Parade at Magic Kingdom
  • On Mar 19, 2022
    Richard from GA 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 on using existing magic bands for the parks but are not staying on a Disney property. I see the bands active on the website but how do I know they will work when trying to enter a park on the first day?

    Greetings, Richard.

    Welcome to planDisney! Close your eyes. Can you picture it? Tall spires that reach for the sky, the shimmer of EARidescent pink and blue hues for the 50th Anniversary Celebration, and the glimmer of gold touches here and there. Yes, that's Cinderella Castle I'm describing, but you won't have to close your eyes and dream of seeing its beauty much longer since you will be at Walt Disney World Resort in less than two weeks! Welcome home!

    Since we're on the topic of Magic Kingdom Park, have you heard that the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is back? It's true! Maleficent is once-again prowling down Main Street, U.S.A. in her fire-breathing dragon form, along with Mickey, Minnie, Rapunzel, and a host of other Disney characters. But wait, there's more! The Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade recently debuted at Magic Kingdom Park, so you can see even more of your favorite Disney pals during this new offering! You can use the interactive map feature in your My Disney Experience mobile app to locate the times of the parade and cavalcade each day. Just use the drop-down menu in the top-middle of the page and select "Entertainment" from the options that appear.

    I'm happy to report that you will be able to reuse your existing MagicBands, as long as they are in working condition. Once a MagicBand is linked to your account, it remains active and connected to your linked theme park tickets and reservation details until you manually deactivate it or report it lost. If the MagicBands are listed as "active" in your My Disney Experience account, you should be good to go. I reuse old MagicBands on every trip we take and have never had any issues, but if you have trouble scanning your MagicBand at the park entrances for some reason, there will be Cast Members on hand nearby to help sort things out.

    Now, one potential hiccup with reusing old MagicBands is that your Disney PhotoPass photos may not automatically link to your My Disney Experience account as they should. This sometimes happens with older MagicBands. I suggest you make note of the dates and times you experience attractions with an accompanying photo or video. If you see the picture or video is missing from your Disney PhotoPass Gallery, you can reach out to the helpful Cast Members on the Disney PhotoPass Guest Support Team at (407) 560-4300 or through their contact page. They can use your timestamp information to locate the missing photos or videos. 

    Richard, I hope this helps. If you have further questions about your vacation, please don't hesitate to put our service to the test here at planDisney. You're always welcome to be our Guest!

    See ya real soon,
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Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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