Mom and daughter on Dumbo
  • On Jan 17, 2023
    Tracy from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Does my toddler need a magicband or can I load his tickets and reservations onto mine? There is no way he is going to wear one all day long.

    Welcome to planDisney, Tracy!

    Virginia is for Disney lovers and you're going to love visiting Walt Disney World Resort this summer. When my kids were toddlers, two of their favorite attractions were The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan's Flight at Magic Kingdom Park. Both rides have interactive queues that keep busy bodies entertained while they wait to experience the attraction. The play area under the big top at Dumbo the Flying Elephant is also a great place to cool down or dry off on hot or rainy days.

    Toddlers at Disney need space to wiggle. They need a mid-day break or a stroller nap. They need a place to reset their equilibrium if they feel overstimulated (Baby Care Centers are amazing for this). They do not need a MagicBand. More importantly, you don't need to be keeping track of a toddler's MagicBand. 

    All Guests over the age of three need valid admission, a theme park reservation, and a method of entry (MagicBand, MagicBand+, Disney MagicMobile pass, or admission card) to access the theme parks. MagicBands are linked to individuals in My Disney Experience and can only house one person's vacation entitlements. Instead, the person that manages the toddler's My Disney Experience account profile can use their My Disney Experience mobile app to download a Disney MagicMobile pass for the child to their eligible iPhone, Apple Watch, or Google Pay enabled Android phone (three small lines at the bottom right of the app's home screen --> Disney MagicMobile). Once downloaded, a Disney MagicMobile pass can be shared from iPhone to iPhone, also in the My Disney Experience mobile app.

    You can also pick up an admission card for your toddler at a Walt Disney World park ticket window, Tracy. Be prepared to show your ticket confirmation email, the credit card used to make the purchase, and a valid photo ID. Admission cards are roughly the size of a credit card and kids love using them to make Mickey turn green at touchpoints. They also feature different character designs and make great souvenirs.

    My family tends to mix and match our methods of entry. Most recently, my seven-year-old used a MagicBand+ and a Disney MagicMobile pass, sometimes on the same day. A few years ago, my daughter lost her MagicBand and we picked up an admission card for her at Guest Relations. Have a plan but figure out what works best for you. Toddler moms at Disney need to be flexible. They need to live in the moment. They need copious amounts of caffeine.

    I'm happy to keep this conversation going anytime, Tracy. Hope to see ya real soon!

    Choose magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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