Our trip to Walt Disney World for the Disney Social Media Moms was our first opportunity to use the new Disney Magic Bands. These colorful bands that you wear on your wrist look like a large Fitbit (exercise tracker) and are used as your key to unlocking everything Disney World has to offer.
WHAT ARE DISNEY MAGIC BANDS?
Before you leave for Walt Disney World, when you book your trip, you’ll choose what color magic band you want. Color options are red, green, blue, yellow, orange, pink, and grey, and they are adjustable to fit both children and adults. Your magic bands will arrive in a box at your door before your trip, and each has your name written inside of it. These guys are pretty indestructible and they are even water proof so you don’t have to take them off when you shower, swim, or hit the water parks!
WHAT DO DISNEY MAGIC BANDS DO?
It is your room key to your hotel if you’re staying on property at any of the Disney World resorts and your park ticket to all parks, water parks, Disney Quest, etc. You can even add a credit card to your magic bands so you can use them to pay for all food and purchases.
HOW DO I USE THE MAGIC BAND?
At entrances to the parks, instead of a key hole on your hotel door, and at every pay station everywhere, you’ll see a mickey sign. You’ll simply tap the mickey on your magic band to that mickey sign. Once it turns green you’re good to go!
If at any time you want to check the balance on your magic bands, just go to your front desk and they’ll be able to give you an itemized list of everything that has been charged on them.
I was a little skeptical about using these before we arrived. I thought we would have a lot of technical issues but I was pleasantly surprised- not even have a single one! Everything worked like a charm and even my three year old became a pro at using his magic band. They made our trip extremely easy. We all know how frustrating it can be to dig in our purse for our cash/cards, or our keys, especially with tired or hungry kids, but this meant that all we had to do was wear a comfortable band that unlocked pretty much everything.
SECRET MAGIC BAND TIP FOR KIDS
While the bands are fantastic, there is a cool little tip that many people don’t know about using the Magic Bands with kids. Find out this tip in the quick Baby Gizmo video below by the Junior Gizmo kids!
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