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  • On Mar 16, 2019
    Caitlyn from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! We are not staying at a Disney resort but I was interested in learning more about the magic bands. Other than being your ticket and fast pass do they do anything else? Could they be used to locate a missing child?

    Hi, Caitlyn!

    I simply love the level of convenience that MagicBands add to a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. If you are a guest staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, your MagicBand acts as your room key, and you also have the ability to use your MagicBand to make purchases which are charged to your resort hotel room. However, the rest of the features that come along with MagicBands can benefit all guests, even if they are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.

    Regardless of where you are staying, you will be able to link your theme park tickets to your MagicBand through your My Disney Experience account. You will then be able to use your MagicBand to access FastPass+ and to scan when having a photographer from Disney's PhotoPass Service take your picture.

    Although MagicBands currently do not have the ability to locate a missing child, there are some additional reasons why you might like to have one. You must be wearing a MagicBand on select attractions in order to access ride photos and videos in your My Disney Experience account. Also, wearing a MagicBand on certain attractions can unlock some magical surprises.

    If you are not receiving a complimentary MagicBand as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest, or if you simply wish to purchase additional MagicBands, they are sold at many Walt Disney World retail locations. MagicBands can also be purchased at

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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