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Disney MagicBands (Everything You Need to Know)

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Planning your Disney World vacation, but don’t know the first thing about Disney Magic Bands? Don’t worry, we have everything you need to know about Disney MagicBands in one place!

Everything You Need to Know about Disney MagicBands

The Essential Guide to Disney MagicBands

First thing you need to know is that your Disney MagicBands will serve as everything from your room keys to payment method in the park.

There is no longer a need for park tickets because your MagicBand will hold all the information you will need for your Disney vacation in one place!

While MagicBands used to be given free to Disney Resort guests, now they are only available for purchase (and here is why you might want to purchase them).

Disney MagicBands You Can Buy Online

Want to buy a personalized Disney MagicBand that features your favorite Disney character or attraction? There are plenty to choose from at ShopDisney! These are our favorites.

Free Disney Planning Tools

Connecting Your Disney MagicBand to My Disney Experience

Even before receiving your MagicBands, you will be able to start your online planning.

While online choosing your MagicBands, you will also be able to start planning out your Disney vacation in terms of dining reservations and choosing your Disney Fastpasses.

Simply go online or download the My Disney Experience App for Walt Disney World and you can book dining reservations and other park experiences.

Using Disney MagicBands

Disney MagicBand Facts

Disney MagicBands replace Room Keys

When you check in to your Disney Resort, each of you will swipe your MagicBands.

The MagicBands will serve as your room key!

Simply place your wrist near the door pad and va-voom, you are in your room! No more key cards to keep up with!

MagicBands replace Park Tickets

Not only will your MagicBands serve as your park entrance ticket when you link it through the My Experience app, you will also be able to use it to keep track of your photos through Disney PhotoPass.

Each time you have a picture taken by a photographer on Disney property, you will swipe your band.

This will send that picture to your My Disney Experience account for you to view later.

MagicBands are your Way to Pay for Food & Gear

Need to pay for something on resort or at the parks?

Simply swipe your band! No need to carry cash or credit cards anymore. You will however, need to remember a four digit code that you will set when you arrive at your Disney resort.

Make sure you pick something you will easily remember!

MagicBands are Sizable

Smaller children may have trouble keeping their Disney MagicBands on their wrists unless you size them.

If you flip the MagicBand over, you will find a guide to trim the band to fit properly.

MagicBands are Waterproof

MagicBands are waterproof and can be worn on rides where you get wet and in the pool without any worries about having your MagicBand break!

You can use MagicBands on Future Trips

If you travel to Disney multiple times, you will be able to reuse your Disney Magic Bands. The battery inside the band has a life cycle of around 3 years.

Disney MagicBands 2.0

What If I Lose my MagicBand?

Yes, I have had this happen.

When I lost my MagicBand at a park (it happened to be Typhoon Lagoon) I went up to Guest Relations and gave them my name.

Since MagicBands are attached to your My Disney Experience account, they are able to issue a card to serve as your ticket. 

They will contact you if your MagicBand is located. 

Remember, the MagicBand is only good for the person whose name is attached to it, so you really don’t have to worry about it being stolen.

And, no one else can use your MagicBand to make a purchase because they won’t know your four-digit code. 


We’ve really grown to love MagicBands as they make your Disney trip so seamless. It is nice not having to pull a card out every time you want to use a Fastpass or order something to eat! 

Have you used Disney MagicBands? What did you think?

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Jennifer

Sunday 23rd of March 2014

Are the magic bands available to those staying at Shades of Green?

Amanda

Thursday 20th of March 2014

Do you think the magic bands will be available to those staying offsite soon, We are coming in December and staying offsite.

Lindsey

Wednesday 26th of March 2014

Yes! They just released info today, that it is available for people staying offsite!

Hilary

Tuesday 18th of March 2014

We took off the outer gray part of our 3-year-old daughter's Magic Band and it fit perfectly. All you have to do is peel off the outer part and it will fit a younger child

Andre

Tuesday 4th of March 2014

Sorry, again- if we choose our 3 fasts passes per day via My Disney Experience, can we get more fast passes that day at the kiosks with our bands?

Hilary

Tuesday 18th of March 2014

No with Fast Pass+ you are only allowed three fast passes a day. Sometimes they may throw in an extra fast pass for the Magic Kingdom park. While we were visiting we went to Magic Kingdom twice and they threw in a fourth fast pass for Haunted Mansion one day and one for the Little Mermaid ride the next day.

Lisa R.

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Thanks for this post! We are going to Disney in March and have been working to personalize our Magic Bands. This is helpful!

Kristi

Wednesday 5th of February 2014

Thanks! Hope you have a magical trip!

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