MagicBand+ and Smart Phone
  • On Jun 4, 2023
    Bethany from OH 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 still need a magic card or wristband at Disney world? Or can I use the app?


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    No, you do not have to have a MagicBand+ band, or even a physical credit card-like card if you are using the My Disney Experience App. There are a few things you won't be able to do with just the app, but they are few and far between. But to clarify, when using the My Disney Experience App, you will be able to do the following.

    • Enter theme parks with your valid park admission
    • Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account
    • Check in to any Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane attractions
    • Charge food and other purchases to your Disney resort hotel account (if you are staying at a Disney resort hotel, of course)
    • Order food with the Mobile Order feature
    • Use your smartphone like a key to your Disney resort hotel room (again, if you are staying at a Disney resort hotel) with the Direct-to-Room service
    BONUS TIP #1
    Just so you know what it means when you hear the expression, the use of the My Disney Experience App on your smartphone for these features is often referred to as the Disney MagicMobile Service.

    BONUS TIP #2
    But what can't you do on your smartphone that you can with a MagicBand+ band? There are some interactive activities in the parks that require a band like the Batuu Bounty Hunters quest in Disney's Hollywood Studios. They are fun, but not essential to a great Walt Disney World vacation!

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

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