Epcot Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 17, 2022
    Jacqur from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is a magic band useful if your staying off property?

    Hello there, Jacqur! Welcome to planDisney!

    The Walt Disney World Resort prides itself on innovation. All kinds of technological advances have been made in this pixie-dusted paradise, some as big as the trackless technology we see on rides like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and others as small (in size) as those magical little Mouse-eared tools you see on Guests wrists during their vacation! Yes, the MagicBand, it's my favorite communication device! Let me see if I can help you decide if it's right for you.

    While it's true that some features of the MagicBand are reserved for Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, there are still ways that this tool may be useful for you. Besides the undeniably appealing designs, the MagicBand can house many of your necessities, including your park tickets and Disney Genie+ selections. You'll be able to link your MagicBand to your My Disney Experience Account, then use it to scan into the theme parks and when redeeming Disney Genie+ experiences. Most of what you plan through your My Disney Experience Mobile App is communicated right to your MagicBand, so there's no losing those Admission Cards or digging through your bag to find them each time you scan into the park or an attraction. That's what I call innovation!

    If you decide to purchase the latest and greatest form of technology, the MagicBand+, you'll find a few more features that may enhance your stay. You won't have to travel back to the days of the cavemen to see why this is the preferred MagicBand for many Walt Disney World Guests. This band provides a new way to interact with the park around you. Simply wave your MagicBand+ in front of any Fab 50 Character Collection Golden Statue and watch the magic happen! You can also utilize the Play Disney Park App to play Batuu Bounty Hunters, a MagicBand+ exclusive experience in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Finally, for a special bonus, your MagicBand+ will light up in sync with Nighttime Spectaculars!

    Ultimately, Jacquir, the decision is up to you whether you'd like to use a MagicBand during your visit. I have become so accustomed to the technology that I never enter the parks without one, but many Guests find that the magic is still very much alive with or without this trusty Mouseketool.

    If you're impressed by the technological advancements at the Walt Disney World Resort, you may want to hop on Spaceship Earth and travel back in time to see how all the magic happened. That's right, that giant EPCOT icon is more than just a decoration! There is an entire ride inside, taking you on a journey through time to see how technology and communication came to work hand-in-hand. I can't wait for you to see what your tomorrow looks like!

    Until next time,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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