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  • On Sep 2, 2022
    Eva from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! We are staying off site for our next Disney trip, but I was wondering if it would be worth it to purchase Magic bands anyway? Otherwise would it be one person having to use their phone for admission and lightning lane?

    Greetings and welcome to planDisney, Eva, thank you kindly for stopping by!

    Eva, I think that either the standard MagicBand or the new MagicBand+ is the best way to access the Disney magic during your visit, regardless if you are a Guest at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel or not. I’m the one who always manages to fumble around for my theme park admission cards in my messenger bag dropping things all over the place in my haste and excitement of entering the theme park. Wearing a MagicBand or MagicBand+ and using it to tap my way into a Walt Disney World Resort theme park is so much easier. Not only that, having a MagicBand or MagicBand+ adds great convenience when linking your magical memories to your Disney PhotoPass account - priceless!

    The Disney MagicBand and MagicBand+ can be purchased at select merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort, or you can purchase your MagicBand or MagicBand+ through shopDisney and it will be shipped to your current residence - just make sure to order the MagicBands or MagicBand+ devices well in advance of your intended date of arrival and then link the MagicBand or MagicBand+ devices using the ID numbers to your Disney account once signed in by accessing My MagicBands and Cards beneath the My Disney Experience planning tab on the main page of the official website.

    Eva, to use the Disney Genie+ Service to save time waiting in lines for attractions that offer the Lightning Lane entrance, be sure to create a Family & Friends list on your My Disney Experience account for those in your travel party. This way, you can purchase the Disney Genie+ Service for those in your travel party on the app and then select them when booking your Lightning Lane entrance or the Individual Lighting Lane (à la carte) entry for select attractions that are not offered through the Disney Genie+ Service.

    Another way to access Disney magic is by creating a Disney MagicMobile pass to retrieve your theme park admission from your digital wallet on your mobile device with Disney MagicMobile Service.

    Update the Payment Method in your My Disney Experience Mobile App to benefit from vacation essential app transactions such as Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering to order your food ahead of time, not to mention many other helpful features designed to add greater convenience to your theme park touring.

    Eva, I hope you consider purchasing your MagicBand or MagicBand+ devices for your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort. It was my great pleasure assisting you today, please feel free to stop by for any other of my first-hand tips and advice.

    Best Disney Wishes!
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Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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