• On Jan 2, 2021
    Julie 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.

    In past visits, we have had had all inclusive stays with hotel, meals, memory maker, etc. This trip we are staying offsite and with no meal plan available, is it worth it to get magic bands for everyone just for the memory maker?

    Welcome to planDisney Julie!

    We’re so happy to hEAR from you and even more excited to hEAR all about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort. I know staying off site can be a little different, but I’m sure your visit will be filled with Magical memories. My most favorite way to preserve those memories is through the use of Memory Maker. It seems like you’ve already added that to your vacation plans. ChEARs!

    When it comes to MagicBands, my family prefers them even without having a complete vacation package booked. We find it to be easier to wear our Mousekatool (MagicBand) during our visits. However, you are still able to enjoy the parks without a MagicBand, Julie. All you will need is my second favorite Mousekatool, the My Disney Experience mobile app. A Disney PhotoPass photographer will provide you with a card after taking your first photo. You will be able to use this card each and every time your photo is taken, similar to a MagicBand. After linking the card to your My Disney Experience account, you will see all your photos taken in your account.

    If your party is planning on staying together the entire time and you rather be hands free, I suggest maybe purchasing at least one MagicBand. Designate that MagicBand wearer as the “Memory Maker tapper”. They can be in charge of making sure the MagicBand is “tapped” after each photo is taken. 

    Julie, I hope this helps answer your question. If you find that you have any more as you continue to plan, you know where to find us!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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