• On Nov 10, 2016
    Jamie from NE Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We just booked a trip for February2017. We are hoping to give the kids the gift at Christmas this year. When can we expect the magic bands or do I purchase them separately?

    Hi, Jamie!

    A Walt Disney World vacation Christmas surprise is always a treat! I know your kids will be so excited!

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, each person on your reservation will receive a complimentary Magic Band. Magic Bands are typically shipped to your home about 30 days before your check-in date and can take up to 11 days for you to have them in your hands. If you are staying off-property, you can purchase Magic Bands for your family on the Disney Store website or the Shop Disney mobile app. You will receive the purchased Magic Bands before Christmas. 

    If you choose, you can decline the complimentary Magic Bands that come with your reservation, purchase Magic Bands and have them all wrapped and ready for your Christmas surprise. Declining those Magic Bands can be done by signing into your My Disney Experience account online. 

    You can also keep the complimentary Magic Bands and purchase another surprise on the Disney Store website or the Disney Floral and Gifts website and have that shipped to your home in time for Christmas. 

    Jamie, I hope this gives you a better idea of how to plan this most magical moment for your kids. If you have more questions before Christmas or before your check-in date, please visit with us again. 

    Happy planning!

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My love for all things Disney developed at the age of three from my parents. Today, my Prince, Princess, husband, and extended family share my passion for Walt Disney World too. I am excited to share my passion with you, as I help you plan your next Disney vacation.  Learn More About Korliss

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