• On Jul 31, 2021
    Nicole from IL 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 I have to buy Magic Bands before I check in? I’m surprising my kids with a trip to Disney World, but they won’t know until the night before we arrive at the resort. I want to let them pick Magic Bands at Disney Springs, is this something we can do?

    Welcome to planDisney, Nicole!

    I am so happy to hear you will be surprising your kids with the gift of magic! Get ready to make memories you will cherish forever during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel can purchase MagicBands at special pre-arrival prices, but that is not mandatory. You are welcome to buy MagicBands upon arrival at several merchandise locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, and I really like the idea of visiting Disney Springs to do that! I highly recommend stopping by World of Disney store and Disney's Pin Traders to check their selections. I am sure your kids will find the perfect MagicBand to remind them of this special family vacation.

    planDisney tip: If other Guests in your party do not wish to use a MagicBand, please stop by Front Desk at your Disney Resort hotel to pick up a Key to the World card or use Disney MagicMobile service.

    I hope this information is helpful, Nicole! Come back to visit us if you have additional questions and be sure to check our Panel Extras for more tips and advice!

    Best magical wishes,
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My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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