Mom and daughter in GOTG - Guardians of the Galaxy
  • On Aug 11, 2022
    Lynne 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.

    We will be visiting and staying offsite. For the most part we do not need a magic band since no room to link but I've read the photo pass system does not always recognize someone on a ride if they do not have the bands. Is this true?

    Hi there, Lynne - welcome to planDisney!

    Thanks for stopping by with a question for our team of panelists. We love to help Guests just like you plan your very own, very magical, Walt Disney World Resort vacations!

    I'm excited to hEAR that you have a trip planned for February next year - how fun! This is definitely one of my favorite times to visit each year as the Florida weather cools off a bit. During your visit, be sure to check out my favorite new attraction - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT - it's a blast!

    While there are tons of magical benefits to staying at a Disney Resorts Collection property, there are also many other great options in the Orlando area. Even though I typically use my Apple Watch with a MagicMobile pass to access the Theme Parks and Lightning Lane entrances, I still wear a MagicBand to more easily unlock my door at my Disney Resort, and in line with your question, I also like to have it on as a backup for attraction photos.

    While there are many attractions that are able to link your photos through the My Disney Experience Mobile App on your bluetooth-enabled smartphone, in my experience, this system doesn't always work perfectly. At the end of the day, having my MagicBand on is an extra backup in case the system doesn't sense my smartphone for some reason. PhotoPass doesn't indicate how it links each photo, so I don't really know if my MagicBand or smartphone make the link on any given attraction, but I still like to have the backup just in case.

    I suggest everyone who has the app and their own My Disney Experience account turns on bluetooth and gives the app permission to use it. Then, I would also encourage anyone who has a MagicBand linked to their account to wear it, just as a back-up. If you don't already own MagicBands, you might want to check out the MagicBand+ which recently launched. It has some amazing new features, is rechargeable, and magically interactive. Check them out!

    I know this isn't the simple answer you were seeking, but I hope it is helpful. Please let us know if any more questions pop up as you continue planning!

    Ryan J.
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Meet the Panelist: Ryan, Ohio

Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan from Ohio and am so happy that you’re here! By day (and most nights and weekends), I'm a business professor mentoring the next generation of leaders. In my free time I love outdoor activities and traveling with my family and friends, scarfing down ice cream, and, of course, all things Disney! I can’t wait to help your crew plan a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Ryan

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