• On Oct 10, 2021
    Jill from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I need more information about park access. Do I need a magic band? If so, does everyone in my party need one? I haven’t been to the parks in almost 10 years and a lot has changed. Please help

    Hello from a fellow Pennsylvanian and welcome to planDisney, Jill!

    How exciting that you’re returning to the Most Magical Place on Earth after 10 years. There is so much new to see and do that you’ll feel like Jasmine when Aladdin showed her A Whole New World! Jill, while there is now an official Disney Genie, hEAR at planDisney we like to grant wishes in the form of answers, so… POOF… hEAR we go!

    Jill, when my family and I stay at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, I find the MagicBands very helpful (particularly for my little Mouseketeers) as they function as our ticket, room key and credit card all in one, however these are completely OPTIONAL. You can purchase them through your My Disney Experience account when you have a reservation linked, but prior to making that decision check out Disney MagicMobile. This new service allows your smartphone to function like a MagicBand and for those guests who prefer to use their phone, this is a great option.

    Jill, since it’s been awhile since you’ve visited, I’m going to provide a few other links here that will be essential vacation planning starters.

    First is information about the Disney Park Pass reservation system. In addition to your valid theme park ticket, all guests are required to hold a (complimentary) reservation. You can make a reservation through your My Disney Experience account once your tickets or vacation package is linked.

    Next, take a look at THIS link about the My Disney Experience Mobile App. To maximize your fun and manage plans, you’ll want to download this free app if you don’t already have it.

    Finally, Jill, I’ll encourage you to come on back to planDisney with any other questions once you’ve had a chance to explore more about traveling to Walt Disney World now. With the 50th anniversary celebrations in full swing and exciting new additions, you’re bound to find Magic around every turn.

    Wishing you all the best as you explore and plan for your next Disney adventure!
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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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