We’ve been talking about NextGen for a long time now, and today it was officially announced to the public what Disney is looking to do with this new venture.
My Magic+ is going to be a tool that allows a guest to customize their entire visit. This new system is going to be able to allow guests who like to plan – as well also guests who are a bit more spontaneous – the ability to create the exact Disney vacation experience that they want and desire.
Through Disney’s newly renovated website and the the My Disney Experience mobile app, guests will be able to reserve times for the new FastPass+ system, plus book dining reservations and other activities like The Pirates League.
About that FastPass+ system, we currently know that guests will be able to schedule up to 3 FastPass+ options before the arrive for their visit. They can select things like rides, shows, parade viewing areas, fireworks viewing areas, or character meet and greets.
It appears that things will not be super rigid, though. If you have access to a smart phone, you’ll be able to change your plans in the moment. It also appears that guests will not be forced to use the system, at least right now, and you can share as much detail as you want, so if you object to Disney knowing your kids names, you do not have to provide that information.
Disney also announced the MagicBand, which is a rubber bracelet that will link all of this together. It will serve as your room key and your park tickets, and it will access your FastPass+ information, serve as your PhotoPass card, and allow you to use it to make payments. Keep in mind that any purchase over $50 will require entry of a PIN. The good news is that your band can be deactivated by either a Cast Member or a smartphone if you lose it or it gets stolen. Once these MagicBands are released, Disney plans to introduce collectible aspects to the bands, including things like charms and accessories.
According to Tom Staggs, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, “The bands themselves will contain no personal identifiable information.”
MyMagic+ plans to be rolled out slowly in the next coming months. However, there is no set date when any of this will be available. We’ll be sure to keep you posted!