Disney’s MagicMobile vs. MagicBands: Here’s What To Know

Part of being prepared for a Walt Disney World vacation is being familiar with the Disney language. Two words you might hear a lot before and during your trip are MagicMobile and MagicBands. So, what are these and how can they both help enhance your Disney vacation? Recently Disney introduced MagicMobile. This is a new service that guests can use through the My Disney Experience app and it allows guests to have more of a contactless experience. So, what makes it different from a MagicBand?  Let’s take a look at what each offer.


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MagicBands are colorful, themed wristbands that look like a watch or bracelet and you can wear throughout your vacation. It allows you to have quick access through a touch sensor called a touch point.  MagicBands can allow you do to the following easily:

  • Unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room
  • Enter the theme parks and water parks
  • Gain access to join a virtual queue (currently Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance)
  • Connect Disney PhotoPass images to your MyDisneyExperience account
  • Charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room

MagicBands are no longer a free item when booking a Disney package.  Guests can choose or purchase and order MagicBands through the MyDisneyExperience app or on shopDisney if they choose to use one.  MagicBands are also available throughout Disney Property.


MagicMobile is available in the My Disney Experience app through the power of eligible iPhones, Apple Watch or Google Pay enabled Android phones.  By using the Disney MagicMobile features, guests are able to create a digital pass which gives them access to a variety of vacation entitlements just like magic.  All guests have to do is hole up their smart device near an access point.

MagicMobile currently allows guests to do the following:

  • Enter theme parks
  • Connect Disney PhotoPass images
  • Gain access to join a virtual queue (currently Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance)
  • Soon: charge to your Disney Resort

So, what are the big differences between MagicBands and MagicMobile. Looking at them currently, the big difference is that MagicBands allow you to automatically link photos from attractions as well as access Disney Resort hotel rooms and amenities.  When it comes to the resort rooms and amenities, the MyDisneyExperience app allows you to have access to your hotel room and amenities it just isn’t specifically in the MagicMobile feature as it is separate.

So, which one is better?  Which one should you use?  Right now, it seems like it is up to you and what you are more comfortable with. Do you like having a MagicBand on you at all times or would you prefer to just have to carry your phone?  It does seem like Disney is moving away from MagicBands and towards a more contactless, digital system meaning MagicMobile will become more important to a Disney vacation moving forward.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.