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  • On Apr 25, 2022
    Patricia from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a charge for the previously free arm bands?

    Hiya, Patricia! Welcome to planDisney, and thanks for coming by with your question.

    As technology changes, Walt Disney World also makes changes, and we're in a pretty exciting time right now in terms of technology. Just a couple of years ago, the Disney MagicBand was kinda cutting edge with its capabilities. You can still get MagicBands, although there is a fee to purchase them, but now, even though I still love my MagicBands, we don't necessarily need a MagicBand anymore.

    You can now use Disney MagicMobile Service. Using your phone, you can enter your Disney Resorts Collection hotel room, enter the theme park with your linked tickets, and even connect Disney PhotoPass images. 

    Once you're in My Disney Experience, the possibilities are amazing. You can mobile order food from quick-service locations, you can access Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane attractions, and so much more! You can even access some of these features through an Apple Watch.

    I hope this helps when you are planning your upcoming vacation, Patricia. If you have a MagicBand from within the past two years, chances are, it still works. You can bring it along with you and use it as you have before if this is a more comfortable way of doing things for you. New bands are available to purchase prior to your arrival at a Disney hotel, or at some of the retail locations throughout the resort and theme park areas. And you can always request a physical card - like the original Key to the World card. They are available and work just fine.

    Happy planning, Patricia!
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