Disney have announced two big changes that are coming to the MyMagic+ experience beginning at some point this Spring.
For those of you that don’t know what MyMagic+ is essentially a whole suite of different products (available via an app) that makes a number of services and enhancements available to guests.
Additional FastPass Selections
The first change is one of my biggest issues with the system and it relates to FastPass+. Once you have booked in your three FastPass selections for the day you are able to book additional FastPass selections (one at a time) via one of the FastPass kiosks dotted around the parks. The issue with this is that you had to:
A) Travel to one of the kiosks – they were few and far between
B) Queue to make your FastPass and often receive help from a cast member even when you didn’t need it. Nine times out of ten, queues for the kiosk were huge!
Disney have recognised this and soon (early April time is the estimate) guests will be able to make additional FastPass selections via the MyDisneyExperience App. You will still only be able to make one additional selection at a time but it should take the hassle out of having to queue and find a kiosk!
StoryMaker is the interactive side of MyMagic+ that was originally not included in the initial rollout due to the complications of it. Now that FastPass+ and MagicBands are working smoothly Disney have clearly decided to work on the next phase.
While it isn’t clear on exactly how much StoryMaker will be used throughout Walt Disney World, in theory it allows Disney to use information from the MyMagic+ profile of the guest to personalise the Disney experience on a guest by guest basis. This will include things like attraction and character interaction, for instance the talking Mickey Mouse in Main Street U.S.A would know your name and may well use it in conversation.
If used well I think this could really give some value to guests, especially kids, imagine seeing your kids faces light up as Mickey Mouse calls them by name, could really add to the magic.
Both of these changes are positives I think and I am looking forward to seeing how my own experience at Walt Disney World changes as a result!
Let us know what you think of these changes in the comments below!