Arrived at Disney World this week totally unaware of the new Magic Bands but quickly discovered that trying to enjoy our vacation without one was a very frustrating experience. This was my third trip to Disney World and I had assumed that the fast pass system would work as it had on my last two trips but that was not the case. On all four days my family arrived at the parks early in the day and made our way to popular rides only to discover that not only were the stand by lines very long ( 70 to 90 minutes average wait) but ALL the fast passes had been distributed for the day. Yes, we arrived at Epcot by 10:00 am and were unable to get fast passes for Soarin and Test Track as they were all distributed. On another day we arrived at Hollywood Studios by 10:00 am and were unable to get a fast pass to Toy Story because they had all been distributed for the day plus the standby wait was 120 minutes.
I know Disney is "testing" the Magic Bands and they are only available to select resorts. So if you are not part of the test be prepared for long waits and no fast passes.