MagicBand+ and Smart Phone
  • On Jul 13, 2023
    Addison from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I have an up coming trip to Disney World in August. Although I am not staying on a Disney resort I wanted to ask if I can still purchase a magic band. If so, what can I use the magic band for while in Disney? Thank you!

    Hi Addison and welcome to planDisney!

    MagicBands are such a fun way to add a little extra magic to any Walt Disney World vacation!  There are quite a few things that you can do with them, even if you aren't staying at a Disney Resort hotel.  Since we are within driving distance, we often visit the parks as a day trip and we always bring our MagicBands with us even though we aren't staying overnight.  I find them to be a great convenience instead of using my actual park ticket for various things.

    MagicBands can be used as your park entry since they are linked to your My Disney Experience account.  All you have to do is tap your wrist at the touch points when you arrive at the park.  You can also use your MagicBands to enter the Lightning Lane attraction queues if you are utilizing Lightning Lanes and the Genie+ Service.  There is no need to dig out your park ticket or your phone since MagicBands provide access to these things.

    If you have the newest version, MagicBand+, you can interact with various things around the theme parks.  When you are near or walk by a Fab 50 Character Statue, the MagicBand+ will buzz and light up.  These statues are located at all four theme parks.  If you have a visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios during your vacation next month, you can play Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters through the Play Disney Parks mobile app.  It's a fun scavenger hunt through Galaxy's Edge using your MagicBand+.  Lastly, MagicBand+ interacts with select Nighttime Spectaculars.  It's so fun to have it light up and buzz along with Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom Park.

    You can purchase MagicBands in advance on shopDisney online or you can find a bigger selection at most gift shops around the parks.

    Please stop back by and visit if you have any additional vacation planning questions.

    Have a magical day!
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I am a stay-at-home mom and wife from Florida who loves to take advantage of every bit of what Walt Disney World has to offer.  From our wedding to birthdays, my family loves to celebrate any occasion at Disney World.  Learn More About Leslie

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