As Disney steam full speed ahead with the MyMagic+ program, one notably ignored group is finally getting the attention it deserves!
We are talking about annual pass holders, and they are none too happy that they have been left until last to be able to sample the MyMagic+ services such as Fastpass+.
Bizarrely, you’d have expected Disney to hit this group first. Safe hands and all of that.
Of all of the groups that would forgive almost any mishap, the annual passholders have even had to wait until after the parks had dumped the ‘old style fastpass dispensers’.
As I write, the trial is only for a limited number according to WDWMagic.com, but at least things are moving along.
For the trial, selected guests can order and set up their Magicbands for use with the My Disney Experience app and website.
Once done, pass holders are free to fidget away to see just what the exciting new system can do. As part of the move, Disney will receive a discount card along with their Magicbands. A Gold card denotes free parking and a Black card denotes that parking must be paid, dependant upon the level of Annual Pass purchased.
Once inside the parks, guests must show the named card along with photo ID whenever making purchases.
Some interesting rules apply to the Fastpasses beyond the regular ‘3 fastpasses per day’ that everyone appears to be held to. A 7 day rolling allowance is tied to each annual pass account, effectively restricting the number of fastpasses in any given 60 day period to 21.
Note about the 7 day limit within 60 Days
This does not mean that you can only have 7 Fastpass+ visits in a 60 day period.
It means that you can have up to 7 days of actual current live bookings in a 60 day window.
If you are going to WDW on May 1st 2014 for 10 days, you could book Fastpass+ for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 6th, 7th from your app before you leave home.
On the April the 2nd, one of your 7 allocations is freed up, so you can reserve April 8th and so on.
The reason for the 7 day rule is to stop fastpasses being booked out continually over an extended period, ‘just on the off chance’ that a guest will visit the parks.
The rule goes some way to reduce the effects of that down to 7 days.
Even so, I can picture some guests heading into a weekend, not quite sure which actual day they will visit and they blast a ‘covering’ of Fastpasses over a 3 day period, knowing fine well that they will only be visiting for one of those days.
Bugs like these will be ironed out and as Disney collect more usage data, they will compensate for ‘no-shows’ in the allocation system.