My husband and I went to Disney World for our Honeymoon. Disney treated us to a lot of surprises. In this badly-lit, hotel room picture you see the things we acquired on the first day. Of course we got the wedding ears, and honeymoon buttons, but also in this picture you’ll notice my favorite thing we got that day. Our MagicBands.
Disney is always pushing limits and breaking through boundaries. I have been blessed enough to have the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World every six years from the first time I visited. The things I have seen change and develop each time I return, are mind blowing. But the one that caught and help my attention more than any other before it, is the MagicBand.
What is a MagicBand?
Simple! The MagicBand is your best friend.
It is your hotel key, your park tickets, your Fast Pass, your Memory Maker Pass, your money, and the most stylish AND functional accessory you will ever own.
Now I can see you thinking that it seems excessive or over the top, but allow me to break this down for you:
Upon arrival to Disney World, you will most likely need to check into your hotel. They will give you your hotel key. Then you will purchase your park tickets. You will need money to get food while you are in the park. You’ll need your camera and pretty soon, you’re wondering how you are supposed to carry all of this around without losing something. Especially if you have children!
But those days are gone, my friend.
You can choose from a variety of colors. Mine is pink and Zac’s is blue. They make charms to add to your band too! They even make customizations for your bands.
Your MagicBand IS your hotel key. You simply hold it to the Mickey Mouse sensor on your door, and when Mickey turns green, you’re in. (This only applies if you stay on Disney Property at a Disney Resort Hotel.)
Your MagicBand has all of your park tickets loaded onto it. You get into the parks in a similar way to how you get into your hotel room. Hold your MagicBand to the Mickey sensor and when it turns green, you place your finger on the finger print track. Once it confirms your finger print matches your band, you are in!
When you go to a dine in restaurant, you can charge your meal to your hotel room by using your MagicBand. You can also charge most souvenirs and things to your room the same way. This gets rid of the need to carry around as much money.
And with the ability to sync your Memory Maker Package to your MagicBand, there is no longer a need to carry around your camera!
And once you leave the park, don’t throw your band away! You can reuse your band for as long as they use the MagicBand system!
I recently learned that when attending the parks with children the band could help you locate a lost child who was separated from your group! No, the bands don’t have GPS trackers in them. (Although Disney can tell where you’ve been by tracking your spending and where you use your band.) But since you load your information onto the bands, if a lost child finds a Disney Cast member and the cast member scans the band, they should be able to access your phone number. This is an AMAZING feature. Be sure to tell your children what to do if they get separated from the group. Have a meeting place set. But also be sure to teach them that Disney Cast members are always there to help! Introduce your children to one so they know what they will be wearing. If your child did get lost and wanted to make their way to the meeting spot, a Cast member could help them navigate the park to meet you so they wouldn’t be alone, after they had contacted you!
MagicBands are game changers. And I’m sure in 5 years, when I hopefully go back, they will have found some way to top them. But until then, I will be amazed and share them with the world. I can’t wait to get back to the parks and use my favorite accessory again.