For years now theme parks have been grappling with how to reduce or eliminate theme parks lines. Disney’s multi-billion dollar initiative to move guests around in its theme parks, MyMagic+, is mostly in place. We’ve been hearing reports and reading guest reviews of how well it is working or not working. Some reviews have been positive [...]
Apple Pay is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort – What does it mean for the average Disney guest?
At its iPhone event last week, Apple announced Apple Pay, a mobile wallet system that will allow users to pay for purchases with the simple tap of either their new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, or eventually their Apple Watch, which was also announced. Apple Pay will work with NFC technology, or Near Field Communication, [...]
Returning back to normal life after a vacation to Walt Disney World is never fun. Everyday life can be a bit of a bore after experiencing days of sunshine, glorious food and thrilling experiences at theme parks. You start to come down with a case of post holiday blues and hanker after another holiday. Yet, [...]
As part of the My Magic+ testing, Walt Disney World has starting selling MagicBands to offsite day guests. Day guests are those guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.
Walt Disney World has a new way for guests to customize their vacations: FastPass+. The system, which has been undergoing extensive testing and implementation since the fall of 2012, works with MagicBands, vinyl bracelets equipped with RFID chips that sync with guests’ accounts on MyMagic+ via Disney’s website or smartphone app. There, guests can schedule [...]
The Walt Disney Company released its annual earnings report for fiscal year 2013 today. Analysts expected growth and they were not disappointed. Overall, Disney’s revenue grew (compared to last year) by seven (7) percent and its operating income (essentially profit) grew by eight (8) percent. The Parks and Resorts Segment (which includes the Disney Cruise [...]
The sheer number of hotels in Orlando can be breathtaking, not to mention all the other types of accommodations that are available. The Orlando Tourist Board estimates that there are currently 450 hotels in the greater Orlando area with a total of 115,200 rooms. Furthermore, there are another 26,000 vacation homes and more than 20,000 [...]
Resorts all around Walt Disney World are in the process of rolling out the new Rapid Fill resort mug program which eliminates the issue of guests getting soda for free at resort quick service locations. Kathy Werling visited one of the first resorts to adopt Rapid Fill last week, All Star Movies, and wrote about [...]
DIS Unplugged Podcast: Full Review of MyMagic+, FastPass+, & MagicBands The DIS Unplugged team discusses their recent testing of Disney’s new MyMagic+ system, including FastPass+ and MagicBands. www.disunplugged.com A few of us from The DIS team had the opportunity to test out Walt Disney World’s new MyMagic+ system, including MagicBands and FastPass+ this week during [...]
The next round of official testing for Disney’s MagicBands began today and continues through next week. Select guests staying at the Contemporary Resort and Animal Kingdom Lodge were notified before leaving home that they were chosen to participate in what is reported to be the most extensive test to date. Those of us watching from [...]