Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Feb 10, 2022
    Melissa from VT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do Disney magic bands work

    Hello Melissa, and welcome to planDisney!

    It looks like you are planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort soon if you are thinking about MagicBands.They are an amazing piece of wearable technology that is available in dozens of styles and colors.

    I will let you in on a little secret about how your MagicBand works. There is no private or personal information stored on the actual MagicBand. It contains a bit of magic embedded inside it. There is an RFID chip powered by a small battery that transmits a signal when it comes in contact with a reader at either a short-range or long-range distance it will communicate with Disney computers.

    Guests use My Disney Experience, Disney’s online planning tool that allows you to your reservations at Disney Resorts Collection hotels and restaurants, purchase and links your Theme Park Tickets and Disney Park Pass Reservations. You can also make reservations for experiences in Disney’s Enchanting Extras Collection. When you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort, your MagicBand will unlock the door to your room and allow you to charge food and merchandise to your room account, if you are a guest at select Disney Resorts Collection hotels. If you purchase Memory Maker, you can capture all your Disney’s PhotoPass Photos taken by PhotoPass Photographers and on-ride photos. Your MagicBand will allow you to access your theme park tickets at the main entrance to all four theme parks by tapping your MagicBand to the touchpoint. If you choose to add Disney Genie+ to your tickets or purchase individual Lightning Lane experiences, you can redeem them with a tap of your MagicBand at the Lightning Lane entrance touchpoint.

    If you choose not to use a MagicBand during your next visit, you can set up Disney MobileMagic and use any smartphone device that runs iOS or Google Pay. Your MobileMagic pass can be stored in your mobile wallet or Apple Watch. This would allow your device to be used exactly like a MagicBand.

    Guests that have reservations at Disney Resorts Collection hotels can purchase pre-arrival discounted MagicBands up to 11 days before their check-in date. MagicBands can also be purchased online at but would need to be linked to your My Disney Experience account before being used. You can also purchase MagicBands at all 4 theme parks and Disney Springs, in select retail locations. They are also available in most resort hotel gift shops.

    I hope this answered all your questions about MagicBands. If you need more information, please ask me here at planDisney.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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