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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014: When you buy a retail MagicBand, you are now eligible for a program called "Link-It Later." Retail MagicBands can be purchased for $12.95 by anyone, including guests who are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort owned and operated hotel. Usually, you must present one of the following at the time of purchase to link a retail MagicBand: valid theme park admission, Memory Maker card or an active MagicBand. With the "Link-It Later" option, you will be able to purchase solid-colored MagicBands (available in seven colors) and link them to valid theme park admission at a future date. This new option allows you purchase MagicBands as gifts. Special "graphic" MagicBands like the ones featuring characters from Disney's "Frozen," can NOT be linked later at this time. "Link-It Later" is available in select retail locations at Walt Disney World Resort and participating off-site locations including Hotel Plaza Boulevard hotels in the Downtown Disney area, Disney liquidation stores in Florida, and the Disney merchandise shops at the Orlando International Airport. You can associate MagicBands using the "Link a MagicBand or Card" option in your My Disney Experience account.
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What is a MagicBand?
Worn on the wrist, the colorful MagicBand is an all‐in-one device that connects all the vacation choices you make online with My Disney Experience.
You can use a MagicBand to enter a Disney Resort hotel room, buy food and merchandise, and enter Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks. Plus, the MagicBand provides FastPass+ access to all the experiences selected and serves as the connection to Disney's PhotoPass.
Because you can wear your MagicBand on your wrist, you do not have to rummage around in a bag or your pockets for your tickets or credit cards. The bands allow you to travel lighter throughout your vacation.
What Does a MagicBand Look Like?
MagicBands are flexible plastic wristbands, resembling a watch or bracelet. They come in a variety of colors: pink, blue, red, green, orange, gray and yellow. You can choose which color you prefer when you are initially ordering them in your My Disney Experience (MDE) account.
How does it work?
MagicBands use Radio Frequency (RF) technology and can be read by short and long-range readers located at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Your MagicBand is linked to your My Disney Experience account and holds all the information relating to your vacation: your hotel and dining reservations, Fastpass+ experiences, PhotoPass photos. Your MagicBand can also act as your Disney resort room key. Also, if you wish, you can link a debit or credit card to your MagicBand so that you can use it to pay for your purchases.
To use the MagicBand to enter a theme park or water park, or to take advantage of your FastPass+, touch the Mickey head on the band to the Mickey symbol you'll find at the turnstile touch-points. When entering the park, you will also be required to place a finger on a scanner. When the light on Mickey head turns green, you can enter the park.
Similarly, when you wish to make a purchase using the MagicBand, you touch the Mickey to the device at the cash register, and then you enter your own Personal Identification Number (PIN).
To use your MagicBand to enter your Disney resort hotel room, touch the Mickey head on your band to the RFID reader located near your room door's handle.
Who can use a MagicBand?
Any Walt Disney World guest can use a MagicBand, however MagicBands are only available by purchase to "day guests" (that is, those who are not passholders, or are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel).
How do I get a MagicBand?
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can customize and order your MagicBands online at least 10 days before your arrival at Walt Disney World Resort:
- Create or sign into your Disney account.
- If you have not already done so, link your reservation number to your Disney account.
- Customize your MagicBands HERE.
NOTE: MagicBand orders cannot be shipped to all countries.
If you don't have time to order your MagicBands before your vacation, you may be able to obtain them once you arrive at your hotel, but you may not have your choice of color.
If you are a Passholder, you can also order a MagicBand, even if you are not staying at a Disney resort hotel. For instructions on ordering, see Kristin Ford's "how-to" blog HERE.
If you are not a Passholder and are not staying at a Disney resort hotel, Disney considers you to be a "day guest." MagicBands are not automatically shipped to you when you purchase your tickets, however you may purchase MagicBands at merchandise locations once your arrive at Walt Disney World.
NOTE: The "touch to pay" option (which entails linking a credit or debit card to the MagicBand) is not available for day guests.
How much do MagicBands cost?
If you are a Disney World Resort Hotel guest or an annual passholder there is NO extra charge for your MagicBand. They will be shipped to you after you order them, or will be available at your resort when you check in. If you are not staying at a Disney Resort Hotel (known as a "day guest"), you are able to purchase a MagicBand if you wish. MagicBands will be available for $12.95 plus tax at Walt Disney World merchandise locations in all seven colors.
I will be using an old admission ticket, the kind that is manually date-stamped without a magnetic strip. Can I still link that to my MagicBand?
When you enter the park, you will need to exchange your old ticket for a new plastic card with an RFID chip. That information can then be linked to the MagicBand. See a cast member at the park entrance for instructions.
My child is 2 years old and won't require an admission ticket. Does she need a MagicBand?
No, children who do not require admission media do not require a MagicBand.
Can I have multiple MagicBands at one time?
Theoretically, you should not need to have more than one MagicBand per person, however, you may have up to seven. You can manage your MagicBands, linking, activating or deactivating them, on the My Disney Experience website or via the mobile app.
Where else can I use my MagicBand?
You can also use your MagicBand to identify yourself when you pass through theme park parking plazas, and when you enter a resort. You can also use your MagicBand to store your PhotoPass/Memory Maker photos.
What if I lose my MagicBand?
If you should lose your MagicBand, deactivate it using your My Disney Experience account online or on the mobile app so that no one else can use it. Notify Guest Relations or your hotel's Lobby Concierge if you are at Walt Disney World, and they should be able to issue a replacement band for you. If you are not at home when you notice you have lost your MagicBand, deactivate that band using MDE and order another. There may be a charge for the replacement.
Can I wear my MagicBand when I go swimming? What if I get it wet?
Is my personal data secure on my MagicBand?
MagicBands and cards are part of Disney's My Magic+. Disney says that MyMagic+ was built with extensive privacy controls from the outset and is completely voluntary. To further protect your privacy, your printed name appears on the inside of your customized band.
Learn more about Disney's privacy and data collection policies and how RF technology is used in MagicBands and cards HERE.
What if I don't want to use a MagicBand?
If you prefer to use a plastic RF card for admission/room entry instead of a MagicBand, simply request it at your Disney Resort hotel. The RF cards cannot be detected by long-range readers as the MagicBands can.
Who can I contact if I have more questions about MagicBands?
Passholders who have questions about MyMagic+ can call (407) 560-7277.
All others call (407) 939-5277, visit Guest Relations at the theme parks, or Lobby Concierge at your Disney resort hotel.
What have guests said about MagicBands?
Many guests have enjoyed using MagicBands and find them very convenient. Read more about what AllEars.Net Readers are saying in our Rate and Review Section.