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  • On Apr 20, 2021
    Audrey from OH Asked

    We are arriving for a week long stay at Riviera in three days and don't have Magic Bands. I thought I saw on My Disney Experience that complimentary Magic Bands (plain gray) would be sent to our hotel to be picked up upon arrival. Is this the case?

    Hello Audrey!

    Welcome to planDisney! How exciting that you'll be checking into Disney's Riviera Resort in just a few days! This is a wonderful time of year to visit with warm but comfortable temperatures perfect for swimming or touring the parks. Celebrate spring with a Taste of Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. View magical topiaries of your favorite Disney friends, and surround yourself with blooming gardens while you sip and savor your way through the festival's Outdoor Kitchens! There is something for
    everyone at this fan-favorite festival!

    Beginning January 2021, MagicBands are no longer complimentary with Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservations. MagicBands are available at a special pre-order price for resort Guests that purchase them in advance on My Disney Experience. Guests who opt out of MagicBands will receive a Key to the World Card at check-in that will work as their room key and park ticket.

    But MagicBand fans do not need to fear, there are plenty of options for you! If you have MagicBands from a prior trip, and they are less than 2 to 3 years old, they should still work. MagicBands are associated with a Guest, and not with a specific reservation or trip. So if each member of your group has an old Magic Band, as long as the battery still works, you can bring them with you. The battery generally lasts 2-3 years. You can also purchase new MagicBands after you arrive. Take the kids to the gift shop to pick out their favorite and then link them on the My Disney Experience Mobile App!

    While many Guests, including me, still love MagicBands, there are now multiple ways to access your room and park tickets! Did you know your smartphone will open your room door right from the My Disney Experience Mobile App? You can also use the app for Mobile Ordering, checking park hours and wait times, and searching for PhotoPass Photographers, and linking your photos! I'll attach a video to this answer with some of my fellow Panelists demonstrating these options.

    The latest edition in technology available to Guests is MagicMobile! If you have an iPhone or Apple Watch, you can use MagicMobile to load your park ticket directly to your device! You can set this up before you go, and each member of your party can choose their favorite ticket art. All of these technologies are interchangeable and you can enter the park with MagicMobile on your Apple Watch, then use a MagicBand to purchase a snack, use whichever method works best for you!

    I hope one of these options will work for your upcoming stay, Audrey. Wishing you a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    -Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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