• On Jun 25, 2021
    Megan from MA 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! My family and I are staying on Disney property in November (not in the park) I need to purchase tickets as my next step. What is a magic band? Do I need it? If I purchase a 5 day pass do I have to reserve a park for each day?

    Hi Megan,

    Thanks for coming to see us here at planDisney, and thanks for your great questions. You're clearly thinking through lots of planning essentials, and this is why we're here for you at planDisney.

    I always describe a MagicBand as a perfect combination of a stylish Disney fashion accessory and a convenient tech tool. A MagicBand is essentially a smart wristband device that you can use to unlock your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room, charge purchases to your room, and enter theme parks with your valid theme park admission by tapping your MagicBand to a "tapstyle" at the park entrance.  MagicBands can also be fun for attraction photos where the MagicBand captures your photos while you're enjoying select attractions. You can purchase a MagicBand at pre-arrival prices if you'll be a Disney Resort hotel Guest. You can also purchase MagicBands online and at select retail locations around the Walt Disney World Resort.

    It's helpful to know that a MagicBand, while super convenient and stylish, is not required. You have options you can use based on your preference. You could also use the Disney MagicMobile Service and the My Disney Experience mobile app on your mobile device for theme park entry. You can also use the standard ticket cards and Resort hotel cards during your stay. 

    My personal preference, because I like to sport just a Mickey Mouse watch on my wrist, is to wear the Mickey Icon device part of a MagicBand in a Mickey Mouse MagicKeepers Lanyard Medal that I clip to my belt. 

    You will want to make your theme park reservations through the Disney Park Pass system for each day of your theme park visits. If you are purchasing theme park tickets and adding the Park Hopper Option, you would currently need to make a theme park reservation only for the first theme park you're planning to visit in a day. With a Park Hopper Option (an option I always recommend), you can visit the other theme parks after 2 p.m. (capacity permitting) after entering the first park for which you made a reservation. 

    Megan, I hope this gives you the info you need to get ready for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation and to get started making your theme park reservations. If you find you'd like some additional help with the Disney Park Pass system, you can reach out to the Walt Disney World Internet Help Desk by phone at (407) 939-4357 or through online chat.

    Here's wishing you lots of Disney magic in your day today!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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