You likely have noticed by now friends on your Facebook feed posting pictures of the colorful bands that Disney sends in the advance of a Walt Disney World Vacation. Magic Bands will change your entire Walt Disney World Experience if you haven’t used them previously.
You can choose from a wide array of colors, but do you know how they work?
Here’s what you need to know about Magic Bands!
What do Magic Bands Cost?
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, or if you are an annual pass member the magic bands are free! If you are staying off-site, then you have the option to purchase them once you get into the park. The Magic Bands are your park ticket. Upon entering you will scan your band and then it will ask for your fingerprint! Remember which finger you used because this will be the one that needs to be scanned each time you enter. My kiddos had a bit of a hard time remembering which finger they used. If they can’t get it right, a cast member comes over with an iPad and helps. They reset the band (after checking to make sure that the ticket is still valid), and then take the child’s picture. I am not really sure of the reasoning behind the picture but that is a question I will ask next time!
Disney’s Photo Pass:
Did a park photographer snap a picture that you are sure you will love? Be sure to have the photographer scan your magic band. The photo will show up on the My Disney Experience App, which you need to download anyway to take advantage of…
Using the Fast Pass scheduling! With the My Disney Experience app you can schedule times to use your coveted fast passes. You are able to set the time that you need to arrive and skip (most of) the line for the most popular rides! Splash mountain anyone? There is something about having a fast pass for a ride that makes you feel really important and even a bit smug. Never mind you just waited in line for 7 Dwarfs Mine Train for 90 mins!
You can also link your chosen method of payment to your magic band (if you so choose) and pay with your Magic Band (and a pin number) at gift shops and food places around the park. We opted not to go this route because we like to purchase Disney gift cards prior to our arrival. We do this so it is like we are on the Disney Dining Plan. We will talk more about the dining plans later! If you choose to add your credit card to your Magic Band, it doesn’t have to be linked to your child’s band.
Your Magic Band is your Room Key
Magic Bands also serve as your room key! My kids thought that was the coolest part for whatever reason and often had heated discussions about who was going to get to open the room with their magic band!
We loved using the Magic Bands and they really simplified our time at Disney!