• On Feb 23, 2018
    Linda from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We used Magic Bands last trip two years ago and they were great. We have purchased a two day pass and will not be buying new bands. Are the cards we get the old style, like a credit card? Are there things we cannot do without a magic band?

    Hello Linda, and thanks for asking me such a great question. I am so happy to see that you will be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort very soon.

    I am assuming that you are not a Resort Hotel guest on this trip because you would be receiving your complimentary MagicBands around this time. You can still enjoy a great time without using a MagicBand. Your theme park admission will be loaded on a card very similar to a credit card. Hopefully, you have already linked your admission to your My Disney Experience account and already made your FastPass+ selections. When you enter a theme park you will hold your card to a touch point while completing your biometric finger scan. You will also use the same card to redeem any FastPass+ selections you have made.

    When you have your photo taken by Disney's PhotoPass Photographers they will need to give you a PhotoPass Card. They will scan this card and you can link it to your account later. If you have purchased a Memory Maker in advance, you will use your Memory Maker card. Just remember to scan your card where ride photos are taken, so they can be added to your account. If you change your mind MagicBands can be purchased in all Walt Disney World Theme Parks and select shops in Disney Springs. Have a magical time.

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Ohio

Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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