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Disney’s All-Star Resorts To Test Only Providing MagicBands to Guests

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The first test recently rolled out at Disney’s Pop Century Resort, but now Disney is ready to start a new version of this testing at all three of Disney’s All-Star Resorts. As part of the MyMagic+ assessment, upon check in at one of these three resorts, guests will be issued only a MagicBand for use throughout their stay at the Walt Disney World Resort.

The schedule for roll out is as follows:

Any guest checking in on or after these dates will be issued only a MagicBand and not a separate Key To The World card/room key.

The testing procedure will continue as it has at Disney’s Pop Century. Guests will still be able to continue engaging in MyMagic+ testing in the same manner as any other resort guest. MagicBands will give guests access to all hotel and park activities, such as touch to pay, PhotoPass, touch to enter, and FastPass+. If guests did not customize and receive MagicBands prior to their vacations, they will be provided with a gray colored version at check in.

If a guest would prefer, a RF-enabled Key To The World card can be issued on request. This card will work in the same way the MagicBand would. One thing to note is that these Key To The World cards will not allow guests to obtain Legacy FASTPASS tickets as the magnetic strip on the back will be inactive. Guests who wish to utilize FastPass+ during their vacation may do so using the My Disney Experience app, visiting Guest Relations, or stopping at a MyMagic+ kiosk.

Disney’s Pop Century Resort will continue with its test, as well.

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8 thoughts on “Disney’s All-Star Resorts To Test Only Providing MagicBands to Guests

  • A little off topic – but, if I have been on a trip and won’t return for a couple years should I deactivate our magic bands? What is the point of that? Will I get new ones if we come back in 2 years?

  • Just came back from 8 days at WDW. Stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, had a dining plan, park hopper passes, etc…. Our bands worked perfectly without a single hitch. Loved them and would not want to go again without them.

  • does anyone know if cards will still be issued to those that cannot wear the bands for one reason or another?

  • Does anyone know when the legacy fastpass will go away? It seems very unfair that Pop Century and All Star guests are just left with using Fastpass+ while everyone else gets to use the old fastpass too.

  • I’m distressed to read this. We just finished a 9 day stay and for the first 7.5 days I loved the magic band. But we paid for a meal at Tony’s and the waiter noticed that the band flipped his hand-held device to a screen it wasn’t supposed to access. After that, the band would not connect to my account, despite being reprogrammed at our resort. We used the Key to the Kingdom card as backup. I want my back-up card available so I don’t have to leave a park (where they refused to reprogram my band) just to fix a problem their system created.

  • Hope they are done testing when I arrive. I like to PLAN ahead and a change to my plans will throw me for a loop.

  • Any word on how things have been going at Pop Century?

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