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  • On Aug 19, 2014
    Helen-marie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, we're visiting WDW over Christmas this year. We're staying off site close to WDW and I was wondering if we can buy Magic Bands before we travel and get them sent to the UK? Also can we use them on a Disney cruise? Thanks

    Hi Helen-Marie,

    Until this month, it was not possible to buy MagicBands without immediately electronically linking them to a guest's account, which effectively meant that you could only buy/activate them at the parks. In the past few weeks this has changed so that bands can be purchased and activated later. (Some people had wanted to buy them as gifts.) I assume (just my assumption, I have no inside scoop) that this means MagicBands will eventually be sold online via, but this has not happened yet. The alternative is to buy them through the Disney Parks Merchandise Department. The Disney Merchandise Department can be reached at 407-363-6200 or 

    I'm going to throw in my two cents and say that since you're from the UK, you should not buy your MagicBands in advance. The shipping costs to send Disney Merchandise overseas are very steep. You'll likely end up paying more on shipping than you will for the bands. Additionally, you'll still have to stop at Guest Relations or a merchandise shop at Disney World to get your bands activated, which means you won't be saving any time during your vacation. 

    MagicBands are not currently used on Disney Cruise Line. They still have the Key to the World cards that have been in use for many years. I assume (again, just my assumption) that eventually DCL will have some version of a MagicBand for use on the ships, but there has been no announcement about when this might happen. 

    Good luck with your planning. Please let us know if there's anything else we can do to help. 
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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