A new version of the official Walt Disney World web site has launched in a beta test form, available in a slow roll out for some visitors to the page. Those who sign up can get a glimpse at the future of vacation planning and theme park interaction by way of radio frequency cards and devices, allowing Disney guests to use one card to enter theme parks, pay for meals and merchandise, and provide access to skip lines. The new site will offer a chance to plan itineraries and even order food in advance of arriving to theme park restaurants.
“My Disney Experience” is the name of the section of the newly redesigned Walt Disney World web site, sharing a name with the mobile app that launched in August 2012. The goal of both the site and app are the same: to give Disney theme park guests more information and control over each day – sometimes down to each minute – of their trips.
The My Disney Experience web site and app will be easily accessible to all who visit Walt Disney World with networked devices – computer, cell phones, tablets – as free Wi-Fi is now available at all four theme parks, Downtown Disney, and resort hotels.
Beyond basic information such as park maps, attraction descriptions, and park hours, when fully rolled out the My Disney Experience web site will offer the ability to plan meals and instant access to rides, shows, and other attractions, scheduled in a personal, shareable itinerary.
The ability to pre-plan specific times to enjoy attractions is called FastPass+, currently on its third round of testing at Walt Disney World, which first began in May 2012. With the launch of the new “My Disney Experience” site, Disney has revealed details of how the FastPass+ system will work when (soon?) made fully available.
Disney’s official description of FastPass+ reads:
“Once available, Disney FastPass+ service allows you to select an arrival window to experience certain park attractions, character meet and greets, and quick-service restaurants, and to arrange a viewing location for certain entertainment such as fireworks, parades and shows.”
By planning a trip to the parks ahead of time, guests will have the opportunity to schedule times to take part in a variety of attractions. Disney notes the availability of FastPass+ times and access depends on a variety of factors, including “the theme park you are visiting, the attraction or entertainment experience, the time of year and the day of the week, and prior demand.”