MagicBand+ pairing with Smart Phone; Minnie Mouse band
  • On Sep 18, 2023
    Ashlan from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you guys still offer Disney planning packets to receive in the mail? I got one as a kid I wanted to use it to surprise my children at Christmas. It might be that I just can’t find it online to order. Thank you!

    Hiya, Ashlan, and welcome to planDisney! I see you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort visit next spring, and you'd like to surprise your family at Christmas. What a magical idea! Let's talk about some options for giving this gift of a lifetime.

    I remember those planning packets and even a DVD my family received in the mail to help us plan our Disney vacations. But time has marched on, and everything you need to plan your visit can be explored online now. I miss those colorful hard copies, but I appreciate that Disney is an environmentally aware company. And if your children are anything like mine, they're pros at doing online research! Everything you'll need to plan your visit can be found on the website or the My Disney Experience Mobile App

    If you'd like your kids to have something to unwrap during the holidays, I'd suggest ordering a MagicBand+ for each of them to open. Choose their favorite characters or colors, and they can use the bands during their visit. These fun bands will open your Disney Resort Hotel room, allow access to the Theme Parks, and even charge food and merchandise at your discretion. 

    Then, once the Disney cat is out of the bag, your family can research their must-do experiences together online. Maybe assign each person one day of your visit to choose the meals, rides, and entertainment you'll do together. My son was always a thrill seeker, so I knew to prepare to buckle up and hang on when his day rolled around!

    One tip for a tactile article you can show your kids is to print out maps online. For example, choose Magic Kingdom Park under the Parks and Tickets tab online. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the map, and under the map, click Magic Kingdom Guide Map. This will pull up the complete theme park map you can print at home. 

    Did you know the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will probably be in full bloom during your April visit? My family loves the Garden Rocks Concert Series, so watch the Disney Parks Blog closer to your dates for details about this colorful festival.

    Thanks again for stopping by, Ashlan! I wish I could see the looks on your children's faces when you surprise them with the gift of Disney. Feel free to stop by with any planning questions because planDisney loves to help!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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