Disney World MagicBands

When visiting Walt Disney World, MagicBands are your room key, your park admission, your form of payment and so much more!  Introduced to Disney World in 2013, MagicBands have become the one accessory everyone actually needs for a Disney World Vacation.

What is a MagicBand?

A MagicBand is a lightweight, waterproof plastic bracelet that comes in a variety colors and designs and it is meant to enhance your Disney World vacation.  It can be adjusted in size for smaller wrists by removing the outer grey shell.  On top is the touch point icon with the silhouette of Mickey Mouse’s head.

How Does It Work?

Inside of the touch point icon is a high frequency (HF) radio device and a transmitter that sends and receives radio frequency (RF) through a tiny antenna.  The touch point icon sends and receives information securely in two ways.

MagicBands do not store your personal information.  It uses a randomly assigned code linked to a securely encrypted database.  Your information is linked only to you and your party just for the length of your stay.  The MagicBands do not use GPS or location-based services.  It only uses the short-range and long-range readers throughout Disney World Resort.

MagicBand Touch Point
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When unlocking the resort room, making purchases, or checking in for a FastPass guests will “touch” the Mickey icon on their MagicBand to the touch point on the short-range readers.  The touch point will light up green when the transaction is successful.  This indicates the resort room is unlocked, payment is accepted, enter a FastPass line, and more.

MagicBand at Disney World Parks

Another way the RF technology enhances your vacation is by using long-range readers located throughout Disney World.  The long-range readers give vacationers more personalized experiences and photos throughout the parks.

On it’s a small world, your party’s names may display on the LCD screens found at the end of the ride as you pass the “good-bye” signs in multiple languages.

Many attractions throughout Disney World will magically link the on-ride photos to your MagicBand.  If you have purchased Disney PhotoPass then you can view the photos, download them, and share them directly from My Disney Experience mobile app.

How Do I Get a MagicBand?

If you are staying at a Disney World Resort hotel then you will be able to choose from 8 fun colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, and grey.  Disney World Annual Passholders also receive a MagicBand which are linked to their Disney account.

Guests who purchase tickets for park admission can purchase a MagicBand on Shop Disney store, Shop Disney Parks, or at select Disney World shops.

Limited edition MagicBands may even trigger enchanting surprises like light and sound effects when used at a touch point!

Personalize It!

MagicBand - Incredibles 2 and Toy Story Land

Disney World Resort hotel guests and Annual Passholders can personalize their MagicBands at least 11 days in advance before your arrival.  The MagicBands can be customized on the Disney World website!  Each MagicBand can be customized with a name which comes in handy if more than one person in your party chooses the same color.

Guests can also purchase and personalize MagicBands at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. in Magic Kingdom.  There are so many image and color combinations to choose from!

Accessorize It

Did you know you can purchase accessories for your MagicBand?  You can find all sorts of accessories throughout Disney World shops!

MagicBandits

You can add MagicBandits to your MagicBand.  Simply pop a character/design into one of the unused holes in your MagicBand and give your MagicBand a new look!  There are many to choose from and selections vary by Disney World shops and Shop Disney stores online.

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Don’t want to wear a MagicBand on your wrist?  You can place your MagicBand Icon in a MagicKeeper Medal to hang from a lanyard or in a MagicKeeper Carabiner.

Link Your Custom MagicBand!

If you purchase a MagicBand at a Disney World shop or Disney Springs, go to your Disney account to link your new MagicBand.  Your MagicBand is ready to go once it’s linked and ready to use throughout Disney World Resort.  It’s that simple!

MagicBand and Disney’s Magical Express

Disney's Magical Express Service
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For many Disney World Resort Hotel guests flying to Orlando International Airport this will be the first time you will use your MagicBand.  Disney’s Magical Express offers complimentary transportation from Orlando International Airport to your Disney World Resort hotel!  Your entire party will need to use their MagicBand to check in with Disney’s Magical Express.  So make sure not to pack them away in the checked luggage!

MagicBands enhance your Disney World Resort experience in many ways, come in a variety of designs and colors, can be accessorized in any way you want, and unlocks the magic wherever you go at Walt Disney World Resort!

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