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  • On Mar 26, 2024
    Pamela from St Mary 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. We are a family of 4. 2 ADults and 2 kids. do we all need MagicBands? Of can the Adults just get them? We will not be leaving the kids out of our site. Also how much is the Genie+ for all of us? Thanks Arriving next Wednesday 3rd April :-)

    Welcome back to planDisney, Pamela! Your trip is right around the corner. I hope you are as excited as I am for you!

    I am a huge proponent of using a MagicBand+ when visiting Walt Disney World. They’re incredibly convenient for unlocking your Disney Resorts Collection hotel room, accessing the theme parks, making food and merchandise purchases, and accessing the Lightning Lane entrances if you purchase Genie+ or get Virtual Queue boarding groups.

    While Guests aren’t required to have and use a MagicBand to enjoy their vacation, if one or both parents are going to use bands, it may be easier to have the entire family use them. Your My Disney Experience app will allow you to do all the same things as your MagicBand, but if you plan on purchasing Genie+ for Lightning Lanes, the adults would be scanning in with their bands and then need to use a mobile phone to scan in for the kids. We made an event out of selecting MagicBands for our kids. After dinner, while enjoying some dessert, we sat around our computer and let each kid scroll through the Disney Store to select their band based on their personality and favorite Disney Character; it was fun!

    As for Disney Genie+, it is a fantastic way to save time waiting in attraction queues. Not only does it save time by using the Lightning Lane entrances, but it also gives you access to digital downloads of select attraction photos! Adding Genie+ is easy. As soon as the clock strikes midnight on the day of your visit, you can purchase Genie+ for a specific park or all parks if you plan to park hop. While buying at midnight isn’t necessary, Genie+ can sell out, so it is best to set an alarm to purchase Genie+ before 7:00 AM so you can make your first attraction selection right at 7:00 AM.

    To purchase, open your My Disney Experience app. On the main screen, you should see the purple banner for Disney Genie+ Service with a “Purchase” option. Unfortunately, the cost of Genie+ varies from day to day, by park, and if you want to use it for park hopping, so I cannot give you that information right now. 

    If you have any additional Disney vacation planning questions or want more tips and tricks for your visit, please ask me another question. I hope you have a great time!

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