MagicBand+ pairing with Smart Phone; Minnie Mouse band
  • On Dec 4, 2023
    Kim from Kwa Zulu Natal Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, we have a 6 day park hopper pass and we were wondering when and where do we collect our magic bands? I don’t seem to be able to purchase the Genie+ pass as the site says we are in South Africa?

    Welcome to planDisney, Kim. I'm so happy you found our little corner on the internet!

    At this time, International Guests cannot pre-order DisneyBands through their My Disney Experience account. Instead, they can purchase them when they arrive at the resort as many merchandise locations offer a variety of them. In fact, if you are arriving at the Orlando International Airport, you can also find a selection at the Disney Stores in each terminal. Additionally, the Disney Genie+ Service is unavailable for purchase ahead of your trip. Rather, you can purchase it each morning that you'd like to use it through the My Disney Experience mobile app.

    If you decide to purchase the latest version of the DisneyBand, the DisneyBand+, you'll be able to interact with the theme parks in a whole new way...it's almost like a whole new world! Once charged, these new versions will light up and vibrate with some attractions and nighttime spectaculars. You can also use them to wave to the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues around the resort to unlock some special interactions. Plus, they can still do all the other things a standard DisneyBand can do such as opening your Disney Resorts Collection Hotel room door, tapping into the parks, charging items back to the room, and more!

    These bands also allow you to redeem any Lightning Lanes you may have reserved. With the Disney Genie+ Service, you can skip the main standby queue for a shorter wait in the Lightning Lane. This service goes on sale each morning at 12 a.m. midnight, but you usually do not have to purchase it that early. Just make sure you purchase it before 7 a.m., which is when you can book your first Lightning Lane. Please note that you do not need a DisneyBand to redeem your Lightning Lanes. You can also use your phone with the Disney MagicMobile Service or an admission card that can be obtained at a Guest Relations location outside of each of the theme parks. I just prefer those fancy DisneyBands!

    Kim, I hope you enjoy your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out directly to me!

    Welcome to all who come to this happy place,
    Matt
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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