Which Disney Resorts have RFID wrist bands
by Jason Phillips
Which resorts already have the wristbands?
We had RFID locks at Bay Lake Towers
Photo by Jeff_B.
Dad’s Gadgets and Gizmos Aplenty Answer
For a while now the folks at Disney have been cooking up some really neat, modern, high-tech additions to the parks. Some of these “next gen” experiences are already in the parks (think Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom). Now the next phase is coming in to play: the MyMagic+ experience will begin testing in parks in the next few days, and guest can’t wait to get their hands on their first MagicBand.
The MagicBand is a new, disposable bracelet that guests will be issued upon checking in at their Walt Disney World hotel. It works with all kinds of gadgets and gizmos like park entrance turnstiles, FastPass
machines, PhotoPass computers quick service dining payment counters, and even in stores to use as a room charge card. Dad thinks this will eventually replace your Key to the World card altogether and become your room key as well.
The coolest thing about MyMagic+ is that it will also make use of a new website that will allow guests to go online and “pre-book” FastPasses for their favorite attractions in advance of going to the park! These reserved ride times will be available for certain attractions at first, but more attractions and shows will be added over time.
The MagicBand works with RFID technology – that means radio frequency identification. Basically, you can hold your MagicBand up to any of the compatible gadgets and gizmos and it reads the information stored on it instead of scanning or swiping your Key to the World or credit card.
Disney has been replacing locks all around the park with the new RFID capable locks. We experienced them at both the Bay Lake Towers
and the Coronado Springs
last year. It's kinda hard to track, but it seems that all the Deluxe Resorts and Villas and the Coronado and Port Orleans
and the Art of Animation
have been upgraded. The rest of the resorts should be finished by the end of summer.
This week, wristbands will begin testing in select hotels
and will roll out to all hotel guests throughout the year. As for what hotels will be first to get the wristbands, there’s no saying, everything is just rumor at this point, but Dad thinks it will be a monorail hotel, a boardwalk hotel, and maybe one of the lodges. Just like the in-room wifi roll out, it make sense for Deluxe resorts to get this amenity first, then moderates, and finally values.
Dad's Bottom Line
Jason, MyMagic+ is going to be an exciting new experience. It may take some getting used to, but for Disney guests who are technologically capable and who like to stick to a schedule, this innovative technology will bring the magical Walt Disney World experience to a whole new level.