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  • On May 4, 2021
    Ben from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are staying at Saratoga Springs. Do we need to purchase magic bands or do those get sent to us prior to our visit? I am seeing conflicting information.

    Hello, Ben and welcome to planDisney! 

    Wow, your Magical vacation is almost here. I hope your excitement is building and your dusting off those suitcases! Now, let's see if we can clear up any confusion. 

    If your party would like to use MagicBands, you will need to purchase those. As a Disney Resorts Collection hotel guest, you have the option to purchase MagicBands up to 10 days before arrival at special pre-arrival prices. You can also purchase a MagicBand at select merchandise locations at Walt Disney World Resort. Ben, if you would like to purchase those prior to your vacation, you can begin by logging into your My Disney Experience account. When you view your plans, you should see a blue highlighted link that says, "Choose your MagicBands." Clicking on this will take you to the ordering screen. My family and I just made our MagicBand purchase for our June vacation and I'm happy to report it was a quick and easy process. 

    Ben, if you're wondering how you can gain park entry, unlock your hotel room door and manage your plans withOUT a MagicBand, check out the Disney MagicMobile Service. Launched earlier this year, this service allows your smartphone to serve many of the same MagicBand functions! 

    I hope this information helps as you're planning ahead. Please come on back with any additional questions you might have. Just like Dumbo The Flying Elephant, we at planDisney are all EARS. 


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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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