UPDATE: Complimentary MagicBands will NOT be offered for Disney Resort vacations beginning in 2021 and beyond. MagicBands are not required for your vacation, they can issue a card to you to use in place of the MagicBand. If you have a MagicBand linked to your account from a previous vacation, you will be able to use that MagicBand for future vacations. If you would like to purchase a MagicBand for your vacation, you can buy them through your My Disney Experience at a discounted price.

“What are MagicBands” is a question that I often hear.  It’s simple, they are your everything during your Walt Disney World vacation.  okay, maybe it’s not that simple, and as your friendly travel agent, I will go into details.  Of course when you book your vacation through me, I am here to help through every detail of this planning process.  😉

MagicBands are Disney’s ‘all access’ Key To The World. They have replaced the old Key To The World cards given to guests of Disney Resorts. They are your Resort room key, credit card, park tickets, Memory Makerfastpass+dining plan, and pretty much everything that has to do with your visit to Walt Disney World. You can tap into all the fun with just the swoosh of your wrist.


Your MagicBands are included as part of your Walt Disney World vacation package.  The Magic Bands are now required to receive certain photos and other digital content.  This is due to the new technology that now adds photos and videos automatically to your Memory maker account, from attractions such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.


You will be able to purchase MagicBands in your My Disney Experience account after you have linked your vacation.  You will also be able to choose a short name or number that will print on the inside of each band.  If you do not already have a My Disney Experience account, You can create one by going to  Be sure that you purchase your MagicBands at least 35 days prior to your arrival; they will ship directly to your house before your departure and will include your matching luggage tags as well as your Magical Extras card & vouchers.

The centers of the new MagicBands can be changed out for a custom look

Disney Resort guests & annual passholders can now purchase their MagicBand at a discounted price. You can sort by theme or character & choose from numerous different designs. The cost is currently $10 per band for the upgrade to a custom band from a solid color.

Some of the new MagicBand upgrade options for $10 per band

After your first Disney vacation, your MagicBands will remain active in your account until you deactivate them.  For consecutive Disney vacations, you can choose new MagicBands and bring along your old ones in case you want to change colors to match your outfit.  😉  Will you collect all of the colors?  *I have been told that these bands do have a life span.  There is a small RFID chip inside that will expire after a certain amount of time, so if you have older bands, you may want to bring your new bands as a back up.

If for some reason you do not wish to wear your MagicBand around your wrist, don’t worry.  The center is removable from the new MagicBands and you can purchase a MagicBand keeper to put the center/chip portion of the MagicBand in.  If you are still not a fan of the idea, you may request a Key Card that will do as most everything that the MagicBand does.

MagicBand keepers

*A credit card must be presented at Resort hotel check-in or added during online check-in, in order to use your MagicBand to make purchases. 

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• Receive a welcome packet when you book, with information & a custom planning calendar.
• Dining reservation assistance. Help with your dining reservations (based on availability) at time that won’t interfere with your touring.
• Fastpass+ assistance.  Which attractions are the best for your family to utilize your Fastpasses for and assistance making those reservations (based on availability).
• Itinerary plans and detailed itinerary with added suggestions to optimize your day and your experiences.
• Help planning visits to other area attractions outside of the Disney theme parks.

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Thank you for reading, My name is Melissa and I am a Disney fanatic.  I’m also a travel agent.  You will find me with my family almost every weekend in one of the Disney parks.  It never costs extra to book your Disney vacation through me over booking directly with Disney; that’s right, all of my planning services are free.  What are you waiting for?  Your vacation starts with a free quote.
Melissa Mathies, Travel Designer & Destination Specialist
Pixie Dust Adventures – Destinations by Melissa