Whether you’re visiting Walt Disney World for the first time or the fiftieth time, you’ve probably heard about Magic Bands. Magic Bands are wristbands that are available for on-site and off-site guests to use at the Walt Disney World resort.
Since its release back in 2013, the Disney Magic band has developed a lot with new designs and features. As a result, in this post, we aim to answer everything you need to know about the Disney Magic Band.
Table of Contents
- What Is The Disney Magic Band?
- How Can I Get A Magic Band?
- When Will I Receive My Disney MagicBand?
- Are Disney Magic Bands Free?
- Where To Buy Magic Bands?
- Are Disney MagicBands Transferable?
- Does Everyone In My Party Need A MagicBand?
- Can I Reuse My MagicBand?
- Can You Replace The Battery In A MagicBand?
- Can MagicBands Get Wet?
- Can I Use My MagicBand To Pay For Food?
- Can You Link More Than One MagicBand To Memory Maker?
- Are MagicBands Worth It If Staying Off-Site?
- What Are Disney Magic Band Sliders?
What Is The Disney Magic Band?
The MagicBand is a colourful all-in-one waterproof wristband that’s connected to the choices you made when planning your vacation with My Disney Experience. It can be quickly touched to a sensor called a touchpoint.
This MagicBand enables you to enter the Disney theme and water parks, unlock the door to your hotel room on the Disney Resort, allows you to purchase any food and merchandise, and even connect any Disney PhotoPass photos and images to your account.
It also allows you to use your FastPass+ access to any of the experiences you selected online when planning your holiday.
Once your MagicBand has been linked, you don’t need anything else since your MagicBand and My Disney Experience profile will simply do the rest. You can also choose MagicBand colours and characters to make it more personalised for yourself.
Premium MagicBands come with popular designs featuring many loved Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse to other Superheroes. You could even choose from 8 different colours: blue, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red or yellow.
How Can I Get A Magic Band?
MagicBands are available to those who hold a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder or guests who are staying at Disney Resort hotels.
You can also purchase a MagicBand in several different ways such as through the shopDisney website. MagicBands are not included with Water Parks Annual Passes.
When Will I Receive My Disney MagicBand?
If you live in the US and you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, your MagicBand will be posted to your home around 3-4 weeks before your check-in date.
You will be given a shipping notification through My Disney Experience with a tracking number to ensure it arrives safely.
If you live outside of the US, your MagicBand will be collected upon arrival at your hotel if you ordered it online.
Are Disney Magic Bands Free?
If you are staying at any Disney Resort hotel, or if you are a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder, then MagicBands are free regardless of the length of time you are staying at your hotel. Only hotels that are owned by Disney World offer free MagicBands. You do not have to be staying at a Disney hotel to use a MagicBand though.
Otherwise, MagicBands cost depending on the type of band you get. On the shopDisney website, the basic MagicBand costs $14.99.
MagicBands that have Disney characters on them usually cost $24.99. Limited edition MagicBands can cost up to $50. You can purchase bands on other websites such as Amazon, but it’s best to purchase them directly from Disney.
Where To Buy Magic Bands?
You can purchase a MagicBand in several different ways:
- Online at the shopDisney website
- Select Walt Disney World theme park and Resort hotel retail locations
- Select Disney Springs retail locations
- Other select merchandise and retail locations
Are Disney MagicBands Transferable?
MagicBands are unique to you and you are the only individual authorised to access the benefits associated with the band. Once a MagicBand has been linked to your Disney account, you are unable to transfer it to another person.
As well as touching your MagicBand at a touchpoint, you will be required to scan a finger to enter the parks to ensure that the band belongs to you.
Does Everyone In My Party Need A MagicBand?
If you and your party are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, each registered guest in your party will receive a complimentary MagicBand.
If you are staying elsewhere, you will still be able to purchase MagicBands online or at different retail locations around the Walt Disney World Resort, and can link them to your account.
MagicBands are not required though, and you are able to get through without them. If you are staying at another hotel that isn’t a Disney Resort hotel, you will receive cards when you purchase theme park tickets allowing you to use those instead.
Can I Reuse My MagicBand?
Yes, if your MagicBand is in a working condition then you can use it again when you return if it is connected to your My Disney Experience account.
If you are staying at a hotel that isn’t owned by Disney, you can still take advantage of using the band again for no extra cost. It will not take charging privileges, however, as this is only for hotel guests.
Can You Replace The Battery In A MagicBand?
The battery on a MagicBand will apparently remain active for approximately two years. However, once the battery dies you cannot replace it.
Can MagicBands Get Wet?
You do not need to worry about your MagicBand being exposed to water since they are made of durable plastic material, making them fully waterproof. You can wear them when showering, swimming or if you get caught in the rain.
If your MagicBand does get damaged, you can either visit the Guest Relations at any Disney Theme Park, or you can visit your Disney Resort hotel Lobby.
Sometimes, they can provide a replacement MagicBand, but this is on a case-by-case basis and you may also be subject to a fee. Any limited edition or speciality MagicBand, unfortunately, cannot be replaced.
Can I Use My MagicBand To Pay For Food?
With your MagicBand, you can charge your meals to your room at your hotel. You will be asked if you are using the Disney Dining Plan or if you are charging to your room.
If you are charging to your room, you will be asked to enter your PIN and the bill will be charged to your room. Your MagicBand can be used in most of the dining and merchandise locations in the Walt Disney World Resort.
As you will have a credit card on file linked to your room, you are able to either pay the balance day by day or on checkout you can pay the full balance.
Can You Link More Than One MagicBand To Memory Maker?
Yes, provided that all the guests are linked together on the My Disney Experience with the individual that has purchased Memory Maker, then all the guests in your party will be able to access the Memory Maker as well.
Every guest must be linked to the Family and Friends list in the My Disney Experience account, making sure the option to allow sharing of photos for all people is checked.
Are MagicBands Worth It If Staying Off-Site?
If you stay off-site, the MagicBand would only be used for the park tickets and FastPass+. Purchasing them in advance will allow you to set them up in time for them to be used at the theme parks.
What Are Disney Magic Band Sliders?
MagicBand sliders or MagicSliders are small rectangular images that easily slide onto the side of a MagicBand.
They allow you to showcase your favourite Disney attractions or they let you keep track of which attractions you have experienced. You get three attraction sliders per pack and they retail at $6.95.