• On Jul 6, 2021
    Julie from MT 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 am wondering about the park tickets/magic bands. Most of my party has smart phones. Do we need to get magic bands or can we just use our phones? Thanks!

    Hi Julie,

    Welcome to planDisney! Thank you for dropping by with a great question!

    The good news is that you do not need to purchase MagicBands and can certainly use your mobile phones. With Disney MagicMobile service and valid theme park admission, you can create digital park passes and then just use your phone to access those digital passes and scan in at the park entrance. On my last visit, I used my digital park pass through Disney MagicMobile service and it was quite efficient.

    Having said that, my family still loves MagicBands. We try to stay off of our phones while on vacation, so even though I appreciate the convenience of Disney MagicMobile service, I would prefer to leave my phone in my bag while in the parks. We also use our MagicBands to scan in with Disney PhotoPass photographers and to link our
    photos for select attractions.

    Looking at your arrival date, I hope you made some advanced dining reservations. If not, be sure to use Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering and check the Walk-up Dine Availability. On my most recent visit, I noticed that the Walk-up Dine Availability was limited, so I would recommend that you focus on securing advanced dining reservations

    Julie, check out our Top 10 Packing Tips and get started packing! Gather your crew, check out a few matching shirts, and plan your park strategy. We are so excited to welcome you to the magic!

    Magic and memories,
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