Magical Disney World tech changes wristbands
In August of 2012 Disney unveiled its My Disney Experience app for Apple products and then followed shortly thereafter with the Android version.  This new app heralds a change in the way Disney World will do business at its parks in the future. While the app is not yet truly magical, it does allow guests to see wait times at Disney World rides, use maps with gps and make reservations for dining.  Enhancing the utilization of this app is Disney's new free WiFi access in the parks. The My Disney Experience app will start becoming truly magical as Disney unveils the larger project, MyMagic+.

MyMagic+ is being rolled out in phases and will be available to resort guests first. Ultimately, the new program will utilize wrist bands with RFID technology instead of the paper passes. Resort visitors will use these bands for room entry and park entry. Eventually, the rest of us will have access to the wrist bands where we will be able to purchase meals and souvenirs, enter the parks, plan pre-scheduled FastPass+ times and much more.

Not everyone is happy with MyMagic+. Concerns abound regarding security of the wrist bands and letting Disney have too much information. The wrist bands can be programmed so that your name, or that of a child, is accessible to cast members thereby, in theory, creating a more magical experience as you are greeted by name.  Magical to some, creepy to others.

The new enhancements will clearly benefit the planners among us. FastPass+ will let you book ride times months in advance and the new web applications will let you plan and coordinate itineraries with others.  Walt Disney Parks chairman Tom Skaggs released only sketchy details of the new MyMagic+ in his blog. Nonetheless, it is clear that Disney is moving towards a technologically linked park that will allow users to plan and spend effortlessly in the future. As with all Disney innovations, those that learn how to use them best will benefit most.  In a few more months we should have a better idea of how to optimize your trip with the new MyMagic+. For now, don't be afraid to download the iOS or Android app for My Disney Experience and start doing a little planning. Looking for affordable luxury in a rental home near Disney?  Visit us.