• On Mar 9, 2019
    Allison from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Just purchased annual passes. I read that we need to go to the park to activate our tickets before our visit and something about "exchange slips" to redeem our passes. Also, the magic bands are confusing. Will I receive those at the park?

    Hi Allison! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You will be activating your Walt Disney World Annual Passes soon and I know how exciting that is! There are so many amazing benefits that come with being an Annual Passholder and I'm sure you will love it as much as my family does!

    When you purchased your Annual Pass online, you should have received a confirmation certificate (probably sent via email). You will bring this, a photo ID, and proof of residency (if you purchased a Florida resident annual pass) to any Walt Disney World theme park ticket window or Guest Relations in Disney Springs to activate your Annual Pass. This is a surprisingly easy and quick process in my experience! You will receive an Annual Pass card that can be used immediately to enter the theme parks (as long as there isn't a blockout date, of course).

    Once your Annual Pass is activated, you can go online to customize your MagicBand. This will be shipped to you shortly after you customize it online. Unfortunately, you won't be able to pick up your complimentary MagicBand when you are in the theme parks, but you are welcome to purchase one while you are there if you want one right away. Even when you receive your MagicBands, I recommend bringing your Annual Pass card with you during your visits. You will need to show it to receive Passholder discounts, so it is important to have it!

    I hope this helps with your planning, Allison! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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