• On Jul 8, 2021
    Roseann from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Me, my husband, daughter-in-law, son, grandson 5 yrs. old and 2 yr. old grandson. My question is should be do Magic Bands or Cards? My 2 yr. old is free, but does the 5 yr. old need a band or card or is his info on his parents Magic Bands or cards? We are

    Hello Roseann,

    I can imagine you're all counting down the days until your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Thanks for your great question. MagicBands or theme park admission cards? How to choose? The great news is that you have options for what to use when you enter a Walt Disney World Resort theme park with your valid theme park admission. 

    You're correct that your 2-year-old Mouseketeer grandson will not need a theme park admission ticket. The rest of the Mouseketeers in your party will each need theme park admission and some way to present that theme park admission when entering a theme park.

    In my view, it's really a matter of personal preference whether a Guest chooses to wear a MagicBand, carry a theme park admission card, or use the Disney MagicMobile Service on a mobile device. Even better, Guests can alternate between the options and choose what's most convenient.

    Let's start with MagicBands. They're fun, cool, comfortable, sizeable, and stylish. Your 5-year-old grandson might want to show off his favorite Disney friend or attraction. Everyone choosing to use a MagicBand will need their own (or have someone carry it for them) because MagicBands are unique for each Guest.

    My own personal preference for using a MagicBand is to use a MagicKeeper that holds the the Mickey Icon from the MagicBand. I like to wear a wristwatch (classic Mickey Mouse watch, of course) and I find that the MagicKeeper on a retractable cord is super convenient. This could be a fun option for your 5-year-old grandson if he's not keen on wearing a MagicBand. 

    Now let's talk about the Disney MagicMobile Service. This could be a great option for those in your party who have their own My Disney Experience accounts. They can create a Disney MagicMobile pass and add it to their digital wallet on their smart phone. Then they simply hold up their phone to an access point when entering a theme park. This could  be a good option to set up a Disney MagicMobile pass for your 5-year-old grandson on your mobile phone (or the smart phone of the person in your party who has your grandson's theme park ticket linked to their account.)

    Of course, you can always carry and use a theme park admission card. If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you could also carry a Key To The World card for each Guest for their theme park admission. 

    One additional tip: be sure to make your theme park reservations with the Disney Park Pass system

    Roseann, I hope this helps you see you have lots of options for each Mouseketeer in your party to use whichever option is a good choice for them to enter the theme parks with their valid admission.

    Here's wishing you a wonderful and fun visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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