• On Jul 5, 2017
    Deidre from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    First Disney Vacation. Staying at boardwalk villa. Is a magic band included free? How do I get one? How does the shuttle work to airport, hotel and Disney park? How does fastpass work?Thanks!

    Hi Deidre,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I know everyone in your house is excited about this first trip to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Yes, as a guest of a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you will receive complimentary MagicBands. They typically ship a few weeks prior to your arrival date. If you do not have a My Disney Experience Account, I suggest that you create one immediately. In My Disney Experience, you can link your resort hotel reservation, theme park tickets, MagicBands and Memory Maker. My family loves to customize our MagicBands in My Disney Experience and we receive notification when they ship.

    Make sure you have registered for Disney's Magical Express transportation. A few weeks prior to your departure, you will receive your My Disney Experience luggage tags. Attach these tags to your luggage and once you check your bags with the airline, you will not see them again until they arrive in your resort hotel room. Be sure you have important documents, medications and your MagicBands with you in your carry-on luggage. Once you arrive at the Orlando International Airport, proceed directly to the Disney Magical Express station. You will need to scan your MagicBand to board the shuttle bus.  

    Deidre, when you get ready to go to a theme park, decide which resort transportation option would be best. I suggest that you download the My Disney Experience Mobile App. It has a "get directions" feature that will give you transit directions between locations and estimated transit times. 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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