NEWS: Free MagicBands No Longer Available for Disney World Resort Hotel Guests

As 2021 rolled around, we were prepared for a few changes set to take place immediately on January 1st in Disney World.

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Along with souvenir luggage tags no longer being mailed prior to trips, and the return of modified park hopping, Disney had previously announced that complimentary MagicBands would be discontinued for Disney World Resort hotel guests.

However, while that change was set to take place on January 1st, 2021, it looks like it has already arrived on the site! Now, when Disney World Resort hotel guests that have reservations in 2021 go to select their MagicBand options, they will no longer see a complimentary option.


Previously, Disney offered a few complimentary options, with select solid-colored MagicBands available without an additional cost. Now, those MagicBands are available for $5.


In lieu of complimentary MagicBands, guests will instead be able to use the My Disney Experience app or Keys to the World cards. Additionally, you can still purchase MagicBands online, or use an old MagicBand you already own.


You can also get a special pre-order price and purchase designed MagicBands as a Pre-Arrival Exclusive. These range in price from $5 to $20, which is discounted from the full price you would pay for the same bands online or in Disney World.


We’ll keep you updated with any further changes, so stay tuned!

Do you have plans to go on a 2021 Disney World vacation? Let us know in the comments below!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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12 Replies to “NEWS: Free MagicBands No Longer Available for Disney World Resort Hotel Guests”

  1. Wondered when WDW would discontinue the complementary magic bands. I have a half dozen, most still active, and have refused many more bands. I see MB being discontinued in the not to near future. I won’t want to pay for a band, after paying thousands for a resort/DVC,

  2. Good riddance (well sort of). Looking forward to going back to the key-to-the-world card. I was never keen on magic bands as they were not all they were cracked up to be. They were never all-inclusive. If you didn’t look like you’re 50 you had to have your id, if you had tables in wonderland/dvc/passholder you had to have those cards to prove membership and use the discount, so you still had to carry a wallet anyway. Not to mention the fact that they make your wrist sweat. I for one am pleased to go back to the “old fashioned” KTTW card!

  3. On WDW’s website, it states luggage tags are now available at reception desk upon check-in. Is that no longer the case?

    1. Hi Cheri! The souvenir luggage tags are still available at check-in, they are just no longer being mailed prior to guests’ trips.

  4. Interesting that they call MagicBands complimentary when at a minimum “guests are paying $200 to stay at a resort. Givev them time and they will be calling your stay on property a privilege. Walt is rolling in his grave.

    1. So true Howard. The days of every family being able to afford a holiday at Disney have been a thing of the past since Eisner took over but when Iger was named CEO in 2005 EVERYTHING at Disney is a never ending money grab!! DME is always touted as free but the proper terminology would be included with your paid reservation! As a lifelong Disney fan since the 1970’s I can definitely say Disney has officially jumped the shark!!

  5. Good riddance, never used one and never will. I try the disney app every couple of months and while it’s slowly getting better it is still trash. I just use the website to make fast pass and restaurant reservations.

  6. A question: If you use an ‘old’ magic band, is there any way to determine how much battery life the band has? I have a drawer full of them, but have no idea how old each of them is. I imagine if the battery is weak, it will not work or not work as efficiently forcing you to get held up at the park entrance or get angry when your resort room door won’t open……. This is taking a little more of the magic out of a Disney vacation. Sooner or later……a Disney vacation becomes like every other vacation. To other people who say…. “What about the long lines for rides and the crowds?”….I say: “That is true, BUT Disney always treats it’s customers special” and offer examples of the ‘Disney Way’. Take away the ‘Disney Way’ and what do you have?

    1. From what I understand, the short range things it does (get you it on your room and park) goes indefinitely. It’s the long range things, like photopass pics on a ride, or It’s a Small world showing your name at the end, that don’t work after a few years.

  7. I’m sad that Magicbands are being phased out. I’m tired of having to use the Disney World app for everything, especially since it often crashes.

    1. You really can’t use the Disney app for everything!! Too many people using it so it crashes all the time!!!!