• On Feb 13, 2016
    Debbie from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Can you tell me the difference between the fast passes and the magic bands? Do you have to pay extra for them? Thank you!

    Hi Debbie!  If you have not had the chance to visit Walt Disney World in the last few years you will be surprised at the changes they have made including the new Fast Pass system as well as the Magic Bands for the guests.

    The Magic Bands are your new tickets, room keys, and charging cards all in one. It is a comfortable bracelet like band you can wear or simply have with you that comes in seven colors which you can select and personalize before your vacation. They will either ship them to you or you can have them waiting for you upon arrival. They are coded to match only your reservation and personal information so it will only open your room door or allow only you to enter the Disney parks when going through the entrance queues. If you prefer not to carry cash and credit cards then you can make purchases using your band at the Disney shops using a personal code you have chosen. The Magic Bands have made traveling through the parks very easy allowing guests not to have to carry and keep track of so many different cards and keys and tickets.

    The new Fast Pass system is related to the Magic Bands as once you have selected your three for a park that information is also on your band. You do not run from attraction to attraction trying to get new Fast Passes. As a resort guest you have the opportunity to choose three for the park you will be visiting each day 60 days in advance.
    Check out the site above to understand how easy this process is and how it can help families plan their park days.

    Both of these features do not require any extra cost to the Disney resort guests. They have attempted to make your vacation as simple and painless as possible and the new systems have been quite successful. Hope this helps in planning any upcoming Disney trips for you and your family!
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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