Family in Magic Kingdom
  • On Apr 2, 2023
    Jasmine 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! We reserved rooms at shades of green, and I noticed that magic bands do not have the same capabilities for this resort, so I'm wondering how we, as a family of 4 adults and 2 young children can make the best use of the MDE app?

    Welcome, Jasmine!

    It’s so nice to connect with a fellow Guest from Virginia, and one with military connections as well. Thank you or your family member for their service which qualifies you to stay at the wonderful Shades of Green Resort! My husband is an Army Veteran and Department of Defense (DoD) Civilian, so we are also eligible to stay at Shades of Green, and I have recent experience there to share with you to hopefully help you prepare for your visit later this summer. It’s a fantastic time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort and I’m excited for your family to have this special escape together!

    Shades of Green is an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) located on the Walt Disney World Resort property. You are correct in that MagicBands (or MagicBand+) will not be able to charge purchases to your room nor open the resort room door the way this technology works at the Disney Resort Collection hotels. However, I’m pleased to share that you can still maximize the magic during your stay using My Disney Experience, both during the planning stage and especially while on site during your vacation. Your MagicBands will still access the rest of your vacation entitlements, like theme park tickets, dining reservations, Individual Lightning Lane purchases, and all the great features of Disney Genie Service. This fun wearable tech interacts with the nighttime spectacular shows as well, making for an enhanced experience as you enjoy these shows together.

    If you’d rather not purchase a MagicBand, you can access all these features through either Disney MagicMobile Service or by requesting a Key to the World Card at Guest Services. The same technology will prevail, in that you cannot use your MagicMobile Pass or Key to the World Card to open your Shades of Green resort room but still access all the other great features of My Disney Experience.

    Staying at Shades of Green, you are also eligible to make your dining reservations 60 days in advance of your stay for the full length of your vacation. You will also be able to enjoy Early Theme Park Entry, having a head start into the parks before Guests staying off property.

    I encourage you to download the My Disney Experience App in advance of your trip so that you can explore all the wonderfully helpful features and see how aspects of your vacation that apply to the theme parks will be enhanced and better managed through this tool. It really does lessen the stress when you are familiar with the tool in advance, and then helps you to be more efficient with your park touring and get the most out of your trip while at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Please let me know if you’d like to continue our conversation and chat about specific features or detailed planning using your My Disney Experience, Jasmine. You can ask me a question directly by clicking on “get an answer from this panelist” on my biography page. Or, you may always submit additional planning questions as you did this one and gain a new perspective from another panelist - we're a team, and always here to help!

    With gratitude, 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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