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Parks News: Disney World Begins Largest Test of FASTPASS+, MagicBands

by Leap on June 21, 2013 10

It's time for the Frog Family's weekly roundup of Disney and Orlando theme park tidbits from the interwebs.

We love comments! Drop us a line below if you have something to share.

This week’s highlights:

  • RFID kioskThe Walt Disney World Resort's largest test to date of MyMagic+, FASTPASS+  and MagicBands kicked off yesterday and will run through June 26 for select guests staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As was previously reported, MyMagic+ is expected to be rolled out by the end of the year. In the meantime, we'd love to hear from any of you taking part in the test!

  • Optimus PrimeAfter months of anticipation, Universal Orlando rolled out the red carpet, literally, for the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride: 3D. Director Steven Spielberg, Peter Cullen (the voice of Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (the voice of Megatron) were among the notables who turned out for the celebration, which included pyrotechnics as well as fighter jets.

  • Everyone's favorite Simpsons villain, Sideshow Bob, has somehow escaped from prison and is now greeting guests along with Krusty the Clown in the new Springfield area at Universal Studios. Someone please alert Maggie!
  • Three Central Florida children helped christen a vehicle for the new Quest for Chi water ride at LEGOLAND. The ride will open when the themed Legends of Chima "world" opens July 3.
  • Mike and SulleyAll of you Monsters fans might want to check out highlights from the Limited Time Magic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® this week, where Mike and Sulley joined the monsters of rock, Scare Supply, on stage for a number of monstrous hits.
  • Some of you may have seen Mommy Frog's very sweet post about her love of "Monsters Inc." yesterday. It seems there are an awful lot of you Rozs out there (and here I thought Mommy Frog was the only one). She asked me to remind you that it's not too late to tell us about the Monsters character you most resemble.
  • Main Street BakeryMuch ado has been made over Main Street Bakery's makeover into a Starbucks at Magic Kingdom® Park. It re-opened this week, and it seems this is still very polarizing for Disney World fans. As we've stated, we're wholly supportive of the decision to bring in quality java, especially Roz -- I mean Mommy Frog :) For those of you who are looking for your cinnamon roll fix, they have moved to Gaston's Tavern.

  • SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica took part in the 4th annual World's Largest Swimming Lesson, held simultaneously at more than 700 aquatic facilities on five continents. Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines was there for the water safety event, which looks like it was a lot of fun!

  • More than 30 Atlantis astronauts are set to participate in the grand opening of the 90,000-square-foot Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit June 29 at the Kennedy Space Center. The new area, which features the spacecraft itself, will tell the story of the Space Shuttle Program. As Tad likes to say, that's pretty awesome!

That’s all for this week. Until next week, happy planning!

— Leap

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Oct 5, 2013 at 1:30 a.m. Danita Says...

Dear Frog,

Will tickets purchased from Undercover Tourist be compatible with the Magic Bands and the FastPass+ system......is there some way to sync them together?

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Oct 8, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danita,

Yes, you can using the My Disney Experience website. Follow the instructions to Link Your Tickets and Reservations! If you need any help, feel free to contact our customer service at 1-800-846-1302.

Best,

--Leap

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Jul 26, 2013 at 2:27 a.m. Tanya Woelfel Says...

Dear Frog,

Do you know if Sully and Mike will still be making appearances in February 2014? It would be great to see them!

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Jun 27, 2013 at 2:55 p.m. Marie Says...

Can I ask a favour please? If you hear of a launch date can you let me know please as I only found out about the bands by accident.

Many thanks

Marie

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Jun 27, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. Marie Says...

I hope so. Be so much better than bits of paper and cards.

Thank you for the reply

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Jun 25, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. Marie Says...

Do you know when the MagicBands will be in use for everyone? We are coming over from the UK in Dec and staying at Saratoga Springs. We really fancy giving the bands ago.

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Jun 25, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marie,

We don't have a launch date, but if Disney makes the deadline for launch by the end of the year, then I'd say the odds are pretty good for you!

--Leap

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Jun 24, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. brian swinburn Says...

dear frog we are coming over from England in September and would like to know of anything special going on from 9th to 23rd of September we are going to purchaser tickets from you for sea world ,busch gardens ,magic kingdom ,epcot ,animal kingdom ,and Hollywood studios and would you kindly let us know in advance of things to do at these parks there is 4 of us coming over and all at pension age or above so just to let you know we are not spring chickens lol thanks very much and hoping to hear from you shortly

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Jun 25, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. Marie Says...

We did the Mickey Not So Scary Halloween. Brought costumes over from the UK to wear. I'm 51 and my daughter is 20. We had such a laugh. Would do again.

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Jun 24, 2013 at 8:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey Brian,

You're going to have a ton of fun during your visit! The two biggest events are Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom and Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando. Each are a ton of fun but in VERY DIFFERENT ways.

Here are our highlights from each event.

Halloween Horror Nights

http://blog.undercovertourist.com/2012/10/your-survival-guide-to-universal-orlandos-halloween-horror-nights/

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

http://blog.undercovertourist.com/2012/09/highlights-from-this-years-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

-- Leap

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