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Disney MagicBand

Walt Disney World has begun an end-to-end test of its new MyMagic+ system, which will enable guest to reserve slots on rides months in advance.

Orlando Attractions Magazine reports that the system is now being trialled with select guests from the Contemporary Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Each participant has been supplied with a MagicBand wristband, which acts a hotel key, theme park ticket and virtual "wallet".

Most significantly, the MagicBands are also employed the controversial FASTPASS+ system, which enables guests to reserve time slots during which they can ride major attractions without having to join the standby queue. FASTPASS+ will operate alongside the existing FASTPASS system, which only allows slots to be reserved on the day of a guest's visit. However, the number of standard FASTPASSes will be reduced as a result.

A smartphone application and a revamped website provide guests with control over this and other features, such as restaurant reservations. The MyMagic+ system is due to launch at some point later in 2013.

For more details of the current trial, head over to Orlando Attractions Magazine.

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