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Disney MagicBand+ (Everything You Need to Know)

If you want to streamline your next Disney vacation, consider purchasing a Disney MagicBand. The new Disney MagicBand+ serves as your park entrance ticket, Disney resort key, payment method and more!

What You Need to Know about Disney MagicBand+

If you have had a Disney MagicBand in the past, you are probably aware of how the band works.

And while you can still use the old style of MagicBands, the new Disney MagicBand+ uses next-level technology.

Automatic 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 your door will unlock! No more key cards to keep up with!

Using Disney MagicBands

Entrance to the Parks

Your MagicBands serve as your park entrance ticket when you link it through the Disney app. You will simply scan your band each time you enter a park.

PhotoPass

If you are using Disney’s PhotoPass service, the photographer will simply scan your band and link your photos right to your account!

Using MagicBand for LIghtning Lane
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Lightning Lane Entrance Check-In

No need to fumble for your phone to check in for Lightning Lane barcodes! You can simply scan your band!

Pay for Food & Gear

If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your band as a payment method. When you check in, you can set it up and the only thing you will need to remember is your four-digit access code.

Star Wars MagicBand

More MagicBand Facts

In addition to the ways to use the MagicBand, you will also be glad to know:

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.

Are MagicBands Waterproof?

Yes, you’ll be glad to know that MagicBands are waterproof. This means that you don’t have to worry if your MagicBand gets wet!

It can be worn on water rides and in the Disney Resort pool without any worries about having your MagicBand malfunction!

Rechargeable

If you travel to Disney multiple times, you will be able to reuse your Disney Magic Bands. The new Disney MagicBands are rechargeable!

Disney MagicBand+ Interactive Features at Disney World

Your MagicBand+ will light up, vibrate and interact with various parts of Disney World. Here are some of the things you can experience the magic:

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Disney Fab 50 Character Collection

Guests can go on a scavenger hunt throughout the four Walt Disney World parks using MagicBand+ and interact with the NEW 50th Anniversary golden character sculptures.

Using the Play Disney Parks app, guests will find hints and keep track of sculptures they find which will unlock digital achievements, including an augmented reality feature.

Magic Bands at Galaxy's Edge
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Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters

Guests can join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Using their MagicBand+, guests will find virtual bounties hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost and be given missions.

Once completed, guests will return to the local guild master, who will reward them with galactic credits.

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Night Shows

During many of the evening shows at Disney World, guests with the NEW MagicBand+ will find that their bands light up in sync with the music and show’s special effects!

Disney MagicBand+

Disney MagicBand+ Interactive Features at Disneyland

Your MagicBand+ will also light up, vibrate, and interact with various parts of Disneyland & California Adventure. Here are some of the ways you can experience the magic:

Star Wars Batuu Bounty Hunters

Guests can join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild in Star Wars Galaxy Edge at Disneyland.

Using their Magic Band, guests will hunt for virtual bounties that have been hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost. Once done, they will return to the local guild master who will give them a reward.

Avengers Campus in Disney California

When watching Dr. Strange: Mysteries of the Mystic Arts’ show in Avengers Campus, bands interact according to the music and special effects of the performance.

Nightshow Interactive Features

During Fantasmic!, World of Color & Wonderous Journeys, guests with the NEW MagicBand+ will find that their bands light up in sync with the music and show’s special effects.

Disney MagicBand+ Limited Edition Collection

How to Purchase Disney MagicBands

Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel or are Annual Pass Holders may receive a special pre-arrival price on a customized MagicBand+ if they purchase through My Disney Experience prior to their arrival.

Guests not staying on Disney property can purchase Disney MagicBands online, in resort gift shops, at Disney Springs or at the Disney parks and set them up immediately.

Disney MagicBand Set Up
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Setting up your MagicBand

  1. Create or sign in to your Disney account.
  2. Link your reservation or Annual Pass to your Disney account.
  3. Select My MagicBands and Cards to complete your order.

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 Disney 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 and now with the new features, we are even more excited!

Have you used Disney MagicBands? What did you think?

Disney World Planning Information

There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.

Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.

Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.

If you are a foodie, you will be glad to know that there are great restaurants at Disney World, this includes buffets, character meals and even some places the adults will love.

Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.

We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.

Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..

Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.

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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