10 Things We Love About Using MagicBands At Walt Disney World

The invention of the colorful, all-in-one wristband called “MagicBand” made Disney vacations a whole lot easier, more convenient, and fun! For such a small device, it sure gives guests access to a lot of magic. Here are the top 10 things we absolutely love about MagicBands.


10. One Size Really Does Fit All

We had been using MagicBands for years before realizing that they’re adjustable. There’s a tear-away layer that allows you to shrink the size of the band and make it quite a bit smaller, for those younger guests in your party. This feature is also perfect for adults with smaller wrists, for whom the larger MagicBands might be a bit large and bulky.

9. Room Key, Be Gone!

We’ve all had that sinking feeling of losing a hotel room key card, or having to dump out the contents of a backpack or purse to find it. Well, not in Walt Disney World! MagicBands are your room key. Just touch the Mickey on your band to the Mickey on your room’s door handle – it will flash, and allow you to enter. So no more lost room keys; as long as you have your MagicBand with you, you also have your room key!

8. Character Customization

A big reason we adore MagicBands is the sheer fun of customizing them. You have a choice of lots of fun colors for the basic MagicBand, and you can pick these when you plan your vacation. But there’s more to it than that! There are endless character MagicBands that you can buy online or on site, so if you want a Star Wars-themed MagicBand, or maybe one feature Elsa or Anna, no problem! For even more fun, you can add MagicBandits, small character accessories that you can attach onto the holes in your MagicBand.


7. Leave the Credit Card at Home

We all know how time-consuming and inconvenient it can be try to hunt around for a wallet while juggling armloads of merchandise and trying to keep track of little ones. Well, your MagicBand is the solution! Just leave the credit cards and cash in your room, and instead, attach a credit card to your MagicBand when you check in at your resort – then you can pay for purchases by simply swiping and entering a PIN. There are lots of security features as well to allow you to personalize and control charging privileges.

6. Free

Who doesn’t love free stuff? We sure do! And though not much in Walt Disney World is free, MagicBands definitely are, as long as you’re staying on property or are an annual pass holder. Your MagicBand can be shipped to you before your trip (though not to all countries), or you can pick it up when you check in at your resort. Not staying at a WDW resort? You can always purchase a MagicBand online or at most Disney World stores.

5. Unlock Disney Park Magic

Your MagicBand is the key that opens all the magic of Walt Disney World parks. You’ll never need to worry about lost theme park tickets, because your tickets are attached to your MagicBand. All you need is a tap from your MagicBand and a quick fingerprint to identify you as the rightful owner of your MagicBand, and abracadabra, the parks are yours to explore! FastPasses work the same way – the time is coded into your MagicBand, so just touch it to the sensor when your FastPass+ time arrives, and let the adventure begin.

4. Ready for Your Close-up?

MagicBands are your link to fabulous Walt Disney World photos captured throughout the parks! Once you purchase Memory Maker, you’ll get unlimited downloads of all of your Disney shots. A simple tap of your MagicBand will link each photo with your online account, for you to explore at your convenience. You’ll be able to get endless family photos at PhotoPass spots, plus you can share, view and download your favorite photos online.

3. Reusable

Whether you’ve gotten attached to your current MagicBand, or simply don’t want to get a new MagicBand every time you visit Walt Disney World for environmental reasons, you can rest easy – MagicBands are reusable. You can also have more than one active MagicBand at a time. Go online to the MagicBand section of “My Profile” to manage (activate, deactivate, and customize) your MagicBands.

2. Secure and Safe

The ease with which MagicBands can access your room, park tickets and other valuable information might cause some guests concern: is your information secure? MagicBands use radio frequency, or RF, technology, and can be read by readers throughout Walt Disney World. Disney has put extensive security controls in place to protect privacy, since the outset of the development of the MagicBand – and MagicBands are completely voluntary. And if you lose one? Just deactivate it online or with the mobile My Disney Experience App, and notify your hotel or guest services, who can get you a replacement.

1. Waterproof

One of the best things about a MagicBand is that you never have to take it off, if you don’t want to. MagicBands are completely waterproof, which means you can wear them to go swimming, on a water ride, or even in the shower. Leaving your MagicBand on throughout your day, no matter what magical activity you’re enjoying, makes it much less likely that you’ll lose it or forget it in your hotel room – and much more likely that you’ll be able to constantly enjoy the ease and convenience that it provides!

About Jason Dick

Jason is a Disney addict. Walt Disney World trips are an annual occurrence that his partner has had to come to terms with. In between Disney trips, he spends his time running the theatre company he started in 2007. As Artistic Director, he picks musicals to bring to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada that have never been produced in the area. Traveling is definitely a passion and in addition to his trips to the happiest place on earth, he and his partner also travel the world, most recently to India and Nepal. A carnivore by nature, Jason loves the incredible amount of steakhouses Walt Disney World has to offer - they are always at the top of his list for each and every visit.