• On Dec 18, 2020
    Dayna from ID Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have an upcoming trip in January to Walt Disney World. My family is divided in our decision if we should purchase Magic Bands for the trip. What are the pros or cons are for having magic bands verses just using the app Disney world?

    Welcome to planDisney with an excellent question, Dayna!

    Guests often ask about the benefits of MagicBands and if they should really purchase them. Although there are plans to unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app in 2021 that will likely bring features of a MagicBand to smart devices, we still do not have confirmation on if and when these updates will be offered. That is why at this time I recommend purchasing them for your party especially if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel.

    Besides using your MagicBand to access plans and choices made with My Disney Experience, link Disney PhotoPass content to your Disney account, and enter theme parks and water parks with valid admission, when you stay in the middle of the magic this all-in-one device can also be used to unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room, and charge food and merchandise purchases to your room during your stay. In addition, a MagicBand is required to receive certain attraction photos and other digital content captured by Disney PhotoPass service.

    planDisney tip: Did you know that Disney Resort hotel Guests can purchase premium MagicBands ahead of their visit at pre-arrival prices? The cost of a premium MagicBand varies depending on the design, and you will be able to view prices before making your final decision. Be sure to link your Disney Resort hotel confirmation number to your Disney account, and after logging in select My Magic Bands and Cards to view available options and place your order. Remember to place your order 11 days before arrival if you would like to have your MagicBands shipped to your home, and at least six 6 days prior to your check-in date if you would like to have them shipped to your Disney Resort hotel.

    Thank you for sending a question our way, Dayna! I hope this helps you while planning and that you stop by real soon for more tips and advice.

    Best Disney wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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