Along with the new Fastpass+ (FP+) system of booking rides and attractions in advance, Walt Disney World’s MyMagic+ initiative includes wearable technology: MagicBands. These colorful bracelets contain all of your FP+ data, act as your room key and theme park tickets, and can even charge purchases to your hotel room. Although Todd and I weren’t expecting ours to arrive until later in the week, they surprised us by coming on the mail on Saturday!
In preparation for my trip to Disney World, I’ve been trying to inundate myself with as much insight as I can into the Disney Company, the Disney parks, and Walt Disney himself. Although I haven’t really gotten a start on the huge list of movies that I want to watch, I did get a chance to read a new 368-page memoir, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdom, by Marty Sklar.
As of today, 50 days remain until I go to Disney World with my boyfriend this August. We’ve been planning for the trip for quite some time; we already made all of our dining reservations and picked out our FP+ options. So to celebrate this milestone of our trip-planning journey and the magic of Disney, I decided that it was time for a very silly post, which led me to dream up the adventures that Olaf must have while I’m at work editing manuscripts.
As part of Disney’s new MyMagic+ initiative at Disney World to give guests “more control” over their experiences–and mostly to track their movement and spending throughout the four main parks in a dual effort to lessen the crowd overload and encourage shopping. Although that’s a simplified description, it gets across the gist of the program. As part of MyMagic+, guests receive RFID-enabled magic bands to wear that act as key cards, credit cards, and more. Whereas Disney used to have paper FastPasses (FP)–slips of paper that allowed guests to return to a ride at a specific time later in the day and bypass the long standby line–the technology has all been moved online. That’s where FP+ comes in.
I don’t often do #TBT posts, but today I decided to share some pictures from my 2012 trip to Disney World! (Okay, okay, so 2012 isn’t really that long ago, but it’s still technically in the past ….) These pictures make me smile and get me excited to travel back to the “most magical place on Earth” with Todd this August. In a later post, I’ll fill you in on some details about our plans and preparations; for now, let’s just share in the memories that a photo can capture.