• On Feb 10, 2018
    Andrea from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Brandy, We have our bracelets but aren’t sure how or when they get activated and how best to use them. we have fast passes, memory maker but I didn’t sign up for the shop Disney app. Is that app worth while? Also how best to use the photo pass? thanks

    Welcome back, Andrea! It is always great to see a familiar name pop up with a question! I am so glad you decided go with Memory Maker. You will have tons of pictures by the end of your vacation. Simply look for the tan vested and logo-wearing Disney's PhotoPass photographers all over the parks. They are always near big park icons, but also in fun spots like Disney's PhotoPass Studio. Since you have MagicBands, your on-ride attraction pictures and videos will automagically link to your account. Fair warning - your Twilight Zone Tower of Terror picture will be forever used against you, so remain calm during the drops and show them all how it's done!

    Speaking of MagicBands, if you received yours as part of a Resort hotel stay, they should automagically be active and connected to your My Disney Experience account. If you purchased them via the Disney Store online, then you will need to link it to your account, using the code found on the back of each MagicBand. If you have trouble linking it, Guest Services Cast Members at the theme parks, Disney Springs, or any Resort hotel will be glad to assist you. Make sure you also link your theme park tickets to your account, so you can use the MagicBand to access the tickets and your FastPass+ selections!

    Finally, if you see merchandise during your trip and decide not to buy it, but then you get home and SO WISH you had purchased it, download the Shop Disney Parks app. While it is not a necessary part of your vacation, it's a fantastic way to get that must-have item!

    Thanks again for stopping by and come back to chat with me anytime!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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