Wondering what’s up with the colored bracelets you see everyone wearing in the ads for Walt Disney World? Those are called MagicBands and they’re so handy! These little gadgets function as your room key, park ticket, FastPass, charge card, and PhotoPass. The waterproof bracelet contains an RFID chip, which is used by readers throughout the parks and resorts to scan the bracelets for their various functions.
Because the MagicBands are linked to your MyDisneyExperience account, you can use them in a variety of ways. Once you’re at the resort, just tap your band on the matching touchpoint on your door and you will gain entrance to your hotel room. At the parks, tap it on the touchpoint at the turnstile and the RFID reader will verify your ticket and allow you entrance to the park. Once inside, you will use your MagicBand as your FastPasses, just tapping your band as you enter an attraction at which you’ve set up FastPass+ reservations. When getting photos taken by a PhotoPass photographer, they’ll tap your band to link your photos to your account. If you have a credit card connected to your MagicBand and have allowed charging privileges, you can tap your MagicBand to pay at many locations instead of having to get out your wallet. If you’re using one of the Disney Dining Plans, those credits are connected to your MagicBand as well.
For guests staying at one of the Disney resorts (or if you’re an Annual Passholder), you can customize the color of your band, choosing from yellow, blue, green, red, pink, orange, gray, and purple. Up until 11 days before your trip starts, just go onto your My Disney Experience account, click on “MagicBands and Cards” and choose a color for each member of your traveling party. The bands will be mailed to you before your trip. If you don’t customize your bands (or book your trip last minute), you will be given gray bands when you arrive at your hotel.
For those staying off property, or if you want your band to have a design on it reflecting your various interests, a variety of “retail MagicBands” are available for purchase. There are also a few locations where you can personalize a band and have your name imprinted on it. These bands can all be added to your MyDisneyExperience account at a later time. You can also buy additional accessories to further customize your MagicBand.
MagicBands from previous trips do still work and you can see them linked on your MyDisneyExperience account. If you’d like, you can activate and deactivate bands on there as well. If you don’t want a new band for an upcoming trip, you can opt out of receiving one if you’d like. If you’re doing a split stay, you won’t get a second band, unless you go in and customize it ahead of time.
*Don’t worry if you are staying off property, or just don’t want to wear a MagicBand. You can still get a Key to the World card to use in its place. Speak with a cast member at your hotel or at Guest Relations.