Beginning this year, complimentary Magic Bands will no longer be included with your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel stay. But there are many reasons why you’ll want to take advantage of special pre-arrival discounts on ordering your own! Magic Bands:
*Open your hotel room door
*Get you into the theme parks
*Collect all your pictures taken by Disney photographers
*Allow you to charge things to your room- so no need to pull out your wallet each time you want to purchase something!
*Let you redeem your FastPasses (when this feature returns)
*If you have a Magic Band, you can head straight to the theme parks instead of your hotel when you arrive. If you are using plastic ticket cards, you have to go to your hotel first to pick them up. This is subject to change, but for now, it’s an added hassle.
*Make a fashion statement, and show off your Disney fandom
*AND capture your ride photos- something your plastic ticket card can’t do right now!
Once your reservation is linked in your My Disney Experience account, you can log in and view your Magic Band options. Each member of your travel party will have the option to order one, or decline one. EVERY member of your travel party must choose one of these options, or your order will not ship from Disney. So be sure to decline any unwanted bands, rather than just not making a selection.
If you have your Magic Bands from a previous vacation, you can continue to use them, as long as the batteries stay good.
You can also order a wide variety of Magic Bands on Shop Disney. Once these arrive in the mail, you can link them to your My Disney Experience account by entering the number on the inside of the band.
*Please note: there are different styles available in My Disney Experience and at Shop Disney, as well as in the theme parks and hotel gift shops. If you see something you love, buy it then! Magic Band designs also retire, so certain designs will no longer be available in the future. Be sure to grab your favorite when you find it!
What if you don’t want a Magic Band? No worries, your hotel front desk will issue you a Key to the World Card, which will have some of the same functions as a Magic Band. You can still use it to unlock your hotel room door, get into the theme parks, and collect your pictures taken by Disney photographers. They will work for FastPasses, too, once they return. BUT, you have to get them from your hotel front desk. So, when you arrive, you will not be able to go straight to the theme parks, unless you have Magic Bands. Also, Key to the World Cards will not capture all ride photos, the way Magic Bands do currently.
While Magic Bands can mostly be replaced by Key to the World Cards, they also have a magical and all-inclusive element to them. There’s something special about tapping that Magic Band and seeing the turnstile Mickey head light up. Or seeing your name on the good-bye signs on It’s A Small World. Plus, they make a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
And if you want Magic Bands for your next Walt Disney Vacation, be sure to join Middle of the Magic Travel’s Information and News from Mickey’s Backyard Facebook Group, for an exclusive member-only offer! Click here to join!
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