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  • On Jan 27, 2020
    Shaundi from WY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm a first time Disney World visitor. We are planning on only 2 days in the parks and I don't think I want to spend the money on the Magic Bands. I've heard there is a card that you can use as an alternative. Do I have to pre-order those?

    Hi, Shaundi!

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks so much for sending us your very first question!

    You are going to have a most magical first visit to Walt Disney World--I am so excited for you!

    When you purchase a Walt Disney World Theme Park Ticket, you can use that ticket to enter the parks and access your FastPass+ plans. No need to worry about not having a MagicBand if you choose not to purchase one.

    One benefit of purchasing your theme park ticket before arrival is the ability to make FastPass+ plans up to 30 days in advance. This means that you'll be able to skip the regular lines at 3 different attractions each day--all at no extra charge.

    Your Theme Park Ticket will be similar in size and weight to a plastic credit card, so it will hold up as you enjoy the drippy drop on Magic Kingdom Park's Splash Mountain, race to escape meteors and prehistoric predators on Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park's DINOSAUR, glide over some of the world's most iconic landscapes on Epcot's Soarin' Around the World, and fly the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy on Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run at Disney's Hollywood Studios. That one little card will keep up with your two days that are filled with fun!

    We tend to purchase our theme park tickets online and have those cards mailed to our home, but you can also choose to purchase them at ticket windows located at all four theme park entrances.

    Happy planning your very first visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Shaundi. Be sure to send us more questions as you think of them. We love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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