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  • On Jan 14, 2019
    Chris from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am planning a trip for December, and I am interested in purchasing magic bands. If I purchased from a non Disney site, are they the real deal? I look for product description and it didn't say whether they are compatible for linking with account

    Hey there, Chris, and welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Let's get you sporting one of those amazing MagicBands for your next trip to the Walt Disney World Resort.

    So, I have a confession to make - I have a lot of MagicBands. I have multiple bands in every color and both the older and current styles. And Disney recently came out with even more colors, so I guess I'm going to have to plan for some more outfits to go with them!

    Your MagicBand is the key to your Walt Disney World vacation - literally. If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, your MagicBand opens your door and allows you to charge purchases to your room, and it serves as your Theme Park admission and FastPass+ entry. And you get a free MagicBand for each person on your room reservation.

    If you're not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can buy MagicBands online or at Walt Disney World and link them to your My Disney Experience account. But I'd be wary of buying them outside of Disney. MagicBands are non-transferable, so if someone is trying to sell an old one, you won't be able to use it. Plus, I'm not aware of any non-Disney site authorized to sell new bands, so I'd just steer clear.

    Having said that, there are perfectly respectable crafters out there who make and sell decals you can use to decorate your solid color MagicBands. Just do an online search for something like "MagicBand decals" and you'll find all kinds of ways to pretty-up your bands.

    I hope this helps you find the MagicBand that suits your personality perfectly, Chris. Please come back and visit again if you have any other questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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