On our recent trip to Disney World, we were very excited to use the new MagicBands that I had heard so much about! My friend and former cast member Jo Anne wrote a guest post a few months ago, and I was anxious to try them out for myself.
Tickets & Charging
For the main purpose of using the MagicBand as a park ticket and room key with charging privileges, I absolutely loved it! At first I felt naked leaving my resort without having my purse – no key to the world, no money, but I soon realized all we needed were our colorful and handy MagicBands! There was one scare in Epcot when we saw someone getting carded for a beer (we had not brought our ID’s), but apparently we look old since we didn’t get carded. Whew! That could have been bad. Scanning and entering the pin number made spending E-A-S-Y. Luckily we had the free dining plan so we weren’t really ‘spending’, but boy do MagicBands make it simple!
The other main purpose of the Magic Bands is to store FastPass+ reservations. Continue reading
Today I have a guest post from my friend and former cast member, Jo Anne! She has been an annual passholder, is a DVC member, and when we first met I thought she was a Disney fanatic (in a bad way.) I still think she’s a Disney fanatic, but in a good way! She used the new MagicBands in September and this is her review.
Since this review took place during the test phase, things may have changed since then. Be sure to check Disney’s website for updates to policies and procedures.
In late October/early November we took a family vacation to Walt Disney World with family and friends to celebrate several birthdays (including my daughter’s first birthday.) As DVC members, my parents stayed in a 1 bedroom villa and my family and our friends stayed in a 2 bedroom villa at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were all super excited to find out we would be able to participate in the soft launch of the new Disney MagicBand program. Marketed as a colorful, all-in-one band that connects all of your vacation plans and reservations through My Disney Experience, we weren’t sure what to expect. My friend and I were super excited about the colorful bands and a free souvenir for the kids’ first trip to WDW. However, our husbands were very cynical – they made comments about how Disney will know everything about us, can track us, help us spend money…but deep down they were excited too.
Once we were registered in My Disney Experience, I linked all of our ticket and dining information to our bands. I still brought my trusty spreadsheet, but I could see phasing this out now that I have this great tool.
I highly recommend taking the time to customize your MagicBands through My Disney Experience. We assigned a character to each person and had fun picking the colors of our bands. The packaging on them is amazing as well. We were so excited when we finally got them in the mail. If you don’t customize your band, you will be issued a gray one at the front desk when you check in. Boo…gray is so boring!
When we checked into our resort, we were flooded by MagicBand merchandise. Continue reading