• On Jan 19, 2018
    Lauren from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I would like to upgrade my magic band to one of the character ones. Can I do this now before I receive my band, or does it have to be done inside the park.

    Hi Lauren, Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Warning, you're about to be given so many options that I think the only solution is to buy multiple MagicBands, one for every day of your trip.

    You can purchase a specially themed MagicBand 2 now, either on shopdisney.com or through the Shop Disney Parks App, which sometimes has a different selection of items than what the main website offers. Once you receive your band(s), you can link them yourself through you My Disney Experience profile, both on an actual computer or the app. (Under 'My Account', click 'MagicBands and Tickets', and find the button that says 'Link.' Select the MagicBand button where you'll be instructed to enter the 12-digit code on the back of your new band, and then you'll be good to go!)

    You can also wait to pick out a design once you arrive to Walt Disney World Resort, as there are so many more options available. Bands themed to your favorite character, attraction, snack food, year of your visit - you can even find stations to customize the complimentary bands you receive as a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guest. If you wait to purchase a band once you're in the middle of all the fun, you can link your band minutes after purchasing through your My Disney Experience App and have that band be ready for use before you even leave the shop where it was purchased.

    I hope this helped, Lauren, and we'll see you real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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