At first glance Magic Bands are just colorful bands worn around your wrist like a watch or bracelet. They look pretty simple. But they’re not. There is so much that simple little band strapped around your wrist can do. Magic Bands are incredible devices equipped with amazing technology that will bring some pixie dust to your vacation. Here are 10 things we love about Magic Bands.
When you book a Disney vacation package, or get an annual pass, you will receive a complimentary Magic Band. While you can’t get a Magic Band for free for no reason, you don’t pay an extra cost for these Magic Bands. It may be a small thing, but it’s good to appreciate the few things you can get for free, especially at Disney!
9. Your Room Key
No more panic over where you put your room key card for your Disney resort, because your Magic Band functions as your room key. This is a feature we love, because it means as long as we have our Magic Band on, we don’t have to worry about getting into our room. You don’t have to dig around in your bag or search your pockets, or wait for someone else to get to the room to let you in. Instead a quick tap of your Magic Band will unlock the door for you. It’s fast and convenient, which is just what we want at the end of a long day at the park.
Magic Bands make it incredibly easy to collect all your Disney Photopass photos, including ride photos. Because of the technology used in Magic Bands you will see your ride photos pop up in your My Disney Experience account without having to tap for the photos as you exit the attraction. You can still tap for good measure if you like, but it’s not necessary because your Magic Band has your back!
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7. Limited Edition Bands
We love that there are limited edition Magic Bands available to collect. Keep your eyes out at the parks for these special bands. There are limited edition bands for attractions, holidays and events like Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Food & Wine Festival. There are even Dooney & Burke limited edition Magic Bands!
When you book a Disney vacation package each person in your party gets to choose the color of their Magic Band, and they can personalize it with their name which will be printed on the inside of the band. You can choose to use your first name, or a nickname. For a fee, you can change from the base colors to a fun Disney design!
You might be thinking that you have to find a safe place for your Magic Band when you go swimming at the water parks or at the resort pool, well the safest place is on your wrist! Magic Bands are waterproof and can be worn in the pools.
This is a feature we love, especially when visiting Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. During the summer months the water parks have PhotoPass photographers, which means you don’t have to worry about your camera getting wet, or missing out on photos. Pose for a picture, tap your Magic Band and hop back in the lazy river!
Magic Bands are the perfect accessory to show your Disney side, especially for crafty Disney fans. People use all kinds of things to make their Magic Bands unique, such as nail polish, gems, decals, and temporary tattoos to decorate their bands. There are all kinds of guides and inspiration online if you need some ideas on how to do it yourself. It’s also a great way to build excitement for your Disney trip.
3. Charge to Your Room
If you are staying at a Disney resort your Magic Band is linked to your resort room account, which means you can make purchases using your Magic Band with your pin code. Those purchases will be charged to your room account, which you can view on the My Disney Experience app. You can pay for meals this way, or purchase merchandise and souvenirs across the parks. We love this feature, though it may make it too easy to make those impulse purchases!
2. Lightens the Load
Because so much of what you need for your days at Disney is all rolled up into that light-weight colorful band, you have less to carry. You don’t have to carry a room key, if you choose to use it to make purchases either through a dining plan or by charging purchases to your room, you can avoid carrying cash or cards with you.
1. Your Key to the World
The thing we love most about Magic Bands is that they are your key to get into the most magical place on earth! Your Magic Band acts as your park ticket. It knows what kind of ticket you have, whether it’s an annual pass, or park hopper tickets, and it’s linked to your FastPass+ selections. All that information is stored in your Magic Band, and it will open a whole world of fun and magic for you when you tap it on the classic Mickey.