MagicBands are provided by Disney for free as long as you have a reservation in a Walt Disney World Resort. There are, currently, 8 colors to choose from. If you do not have a reservation booked on Disney property, you would need to purchase your own MB, if you wanted a MB. The tickets can still be used for park entry, photopass, FP and safety tracker.
The MBs have multiple purposes for Disney Resort guests versus guests who do not stay in a Disney Resort.
Here is a list of how the MB operates for resort guests:
- Theme parks entry
- Resort room key
- Memory Maker scanner
- Credit card for purchases (charges to your room, which has your credit card attached to it for your resort stay, food, incidentals, etc.)
- Disney Dining Plan scanner
- FastPass+ ticket
- Special Event scanner
- Safety tracker
Here is a list of how the MB operates for non-resort guests:
- Theme parks entry
- FastPass+ ticket
- PhotoPass scanner
- Safety tracker
Non-Disney Resort guests can buy their MB's before your WDW vacation. Many people go to www.disneystore.com to buy their bands. Take caution on any used purchases of MB's and I do not recommend it.
Creating the all-in-one: Your MBs will be mailed to you approximately one month prior to your Disney World vacation. Upon receipt of the MBs in the mail, link everything through your MyDisneyExperience (MDE) account before you leave for your Disney vacation. If you are an Annual Passholder, you can order a MB through your MyDisneyExperience account and they will ship it to you. If you are a day guest (not staying on Walt Disney World property), you may purchase a MB for $12.95 + tax inside the park or Downtown Disney Marketplace. You must have a valid park admission to purchase a MB. You can have multiple MagicBands associated to your MDE account. You will be able to use your MBs for future visits when you link a new Disney resort reservation or valid park admission to it.
Perfect fit for all: Don't be concerned about whether or not the MB will fit your wrist. The MBs are actually two bands in one. There is a gray band on the back that attaches to the outside band. Adults use the band as it is. A child or adult with a small wrist can peel off the gray band on the inside. Also, you do not have to wear the bands, anyway!! Some people wear them on lanyards. Keep in mind that they are fairly comfortable and easy to get used to and/or forget about. The touch points are at a comfortable height to tap your band when worn on your wrist, but not too high for children. You can choose which wrist to wear it on, also. However, you will need to decide which index finger you want to use. This will be the same finger you will need to use on the finger scanner every time you enter the theme parks.
Allergies: MBs are made of a waterproof material that is hypo-allergenic (non-latex material). If you are a Disney resort guest with an allergy to the material, you can request an RFID plastic ticket for your admission.
Technology: MB is the latest in Radio Frequency (RF) technology. Disney will be able to see where you travel inside the park by the numerous touch points you come across and will be able to tailor specific offers to you in the future. Disney does not want anyone else to be able to read any personal data you have linked to your MDE account so they use a series of encryptions, secure links and random data codes to separate your personal information from your MB. If you lose your MB or it is stolen, simply deactivate it in MDE or visit a Guest Relations location in a park or at the front desk of your Disney resort and they will take care of it. If you are a resort guest, they will reissue you a second band. If you lose the second band, you will need to purchase your next MB. By the way, no concerns about rain or water parks, either! You can wear the MBs in the water, because they are waterproof.
Assistance: Any Cast Member can assist you in linking your park admission ticket to your MB, as well as Memory Maker, if you purchased it. (Just remember that you need to buy the Memory Maker package 3 days prior to your arrival in order to receive the discounted rate.) The best way to prepare prior to your arrival at Disney World is to load all of your dining reservations, tours, Memory Maker, theme park tickets and FastPass+ to your MDE several days before your vacation. If you don't buy your MB until you are at the park, all of the information will automatically upload to your MB.
Personalization: There are so many colors to choose from right now! Choose from pink, blue, green, yellow, red, gray, purple and orange. When making your Disney resort reservation or if you are a Passholder ordering your MB, you will be able to choose your color. If there is not enough time to send your MBs for you to get them prior to your arrival, they will provide gray bands for you. You cannot exchange MBs. You can't trade them with anyone in your party, friends or family. You can also purchase accessories to personalize your MB. There are fabric covers, sliders in many forms, etc. that can be found in all the Disney resorts, theme parks, at the Pin Trader and Downtown Disney Marketplace in addition to some special Disney events.
Disney created a new MagicBand design in 2016. This allows you to change the center piece, use multiple MagicBands with one center piece or use it on a keychain that can attach to a lanyard, bag, belt loop, etc., if you decide you don't want to wear it on your wrist.
MagicBands (MBs) are currently only being used at Walt Disney World. There has been no word about them being used in any other parks at this time.
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