Disney Going Electronic
I think fairly new is the use of electronic wristbands for some guests. Our wristbands served as our room key, our credit card, our Fast Passes, and our park entry. They were very convenient, since in years past, I recall what a pain it was to constantly remove the card key from my wallet and find a place for it when swimming. Also, previously it was a pain bringing my wallet when going swimming so I could buy drinks and stuff. The wristband is water proof and we went swimming with them. You could leave your room with no wallet or purse, just the wristband. You were virtually guaranteed not to lose your room key this way. The concierge also provided the traditional credit card sized passes but we never used them even once.
It is a huge convenience, although, I hesitated to use it for most of my purchase and stuff, but eventually overcame that fear.
Another huge convenience was the Disney app which let us make and change Fast Pass times from a smartphone. Simply chose Fast Pass times on the app, and that's it. Our wrist bands took over from there. Simply enter the Fast Pass Return lines at attractions and the wrist bands let us through.
We had park hopper feature however I don't think we used it once even. And the Fast Pass is suppose to let you choose 3 passes at each park, per day, so if we wanted we could have 12 Fast Pass times per day. However, this feature seemed to not work on the app as it would tell us we had no more FP's available for other parks if we had 3 in one park already. I suppose that's one reason we didn't park hop, the FP app kind of discouraged us, so we lost money on that feature (not sure what it was... $100+ or something for the park hopper).
Another drawback to the app is that it was frequently "down." About a quarter of the time it would give us error messages and not accept our electronic commands. It frustrated my daughter (the smart phone expert) to no ends. It did work enough, however, that we always were able to get our fill of parks & Fast Passes. And, a few times we would go to an attraction at the time which we "tried" to get a Fast Pass for and tell them the system locked us out, may be please go on anyway? They let us on the 2 or 3 occasions this happened, usually with a "Yeah, I know, the system is acting up again."
I think my credit card company locked me out once when we were tasting our way around World Showcase. It didn't seem to like $5 charges every 15 minutes or so, lol.
Speaking of which by the way, the beef borgeon or whatever, was delicious at the Italy pavilion. We bought a sausage at Germany that was cute... the bun was about 3 inches long and the sausage was maybe 9 inches long. It was yum!