Disney MagicBands – Unlocking the Magic: Getting Started

Prior to our trip to Walt Disney World we were offered the new MagicBands.  The MagicBands are currently being tested and are available to guests staying at select Disney World Resorts as part of the new MyMagic+ system.  In order to use the MagicBands you must register on the My Disney Experience website & link your reservations and park tickets.  There are no additional fees to use the MagicBands, they are included in the cost of your Disney World vacation.

The MagicBands are not at all complicated.  If you do not already have a My Disney Experience account you can visit www.startyourdisneyexperience.com and create one free of charge.

Once your reservation is booked and linked on your My Disney Experience account, you will be able to personalize a MagicBand for each member in your traveling party with names printed on the inside of the band and your choice of 7 colors.

For our family vacation we had already linked our resort and dining reservations to our My Disney Experience account online.  When I logged on to my account this is what was displayed

Opening screen on the My Disney Experience website with the pop-up telling us to customize our MagicBands.
Opening screen on the My Disney Experience website with the pop-up telling us to customize our MagicBands.

Next you will customize your MagicBands by clicking on the blue “start customizing” text.  Then you will be taken to the page where you can select the name that will be printed on the inside of the band & the color of the band.  If you do not get the pop-up that is displayed above you can customize your MagicBands using the menu on the right hand side of your My Disney Experience page.

Begin customizing your MagicBands on this page.
Begin customizing your MagicBands on this page.

The above picture shows the page where you will customize your MagicBands.  It displays the number of MagicBands included in your order and the date that they must be customized by in the top right hand corner.  The MagicBands will be shipped directly to your home before the start of your vacation; be sure that the shipping address is correct.  If you do not customize the MagicBands, I am told that they will present you with a gray band when you check in to your participating Disney Resort.  Next is the fun part; adding the names & choosing the colors.

Easily customize your MagicBands for your family.
Easily customize MagicBands for your family.

All you need to do to customize your MagicBand is click the “update” or “customize” button on the right hand side of the page.  Don’t worry if the name displayed under the band is incorrect, you can change that when you customize the band on the next page.

Customize your MagicBand by selecting a color and choosing a name.
Customize your MagicBand by selecting a color and choosing a name.

Above is the page where you will customize your MagicBand.  You can select one of the colors & chose a name to be printed on the inside of the band itself.  When you have made your final selections, simply click the “save” button to get back the screen where MagicBands are displayed for your entire vacation party.

Your MagicBands will serve a greater purpose than a theme park souvenir.  With your MagicBand you can tap into many Disney vacation experiences.  By tapping the band on the readers you will be able to access your resort room, theme park tickets, Fastpass+ reservations, dining reservations, Photopass+, and make purchases without ever having to get out your wallet.  In order to use the charging privileges on your MagicBand you will need to leave a credit card on file with your resort.

MagicBand_Functions

If you are a fan of the new Disney Infinity game, you will have access to the Dragon’s Gate in your Toy Box when you place your MagicBand on your RFID chip reader that reads the Power Discs for the game.  This is a great, unadvertised bonus for those of us that like to enjoy Disney on our home gaming consoles.

Less than 4 weeks prior to your vacation your MagicBands will be delivered to your door.  Don’t forget to bring them with you on your vacation.

Magic bands still in the box that was delivered to our door.
Magic bands still in the box that was delivered to our door.

Now you are ready to tap into all the magic that the new MagicBands offer.  Thank you for reading my blog post; Please consider me when booking your next Disney vacation.  My booking and planning services are always FREE and I do my best to help you save money on your trip.
Melissa@PixieDustAdventures.com

Check out my blog post on how to add Fastpass+ passes on your MagicBand before the start of your vacation.

Contact us today to book your next Disney Vacation
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