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  • On Feb 19, 2022
    Deb 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 need to purchase a magic band? Will the app on my iPhone suffice?

    Welcome to planDisney, Deb.

    Can you believe your Walt Disney World vacation is nearly here? In just a few weeks, you'll be "off to Neverland! Here we goooo!" Remember, second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. With spectacular new shows, rides, treats, merchandise, and décor, there's so much to experience and enjoy for the 50th Anniversary Celebration

    But before you arrive, you have to decide whether or not to purchase a MagicBand. As Ursula says, "Life's full of tough choices, isn't it?" Personally, I love the convenience of using MagicBands. This handy wristband enables you to:
    • Unlock your Disney Resort hotel room door.
    • Enter both Theme and Water Parks (with valid admission, of course!).
    • Connect any Disney PhotoPass images to your account.
    • Charge delicious food and memorable merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (this is only available during your hotel stay).
    I also love the different designs that you can get for MagicBands. They can add a nice extra touch to your vacation. However, you'll be pleased to know that the My Disney Experience Mobile app also has all the features that you'll find on a MagicBand. It also gives you the ability to use the new Disney Genie service too! The app does tend to drain your phone battery. Therefore, I find it helpful to bring a power bank with me.

    I see that you're arriving in March. For future trips, you might want to check out the soon-to-be-released MagicBand+. This will have the same features as the current MagicBand, however, it will include color-changing lights and even haptic vibrations that allow Guests to "feel the magic." Not only that, but MagicBand+ will also bring gesture recognition capabilities that enable certain movements to create magical experiences. 

    I hope you have a magical trip, Deb. See ya real soon!


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