• On Jul 27, 2017
    Christina from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can someone explain magic bands, memory maker (what is this used for and is it complicated?) and autograph books?

    Hi Christina,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am happy to help you sort through the details of MagicBands, Memory Maker and autograph books.

    For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, MagicBands are complimentary. If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can purchase MagicBands at Shop Disney Parks. We use MagicBands as our room keys and to make charges to our Walt Disney World Resort hotel room account. The last time we visited, we allowed our 10-year old girls to have charging privileges. They could make a purchase in a store on Disney property and then just use their MagicBand to charge it.

    My family always purchases Memory Maker. On our last trip, we managed to come back with 201 photos. With Memory Maker, we get access to all of our photos taken with Disney PhotoPass photographers. If you review the Photopass products site, you will get an idea of how much individual photo downloads cost. The photos and videos from the rides are just comical. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - terrifying drop = priceless expressions! Memory Maker is easy to use. Once you take a photo with a Disney Photopass photographer, the photographer will scan your MagicBand and the photos will automatically upload to your My Disney Experience Account.

    Christina, autograph books are definitely a must do. During our most recent trip, our girls each got 20 autographs from various characters. We saw most of these characters while dining at character meals. I definitely recommend making advanced dining reservations!

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
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