MagicBand+ and Smart Phone
  • On Jun 17, 2023
    Susan from LA 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 am sending my younger daughter to Florida to Disney. But I bought the seasonal pass but it’s not activated and I would have to be there but I can’t be there because I have to stay with my husband in Louisiana. So is there anyway I can activate it before?

    Hiya Susan and welcome back to planDisney. I am very excited for your younger daughter to visit Mickey and the rest of the Fab Five next month. There is so much to do while she is there including the refreshing and relaxing Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

    You do not need to be with her to activate her Walt Disney World Annual Pass. Annual passes are activated the first time the Passholder "taps" into a theme park. If she has a mobile device and a My Disney Experience account then she will be able to enter the theme parks without a hard plastic Passholder card. Just make sure the annual pass is linked/assigned to her before she arrives and in her My Disney Experience account. This may be done on the Walt Disney World Resort website or through the My Disney Experience app. Once that happens she will be able to create a Disney MobileMagic pass that will allow her to use her smartphone to tap into both the theme park and the Lightning Lane entrances. If she has her annual pass and a MagicBand or MagicBand+ linked to her as well then tapping the MagicBand at any entrance will function as her theme park ticket. MagicBands may be purchased and linked prior to arrival and make maneuvering around the Walt Disney World Resort easy. Just know that when your daughter uses a card, MagicBand, or Disney MagicMobile pass to enter the theme parks, they all work the same.

    If she really wants a Passholder hard plastic card then she needs to approach any theme park ticket window or the Disney Ticket Center at Disney Springs with her smartphone and picture ID. The Cast Member will help guide the process to get her the card.

    planDisney Pro Tip: Since she is a new Passholder it is very important that she asks if there is an annual pass discount every time she makes a purchase. Those little bits add up to big savings over time.

    Susan, your daughter is going to have an enchanted July Disney adventure. Please feel free to write me back directly with any follow-up questions.

    Enjoy making many Magical Memories.
    ~Jason
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Meet the Panelist: Jason, Georgia

I am a father and orthodontist who loves the hidden treasures found on Disney vacations. For over a decade, my wife and I have raised our two sons on Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, and Disney Theme Parks on both coasts. From large group and multigeneration family vacations to adult trips and couples getaways, I am excited to share my years of pixie-dust-covered experiences with you while planning your Disney vacation. Let the lifelong magical memories ... begin! Learn More About Jason

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