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  • On Jul 17, 2019
    Kerry from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We go to Disney every year and I seem to remember that last year we were able to use our Magic Bands before we checked into our Disney hotel. Is this correct ?

    Hi Kerry!

    Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is a few short days away! I'm sure you must be so excited!

    Your memory is spot on! You absolutely can use your MagicBands prior to check-in! Make sure to take advantage of the Online Check-In service. As I'm sure you will remember, when doing so, you can skip the front desk and head straight to your Resort hotel room when you receive notification your room is available. With Online Check-In, you can also confirm your contact information for notifications, assign a credit/debit card for any balance due on arrival as well as incidentals, confirm your arrival time, ensure your PIN is set up so you can charge items to your Resort hotel room via your MagicBand, and confirm your home address.

    If you are arriving at your Resort hotel via Disney's Magical Express, you will use your MagicBand to check-in for your motorcoach transportation. 

    Once you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort, you will be able to immediately use your MagicBands for entry into the theme parks and water parks (with valid park admission of course), redeem entitlements if you have a Disney Dining Plan, charge items to your Resort hotel, link Disney PhotoPass photos, and check-in for your FastPass+ selections. 

    As you know, MagicBands are amazing! 

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Enjoy every magical moment of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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