MagicBand+ pairing with Smart Phone; Minnie Mouse band
  • On Oct 22, 2023
    Beth from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are planning a trip mid January 2024 we purchased tickets via AAA & are not staying in a Disney Resort. What are other the benefits of the Magicbands?

    Hi Beth, welcome to planDisney!

    MagicBand+ are the convenient wrist accessories that give Walt Disney World Resort Guests hands-free access to magic throughout the theme parks and resorts. MagicBand+ link to an individual's My Disney Experience account or account profile. They must also be paired to a mobile device and fully charged before use.  

    I just returned from a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation where I was not staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. I couldn't use my MagicBand+ as my room key or make charges to my hotel room, but here's a list of things I could do with my MagicBand+:

    • Tap in at theme park entry.
    • Tap in at Lightning Lane entrances (for Genie+ Lightning Lane and Individual Lighting Lane reservations).
    • Tap in at virtual queue attractions once my boarding group was called.
    • Tap to link Disney PhotoPasses taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers to My Disney Experience.
    • Automagically link attraction photos to My Disney Experience.
    • Open the TRON Lightcycle / Run storage locker at Magic Kingdom Park.
    • Interact with nighttime spectaculars - a light show within a light show!
    I hope this list illustrates some of the ways MagicBand+ can increase convenience during your visit, Beth. If you decide to purchase a MagicBand+, it will be yours to use for your January visit as well as all future visits. That's because MagicBand+ link to your My Disney Experience account and all of the vacation entitlements it houses (present and future), not a single ticket. It doesn't even matter where you purchase your theme park tickets. What matters is that your tickets are properly linked in My Disney Experience, which automagically connects them to any MagicBand+ and/or admission cards linked to your account.  

    Because MagicBand+ must be fully charged before use, I recommend purchasing online before your visit or on-site at least one day before your first park day. Disney's Pin Traders at Disney Springs has an excellent selection of MagicBand+ designs. If you decide not to purchase MagicBand+, other methods of entry include a Disney MagicMobile pass and/or admission card.

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with such a great question, Beth. Come back and see us again soon!

    Choose magic,
    Jennifer




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Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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