7 Ways Magic Bands Make Disney World Better

by Brittany DiCologero

7. No need to carry hotel keys
With Magic Bands, there is no need to have a separate hotel room key. How many times have you gone back to your resort after a long day at the parks only to realize you’ll need to spend an extra five minutes or so digging for your resort key at the bottom of your purse. With Magic Bands, this problem is completely eliminated as the band will always be attached to your wrist. This makes it so much easier to get in and out of hotel rooms, especially during the groggy post-wishes rush back to the resort, when searching around for a room key is the last thing you’d want to be doing.


6. Easier resort room charging
Magic Bands make it even easier to charge purchases to your resort bill than ever before. With Magic Bands, it doesn’t matter if your sister took the backpack with your wallet in it into the bathroom, you can still go ahead and buy things in the meantime by charging them to your resort.

5. Automatic photo association
One of the coolest things about Magic Bands is that simply by wearing one your ride photos will automatically be linked to your My Disney Experience account. While experiencing the rides that take photos, sensors in the ride pick up the chip in your band from a distance, and add photos to your account. This means that you can skip the line at the photo counter and view and order photos online once you get home from your trip. It also means that you don’t need to touch your Magic Band under the screen where you can preview the photos after exiting the attractions. (Note that the message on the screen says to touch cards, and has no mention of bands.) On some attractions, like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Tower of Terror, an on-ride video is also automatically added to your account.

4. Water proof
The fact that Magic Bands are waterproof just made your visits to the resort pool and water parks so much easier. So many guests face the dilemma of where to put money at the water parks. Do you get a locker, that you’ll have to go all the way back to if you want to buy anything? Do you get one of those waterproof lanyards and still risk going into the wave pool? By wearing a Magic Band, you can alleviate the need to carry money all together. Because you’ll have resort charging privileges tied to your wrist, there is no need to carry around any extra cash.

3. Personalization
Not only are Magic Bands incredibly functional, but they make the perfect accessory also. You can buy a number of sleeves, and different attachments to make your Magic Band more “you,” and you can also get even more creative by painting it, or covering it in rhinestones. If you don’t mind spending the extra money, there are also a number of different designs of Magic Bands, some being limited edition that are only available for purchase during special events.

2. Harder to lose
Compared to an ordinary park ticket, a Magic Band is much harder to lose track of. Because your Magic Band should be worn on your wrist, for essentially your entire vacation, you should not have to worry about losing it the same way you would worry about losing a regular ticket. In general, as long as you are where you need to be, your Magic Band should be there right by your side.


1. Always easily accessible
The number one way that Magic Bands make Disney World even better is how they are always easily accessible since they are kept on your wrist. Throughout the course of a day, your Magic Band is used to enter the park, redeem Fastpasses, make purchases, and pay for food using the room charge method or the dining plan. Prior to Magic Bands, you would have had to take out at least, but likely more than one, card to make all of those different transactions possible, but now all of these options are literally in the palm of your hand at all times.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."