Disney’s MyMagic+ Initiative: Where’s the Magic?
It’s been talked about–so what is Disney’s MyMagic+? A recent Walt Disney World Eyes & Ears described Disney’s MyMagic+ program by summing up by these main touch points:
- Set up My Disney Experience online and plan your vacation
- Receive customized MagicBands
- Make FastPass+ selections
- Receive the MagicBands
- Check in Online via My Disney Experience
- Breeze through the airport with your MagicBands
- Receive a personalized curbside experience upon arrival at the resort
- Check in at the resort setting up their PINs for payment
- Enter the door of your Disney resort room with your MagicBand
- Enter the parks with your MagicBands
- Link Disney PhotoPass to your MagicBand
- Touch to pay food and retail with your MagicBand
- Redeem FastPass+ selections
- Enjoy photo products through their My Disney Experience or via PhotoPass.com
There are a number of activities in Disney’s MyMagic+ initiative that make a trip to Walt Disney World more hassle free. But there’s just one problem:
Where’s the Magic?
And not only that, but where’s My Magic? After all, it’s in the title. MyMagic+ suggests an enhanced magical experience catered to you. Sure the other things help make the experience more efficient–but where’s the personalized magic in Disney’s MyMagic+?
Well I’m here to say it’s almost here. Not that most people have talked about it recently. It was hinted way early on in the promotion of this innovation. But it hasn’t been mentioned much throughout this year as the project has been unfolding. It’s one of the last pieces of this program. They don’t want to promote it until they’re ready to unveil it. They don’t want people expecting the magic until it’s in place.
More than a year ago I mentioned some of the virtual offerings coming to Disney. Over the year I’ve showcased some of the props being put into place, such as Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Now they’re live and within the days and weeks to come they will interact with guests passing by with MagicBands. Here’s what some of this looks like currently:
Here’s one of the first one that was set up at the beginning of the year. Now it has writing and fan photos displayed on the mirror.
This one does a dandy job of acting like a real Etch-a-Sketch. Imagine what it might etch when you pass by?
Here’s what Mickey’s Meet ‘n’ Greet looked like last year at the Magic of Disney Animation:
Here’s what it looks like now.
Do you see the difference? Those movie posters aren’t dormant. They’re ready to come alive on your next photo op. I’m not sure how it will be utilized, but it will be part of Disney’s MyMagic+.
There are several of these set up at Disney’s All Star Resorts. Here’s one at Disney’s All Star Movies Resort features Star Wars in its display, but will then change displays and feature you instead when you pass by.
In a closer look at this one from Disney’s All Star Music Resort showcases Selena Gomez. But your face may be on it when you pass by.
Note this new set of magazine cover portraits at the Brown Derby. They look like they’ve always been there, but they’re brand new. and yes…all of them are part of Disney’s MyMagic program.
But look closer at the date on the magazine, and you’ll see that today’s date is displayed–as of 1933. Each day these magazines are being updated with a new date. It’s all part of what will be displayed and tailored to include you.
Not everything will be about screens, though most of the ones I’ve shown will be a part of what has been called StoryMaker. It will allow Guests to build a sort of virtual memories scrapbook as they go through the park. But this isn’t all. There are many things that will take advantage of the technology. For instance, you’ve heard rumors of Mickey Mouse greeting you by name or asking you how your trip from Des Moines went . That’s one way the magic can come alive in Disney’s MyMagic+. But here are some really unusual things that are being implemented:
Disney has ordered a host of chocolate printers. Yes, chocolate printers. It’s a big thing in the culinary world, but with MyMagic+, Disney will take it to the next level. In real time, the dessert you order will come out with your name or favorite Disney character printed on it. These are going all over the resort.
Part of the reason it’s now the Jingle Cruise is that the skippers are getting a big present from Santa this next year. Soon Jungle Cruise skippers will receive tablets. With those in hand, they’ll be able to individualize the cruise depending on whose on board. “Yes, Ginger may snap, but Ginger snaps best at those visiting from Des Moines.” Thankfully, I won’t be writing the jokes, but you get the possibilities through Disney’s MyMagic+.
This is just the beginning of what Disney could do to really create magic that is individualized and is more than anything experienced before. When it’s done right, it will take the Disney experience far beyond what it has been to this point. Yes, the entire project is somewhat behind, but understand…this is a big project. Once implemented, Disney’s MyMagic+ will really become MyMagic+!