• On Apr 17, 2017
    Amanda from IA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This will be our first trip to Disney (my husband and I, and our three boys - 8, 6, 6). I am overwhelmed and confused at all the "extra's" and options. What exactly do we need magic bands for?

    Hi Amanda,

    How exciting to be planning your first trip to Walt Disney World! Let me see if I can help you with some information on MagicBands.

    MagicBands can perform many functions. Please do check out the link I provided as it has lots of good information. Guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel receive MagicBands as a part of their stay. Be sure that you have set up a My Disney Experience account and have your resort reservation linked in this account. The account should offer you the option to customize MagicBands ahead of your trip and have them delivered to your home. If you did not do this, do not worry. You will be provided with MagicBands when you check into your resort. 

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, your MagicBands will unlock your resort room door. They can also be linked to your Walt Disney World theme park tickets, so you will use them for entrance to the theme parks. If you have made Disney FastPass+ selections, you will also gain access to these by using your MagicBands. As a Walt Disney World resort hotel guest, you can also link a credit card to your MagicBands and thus use the MagicBands for purchases throughout Walt Disney World, such as at restaurants and merchandise locations.

    If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, when you purchase theme park tickets you will receive a card for theme park admission and Disney FastPass+. If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel and decide that you would like MagicBands, you can purchase them. Guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel do not have the option of linking a credit card to the MagicBand or card for purchases.

    Please do write back if you have any further questions, Amanda!
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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