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  • On Aug 9, 2019
    Aaron from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am buying tickets through a third-party and not staying at the Resort hotels. Is there any benefit to buying Magic bands, vs just using the cards I will get as tickets? What does the magic band do that the card doesn't?

    Hey, Aaron! I am so glad you have started planning your pixie-dusted adventure! Purchasing your Disney Theme Park Tickets is an important step, one that you want to do sooner, rather than later. Since you are staying off-property, you will be able to make your FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance of each day you plan to visit a theme park. Having tickets loaded to your My Disney Experience account is required before those selections can be made. So don't be late for that very important 30-day date! 

    MagicBands can add a bit of convenience to your days in the theme parks. As long as you have them linked to your My Disney Experience profiles, then you can use them to access your Disney Theme Park Tickets and FastPass+ selections. Being able to have that MagicBand on your wrist means that you do not have to pull out (and chance losing) your ticket each time you tap to enter a FastPass+ queue or when you head to a FastPass+ kiosk to obtain more selections. You will also be able to use it to easily link your Disney PhotoPass pictures. Have you included Memory Maker in your plans? Well, you will have access to on-ride photos and videos if you are wearing a linked MagicBand while on the attraction! Some attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, do not have picture viewers at the exit of the ride, making MagicBands a Disney must-have! Other uses of the MagicBand, such as guest room entry and using a linked credit card to pay for purchases, are benefits reserved only for guests staying at a Disney Resort Hotel.

    I highly recommend you go ahead and purchase MagicBands before your trip so that you have time to get them linked to your profiles. However, I do usually find a better selection at the theme park merchandise locations, so you may want to wait and let the kids them out. Either way, I am sure you will enjoy the magic they add to your day!

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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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