• On May 30, 2017
    Joan from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    When do the magic bands become activated? If we get there early in the morning, do we have to check in at our resort before going to the park to activate the bands?

    Hello Joan! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Using a MagicBand for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is like having a "key to the world" for all of your vacation planning.

    After you receive MagicBands at your home address, everything that is planned and loaded onto your My Disney Experience can be accessed with a simple scan.  Any Magic Your Way Theme Park Tickets linked to your My Disney Experience Account may be redeemed using your MagicBand on the Day you Check-In to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel whether you have Checked In at the Guests Services location of your Resort Hotel or not.

    If you get to a Theme Park and find that the MagicBands are not scanning properly, a Cast Member through Guest Services can assist you on site.

    If you use the Online Check-In Service up to 60 days in advance of your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation, the process is expedited even further.

    If you plan on taking Disney's Magical Express from Orlando International Airport, you will have to stop at your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel initially.  I recommend that you stop by the Online Check-In queue for Guest Services at your Resort Hotel anyway, as you can inform them of your plans and have them text you your Resort Hotel Room Number on any mobile device.  

    Have a Magical first day!

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Hello, I’m Todd – fun dad to two super kids, a beautiful princess and adventurous pirate, and husband to a loving wife. By day, I work as a storyteller and high school teacher, where I help others find their own stories through the magic of the Walt Disney World Resort!

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