• On Jan 25, 2018
    Jaime from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Never been. Taking girls ages 9 and 5. I am thinking about Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. What should we expect? What restaurants or attractions should we visit? Do we need Magic Bands or anything else? We aren't stay at Disney resort. HELP!

    Hi Jaime,

    Hello to a fellow NJ Disney fan! First, you can expect lots magic moments and cherished memories. You ask great questions, so please come back to the Moms Panel if I don’t cover everything here. We are here to help you.

    When you purchase your theme park tickets online, you can use the “will call” option and pick up your physical ticket (plastic card) at Guest Relations. Your tickets will be linked to your My Disney Experience account, so you can make FastPass+ selections.  Bring your photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the online tickets with you.

    You’ll want to use the Walt Disney World site to get familiar with Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Also check out the planning videos. Decide which attractions you’ll enjoy. Then make your FastPass+ selections so you can skip the attraction standby lines. Use both the online and mobile app version of My Disney Experience to plan your days.

    Think of a MagicBand as carrying your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel room key, your credit card payment method, your theme park admission tickets, and your FastPass+ tickets all on your wrist.  Since you are staying off property, the room key and payment features won’t be useful for you. You could purchase and use a MagicBand for your theme park tickets and FastPass+, but it’s not necessary. You can use the physical, plastic card just as well.

    You have so many great choices for dining and attractions. In Magic Kingdom Park, consider Cinderella's Royal Table, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, "it's a small world" and Haunted Mansion. And that's just getting started. There's so much more!

    Enjoy your Disney!

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