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  • On Apr 27, 2019
    Heidi from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What are magic bands? We are planning our first ever trip to Disney World and it seems to be quite different than Disneyland. Any tips or tricks would be much appreciated.

    Hello, Heidi! I'm so thrilled to know that you and your family will be going on your first trip EVER to Walt Disney World! You must all be so excited! Luckily, you still have a few months to do research, read about what is available, and learn all the tips and tricks from us, your friends on the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    You will love to have a MagicBand! We absolutely love to use them (and feel super proud to wear them!) during our visit; they also make such cute souvenirs that we have a drawer full of them!

    A MagicBand is a wristband used to do pretty much everything at Walt Disney World! They are used to unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room, enter theme and water parks (with valid admission, of course), redeem your FastPass+ selections, connect Disney PhotoPass photos to your My Disney Experience account, charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (for the duration of your hotel stay) and more! 

    Disney Resort Hotel guests automatically receive a complimentary MagicBand (Walt Disney World Annual Passholders also get one) which can be customized to make it more stylish and personal. The wristband is waterproof (can be worn in the pool and at the water parks) and comes in eight different solid colors for different members of your party to select their favorite color. MagicBands can also be purchased online, through the shopDisney app, or at some shops once you're at the Walt Disney World. There are some special limited-edition ones sometimes that may have hidden surprises such as adding a cool sound effect when used! 

    Please note that MagicBands cannot be shipped to all countries; in that case, you will simply pick them up during check-in at your resort. If you would like more information about MagicBands, click on this link. 

    I hope this information has been useful, Heidi. Explore the links I have provided above and if you have any more doubts regarding your first trip, please do come back again! We love to help out!

    Have a super pixie-dusted first trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Desiree, Peru

Hi! I'm Desiree from Lima, Peru. My family will never ever tire of visiting the Most Magical Place on Earth, even if means traveling almost 3,000 miles to do so! My husband and I love to watch the fireworks with our kids, but the best magic happens when the grandparents come along and we all feel the same age in front of Cinderella Castle! I love giving tips about different types of resorts and traveling with multigenerational groups.
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