• On Feb 7, 2021
    Kayo from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I purchased magic bands for me and my husband, is it necessary to get my kids their own? Will it make the process of checking into the theme parks go smoother? Will we each need to scan our own bands? My kids are 3 and 5, we are staying offsite.

    Hi Kayo, and welcome to planDisney! Gawrsh, only one week to go until you and your Mouseketeers head for the Walt Disney World Resort. I bet everyone is getting really excited! Let’s check the Mousekedoer and make sure you have everything you need for your big adventure!

    Whenever my family visits Walt Disney World, remembering to bring our MagicBands is always on our checklist. They’re fun to wear, but they’re also functional since they link to your Theme Park tickets through your My Disney Experience account. But while I do love using MagicBands, they’re completely optional. If you’d prefer not to purchase bands for your little ones, you certainly don’t have to. MagicBands can make things easier in general, but of course, that’s not always the case if you have young children who may not be too keen on keeping their MagicBands on their wrists. You might just find yourself calling for help from Toodles!

    Both of your children will need their own tickets, but you can opt to use Admission Cards for them instead of MagicBands. You can pick up cards at the Guest Services window at any of the four Theme Parks, or at the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs. (My advice: If you arrive in town early and can visit Disney Springs the day before you plan to hit the Theme Parks, it will save you some time on your first Park day!) Just bring along your purchase confirmation, which you should have received by email when ordering your tickets. When you have the cards in hand, you’ll only need to pull them out to tap them at the Park entrance for your kids’ admission, while you and your husband will just tap your MagicBands.

    Kayo, I hope you’re planning to check out the Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Arts during your visit! There’s a really fun activity for the kids called Figment’s Brush with the Masters. It's a scavenger hunt that sends you all around World Showcase looking for Figment, the little purple dragon from EPCOT’s Journey into Imagination with Figment attraction, in various works of art hidden all through the international pavilions. This year’s hunt is only about $8, and the kiddos get a prize at the end. My son loves it!

    I wish you and your family a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, Kayo. Please come around the planDisney clubhouse again if you have any more questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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