• On Jul 28, 2018
    Nakiya from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I just purchased the annual pass for my family. I do not think I will be staying at the resort. What is the magic band used for? Is it necessary to purchase? Thanks in advance.

    Hi Nakiya,

    Thanks for visiting Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    First off, it is so great to hear you are joining the Walt Disney World Annual Passholder Program. I think an Annual Pass provides so much convenience and flexibility for enjoying the theme parks all year long. I describe the MagicBand as a delightful little pixie-dusted wearable wonder that is both functional and fashionable. As for the functional, the MagicBand works as your Walt Disney World Resort hotel room key, lets you charge shopping and dining purchases to your room, links your tickets so that you can have a quick tap-and-enter admission to the theme park and water parks, and stores your FastPass+ selections. As for the fashionable, well, there are so many fun and cool MagicBand styles and designs available to purchase that it's simply a playful challenge to decide which favorite character or theme to style. While the hotel room key and room charging feature won't be useful to you if you will be staying somewhere other than a Walt Disney World Resort, the ability to link your admissions tickets and FastPass+ can offer convenience. As an Annual Passholder, you can receive a complimentary Annual Passholder MagicBand.

    Nakiya, here's wishing you a year filled with fun and memories for you and your family as you take in all the magic at Walt Disney World.

    Enjoy your Disney!

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Meet the Panelist: Jerry, Pennsylvania

The playful and creative optimism of all things Disney has enthralled me since I was a kid. I loved watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" on Sunday nights, seeing all the live-action and animated classics in theaters, and — of course — visiting "The Most Magical Place on Earth" for the first time 45 years ago. These days, the big kid in me still loves to play Disney. As a long-time Disney destinations vacationer, I'm looking forward to helping you play Disney starting here at planDisney! Learn More About Jerry

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