5 Key Components of Disney's Biggest FastPass+ Expansion YetBy Amanda Kondolojy, Friday, May 22, 2015 02:41
Though FastPass+ (and the larger MyMagic+ system) has had its share of critics since it began its test phase in mid-2013, this system has been an enormous success for Walt Disney World. Though MyMagic+ had a bit of a stunted beginning with several early adopters expressing frustrations with the numerous glitches that plagued the system's early days, MyMagic+ has grown into an all-encompassing service that allows guests to make attraction reservations, view transportation options, and even select meals months in advance. And the system is still growing, as add-ons like the ability to order food to go and have merchandise items delivered in the park are currently in the testing phase, and expected to roll out on a larger scale at Walt Disney World later this year.
With these successes in mind, it should come as no surprise that the MyMagic+ is being fast-tracked for rollout at two more Disney parks around the world. And in an interesting development, one of the parks will be getting its own version of MyMagic+ in just a few months!
1. FastPass+ is coming to Disneyland this summer
We’ve reported before that FastPass+ was on the way to Disneyland before, but now we have a date, and it might be sooner than you think! According to WDWNT, MyMagic+ and FastPass+ will make their Disneyland debut this August. Though it might seem a little foolish to introduce a new system during the busy summer season, launching it when guest traffic is still elevated during the last days of summer seems like a great way to "stress test" Disneyland's version of MyMagic+ when it first rolls out, especially since the framework for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions is likely quite similar (making this an easy project to fast-track).
2. There will likely be be a limited testing period
However, even though we know that the system will begin rolling out in August, the version that guests at the Disneyland Resort will use during its first few weeks and months of operation will likely not be the final version and will almost certainly not be available to all guests.
Much like the Walt Disney World test, which saw features added to MagicBands slowly (and rolled out to passholders and non-resort guests over the course of several months), the Disneyland version of MyMagic+ will start slowly and build towards a version that includes all guests with full feature access. It's impossible to know what kind of timetable the testing period will encompass, but it will likely be at least a few months before the first "full" version of Disneyland's MyMagic+ is available to all Disneyland guests.
3. There will be Disneyland-specific “tweaks”
When it was first announced that Disneyland would be the next park to get MyMagic+, then-parks chairman Tom Staggs hinted that the version of the system that makes its way to Disneyland would not be quite the same as the version Walt Disney World visitors have come to know. One big factor that necessitates change for the Disneyland system is the fact that Walt Disney World is very much an international destination attracting the majority of its guests from out of state, while Disneyland functions more as a regional park, attracting a much higher volume of passholders and local visitors.
Because of this reason, there will likely be park-specific tweaks to the system that will be a little more friendly to these "base" guests. Changes will probably include default park hopping ability, greater flexibility when it comes to FastPass+ reservation windows, and perhaps even a sharper focus on dining and merchandise functions.
Though we don't have any concrete answers about what kind of changes could be made for a Disneyland version of MyMagic+, we do have a few suggestions...