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  • On Feb 22, 2024
    Sara from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are magic bands necessary at Disneyland Resort? Heading there for a family trip in June 2024.

    Hello and welcome to planDisney, Sara. We're delighted you stopped by to share this question with us. I'm so excited to hear that you will be visiting the Disneyland Resort and I'm thrilled to help.

    While a MagicBand+ is not required, I love mine and how convenient it makes my visits. If you've ever visited Walt Disney World Resort with a MagicBand+, keep in mind that the features available at the Disneyland Resort are a little different. MagicBand+ is the only type of band that is supported at the Disneyland Resort.

    You can use your MagicBand+ to be scanned in for theme park entry. This is super convenient and saves me from digging through my bag to find my phone to pull up my ticket. It's really handy to have the Disney PhotoPass photographer tap your band to magically add all of your photos to your Disneyland app. You will also feel haptic vibrations and see color pulses when your band interacts with select nighttime spectaculars and attractions. Speaking of attractions, you can also tap your band at Lightning Lane entrances when using Disney Genie+ Service. Finally, you can use your MagicBand+ to collect some bounties with Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters.

    It might also be worth mentioning that the MagicBand+ can be recharged (and comes with its own charging cable) and used at Walt Disney World Resort. I've really enjoyed being able to use my MagicBand+ at the Disney Theme Parks on both coasts!

    Sara, I hope this is helpful as you decide whether or not you'd like to use a MagicBand+ during your visit. You can find a wide selection of bands available for purchase when you arrive at the Disneyland Resort, so don't feel rushed to make a decision. No matter what you decide, I hope you have the most magical time at the Happiest Place on Earth! 

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