Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Cinderella's Castle During Fireworks
  • On Apr 28, 2024
    Haley from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have already purchased tickets and made reservations at Disney Art of Animation resort. However, no one in my party owns a smart phone. Will we be able to access our room? Will we need a wrist band? If so, does everyone in my party need one? Thanks!

    Hi Haley,

    We are delighted to see you stopping by planDisney with an excellent question!

    I am especially happy to see that you are staying at Disney's Art of Animation Resort. This resort hotel is absolutely adorable and the Big Blue Pool is my favorite! You will be relieved to know that you can definitely access your resort hotel room without a smart phone. There are several ways to Access the Magic during your visit. Since you will not have a smart phone, when you check into Disney's Art of Animation Resort, just let a cast member know that you need a Key to the World card.

    A second option is MagicBand+. My family actually prefers MagicBand+ instead of having to rely on our smart phones to open our resort hotel room door and scan into the parks. If you decide to use MagicBand+, everyone does not need one, but I imagine they will want one once they see them. Each of us has a MagicBand+ and I truly feel that they make it easier to navigate the parks and resorts. 

    As you continue to plan, I do hope you have secured some advanced dining reservations. We rely on dining reservations for the most popular restaurants and, in general, having reservations helps us save time waiting in line to eat. We are visiting in late May and I am so excited because we have a reservation for the newly reopened 1900 Park Fare.

    Haley, if you do get MagicBand+ for your party, you can also use it to scan for your Disney PhotoPass photos with PhotoPass photographers. These photos have been priceless for us and I trust they will be for you as well. We have come to rely on Memory Maker and now have so many favorite photos from our trips over the years. Sending a little extra pixie dust trusting that you will make those final plans. Let the countdown begin!

    Magic and memories,

thumbnail image for Donyell

Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

Related Video

  • thumbnail image for Disney Thrills | planDisney Podcast - Season 2 Episode 5

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.