It’s a good day when the MagicBand box arrives in the mail! Full of excitement and anticipation, we open the box to reveal a rainbow of Magic Bands, ready to be strapped on and used to activate our Walt Disney World trip. When Walt Disney World introduced MagicBands, it introduced an entirely new way to tour the parks and enjoy your stay. There are quite a few benefits to using MagicBands, and the ways this technology can expand are limitless. Here are a few of the wonderful things you should take advantage of with a MagicBand:
5. Add Your Own Special Touches
When you order your complimentary MagicBand through the My Disney Experience website, you have the opportunity to choose a color and the name that will be printed on the inside. Customize it even more with Disney character attachments and special band wraps that can be purchased online, at your resort, or in the parks. You can also purchase more elaborate Magic Bands with character designs or special designs for holidays and special events. Recently there has been news of a MagicBand on Demand store coming soon to the Magic Kingdom. This location will offer guests the option to purchase one of 40 different designs printed on the spot onto your choice of Magic Band, along with your name if desired.
4. Easy Access to Your Resort Room
Now you don’t have to fumble around for your resort key late at night in the bottom of your bag. No more worrying that you might have left the key in the room. Your MagicBand is also conveniently your room key, unlocking the door with just a touch of the Mickey head of your Magic Band.
3. Hands Free FastPasses
Paper FastPasses are no longer needed with the MagicBand technology. That means no need to worry about losing those little pieces of paper or race around the park grabbing new ones. Make your FastPass+ selections at your leisure online 30 or 60 days in advance of your trip (dependent on whether you are staying offsite or onsite) or use a kiosk in the parks. Then approach the FastPass+ line and line up the Mickey on the MagicBand with the Mickey on the console.
2. Purchasing Power
It’s easier than ever to go shopping in a Walt Disney World gift shop. Once my Magic Band is linked to a credit card I set up back at my resort, I can tap the Mickey head against the cashier’s console and enter a PIN number that I’ve established, and I’m ready to go. I always seem to be juggling a few items that I want to purchase in my hands, but now I don’t have to rummage around for my wallet at the same time. MagicBands can also easily be used to pay for a meal in any Walt Disney World restaurant or snack kiosk.
1. Capturing a Priceless Memory with a Photo
Many of the attractions in Walt Disney World will take your photo while you’re on the ride. Now your photo is taken, identified, and linked immediately to your MagicBand. The crowds of people searching for their picture on the monitors at the end of the attraction can be bypassed and you can move onto another fun adventure. If you want to have a picture taken by a Disney photographer while in a park, they will ask to tap your MagicBand and digitally link the picture. At the end of the day, just view and download your photos online and skip the crowded photo store at the parks.
MagicBands are a big timesaver, making so many aspects of a Walt Disney World vacation more convenient and fun. The annoyances of digging around for a room key, credit card, paper FastPass, or park ticket are gone. Instead, more and more amazing experiences are being created using MagicBand technology, and I can’t wait to see what new magic these clever wristbands will add to my next trip.