• On Feb 24, 2017
    Melanie from TX 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 planning a trip to Disney very quickly. We are not staying on property. Do we have to have magic bands in order to utilize fast passes? Since we are not staying on resort, do we have to purchase the magic bands if they are needed? Help!

    Hey there, Melanie! 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I’m happy to hear you’re planning a last-minute visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. I’ve made a few of those myself and the excitement and spontaneity make it even more magical. Bonus; no long countdowns to your trip! 

    FastPass+ is a complimentary feature included with your tickets to the 4 theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. To get you started on booking those, start by creating a My Disney Experience account. The next step is to link your tickets with the confirmation number you received when you purchased them. To link your tickets, simply visit the My Reservations and Tickets tab and follow the prompts. I also recommend downloading the MDE app to your smart device so you can have all this info with you while on the go. Now, let’s book some FastPasses! 

    To begin booking your FastPass+, select the FP+ tab, then select a date and the park you will be visiting. You will get an initial 3 FP+ per person. Once you redeem your third FP+, jump on your MDE app in your smart device and browse for more available FP+. You will be able to choose those one at a time pending availability. This is a great way to make the most of your day at the parks and see even more attractions in less time!  

    If you choose to get MagicBands, they are available for purchase throughout the parks and at Disney Springs. I love the convenience of this wearable technology that will be your “key to the Kingdom”. It will have your park tickets, FastPass+ and more, all right on your wrist.

    I hope you have a magical time during your visit! Come back and see us again soon.

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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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