MagicBands are just one of the perks that Walt Disney World offers, that sets them apart from other theme parks. Whether you’re staying at a Disney resort as a guest or just want the convenience of a band on a single park day, I have everything you need to know to ensure using a MagicBand is the easy experience it’s meant to be!
Everything You Need to Know About Disney MagicBands
What are MagicBands?
MagicBands have become a resort guest’s dream by allowing you to carry your park ticket, room key, credit card, FastPass+, Magical Express ticket and PhotoPass all on your wrist! The bands are plastic bracelets that have RFID radios. Now, what the breakdown of RFID technology is, I don’t know! But I do know that it allows you to securely use your band, by easily tapping it against touch points around the Disney Parks and Resorts. The bands come in a variety of solid colors and are free for guests staying on Disney property. You can also purchase them online at the Disney Store or at many shops in WDW starting at $12.99.
You can easily link your park tickets (and park tickets for those in your party) by downloading the free My Disney Experience (MDE) app to your smartphone, or by accessing MDE on your computer via your Disney Account. Sign in and add the ticket information to the corresponding band for easy, one touch park entry for the duration of your trip. You can also customise your MagicBands on MDE – more on that below!
In the past, upon checking into your resort room you would be given credit card style room keys called the “Key to the World”. That’s no more! Now, your MagicBand is your room key. Any guest registered to the room has door access, including the kids! Simply touch the band against the touchpad on the door to unlock it.
PhotoPass and Memory Maker
In similar fashion, if you opted to utilize PhotoPass, you would be given a card to allow photographers to scan to add your pictures. Now, you hold out your wrist and every picture is added automatically to your account via the band. Same holds true if you purchase the Memory Maker package. The neat thing about this is that you can see your pictures right away in the My Disney Experience app. There’s no longer a wait time to see these memories!
You can easily link a major credit card to your MagicBands by checking in online before your arrival. In fact, you can check in 60 days before your arrival date! Simply follow the prompts on the website and when you arrive to your resort, head to the Online Check-In Desk and skip the long lines. If you’d rather check in in person, once you arrive, a cast member can add your card to the bands for you. Either way, you’ll be able to purchase food, drinks, and souvenirs with a touch of the band at the parks and resorts. You can even check all of the charges made with the bands on the My Disney Experience app. This is a wonderful tool to cut down on any surprises at the end of your stay.
Use the My Disney Experience app to choose your FastPass+ selections and they will automatically be linked to the bands of the guests in your party that you choose. You can begin selecting your FastPass+ 60 days before your arrival date if you are staying on Disney property or 30 day in advance if you are not. Simply head to the attraction that you have a FastPass+ for and tap your band for entry.
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Customize Your Bands
If you’re staying on property, you can choose your party’s band colors at MyDisneyExperience.com
New colors like white, lavender and navy blue were added to the existing choices late last year. You can also purchase upgraded bands featuring your favorite Disney characters. Many people also like to customize bands DIY-style with glitter, gems and even nail polish! You can also purchase Disney customized vinyl skins on Etsy. Disney offers accessories similar to Jibbitz for Crocs. MagicBandits, as they are called, are adorable Disney characters and themes that fit in the sizing holes of the bands. Disney MagicSliders are rubber accessories that slide on the band for decoration. You can purchase them in the parks or online at the Disney Store.
COMING SOON TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!
It’s been announced that guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, or Annual Passholders, will be able to upgrade their complimentary solid-color MagicBands to one with Disney characters and designs – there are 30 new options to choose from! The pre-arrival purchase at a special price of $10, saves you $14.99 off the regular retail cost through My DIsney Experience.
I for one am so excited about this option, and really need that Jack Skellington and Sally one!
Even more about Magic Bands!
- If you lose a band in the park you can easily deactivate it online,in the My Disney Experience app or at a guest relations desk.
- Bands are waterproof! No need to remove for water park rides, swimming or washing hands!
- MagicBands are your ticket on the Magical Express to and from Orlando International Airport and your Disney resort!
- If you are on a Disney Dining Plan, your MagicBand stores all of your credits. Just tap to use them.
- New bands feature a removable “puck” that can be unscrewed and used in “MagicKeepers” such as keychains or lanyard clips, for those who don’t want to wear the bracelet.
- The official estimated average lifespan of a MagicBand is two years, which means you can use re-use it on future trips!
- Bands are adjustable and feature a tear away plastic portion for smaller wrists.
I hope my tips and info help with your Disney vacation planning! Make sure you check out my free Walt Disney World Planner printable to help you organise your trip to the Magic!