• On Jan 10, 2021
    Tara from UT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Talk to me about magic bands! What are they used for? Do you need one if you’re not staying at a Disney resort? Thanks!

    Hey there Tara!

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting us at planDisney, we’re so excited to hEAR from you.  

    Tara, you must be so excited to visit Walt Disney World Resort. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to make your park reservations for the dates you are planning on visiting. Keep in mind, you are also able to make your dining reservations 60 days prior to your arrival! Be prepared to make those next month. I suggest breakfast at Topolino’s Terrace - Flavors of the Riviera. Even a lunch at, Be Our Guest Restaurant or dinner at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. Look at me, I’m getting carried away with all the dining options. I truly do find myself always on the hunt for the next best Disney meal to enjoy.

    When it comes to MagicBands, you will find that MagicBands are truly the best all-in-one Mousekatool. They hold your park tickets and are used to connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account. As you mentioned, they also unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room. Choosing to use a MagicBand, is completely up to you! Even when my family doesn’t stay at a Disney Resort hotel, we always use MagicBands. They not only serve as a great Mousekatool, but they make a great accessory!

    Don’t worry, Tara! If you choose not to use a MagicBand, you can always use the My Disney Experience app to access your park tickets. You will also be given a Card that will serve as your physical park ticket. Let us know if you have any other questions, we’re all EARs!

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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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