Shopping at Resorts
  • On Mar 23, 2022
    Patricia from GA 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 get a magic band automatically if you have a resort reservation or do you buy one separately?

    Greetings Patricia, and welcome to planDisney!

    Thank you so much for stopping by planDisney with your question. This is the perfect time to plan a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and take part in the 50th Anniversary Celebration. There have been so many new experiences created just for this 18-month long event. Nighttime spectaculars, limited edition merchandise, even special food and drink to celebrate the occasion in magnificent style. One of my favorite things is Disney’s Fab 50 Character Collection. There are 50 golden sculptures across all 4 theme parks waiting for you to discover them. Can you find them all?

    This is the best time to stay at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, where you are fully immersed in all the magic during your entire vacation. Complimentary MagicBands are no longer offered, however, Guests can purchase pre-arrival MagicBands at a discounted price. Most of the MagicBands currently offered as of this minute, are Pre-Arrival Exclusives, meaning you will not find them online at shopDisney or available at select retail locations within the Walt Disney World Resort. The current inventory is constantly changing because some MagicBands are Limited Edition and only available in certain quantities, others are extremely popular and sell out quickly. You can customize a MagicBand to suit each member of your travel party. Once your order is submitted, it cannot be changed or modified. If someone in your party declines to select a MagicBand, they cannot order one at the discounted pre-arrival price at a later date.

    Your MagicBands will be automagically linked to your My Disney Experience accounts and ready for use. When you arrive, you can use them to unlock the door to your hotel room, charge food and merchandise back to your room account. You can also access your theme park admission and redeem your Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane experiences. My personal favorite is the ability to add photos to a Memory Maker account that have been captured by Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers because I love being able to share my photos with my family and friends.

    You are permitted to have more than one active MagicBand on your account, so if you see one that you like online at, you can order one that suits your personality. These MagicBands are unable to be customized and must be linked to your My Disney Experience account before use. You can also purchase MagicBands when you arrive at your Disney Resorts Collection Hotel shops, retail locations in all Disney Theme Parks, and select retail locations in Disney Springs. My favorite is Disney Pin Traders, they have a massive selection. You can find MagicBands in solid colors as well as those depicting your favorite Disney Characters.

    It looks like you will have some decisions to make. After you choose your MagicBands, if you need any recommendations for dining or entertainment during your visit, please come back and visit us again.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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