About a month before my family was scheduled to go to Disney World recently, I got an email from Disney with this as the subject line:
“You’re invited to participat
It was a Sunday and I was at the playground with Chris and the boys when I got it. I was giddy when I saw the email that day because I knew exactly what it was in reference to thanks to a friend of mine who had gone to Disney a few weeks prior.
It was an offer to test out their new MagicBands.
MagicBands are wristbands that are an all-in-one device and they effortlessly connect you to all the vacation choices you made.
Once I got that email, I signed up for our Magic Bands on MyDisneyExperience.com. I was already registered on the site because that’s how I booked my dining reservations, but if you’re not registered – you will need to do so before you go any further. I was able to customize all of our bands, which basically meant that we could pick our colors and have our names printed on the inside of the bands. If I didn’t customize them, they would have just given us grey ones when we checked in. Plus, while I was on the site, I linked our reservation and all our plans to the MagicBand, so it was all loaded on to the band for me.
You can use the MagicBand to:
• Enter your Disney Resort hotel room with just a touch.
• Enter the Walt Disney World Parks (valid Park admission required).
• Access the FastPass+ attractions and shows you’ve selected.
• Purchase food and merchandise at select locations*.
Now, I bet you want to know what FastPass+ service is! FastPass+ allows you to reserve access to select attractions and shows before you even leave home. If you have ever been to Disney in the past, you already know that the FASTPASS® Service has always been a great way to enjoy Walt Disney World attractions with little or no wait. With the new Disney FastPass+ service, you can sit and book your fast passes before you even leave for your vacation. As of right now, we were allowed to book three per day, but I am not sure if that is the number they are sticking with.
Being able to book fast passes in advance really saved us a lot of time when we were at the parks. We were able to cut many long lines and that afforded us more time to do other things.
Let me say that having the MagicBands made the entire trip more smooth. In the past, upon check in we were all given a Key to the World Card, which was our room key, dining plan and park pass. The MagicBands replace that, plus they hold your fast passes AND you can link them to your credit/debit card so you can just scan your band to make purchases in the gift shops or for food. There was literally no need to bring my debit card with me. And before you ask, you set a pin for the adult’s MagicBands when you check in at the resort, so you will be the only one that can use them to charge purchases.
They have this Mickey’s at each restaurant, store, fast pass line, and hotel room. To use your MagicBand, just touch your Mickey to the Mickey on the scanner and boom – you’re in. It’s quick and easy. MagicBands fit like a watch, so they’re adjustable…..and they have “bling” available for purchase at all the resort gift shops. They sell things like covers and little icons that you can stick onto your bands. I saw people with “bling” on their MagicBands all week long, but didn’t find out where they got it from until the end of the week – so I bought some “bling” for us to sport on our MagicBands next year.
Did I mention that they are waterproof, too, so you can jump right into the pool with them on! For us, whenever we went to the pool I always worried about stashing our Key To the World Cards in my beach bag. I was always paranoid that someone would take them, but the MagicBands completely eliminate that. It was awesome.
Right now MagicBands are currently being tested by a limited number of pre-selected Disney guests, but they are eventually going to be rolling them out to everyone. I was VERY happy with our MagicBands!