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  • On Mar 7, 2020
    Bernadette from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How necessary are magic bands

    Greetings Bernadette and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You have brought a great question to us, and I must say that I simply cannot imagine visiting the Walt Disney World Resort without MagicBands.

    Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel receive complimentary MagicBands that become a fundamental part of their visit. They are used to enter the theme parks and water parks with valid admission, check in at FastPass+ entrances, redeem Disney Dining Plan meals and snacks, link Disney PhotoPass Service digital content to My Disney Experience, and even unlock the door of their Guest room and pay for food and merchandise throughout the Walt Disney World Resort during their stay.  

    You are welcome to purchase a MagicBand if you are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel, however in this case only some of the features will be available such as entering the theme parks and water parks with valid admission, redeeming FastPass+ selections, and linking Disney PhotoPass content to My Disney Experience. You will still do the same using ticket cards, so it becomes a personal choice whether to purchase a MagicBand or not. Many Guests like collecting MagicBands and keeping them as souvenirs from their visits, even if they are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel. Some special edition bands are beautiful and very popular and I must admit that it is so much fun to visit the parks wearing one. Instead of pulling out a card and maybe even wearing a lanyard, you can easily use your MagicBand.

    I hope this answers your question about MagicBands, Bernadette! Please stop by real soon, we are delighted to help!

    Best magical wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian university professor and sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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