Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kill/Refurb/Marry: My Magic+

Yes, I'm back from Walt Disney World. :( Trip/race reports forthcoming, of course, but first I'm knocking out this month's Kill/Refurb/Marry - for the last time. :/ The infrastructure on the blog hop has changed so much that I can completely understand why it's ending, but I'm bummed; it was nice to have it in the monthly post rotation. Ah well. Onward!

The final topic is My Magic+. Hmmmmmm. Tough one.

Kill: Magic Band Batteries

I have wracked my brains and decided to kill the battery inside Magic Bands. They only last a year, which means piles of Magic Bands will become useless, creating more and more waste as the years go on. Plus it makes otherwise nifty customized bands borderline useless. Let's get some rechargeable batteries in there!


Refurb: FastPass+

The obvious one, but I mean it so hard I can't not go with it: REVAMP THE FASTPASS+ SYSTEM, PLEASE. I like the non-paper element and I don't even mind the reserving in advance. But I miss the old, spontaneous system, which allowed me to play a bit more fast and loose with my plans if I so desired. I also don't appreciate being locked into one park for said FastPasses. But most of all - WHY do we have to go to kiosks to get new FastPasses? Why can't we just do it through the app? Huh???

Marry: The App WITH CAVEATS

If you had asked me even a year ago what to kill, I would've unhesitatingly said THE APP. Getting it to work anywhere inside the parks was well nigh impossible for me and many others. However, the system has improved markedly since then, and I was able to use the app very effectively last week with excellent results. FP+ changes, show schedules, wait times - all good.

HOWEVER. Disney, so help me, if you do not continue to strengthen and expand your wifi system, THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY. Keep that app in good shape and your wifi robust and we will all be happy campers.

There you have it: my last K/R/M. Thanks to the organizers for all their hard work on the series - maybe it'll come back some day!

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6 comments:

  1. Good point about the magic band batteries - I didn't even think of that. And I'm so with you on the FP+!

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    1. Bring back the old style of FP, I say! (but also keep the new one)

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  2. Thanks so much for playing, Jenn!!

    I had NO IDEA that the batteries go dead! I've had my first bands for nearing on three years now, and I've never had a problem with one failing! I guess I will have to make sure I keep a backup with me.

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    1. Really? Maybe they exaggerated how quickly they fail! Still, doesn't really make the customized ones as fun an investment...

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  3. I DETEST the new FP system! I like to do Disney by flying on the seat of my pants and hate being locked into having to be at a certain place at a certain time. A nice mix of planning and seat flying would be ideal. You know....KIND OF LIKE IT USED TO BE! (Can you tell I hate the new FP system?) :)

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    1. I know! They should keep the app but toss the reservations. Once you're within a certain geographic distance of a park on the day you can start making your FPs!

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