• On Feb 20, 2023
    Amber from CA 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 four year old and I will be going to Disneyland in April. Since my son doesn’t like things on his wrist and I want to purchase a MagicBand + for myself only will I be able to use it for both of us to get in and for lighting lane?

    Hi Amber!

    It’s great to see you back at planDisney! It sounds like you have a great little pal to visit the parks with, I’d love to help you plan a magical day!

    MagicBand+ is a super fun and convenient way to do many things at Disneyland Resort, including entering the parks and Lightning Lanes. Each MagicBand+ can only be linked to one ticket at a time, so it won't be possible for you to use your band for both you and your son at once. For anyone who doesn't have a MagicBand+ you'll simply scan your ticket barcode in the Disneyland Mobile App to enter the park and join Lightning Lane queues. 

    I wasn’t sure how my own kids were going to feel about wearing one on their wrists either, so we initially just bought one band for our family to try out. I was happily surprised to find that my son loved wearing it! If you purchase a band for yourself you might try having your son wear it for a little while to see if he likes it. My kids loved getting to use their bands when we joined Lightning Lanes and having Disney PhotoPass photographers scan their bands when we took pictures. The bands also react to specific locations in the parks and light up beautifully during the nighttime spectaculars!

    My son's very favorite thing to do with his MagicBand+ was to become a Bounty Hunter on Batuu! This might be the perfect way to let your son test-drive your band while you explore Black Spire Outpost on the hunt for your assigned bounty. The job board where you get your assignment blends into the surroundings, so don't be afraid to ask a Cast Member on Batuu if you need some help finding it. Once you have an assignment, your band will vibrate and flash to guide you to the hiding place of your target. My son LOVED this experience, and we had some great character interactions with Storm Troopers and some fellow Bounty Hunters (like the Mandalorian!) while we were on our quest! If anything is going to convince your kiddo that wearing a MagicBand+ is worth it, I bet "This is the Way!"   

    I do feel like MagicBand+ makes it easier and faster to navigate the park with my kids, I loved not having to scan the barcodes on my phone. I think it's worth a try! One more quick tip, if you find your MagicBand+ is a little large for you or your son you can make them shorter. The longer part of the band is designed to be torn away (it's a permanent resizing) so that it's more comfortable for smaller wrists. I wear mine this way!

    Your son is at such a magical age, Amber! I'm sending you all the pixie dust I've got for a truly fantastic day in the parks!

    Keep moving forward!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Utah

Hi! I'm Amanda—a pixie-sized wife, mom, engineer, content strategist, and Disneyland Resort specialist! I fell in love with science as a kid at Disneyland Park, learning about physics while I waited to ride Space Mountain. I love how Disney combines art, words, science, and music to create incredible experiences. Solving challenging problems is one of my favorite things, I'm so excited to help you design the perfect strategy for a magical day! Learn More About Amanda

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