This may not be breaking news to everyone, but I thought I should post the information in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere on the old interweb.
In November 2013 Walt Disney World began moving away from using the Key to the World plastic swipe card at its resorts. The first resorts to move to Magic Band ONLY were the Pop Century and All Star Resorts. WDW is now moving toward fully eliminating the Key to the World, which will mean that resort guests will not be able to gather paper or “Legacy” Fastpasses unless they purchased their park tickets from an outside company. If your tickets are part of your Walt Disney World resort stay, you won’t be able to use paper Fastpass beginning with the dates below.
If a guest requests the Key to the World card in lieu of the Magic Band, they will be given an RFID capable card that will NOT function in any Fastpass machine. Old ROOM ONLY Key to the World cards and current Annual Passes will continue to work in the paper Fastpass machines until the machines are eliminated. I’ve heard that the goal is to fully eliminate the paper machines by Spring Break 2014. Executive are hoping for a complete rollout by March 2014.
Here’s the rollout dates for ‘MagicBand-only’ at Walt Disney World resorts:
January 6 – Art of Animation Resort
January 7 – Port Orleans Resort
January 8 – Caribbean Beach Resort and Coronado Springs Resort
January 9 – Old Key West Resort and Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa
January 10 – Wilderness Lodge
January 13 – Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
January 14 – Animal Kingdom Lodge
January 15 – BoardWalk Inn
January 16 – Contemporary Resort
January 17 – Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Polynesian Resort
January 20 – Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Here’s a breakdown of the current state of Fastpass in Walt Disney World
Animal Kingdom: Fastpass+ ONLY with no Tiers. No paper Fastpass for any guests. Guests staying offsite must make Fastpass+ reservations at kiosk locations within the park.
EPCOT: Fastpass+ with Tiers and paper Fastpass machines. Tiers limit you to one headliner and two less popular attractions.
Hollywood Studios: Fastpass+ with Tiers and paper Fastpass machines. Tiers limit you to one headliner and two less popular attractions.
Magic Kingdom: Fastpass+ with any 3 attraction choices and paper Fastpass machines. Magic Words with Mickey, Dumbo and the Barnstormer are still not connected to the paper Fastpass system, so they are basically FREE Fastpasses.
If you have any questions about Fastpass and Fastpass+ feel free to leave them in the comments section.