MagicBand+ and Smart Phone
  • On Jul 18, 2023
    Jennifer from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do we have to buy magic bands?

    Hey there, thanks for visiting planDisney Jennifer. 

    Visits to Walt Disney World are usually a special time in most families' year. Something to look forward to. Certain things make your visit easier, some are necessary and some are totally optional. One of the tools that really is not a requirement but it is a must-have in my opinion. If you have a smartphone you should use it. The My Disney Experience App is my go-to tool for planning ahead of time as well as while we are inside the park running around like children with no bedtime. This app will help you check showtimes like Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park and wait times for your favorite attractions. Another great tool but not required is MagicBand or MagicBand+, this is a wristband that acts as a park ticket, payment method, and a stylish way to use to enter any Lightning Lane entrances. It is in no way a requirement for your visit. More like a fast and easy way to access a lot of the parks. 

    If you decide to get some MagicBands for your trip you can purchase them on or inside of the parks. There are designs for all types of Disney styles. My house is all over the place when it comes to characters for our MagicBands. We currently have Mickey Mouse, Stitch, Boba Fett, Minnie Mouse, and Grumpy. There are great benefits to having them. You can also use certain Apple smartphones and Apple watches just like a MagicBand with the “Magic Mobile” option inside the My Disney Experience App. 

    If you have any other planning needs drop us another line at and we will be happy to help. 

    Have a magical day,

    Jeremy A.
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Meet the Panelist: Jeremy, New Jersey

Bright Suns travelers! I'm Jeremy from Jersey, a lifelong Disney fan. Father to 3 amazing kids, and husband to my wife of 14 years. I've been sharing the Walt Disney World Resort with my family for 17 years to join in the wonder and joy the parks have brought me my entire life. Consider me here to help with all you travel questions from Batuu to Cinderella Castle. Whether it's teenagers, toddlers, or your middle-aged cousins. Helping you find your version of magic is my mission. Learn More About Jeremy

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