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We like to stay on property and get a new MagicBand each time. In order to keep track of which band is for which trip I have started to use my initials, the initials of the resort I'm staying in and the year as the name on the back of the band when I order them. For example, I stayed at Old Key West this spring so the "name" on the back is "CJH OKW18." Next year we are going to Animal Kingdom Lodge so that band will be "CJH AKL19." It's a good way to track your bands. - Joe Hardwick
Alec at the DVC lounge saw me reattaching my MagicBand. He said to keep the band secure if you received a slider with the band (such as the DVC member slider or Passholder slider that Disney provides), place it on the section of the band that has the holes in it, and move it toward the big Mickey. Put on the band, then move the slider toward the small Mickey (at the end of the section of the band with the prongs on it). Slide it until it is holding together the two sections of the band. This way the band will stay secured on your wrist. Thanks, Alec, for a great tip. - Charlie Kiamie
Did you know that you can use your MagicBand to pay at the Global Marketplaces during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival? If you are staying at a Disney resort hotel and have the Disney Dining Plan or have some sort of payment associated with your MagicBand, you can simply tap it for any eligible food or beverage item. There is a place to tap your MagicBand at each register. The payment will be processed as a room charge or as a dining plan snack credit. - Rick
With the MagicBands, you don't get a "key folio" anymore. I found that it was sometimes confusing to remember the room number -- especially for kids, or older folks. So, now I take a picture of the room number outside the room as soon as we get there. I repeat the process for everyone in our family who has a phone. This way, if you forget what room you were in, just look in the phone. - Carol Berube
The My Disney Experience app now can show you where the pressed penny machines are located. Launch the app, click on the magnifying glass at the top to search. Type in: coin press. The map will now show you all the coin press machines in Walt Disney World. - Jean
We rode Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and realized later that our pictures did not appear on our Memory Maker/PhotoPass account. We had MagicBands so we visited the PhotoPass shop at the front of the park. They asked what date and approximately what time we rode the ride and proceeded to look for our pictures. They found them and were able to add them to our account. They told us that some of the older rides don't always automatically pick up on the magic bands for the pictures. The next time we rode, we tapped our MagicBands on the button below the picture to make sure that it was added... but beware, there are two buttons (one for the top picture and one for the bottom). If you tap the wrong button, you end up with someone else's picture (as we did the second time we rode it)! We ended up back in the PhotoPass line to get our picture added again. I recommend always tapping your magic band on the rides... better to have two copies than none and it can save you some time in having to look for your pictures later. - Melinda
I realized last week at the parks, as soon as you tap your MagicBand for your third FastPass of the day, that FastPass is considered used and you are eligible for another right away! You don't have to wait until you get off the ride to choose your next FP+. So if there is a short FastPass line for that third ride, take a minute and check what's available for your next FP+ on My Disney Experience. By the time you finish with attraction #3, you can go right to your next FP attraction, and so on, and so on... We rode so many rides this way! - Cynthia
We were in Disney World last month and noticed that there are new ways that the MagicBands interact with various attractions. At Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, there is an electronic poster in the queue that displays the name and home city of guests. At Mission: Space, there are video screens in the post-attraction room that will display the names of the guests who finished the ride, along with their hometown and their mission projection. At Space Mountain there are video screens along the moving walkway that display the names of the guests who finished the ride. At the end of "it's a small world," look for the video screen to display the names of the guests on the boat. There may be more attractions that may also implement this technology, so keep your eyes open in the queues and in the post-attraction areas. - Brian Kehoe
After securing your Fastpasses on My Disney Experience, take a photo of the confirmation screen to carry with you. One morning I was able to change my Fastpass to the Anna and Elsa meet-and-greet, but for some reason it didn't transfer to my MagicBand. Fortunately I had taken a picture of my confirmation so the FP was honored. Sure did beat waiting 90 minutes! - Mishawna
Anyone who travels to Walt Disney World more than once a year (guilty as charged!) has probably been accumulating an assortment of MagicBands. To help keep them straight from trip to trip, try assigning a date or some sort of unique identifier when you customize them. For example, I named the MagicBand for my upcoming trip Deb-1215. I also have one named Deb-AP, which is the band I received with my Annual Pass. This way, I know generally how old the bands are and it's a little easier to determine which ones I should deactivate. And remember, if you don't want another band on your next trip, you can opt out -- just look for the link on the "Customize Your MagicBands" page on My Disney Experience. - AllEars Editor Deb Koma
Read more on our MagicBands information page.
We have traveled to Walt Disney World many times, but our last trip was our first trip with MagicBands... and our first trip with a 3-year-old. Since he was 3, my son required a MagicBand for FastPass+ entry, but he HATED wearing it. We are pin traders, so my solution was to clip it around my pin lanyard. I was still able to use it for FastPass+ and I didn't have to worry about losing it. I even put mine on there when my wrist started to sweat in the Florida heat! - Shannon
To save battery life on your phone, take a screen shot of your My Disney Experience page that has your FastPass+ times on it and use it as your lock screen. This will help you save time and battery life, since you don't have to keep opening up the app to check your Fast Pass+ times. - Keith K.
I read Barbara's dilemma about using MagicBands with less flexible wrists. Even though I have flexible wrists, I have found it much easier to fasten the band so that the Mickey head is on the inside of my wrist. This technique causes much less contortion than having to flip your wrist over for kiosks and other point of sale areas. - Michelle B. (and several others) reply with a tip in response to an item in last week's newsletter
I found out during our last trip to WDW that being older can be a disadvantage with the new wristbands. My wrist doesn't bend all that well and I had difficulty using the MagicBand to enter the parks or to open room doors. Each time, the cast member at the park entry would take my arm and force my wrist to bend to make the band work. They didn't want me to take off the wristband, which is what I had to do to open the hotel room door. My advice is be prepared if your joints aren't flexible. - Barbara
EDITOR'S NOTE: For those like Barbara with less flexible wrist joints, or for anyone who would prefer not to use a MagicBand: Disney will provide you with a plastic RF card for admission/room entry instead of a MagicBand. Simply request it at your Disney Resort hotel. Read more on our MagicBands page.
In mid-April 2014, my wife and I bought annual passes for Walt Disney World. These were linked to our MagicBands. I had previously linked a 10-day non-expiring hopper pass to my band. We visited WDW several times after that. When trying to enter a park on our most recent trip, I was surprised to find that the nine days left on my park-hopper were gone. A cast member at Guest Relations assured me the hopper was used up, so I bought a one-day hopper. Later in the day it occurred to me that maybe my park-hopper pass had been used before the annual pass. A cast member was able to see every day we were in the parks for the past few years, and yes -- the system had mistakenly used up my hopper before using the annual pass. It took a while to work out a solution. Disney could not replace my nine days remaining on the non-expiring hopper as that option is discontinued. They gave me three, three-day expiring park hopper passes to be activated on future visits. My warning: Be sure to unlink your non-expiring hopper passes if you decide to purchase an annual pass. - Carl