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  • On Jan 3, 2022
    Vanessa 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 wristband to enter the park? What exactly do i need?

    Hiya, Vanessa.

    Your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation is quickly approaching. Can you feel the excitement building? Soon you'll be standing in the middle of Main Street, U.S.A gazing upon the splendor of Cinderella Castle and enjoying all the 50th Anniversary Celebration has to offer.

    MagicBands are handy-dandy waterproof wristbands with a touch point sensor inside that's linked to your My Disney Experience account. You can use them to make charges to your Resort hotel room, pay for dining and souvenirs, link PhotoPass photos, unlock your Resort room's door and more. They're an all-in-one, convenient tool that makes vacationing at The Most Magical Place on Earth a breeze.

    MagicBands come in several solid colors and a plethora of fun designs featuring Disney characters. They're available for purchase throughout Walt Disney World Resort, on shopDisney, or from your account in My Disney Experience at a special pre-arrival price. While it's not required to have a MagicBand for your vacation, it certainly streamlines your experience and makes things a little easier. MagicBands will be upgrading to MagicBand+ in 2022, so keep your eye out for this exciting new offering that's coming soon.

    While MagicBands can be used to enter the four theme parks, they are not the only method of doing so. In lieu of a MagicBand, Guests can request a Key to the World card upon checking in at their Disney Resorts Collection hotel. These complimentary cards are the same size and shape as a credit card. My fellow planDisney Panelist, Jane D., goes into great detail about all a Key to the World Card can do, but essentially it functions the same as a MagicBand.

    You now also have the option to use your My Disney Experience App and the Disney MagicMobile service as a contactless method for many of the same functions of a MagicBand, like unlocking your Resort hotel room door, entering a theme park and connecting your Disney PhotoPass photos to your account.

    Please remember that you must have valid theme park admission and Park Pass reservations to be able to enter Walt Disney World Resort's theme parks with any of the methods I mentioned above. Be sure you've linked your theme park tickets in your My Disney Experience account as well.

    I hope this brought some clarity, Vanessa. If you have further questions, feel free to stop by planDisney again. We'd be happy to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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