Mickey and Minnie Statues in Front of Fireworks
  • On Jul 11, 2022
    Michael from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I choose not to purchase magic bands for my trip, do I get sent something else prior to my arrival, that allow access to my room and the parks?

    Hey there, Michael. Welcome to planDisney

    A trip to the most magical place on earth in October is going to be so much fun. That's such a great month to visit because Magic Kingdom Park is dressed up in its' not-so-spooky splendor and it makes for amazing pictures! I love that time of year at Walt Disney World and I hope you will too. 

    Michael, I actually haven't used a MagicBand in quite some time - it really isn't necessary anymore. You won't be sent anything ahead of time if you don't purchase MagicBands, however, all you need is your phone. If you download the MyDisneyExperience mobile app to your smartphone device, you'll have everything you need in the palm of your hand to have a magical stress free vacation. 

    The MyDisneyExperience mobile app can do so many things now, it's awesome, Michael. With it, you'll be able to unlock your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room door, mobile order food from quick-service dining locations, see and download your PhotoPass pictures taken throughout the parks and so much more. You can now even use your phone to enter the Walt Disney World Theme parks. Via the app, you can add your tickets to your mobile wallet and then use that to scan in when you arrive. The app is really great, but I do suggest playing around with it before you go to familiarize yourself with it. 

    If you'd rather not use your phone for all of these things, Michael, you can also head to the front desk of the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel that you are staying at and ask for a key to the world card. These little cards are complimentary and can take the place of a MagicBand. I have to tell you, I've collected them all. The designs of Mickey and all of his friends are just so cute. Your key to the world card can be used to open your hotel room door, scan into the theme parks with your tickets, collect your PhotoPass pictures and more. 

    You have quite a few options if you choose not to purchase a MagicBand, Michael. I think you'll find that both are really convenient. If you have any other questions about this, or anything else, please feel free to stop back by and ask me. I'm happy to help. 

    Have fun!
    Jackie H. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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