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What are MagicBands?

If it’s your first time visiting Walt Disney World or it’s been a while since your last visit, there’s something seriously cool you need to know about: MagicBands! But exactly what are MagicBands?

Designed to make resort vacations more seamless and personal, a MagicBand is a must-have for your Disney vacation. These all-in-one, secure bracelets serve so many purposes, you’ll be able to empty out your purse or pockets to head into the parks lighter.

Over 10 million have already been distributed, and my dad is telling me to buy stock in the company responsible for their manufacture. They’re that cool! Fortune Magazine even named them one of the 26 Coolest Gadgets in 2014.

Planning a magical Disney vacation? What are MagicBands? This post explains everything you need to know about Disney's MagicBands!

What are MagicBands?

-They’re your resort and water park admittance.

MagicBands are linked to your park tickets, so a MagicBand and a finger scan are all you need to get into the parks. Just remember which finger you used to avoid a line building behind you. Not that I know from experience or anything. If you are headed to the water park or your pool, don’t worry. Your MagicBands are waterproof.

-They’re your FastPass.

Using the My Disney Experience website or app, you can book yourself fast passes and schedule fun for your visit up to 60 days in advance. Scan your MagicBand at the FastPass+ location to receive admittance into the attraction at your scheduled time.

Another great touch is the personalization that occurs when scanning your MagicBand on various attractions throughout the parks. If you pay attention, you may spot yourself on the big screen!

Planning a magical Disney vacation? What are MagicBands? This post explains everything you need to know about Disney's MagicBands!

-They’re your room key.

Resort guests access their hotel room using MagicBands. If booking reservations more than 10 days in advance, MagicBands will be sent directly to your home. Otherwise, expect to pick them up when you check-in at your resort.

-They’re your wallet.

Link a credit or debit card to your MagicBand to make purchases without your wallet. You’ll be asked to create a unique pin number so MagicBand wearers need not worry if one should become lost.

And speaking of things getting lost, parents who become separated from their children can call the number listed on the My Disney Experience website and their locations can be tracked.

-They’re your PhotoPass.

Disney photographers are all over the parks, ready and willing to snap your next holiday card. Your photos will be linked to your photo pass account (and can be quickly accessed on the My Disney Experience app) after your MagicBand is scanned. Don’t forget to ask for a little magic, and many photo locations can add a little something into your photo keepsakes.

Planning a magical Disney vacation? What are MagicBands? This post explains everything you need to know about Disney's MagicBands!

-They’re your favorite new accessory.

Although I adore my Alex & Ani bracelets, my MagicBand is my favorite Disney accessory. When selecting MagicBands through the website, guests can select their favorite colors (choose from: grey, pink, blue, red, orange, green, or purple) and have their name imprinted on the back.

Collecting bracelets & collecting memories. #alexandani #DisneySMMC #waltdisneyworld

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Tip: Children and those with smaller wrists may want to remove the grey outer portion of the MagicBand for the best fit.

For a even more unique band, graphic MagicBands are available in stores and on the Shop Parks app. You’ll find your favorite characters and some interest bands, such as runDisney, already printed. Other adorable options are slider pins that fit over MagicBands or MagicBand-its that attach to the sides.

Planning a magical Disney vacation? What are MagicBands? This post explains everything you need to know about Disney's MagicBands!

If you’re looking for a little more personalization, you can visit one of the MagicBand Retail on Demand stations. There you can select from dozens of graphics and also have your name imprinted on the outside of your band.

They’re your “in” for a little extra magic.

If you are not an annual passholder or a guest at a resort, you can order your MagicBand online or purchase one from the many retail locations throughout the property. Prices vary from $12.99 to $32.99.

MagicBands offer a little more magic to your already magical vacation. If you’re still asking yourself, “What are MagicBands,” you can click here for more information.

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  1. 1

    I think MagicBands are sooo cool! I can’t wait to get some for our next trip to Disney! I didn’t know they had graphic ones! I’ll have to check them out!

  2. 2

    I love the idea of the magic bands. They are a must have especially for annual passholders. I love how happy my kids were when ours arrived

  3. 3

    I haven’t been to Disney since they started Magic Bands. I love that they can be personalized.

  4. 4

    Oh I didn’t know about these! They must be somewhat new. They sound super convenient!

    • 5

      It’s incredible to not feel weighed down by STUFF. I overpack, I guess. But to have everything available on your MagicBand is, well, magic.

  5. 6

    Magicbands are also a great souvenir to keep on hand after the trip is over! I did lose my Magicband last time I was at Disney though. I was so disappointed!

    • 7

      I’m still brainstorming how I can display ours. Sorry to hear you lost yours. Think that’s a sign you need to go back!

  6. 8
    Ryan Escat says:

    Wow, these magic bands sound nice, you can even personalize them! Thanks for sharing.

  7. 9

    Those are genuinely awesome and the kid in me wants it! Disney’s had it going great recently.

  8. 10

    I love that you explained this as I Have heard about them and read a little but still a little lost. These look like a great option for families to use when traveling to Disney!

  9. 11

    We’ve had several Magic Bands from our conference visits. There’s nothing like the excitement of when they arrive in the mail. It’s super convenient to “wear” you room keys!

  10. 12

    Magic Bands make life so much easier. I loved the fact that I didn’t have to keep up with a room key, and I could use it to get on the rides quicker. Magic Bands sure make life fun at Disney World!

  11. 13

    I loved using the Magic Bands when we went. It really made it so convenient to access everything!

  12. 14

    It’s seriously one of the most convenient Disney devices ever. I love that you can swim with it

  13. 16

    Magic Bands sound like a cool and fun way to make Disney much more convenient. I see a lot of people singing their praises these days.

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    aziel morte says:

    Never been in Disney but I would love to if I have a chance. Those magic bands are too cute

  15. 18
    Amy Desrosiers says:

    I have never been to FL, but have seen many friends get magic bands in before their vacations. Glad to know how valuable these colorful bands are.

  16. 19

    These are new since we’ve been to Disney last and such a smart idea! I love that they sell personalized bands too!

  17. 20

    I cant wait to go to Disney this year. I want to get my own magicband and try them out! I love that is link technologically linked to everything you need.

  18. 22

    Wow! I had no idea how magical Magic Bands are! They have so many great perks! They are a must have when visiting the park!

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    Sarah Bailey says:

    These are pretty darn cool! I never knew that there was something like this at the park.

  20. 24

    I had never heard of these and it’s nice to know for any future plans! I love that they’re waterproof!

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    Nicole Escat says:

    I would love to see a happy face from my son, I wish I can bring him to Disney and gave him one of these!

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