There is construction taking place at the Downtown Disney (DTD), to begin the transformation to the new Disney Springs Complex. Parking lot “H” has been closed off, and will be followed by lots “I, J & K” to prepare for the building of a parking garage to allow more space for more guests to visit without, we hope, the congestion that has become a rite of passage to those who drive to DTD. And even with occasional use of the Cast Member lot, there will be considerably fewer spaces, so happy hunting. Also, the old Pleasure Island complex is being demolished to prepare for the transition. I don’t know about others, but I can’t wait to see how this area changes and becomes an attraction worthy of the Disney name.
My Magic+ is continuing to be tested throughout the Resort. And, it looks like the rollout could begin as early as this fall. Now, what does this mean for you, the vacationer? It means that the way things have been done, will no longer be the way they get done. The elements that can be included in My Magic+ are: Resort Room key, Theme Park admission, Photopass, and Photopass+ , FASTPASS+, Disney Dining Plan, and on the spot purchases. And, this will all be accomplished through the Magic Band!
If you like to keep track of things while you are in the park, make sure to download the My Disney Experience app to your smartphone. This can help you keep tabs on your dining reservations, FASTPASS+ times, and a whole lot more. It all links together with your reservations on your computer. Just link everything together and it will show up in your app. And, remember that park wide Wi-Fi is now free on all parks and resorts!
Let me explain a few of these terms that may be new to you…
Photopass+ is a service that makes use of in-park photographers to capture some magic that allows all of the guests to be in the picture. It also includes many of the ride pictures and dining experience photos.
FASTPASS+ replaces the old FastPass system and will allow guests to plan ahead for some of the more popular rides and attractions. This may include parades and fireworks. You will be able to choose one or two attractions from different categories and the time you desire to be at the attraction. For the Uberplanner, this is right in the wheelhouse! For the spontaneous guest, you aren’t counted out. Just go to the kiosks that will be located throughout each park and you can choose attractions and times when you arrive.
I’ll post more about the use of the Magic Band as we get closer to the rollout to give you the most accurate information available. For now, testing is still being conducted, but the reviews are coming back with some positive feedback. So, we shall see what comes next!
In our next post, we will look into the Magic Band and the accessories that are already available to make YOUR Magic Band yours. Until next time, may your Wishes and Dreams come true!
Author’s Note: My Magic+, FASTPASS+, FastPass, Photopass, Photopass+, Disney Dining Plan, Disney Springs and Magic Band are all trademarks of the Walt Disney Company.