If you are planning your vacation to Walt Disney World and it's your first visit or you haven't been since Magic Bands were used, then you might be asking what exactly are Magic Bands. They can technically be summed up as a wrist band that does everything! How it does everything is accomplished with an RFID chip inside it. This enables Disney to load everything you need onto the Magic Band and integrate all aspects of your guest experience. If you book a Disney Vacation Package, you will receive your magic bands as part of your package. You will also have the ability to pick out the color for each member of your party. Once they arrive, you will find each band has the guests name on the inside of the band. So now you will be asking what exactly is loaded onto our Magic Bands. Here is a list:
- Your hotel reservations – this will also be your room key.
- If you purchased a dining plan, your dining credits .
- Your Fastpass picks
- Make charges back to your room (with a credit card on file) for souvenirs, food, drinks, etc
- When you have your picture taken by a PhotoPass Photographer it is linked to your account by tapping the band (even if you didn’t pre-purchase Memory Maker).
Magic Bands are waterproof to be worn on any of the water rides and water parks. They come one-size fits all so they are adjustable to fit large adults and can be adjusted to fit toddlers. As I mentioned earlier you will receive your Magic Bands by mail if your reservations are at least 30 days out. Less than 30 days, you can pick them up at the front desk of your resort when you arrive.
If you are not staying at a Disney Resort, you can still purchase the Magic Bands and have Guest Services at any of the parks load your tickets and Fastpasses onto them. I purchase my Magic Bands for my family through my Amazon Picks. Here's my Amazon Affiliate Link so you can find the perfect one for you and each member of your party. This link will take you to the Limited Edition Christmas Magic Band that is so popular right now. If you scroll down you can also find a large assortment to choose from.
Although they are not fully rolled out at this time, there are some bonus features to the bands that will allow for an even more personalized and magical experience in the parks. You will find evidence of these in some of the attractions, but you can look for things like personal greetings from characters, custom messages on attractions and more.