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  • On Jul 17, 2015
    Alana from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    So I haven't been to Disney since they instituted the magic bands. Can you explain how they work & can you explain the FAST PASS reservation in advance. I've always just went up to the ride to get a fast pass ticket. I'm in un-chartered territory!

    Hey Alana-

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Yes, much has changed since the former FASTPASS system was replaced my MyMagic+. You are going to love all the new features and technology. Let me clear up a few things for you.

    MagicBand is a water-proof wearable technology and is your Key to the Kingdom. With MagicBand, your tickets, resort room key, photos, FastPass+ reservations and dining reservations are all kept in one place. MagicBand utilizes radio frequency technology allowing you to "touch" your way into your room, attractions and even purchase meals and merchandise. There is no personal information stored within the MagicBand. A random code securely links to an encrypted database storing your information. MagicBand keeps everything in arms reach.

    FastPass+ selections are reserved through your Disney account in My Disney Experience. After researching the attractions, select the three you are most interested in skipping the lines for your FastPass+ selections. With a stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you will be able to make your three FastPass+ selection 60 days in advance of your check-in date (only 30 days for off-property Guests). The old system had Guests racing over the theme park. When you finish with your three prescheduled FastPass+ reservations you may reserve more on a rolling one-at-a-time basis at FastPass+ kiosks.

    Disney Dad Tip: Arrive 45 minutes before park opening and attend popular attractions like Soarin' and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first without a FastPass+ reservation. This will allow you to save your FastPass+ reservations for later in the morning when the crowds thicken.

    Alana, enjoy making many Magical Memories!

    ~Jason ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a Disney Dad raising two fantastic boys with my wife. We love the hidden treasures found on both coasts at the "Happiest Place on Earth" and "Most Magical Place on Earth."  I am so excited to share my "yEARS" of pixie-dust covered experiences with you while planning your Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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