Christmas on Main Street
  • On May 6, 2023
    Christy from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is visiting Disney World in December 2023. Do we need Magic Bands or can we use the free cards to tap in to rides and use for Photos? We are trying to vacation on a budget. :)

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Christy, and welcome to planDisney. Holiday times at Walt Disney World Resort are some of the most magical moments you’ll experience. With Magic Kingdom Park dressed for the winter holidays and all the parks displaying their giant Christmas trees, all that is missing is the partridge in a pear tree. Wait, I think there is a partridge at EPCOT! 

    While MagicBands make it easy to tap into theme parks and through Lightning Lane entrances, they are not necessary in order to enjoy Disney Genie Service and the rest of Mickey’s magic.

    You may pick up your Key to the World card at any theme park ticket window, including the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs. Once you get the ticket, you will want to link it to your My Disney Experience account and keep it handy for Disney PhotoPass photographers. All pictures connected to that card will also show up in your My Disney Experience account both online and through the My Disney Experience app. You may create unique souvenirs of your enchanted adventure from these photos.

    planDisney Pro Tip. If you have a smartwatch, you may also create a Disney MagicMobile pass that will help you move through the theme parks similar to having a MagicBand. 

    Christy, December is just around the corner and I am so glad you are preparing now. Please write me back directly with any follow-up questions.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.

    ~ Jason 
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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