• On Feb 2, 2021
    Benjamin from MD 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 any more. We have smart phones .

    Hi Benjamin, and welcome to planDisney! It's great to see another Marylander here. Let's talk about your upcoming vacation!

    Ever since their debut in 2013, MagicBands have been a stylish and convenient part of our world. For years I've enjoyed tapping my wrist to enter the theme parks, charge purchases, unlock my resort room door, and more. Nowadays, should you choose to forego the purchase of a MagicBand or reuse one from a previous visit, all of your needs can be met with the My Disney Experience app and a Key to the World Card obtained from the front desk of your Resort Hotel

    With the My Disney Experience app, you can access your resort room using the Unlock Door feature and charge food and beverage purchases made with Mobile Ordering. A Key to the World Card can open your resort room door, redeem theme park admission, link Disney PhotoPass images, and charge purchases to your resort room; it's like a MagicBand you pull out of your wallet rather than wear on your wrist. 

    If you are in the middle of your vacation and really missing the ease of the wrist tap, Hakuna Matata! MagicBands are available for purchase throughout the theme parks and resorts, and you might even find some limited edition or attraction-specific bands that strike your fancy. 

    Benjamin, I hope this helps give you an idea of what to expect technology-wise on your next visit. A Walt Disney World vacation feels more important than ever these days, and I can't wait for your magical getaway. As you prepare for your adventure, be sure to follow planDisney on social media and check out the Disney Parks Blog for the latest news and attraction updates. My family and I are anxiously awaiting the debut of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT

    Thanks again for stopping by, and we'll see ya real soon!
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