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  • On Mar 29, 2022
    Diane from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do I need a magic band or can I use the app on my phone? Once I enter a park can I hop to another on the same day?

    Hiya Diane,

    Welcome to planDisney! I am so excited to meet you and help answer your questions about your Walt Disney World Resort Vacation. I’ve just returned from my latest Disney adventure, and I know you will have the most magical trip.

    While MagicBands are fantastic, you do not need a MagicBand. I actually prefer utilizing Disney’s MagicMobile service in place of my MagicBand. With MagicMobile, you can turn your mobile device into your MagicBand. Best of all, since you are already going to have your mobile device on you, so you have one less thing to pack for your trip. To add MagicMobile for your upcoming trip, please follow these steps.

    1. Open the My Disney Experience mobile app and click the three horizontal lines in the bottom right-hand corner.
    2. Next, select Disney MagicMobile from the menu.
    3. You will be directed to log in to My Disney Experience and link your already purchased ticket to the Disney MagicMobile pass.
    4. Finally, customize your MagicMobile Pass with your favorite image and add it to your Apple Wallet and mobile device.

    One last tip, make sure that you bring a portable charging device with you to the Theme Parks. You will want to maintain a fully charged device throughout the day (especially if you plan to park hop). Speaking of park hopping, you can park hop to a second park after 2 pm with the Park Hopper Plus option. You will need to have the following additional conditions met for park hopping.

    1. You must have a Disney Park Pass reservation for the first park you would like to visit that day. At the current time, a Disney Park Pass reservation is not required for the park you plan to hop to, but this is subject to change.
    2. You must physically enter the first park before hopping to a new park after 2 pm.
    3. Lastly, park hopping is subject to theme park availability for the park you plan to hop to.

    I hope you have the most magical vacation!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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