• On Aug 9, 2020
    Elizabeth from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We just bought our tickets. We are staying off site. Will we get cards when we enter the park, or do we need to purchase Magic Bands? Can we add our tickets to the app and use that?

    Welcome to planDisney, Elizabeth! 

    I’m so happy to hEAR that you will be visiting Walt Disney World Resort. You must be so excited to have just about everything taken care of for your trip. You just need to get there!

    Now that you have your tickets, you will want to upload them to your My Disney Experience account. You can do this on the website or on the My Disney Experience mobile app. (Tip: Be sure to bring the physical tickets with you). After you have uploaded the tickets, and assigned them to each Guest in your party, you will then be able to make your park reservations using the Disney Park Pass system. Keep in mind, you will need a park reservation to enter the parks, I recommend make those reservations as soon as you can.  I took a peak at the Disney Park Pass availability calendar and January has availability in all 4 parks!

    Next is the hard part, waiting until it’s time for your trip! Hakuna Matata, you do not need MagicBands for your visit. A Cast Member will swap out your paper tickets for a Card. You will then be able to use the Card to access the parks. 

    As a mom of two Mouseketeers myself, I prefer using a MagicBand when we visit. It is so convenient to have everything I need right there on my wrist! If you do choose to purchase a MagicBand for your trip, there are plenty of options to choose from on shopDisney. I have started a small collection of MagicBands and now find myself matching them to my Ears!

    Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth. See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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