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  • On Jun 15, 2024
    Christina from NC 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 we get magic bands before or after we book our visit?

    Christina, I am so happy you plan to visit The Most Magical Place On Earth. Thank you for coming to PlanDisney with your vacation planning question!

    MagicBand/MagicBand+ allows you to unlock your Disney Resorts Collection hotel room, enter the parks, connect to Disney PhotoPass, and redeem your Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane selections (MagicBand+ adds a little more flair by interacting with select attractions and experiences). Don’t forget, you can also make purchases at dining and merchandise locations via your band! How cool!

    The short answer to your question is that you can purchase your MagicBand/MagicBand+ before OR after you book your Walt Disney World Resort vacation; it’s entirely up to you. Those without Disney Resort hotel reservations can always shop for a new band to add to their collection via the Disney Store. However, Guests with Disney Resort hotel reservations benefit from purchasing bands at special pre-arrival prices. I order ahead of time to save a little bit of money; every little bit helps! Guests with reservations can purchase MagicBand/MagicBand+ 11 days or more before arriving and have the bands shipped to their home address. Guests purchasing bands within six to ten days of arriving will have them shipped to their Disney Resort hotel for pick-up. You can also wait until you arrive to shop in your resort shop or one of the theme park merchandise locations. My favorite spot to pick out a new band is inside EPCOT at Pin Traders – Camera Center, but the Pin Traders location at Disney Springs is a close second!  

    Let me know if you have any additional questions or want more Disney World planning assistance! I love sharing my favorite snacks, dining locations, and resort preferences with new and old Disney World vacationers alike!

    See you real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Brent, Maryland

Welcome to planDisney! I'm Brent, a husband, father, coach, and dog dad from Annapolis, MD, with a mind on a permanent Disney vacation! I specialize in crafting unforgettable trips to the Walt Disney World Resort but when it's my turn to vacation, you can catch me indulging in the food options of EPCOT's World Showcase, ascending Disney Mountains, and lounging poolside at Stormalong Bay with a delicious treat from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop! Learn More About Brent

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