Walt Disney World has rolled out a new way to integrate the guest experience through a combination of technologies, the MagicBand, FastPass+ and My Disney Experience.
Resort guests and Annual Passholders are now receiving MagicBands and others may purchase a MagicBand for $12.95.. Each registered resort guest and Annual Passholder will receive one customized MagicBand. If you are an Annual Passholder or resort guest, you can customize your MagicBand on your My Disney Experience webpage. While My Disney Experience is open to all visitors through an Android app, an iPhone app, an Kindle app or online at My Disney Experience. Resort guests will receive an email upon registration explaining how to customize their MagicBand(s).
My Disney Experience is the key to making all of these technologies work together. Through you My Disney Experience you can search for restaurants and make reservations, see wait times at rides, look for things to do, like shows, find character meet and greets, check park hours, make FastPass+ reservations and much more.
What is a MagicBand?
A MagicBand is a rubber bracelet which comes in a variety of colors that has an integrated RFID chip in the center under the Mickey head. MagicBands can be customized with charms and covers available through many merchandise locations throughout property.
What can I do with My Magic Band?
With your MagicBand you can:
- Purchase food or merchandise (resort guests only)
- Enter the park using the MagicBand as a ticket
- Enter your room using the MagicBand as a room key
- Pay for food on your Disney Dining Plan
- Get FastPasses and use the FastPasses
- Keep track of your PhotoPass pictures
- Integrates with certain rides like TestTrack
Are MagicBands secure?
Yes, they only contain an RFID chip which only contains a serial number. There is no personal information on the MagicBand. In order to use the MagicBand, you must have the associated PIN number which you set upon check-in.
In addition you can restrict users, such as children, from purchasing using their MagicBand.
Can Disney track me?
Yes, but no more than they could before when you used your room key or credit card.
When will I get my MagicBand?
Resort guests will get an email from Disney after registration to customize their MagicBands. If you do not customize your MagicBands, gray ones will be sent to you. We recommend setting up a My Disney Experience account prior to registration so that everything will be automatically added to your account. If you are registering online, you will need a My Disney Experience account prior to booking your room.
Annual Passholders are currently receiving MagicBands, please log into your My Disney Experience account to see the status of your MagicBands.
Disney Vacation Club Members have not received MagicBands as of yet and a date has not been released.
If you do not fall into one of the above categories, you can still purchase a MagicBand once you arrive on property. They are available for $12.95 at select locations.