Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Mar 10, 2023
    Melissa from IL 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 worth it for a family that isn't sure they'll visit again? what are the benefits of buying bands

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you so much for visiting planDisney with your question! I am happy to help you to think about the benefits of MagicBands for your Walt Disney World vacation.

    MagicBands can be used for a variety of purposes on your Walt Disney World vacation, including attaching your theme park admission and opening your Disney resort hotel room. Additionally, the new MagicBand+ unlock features such as interactive experiences throughout the theme parks. Many guests are very much enjoying these interactive experiences! That said, you do not need to have a MagicBand or MagicBand+ in order to visit Walt Disney World. You can access the theme parks and your Disney resort hotel room using Disney MagicMobile service as well. This service allows you to use the My Disney Experience App to set up a Disney MagicMobile pass on your phone to access the theme parks and your Disney resort hotel. You of course need valid theme park admission or a Disney resort hotel reservation to do this. Once you have set this up, you will be able to use the Disney MagicMobile pass for many of the functions of a MagicBand. Finally, you could also visit Guest Relations at the first theme park that you visit to request a card to use for your theme park admission.

    I have to tell you that my family chooses to use MagicBands when we visit Walt Disney World resort. It is the only place where I use a MagicBand, so to me, a MagicBand helps me to feel like I am on vacation. I prefer to leave my phone in my pocket as much as I can while on vacation, so I like the convenience of a MagicBand. The same is true for digging in my pocket for a card. I have gotten used to having my MagicBand conveniently located on my wrist - no muss, no fuss, no digging! When staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, we also link a credit card to our MagicBands. This allows us to pay for items at Walt Disney World without digging out credit cards. My family also chooses not to use MagicBand+ as we do not choose to do many of the interactive experiences offered with MagicBand+. I absolutely understand that these experiences are very fun for many families; it is just not how we spend our time!

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Melissa. Have a wonderful time planning your magical vacation, and please do feel free to come back to planDisney with any further questions!

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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