• On Dec 8, 2019
    Valerie from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! I am planning to buy an AP in February. Will it link to my existing magicband? Or will it do so when I activate it in May on my actual trip? Thanks! First time AP buyer...so I'm curious! Also do we get discount tickets for family?

    Hi Valerie!

    Welcome to the wonderful world of being a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder! I have been an Annual Passholder for several years and it has turned out to be a good value for our family. While there isn’t currently a discount to purchase tickets for family and friends, there was a special offer like that in the summer of 2019. I recommend checking the Annual Passholder Program Page and the Special Offers Page frequently as you never know when a new promotion will appear!

    With My Disney Experience, it helps to know that everything relates back to your profile. So your tickets aren’t stored on a specific MagicBand, they are stored in your profile, the MagicBand just lets the system access your information. This means that any MagicBand that is linked to you (provided it has a working battery) will always work for you, even on different visits, resort stays, or with different ticket media!

    Once you visit in May and activate your Walt Disney World Annual Pass at Guest Services, any MagicBand associated to you will work for your Annual Pass. So if you have a special MagicBand you’d like to use, or you are issued a new one with a resort stay, either one should work. If you’ve been eyeing a new MagicBand, once you have entered a theme park for the first time with that Annual Pass, you’ll then be able to personalize the new MagicBand in My Disney Experience that is included in your Walt Disney World Annual Pass purchase!

    I hope this helps, Valerie! That May trip will be here before you know it, I hope you’ll send any additional questions you have our way. We love to talk Disney!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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