of our destinations based on the unique ways our guests enjoy diverse sites. Guests, Cast, Crew, and Imagineer feedback will continue to be a critical part of the process in shaping these offerings.