Mom and Child wearing Magic Bands
  • On Jan 15, 2019
    Kristyn from AB Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I read the information on the magic bands, but I still don't understand them very well. For someone who isn't staying at a DisneyWorld resort, what is the purpose? Do we need to have one?

    Hi Kristyn!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I would be happy to help you understand all the ins and outs of MagicBands.  Admission tickets are issued on plastic cards, similar to a credit card.  Guests scan their cards at touch point sensors to enter the Theme Parks, and also to enter FastPass+ queues.  If you create a My Disney Experience account, you can link your admission ticket to your profile, and schedule up to 3 FastPass+ selections for each day of valid admission up to 30 days prior to your visit.  A MagicBand may also be linked to your profile, and will work in the same way as your admission card.  So in a way, a MagicBand is like a ticket you can conveniently wear on your wrist!

    Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels receive complimentary MagicBands and can use them for additional functions, such as unlocking the door to their room and charging food and merchandise purchases to their Disney Resort hotel room folio.

    Guests do not need MagicBands, but you are welcome to purchase them if you like.  I find MagicBands more convenient than digging in my pocket or purse to locate my admission ticket. You will find them for sale in many merchandise locations at Walt Disney World, where a friendly Cast Member will be able to assist you in linking to your account.

    I hope that helps!  Please visit us again if you have additional questions.

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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