Rather then do a traditional trip report, I thought I would give you some feedback based on my experience with Magic Bands.
What I LOVED about them:
*Checking in for Disney Magical Express by just scanning my band
*Cast Members greeting me by name when my band was scanned
*being able to get into my room without digging through my wallet
*paying for items by scanning my band and using a PIN code
*being able to get into the parks quicker without waiting for the people in front of me to get their pass to go through.
What I didn’t love:
Nothing…I have no idea why people are so opposed to this program.
I am heading back in 8 days and am doing it differently. For this past trip, I picked all my FP+ options prior to arrival. For October, I have not one single thing picked. I am picking my attractions on the night before we go to the park or the morning/day of. I want to experiment and see if there are any “good” ones left with decent times. I was able to pick ones on the fly in September when plans changed and got an FP+ for Toy Story mania for an hour later. I am chalking that up to low crowds and not many people testing. October will have many more people in the parks and many of those people will be testers.
I did not find the band to be uncomfortable in the heat nor was it intrusive, and this is coming from someone who does not wear a watch or bracelets as I can’t stand them.
During my test, I did ask some great questions.
1.) If I lose my band, will anyone be able to access my room credit card and or dining? No, you must know the PIN associated with that band to do so. Bands can be replaced on the spot at your resort and at some guest service location at the park. You are also able to deactivate your band via My Disney Experience app on your phone until you get a replacement as a precaution.
2.) Must I use the band? No, you can still receive a key to your room and kick it “old school” if you are so inclined.
3.) Can you use FP old school and the band at the same time? Yes, it does work for now, but won’t when this is complete. You will ultimately have to pick your poison. Disney is really asking you not to do both if you are a tester as it’s screwing up info.
Summary: I found them to be super useful and handy. I also found having that FP+ for my favorite attractions didn’t make me race through the parks quite as much. I saw more and did more because I didn’t feel compelled to race and fight for a pass. I also thought that tempers seems more in check because of that. Toy Story mania at opening wasn’t quite a mad house. It did not screw with real time Fast Passes either. There were plenty at all major attractions to go around even with the testers having pre-picked.
I will report back my findings from October and let you know how it goes if you do Disney 100% spontaneously and just pick your passes that day or the night before. I will try to evenly do it, so the info is as accurate as possible.