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  • On Sep 21, 2021
    Casey from KY Asked

    What if Half of my party is ready to select magic bands but others are not ready yet. Can we go ahead and purchase? If so how do we do that ?

    Hi Casey!

    Welcome back to planDisney! No matter how many MagicBands we seem to accumulate, we always enjoy ordering new ones for our Walt Disney World vacations. We have so many old ones in fact, that we use them to make a garland for my mom’s Mickey-themed Christmas tree!

    For Guests of Disney Resort Collection Hotels who are taking advantage of the discounted pre-order MagicBands, everyone on the reservation must place their order at the same time. You cannot order for some of your party now and the others later. In fact, you have to order a MagicBand for everyone in the group or it won’t let you complete the order at all.

    Admittedly, this is not my favorite aspect of the program. Since the inventory changes regularly, it can be difficult to get everyone in a larger group to choose something at the same time. My youngest may see one she likes, but then one of my teen boys may not. If we wait until something appears that the teen approves of, the youngest’s top choice may no longer be available. On one trip, I resorted to ordering my youngest son a plain and inexpensive band to complete the order, but then purchased an additional MagicBand I knew he would like from shopDisney. (I know that’s not the most affordable solution but it was an extra special trip.)

    Since you have plenty of time before your visit, you may wish to wait until closer to your trip to see if more options are offered. Check back every few weeks to see what the new options are! Or alternately, with my kids (and sometimes the husband) I sometimes just say, “These are the options, pick one!” Even if it isn’t their first choice, there are some really fun plain colors and even a few sparkly options available. We ended up with some cool solid colors over the summer!

    And remember, MagicBands are fun and fashionable, but not required. Guests may use a Key to the World Card or their smart device with Disney’s new MagicMobile Service.

    Happy planning, Casey, and good luck getting everyone to pick a MagicBand!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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