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  • On Jul 15, 2020
    Ryan from MO 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 my upcoming trip for November 2021. There has been a shift in technology and I was wondering if FastPass bands will be taken over by the new tech? Are they becoming obsolete?

    Hi Ryan,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! How exciting to be in the midst of planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort for 2021!

    As you have so astutely noted, there have been some technology enhancements to the My Disney Experience Mobile App and changes to the complimentary MagicBands. Guests with Walt Disney World resort hotel stay arrivals through the end of 2020 will receive complimentary MagicBands. Guests with Walt Disney World resort hotel arrivals from the first of January 2021 and beyond can purchase MagicBands through the shopDisney app. 

    Do review the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel updates. Resort hotel guests can still use their MagicBands to charge purchases to their resort hotel folio. For my family, this is one huge benefit and now, particularly, MagicBands allow guests to perform cashless transactions in the parks and/or resorts. Since we have a resort hotel stay planned for November, we are planning to select our complimentary MagicBands soon. 

    Although I would certainly not say MagicBands are becoming obsolete, I do know that we live in a world with rapidly changing technology and part of what we love about Walt Disney World is the Imagineering spirit that shapes the stories and experiences we adore. 

    Ryan, we, like so many others, save our MagicBands and reuse them when possible. Lately, we have considered splurging and ordering special MagicBands with our favorite characters for our upcoming visit. One day, I may make a home decor project out of all of our old MagicBands. In the meantime, we still love to use them because they take us into the magic and away from our phones (if just for a little while!).

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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