In the words of Walt Disney World the Magic Band is: “this colorful wristband is actually an all-in-one device that effortlessly connects you to all the vacation choices you made with My Disney Experience”.
But in truly magical Disney style, this one little wristband has the power to connect you entire Disney World experience!
It works as a FastPass & a Dining Credit
If you make Fast Pass+ reservations using My Disney Experience, they will be stored on your band. If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you can use it to spend your credits.
You can leave your money and room keys at home!
The band acts as your theme park entry ticket, your Disney Resort hotel room key and a charging card for buying merchandise, food and drinks. They are made to be so convenient that you won’t need to bring any money into the parks.
It’s totally secure
Magic bands use Radio Frequency technology which interacts with long and short readers in the Disney parks. No personal information is stored, and you will be required to set up a 4-digit PIN for added security before you can use it to make purchases.
And a bonus fact: It’s waterproof!
So you can wear your band to the water parks, in the pools, on the wet rides and not worry about getting caught in those typical Florida afternoon downpours.
You can personalise it with your name and favourite colour...
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you will be able to customise your band online at My Disney Experience up until 1 calendar month before you visit. Because the bands can’t yet be posted to addresses outside the US, they will be waiting for you to collect when you check in to your hotel!
At the moment, you can chose from 7 colours and have your name (up to 9 characters) in the inside. If you choose not to customise your band, you will receive one in the standard grey colour.
FREE for Disney World hotel guests
Magic bands are given to guests who are either staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or are an Annual Pass-holder. If you are staying off-site, you will be issued with a Magic Card (still pretty magical!), but don’t worry – you will have the option to buy a band at the parks.
You don’t HAVE to have a Magic Band (but why you wouldn’t you???)
The plastic “Magic Cards” (which you’ll receive when you first book your tickets) can also store your information, but they cannot be scanned by the long-range readers in the parks, which can sometimes personalise your visit and give you a special Disney surprise, like a birthday cup-cake!
There are rumours that in the not so distant future, you may be able to personalise your ride experience on various attractions, just from the information stored in this magical band.
All I can say right now is: Watch this space!