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A First-Timer’s Guide to MagicBands at Walt Disney World

WHAT ARE DISNEY MAGICBANDS?
MagicBands are innovative, waterproof wristbands that serve as an all-in-one access device during a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort. They are designed to make the Disney experience as seamless as possible, integrating various aspects of a visit into a simple tap of the wrist. Available in various colors and designs allows for adding a personalized touch to anyone’s Disney vacation style. The latest
version of these bands is MagicBand+ and they can be used (and reused) interchangeably at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and as a DisneyBand+ on select Disney Cruise Line ships.

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT DISNEY MAGICBANDS?
MagicBands are packed with features to enhance a Walt Disney World Resort vacation:

  • They serve as your theme park ticket to get you entry into the parks
  • They act as your Disney Resort room key to unlock your hotel room
  • Easily check in at Lightning Lane entrances (with Disney Genie+) when skipping the regular lines
  • Automatically link your in-park PhotoPass photos to your My Disney Experience account
  • Pay for meals and merchandise with a simple tap and PIN code (charged to the credit card associated with your Resort Guest Folio)
  • Pay for meals with Disney Dining Plan credits with a simple tap
  • Customizable (via the app) color-changing lights that interact with select nighttime shows
  • Gesture and location recognition, that activate unplanned magical surprises throughout the theme parks
  • Connects to smart devices for customizing and managing options via the My Disney Experience app
  • Rechargeable with included cable

HOW MUCH DO DISNEY MAGICBANDS COST?
MagicBands range in price (currently $34.99-$44.99) with resort guests and Annual Passholders getting a pre-arrival discounted rate (about a $10 savings) on select designs when purchased via My Disney Experience. Guests staying at off-property accommodations or those who wish to purchase a special design not available via My Disney Experience, can visit disneystore.com or purchase in the parks.

WHO SHOULD GET DISNEY MAGICBANDS?
MagicBands are ideal for:

  • Guests looking to make their first Disney experience as magical and hassle-free as possible
  • Tech-savvy guests that like to have everything they need on their wrist and don’t have an Apple Watch
  • Families with young children that want to simplify their visit
  • Guests wanting the “full Disney experience” for themselves and their families

DO I NEED A DISNEY MAGICBAND?
MagicBands are a want, more than a need. The My Disney Experience app can be used for many of the essential functions of a MagicBand. However, frequent use of the app can deplete cell phone battery life at a faster rate. While MagicBands are not necessary for enjoying Walt Disney World, they do offer a level of convenience, excitement and fun that many guests appreciate.

HOW DO I BUY A DISNEY MAGICBAND?
If you have a linked Walt Disney World Resort reservation, log in to your My Disney Experience account via the website. Hover your cursor over the My Disney Experience menu, then select MagicBands and Cards. You’ll be prompted to make selections for each member of your travel party. Easy! Be advised that selections are final, there are no returns and there is only one pre-arrival purchase session. So be sure before submitting your order, that everyone is certain about their choice to not buy or on the style they want to buy.

We want to ensure your Disney vacation is not only filled with magical moments but that it is also stress free, allowing for a vacation that creates lasting memories. If you have any questions or need further assistance in planning a trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland, or a cruise with Disney Cruise Line, please feel free to contact us or schedule a call below.

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