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  • On Mar 6, 2024
    Angelique from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What are magic bands and do they cost extra?

    Hello Angelique,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at planDisney with your question! It's exciting to hear about your upcoming visit to the Walt Disney World Resort this weekend. As your magical journey is just around the corner, we're here to sprinkle some pixie dust on your planning process and ensure you're all set for a truly unforgettable adventure.

    MagicBands are the innovative wristbands that Disney guests have come to love, offering a convenient and magical way to navigate through the Disney Parks and Resorts. These colorful bands act as your key to a seamless Disney experience, allowing you to unlock your Disney Resort hotel room, enter the theme and water parks (with valid admission, of course), connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account, and charge food and merchandise purchases back to your Disney Resort hotel room. Additionally, MagicBands integrate with the Disney Genie+ service, enabling an even smoother park experience.

    Speaking of Disney Genie+, this is the latest offering designed to maximize your fun and minimize your wait times for select attractions. Disney Genie+ allows you to choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences. It's available for purchase through the My Disney Experience app once you are in the park. There are two types of service within the Disney Genie system: Disney Genie+, which offers access to Lightning Lane entrances at over 40 attractions across the parks for a daily per-person fee, and Individual Lightning Lane Entry, available for purchase separately, which allow you to choose arrival windows for up to two high-demand attractions per day.

    Since your magical journey is swiftly approaching, and you'll be arriving this weekend, it's important to note that guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel typically have the opportunity to purchase MagicBands at pre-arrival prices. However, given your arrival is in two days, this option is no longer available. Fear not, for you can still purchase MagicBands upon your arrival at various retail locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Whether you're looking for a band adorned with your favorite character or a special edition design, you'll find an array of options to enhance your Disney experience.

    A useful tip for your visit (if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel): Even though the pre-order window for MagicBands has closed for your trip, exploring the selection in person can be a magical part of your Disney adventure. Once you've selected your MagicBand, syncing it with your My Disney Experience account is a breeze, ensuring you're all set to enjoy the wonders of the parks with ease and style.

    Angelique, your Disney adventure is just around the corner, and we're thrilled to assist you in making it as magical as possible. Should you have any more questions or need further assistance in planning your visit, don't hesitate to reach out to us here at planDisney. We're here to help make your Disney dreams come true!

    Wishing you a magical and memorable visit,

    ~Yael
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Meet the Panelist: Yael, Florida

As a native Floridian, I've experienced the Disney Parks in every stage of life: as a child, a teenager, a newlywed, and now as a mom of three. My journey through the magic of Walt Disney World Resort has been filled with unforgettable moments and invaluable insights. Whether you're planning your first or your 100th visit, I'm eager to share my cherished memories and tried-and-true planning tips with you. Let's make your Disney experience as magical as mine have been! Learn More About Yael

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