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  • On Jan 15, 2021
    Nicole from CA Asked

    We are currently booked for 12/21 (hoping no masks by then!!). Heard magic bands aren't complimentary anymore and no desire to buy one. How do we get ride photos that require a magic band? i.e. frozen, pirates, etc?

    Welcome BACK to planDisney, Nicole, and thanks for stopping by with another vacation question. December is the most wonderful time of year to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth! With the theme parks and resorts all decked out in holiday lights and décor, you are sure to make memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

    As of January 1, 2021, MagicBands are no longer provided on a complimentary basis for arrivals at Disney Resort hotels. You do still have the option to purchase MagicBands in advance, at a discounted prearrival price on My Disney Experience, but it is certainly not the only option available for the excellent features such as resort room entry, theme park entry and charging purchases to your resort room with a valid credit card on file. You can either link a MagicBand from a past visit or use a Key to the World card which is available at the Front Desk of your Disney Resort hotel. 

    In order to have Disney PhotoPass photos linked to your My Disney Experience account where you can then view, purchase, and download, you can use either a MagicBand, admission card, Memory Maker card, or Disney PhotoPass card (available from any Disney photographer) to scan at the touch point located on the photo preview wall at select attractions. 

    I hope that this information helps you to continue the exciting planning process of your next Walt Disney World vacation! Please remember that you’ve got a friend in us here at planDisney, so stop back by any time we can help answer your vacation questions. 

    -Angie  
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Meet the Panelist: Angie, Florida

Hi! I'm Angie, an Air Force wife from The Sunshine State! I am so happy to share my love and passion for travel, Disney vacation planning, and the magic of a Disney Vacation Club Membership. My family and I have been enjoying our Vacation Club Membership since 2012 and have discovered a whole new world by taking incredible Walt Disney World vacations, cruises on Disney Cruise Line, and have even made a trip to Disneyland Paris. I would love to help you experience the most magical vacation possible!  Learn More About Angie

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