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  • On Apr 21, 2023
    Lydia from FL 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 bought the annual pass and want to buy the Magic bands for my family, but we will start using the passes in June. If I use the discount to buy the bands, my annual pass will automatically start that day? Or will start the day I use the band at the park?

    Hi Lydia and welcome to planDisney!

    Let me start out by also welcoming to the Walt Disney World Passholder family!  We just love our annual passes because they give us the flexibility to visit the parks more often and make more magical memories.  Living in the Sunshine State gives us that opportunity and we just love popping over for the day or for the weekend.

    One of the perks of being a Passholder is having the option to purchase a new MagicBand or MagicBand+ at a discount.  MagicBands are so convenient while on vacation at Walt Disney World because you can enter the parks, enter the Lightning Lane attraction queues, make purchases and open your Disney Resort hotel room door all with the tap of your wrist.  There is no need to dig around in your bag for various cards to do all of these things.  The hard part is choosing which one to get!  There are so many beautiful designs and themes to choose from and the discounted inventory is always changing.

    When you purchase a new annual pass, your start date does not activate until the first time you tap into a theme park, so there is no need to worry about it starting early if you purchase MagicBands online.  You do have one year to activate your passes once they are purchased, but you are well within that window with your first visit in June.  

    If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend adding the Disney PhotoPass Downloads option to one of your annual passes.  This will give you an entire year of unlimited photo downloads that you take with a PhotoPass photographer as well as your attraction photos.  You can easily view and download all of your photos right from the My Disney Experience Mobile App.

    Please stop back by if you have any additional vacation planning questions.

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Leslie, Florida

I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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