Magic Bands

How to use Disney World’s Magicbands!

Today we are going over what Magicbands are and how to use them. Magicbands are colorful waterproof wristbands with a unique sensor in them. This sensor allows you to pay for food, snacks, merchandise and even open your hotel room door with just the tap of your wrist!

What Do They Do?

These neat little wrist bands will actually be your park entry ticket or your annual pass. And not only is it your ticket but it also does the following:

1. Allows you to use the Magical Express for free airport transportation. Discontinued

2. Keeps track of your dining plan credits. Currently unavailable

3. Can be used as a credit card, only if you have linked your card to the Magicband.

4. It is your room key, you just tap your wrist to the keypad, and it unlocks your door!

5. It contains your Photopass, this is the coolest thing. All of your photos will be in your account thanks to the Magicband. How it does it, I’m not sure but all of your Character and ride photos are connected to your Magicband.

6. You will use this for your Genie+ Lightening Lane and/or Individual Lightening Lane Fastpass entry, just tap your wrist to the Fastpass tower.

7. And lastly, this is your ticket. You can use it to enter all Disney theme parks, including the water parks.

The new Magicband+

The new Magicband+ does the same thing that the regular Magicband does but also includes the following:

Integrated rechargeable battery and charging cable.

Customizable, full-spectrum color-changing lights that interact with select nighttime spectaculars.

Vibrations bring experiences to life in a new, immersive way.

Gesture recognition enables magical surprises.

Smartphones: Bluetooth pairing, and connectivity allows you to customize and manage your band through the My Disney Experience app or the Disneyland app.

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What If I Purchase Tickets Through 3rd Party And Not Disney?

That’s okay, the 3rd party company will send you your ticket in the mail or via email. Your ID number will be on your ticket, you will need to enter that on Disney Worlds website along with your reservation information.

Once your ticket is entered into their system, Disney will give you the option to select a Magicband or purchase one from their website. has a ton of cute premium bands to choose from!

All Magicbands must be ordered at least 11 days before your expected arrival date.

What If I’m Not Staying At A Disney World Resort?

You will receive a card or email ticket and will need to link them to your account. But you will only be able to use and receive a Magicband if you are staying at a Disney World resort. There are many perks to staying at a Disney World resort.

Depending on what resort you stay at, it’s actually cheaper to stay onsite and a whole lot more convenient! Check out my complete list of awesome things you will receive just by staying onsite!

Choosing Your Magicband

Okay, so there are two options to choosing your Magicbands.

1. If you purchase your ticket through a 3rd party ticket company.

2. If you purchase your Disney package directly though Disney.

Either way, after you’ve made your reservations at Disney World and purchased your tickets, you can then add your magicbands to your reservations.

At this time, you can choose to upgrade to a premium Magicband which includes some of the world’s most loved Disney friends, from Mickey Mouse to your favorite Super Heroes.

As of right now, the lower cost Magicband options come in pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, green, blue and gray.

Linking Your Magicband

Disney Resort hotel Guests and Passholders can place their Magicband order by taking the following steps:

Create or sign into your Disney account.

Link your reservation or annual pass to your Disney account. Your pass may have been linked automatically when you purchased it on Disney Worlds website.

If you are an Annual Passholder, you can activate your pass at any Walt Disney World theme park ticket window or Disney Springs Guest Relations location.

You will need to bring your exchange certificate and a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. Once your pass is activated upon first admittance into the theme parks, your Magicband will display in your My Disney Experience app.

To order your Magicbands at pre-arrival prices, visit My Magicbands and Cards. Remember to place your order at least 11 days before your arrival.


It’s really easy to link your bands to your reservation, Disney World has a step-by-step process to make sure you are linking everything up correctly!

Make sure to pack your Magicbands with you in your carryon bag because you will need them for your hotel room.

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