• On Jul 17, 2021
    Anne from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I purchased my tix through Navy MWR. They issued me a card, which dies show up under “manage my magic bands or cards”. However, there doesn’t seem to be an option to purchase a solid color magic band. Can I convert a card to a magic band? Thx!

    Hi Anne! Welcome to planDisney and go Navy!

    Mine is a Navy family too, and we purchase our Military Promotional Theme Parks Tickets at the MWR just like you. Before we walk through your question, I'd like to thank you for your service on behalf of my own military family and my fellow panelists. It's always a pleasure to help another military Guest plan their magical R&R, and I'm so glad you stopped by.

    So, it sounds like you have the ticket card that you purchased on base, and it is showing up in your My Disney Experience account. You may certainly use that card to access the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks - you'll need to stop at Guest Relations when you arrive and activate your ticket card by showing your military ID before you enter a theme park. Have you made your Disney Park Pass reservations? Those are required along with your ticket for each day you plan to enter a theme park, so be sure to take care of that if you haven't already.

    Now let's talk about MagicBands. The special pre-arrival pricing for MagicBands is available to Guests staying at Disney Resorts Collection hotels. If you won't be staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you won't have the option to purchase a MagicBand through your My Disney Experience account. You're welcome to purchase a MagicBand on ShopDisney and link it to your account when it arrives, or you may purchase a MagicBand at a merchandise location when you arrive at Walt Disney World. There are lots of great solid colors available these days! If you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel (did you know there is a military discount for select hotels, pending availability?), be sure your reservation is properly linked to your My Disney Experience account. When it's linked, you should see the option to customize a MagicBand pop up under "Resort Hotel."

    Anne, many Guests choose not to purchase MagicBands, although I prefer to use these as they're so convenient and just feel magical. So, purchase one if you feel the way I do, but please know that your admission card will allow you to enter the theme parks and can be used for Disney PhotoPass. You may also use Disney MagicMobile Service, where you drop your tickets into your smartphone's wallet and use a phone or smartwatch.

    Thank you for stopping by with your question! Please come back and see us if you have any further questions as you plan and dream.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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