• On May 12, 2018
    Natasha from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We have bought 2 day hopper passes and received the cards as our entry tickets. We are staying at a hotel off the Disney resorts. Is it worth buying the magic bands or just use the cards?

    Hi Natasha!

    I'm happy to hear you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Whether you stay on or off property, you're sure to have a magical time visiting Walt Disney World's theme parks - there's so much to see and do, for guests of all ages!

    When you visit Walt Disney World, you'll see guests wearing MagicBands on their wrists. These waterproof, colorful bands can be used as your theme park ticket, FastPass+, and (for Disney Resort hotel guests only) you can charge food and merchandise purchases to your room and use it as your room key. Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Annual Passholders automatically receive MagicBands, and guests staying off property receive a plastic card when purchasing theme park admission. The cards can be used to enter the theme parks, and also for FastPass+.

    Off-property guests can purchase MagicBands at lots of locations in the theme parks and Disney Springs. Once purchased, you can link your MagicBand to your My Disney Experience account using the number on the band. MagicBands typically cost around $13 for solid bands, and up to $30+ for designs featuring characters or designs. It's really up to you if you decide you'd like to purchase the bands, as you'll only be using them for a short time. The good news is, the batteries in the bands will last up to three years, so if you're planning a return visit, they'll be good to go when you come back for more magical fun!

    MagicBands can also be purchased ahead of time by using the Shop Disney Parks app or online store. By using the app to purchase your bands, you can have them shipped to your home and linked to your My Disney Experience account and ready to go before you arrive at the parks!

    I hope this is helpful. Have a magical day! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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