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  • On Aug 27, 2022
    Rae 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.

    Do I need a magic band to get the full experience at the parks? If so why?

    Hey Howdy Hey Rae,

    I am so excited you stopped back at planDisney with this great question. Actually, I am anxiously waiting for the delivery of new MagicBand+ purchases I recently made for our upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

    MagicBands and now the recently released MagicBand+ are waterproof, plastic wristbands that have a small RFID chip in the center circle. While they are not required for your magical Disney adventure, they will make your trip easier and more fun. Once linked to your My Disney Experience account, you will be able to use your MagicBand+ as your theme park and water park admission ticket. If you have added DisneyGenie+ to your admission ticket, you can use it to enter the lines for your selected attractions and to load Photopass photos onto your My Disney Experience account. It will also serve as your Disney Resorts hotel key and if you are staying onsite, you can use it to charge purchases to your resort account.

    MagicBand+ are offered in many color and design options and can be purchased at shopDisney as well as merchandise locations throughout the parks and resorts. But wait - if all of that was not enough, the new MagicBand+ has added even more really cool features like interacting with the nighttime spectaculars or giving you the chance to become a Bounty Hunter at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Helpful tip - some of the MagicBand+ options are quite popular, so if there is an option you really love, be sure to make the selection soon before your favorite is gone.

    If I can help with any additional planning questions, please stop back and see me

    With pixie dust,

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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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