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  • On Jul 27, 2022
    Colleen 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.

    Do I need magic bands in Disney World? If so, how do I get them?

    Hiya, Colleen! Welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad that you've stopped by with such a great vacation planning question. I just love chatting Disney with my pals, pals! 

    I LOVE MagicBands and always use one on every one of my Walt Disney World Resort vacations. In fact, I purchase a new Band (or two!) on every vacation at The Most Magical Place on Earth, and I can't wait to purchase a new MagicBand+ in a few days! They look so cute and super cool, and I am excited to start my new collection and see everything that the new Bands can do. While a MagicBand or MagicBand+ certainly is not necessary to enjoy yourself at Walt Disney World Resort, it is so cute and convenient for room entry, theme park entry, Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane entry and to make purchases that they are a must for my family and me. I'm more than happy to chat about how you can get your cutest and most magical new accessory!

    If you have a Resort reservation at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, just log in to your My Disney Experience account, click "My MagicBands and Cards," and click the blue "Get Started" button to choose your MagicBand and purchase it at a discounted, pre-arrival price and have it shipped to your home before your vacation. If you are not staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, Hakuna Matata! It means "no worries!" Once you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort, you can purchase your MagicBand or MagicBand+ at the theme parks or Disney Springs and then follow the instructions that come with the Band to link it to your My Disney Experience account. Just be aware that you do have to be a Guest at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel to use your Band to make purchases, but you will still be able to use it for park entry and your Lightning Lane entrances. Happy tapping, my friend!

    If you decide that you would rather not purchase a MagicBand for your upcoming fall vacation, just download your Disney MagicMobile Pass from your My Disney Experience app into your mobile device's digital wallet. Then, you can use your Pass for theme park and Lightning Lane entry with just a swipe of your phone or even your Apple watch! How cool is that?!

    No matter how you choose to enter Walt Disney World Resort, I hope you have the most magical and memorable time! I hope this was helpful, Colleen, and I hope you stop by any time with any vacation planning questions you may have along the way. You've got a friend in me!

    I hope to see ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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