• On Jan 14, 2020
    Tiffany from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are Magic Bands used onboard the Disney Cruise Ships?

    Hi Tiffany!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am so excited that you stopped by with your question about setting sail with Captain Mickey.

    While Walt Disney World has MagicBands, Disney Cruise Line has a Key to the World Card. At the cruise terminal on embarkation day, all Guests will receive this card. Your Key to the World card is exactly that: your key to everything on Disney Cruise Line! It unlocks your stateroom door, allows you to make charges to your stateroom account, and serves as your ship identification and photo card. 

    Additionally, your Key to the World Card also has great information like your rotational dining schedule, table number, and muster station. With all that information, Captain Jack Sparrow would guard his card as closely as he does his compass!

    If this is your first Disney cruise, then I suggest you buy lanyards with a clear pouch attached for you and your family to carry your Key to the World cards. Or you can purchase lanyards at the onboard shops. Meanwhile, returning Guests who have hoisted the main sail with Disney Cruise Line at least once will receive lanyards upon Check In. 

    If you have young buccaneers ages of 3-12 and they go in the Youth Clubs, then they will wear an Oceaneer Band that is very similar to a MagicBand. These bands are used for checking in and out of Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab. Bands are to be returned at the end of your sailing, or Guests may keep the band and a small fee will be charged to your stateroom account. 

    Tiffany, I hope we’ve steered you in the right direction and that your cruise is nothing but smooth sailing. Please keep us in mind as you continue to plan your adventures on the high seas! 

    Bon Voyage!


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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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