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Your Complete Guide to MagicBands at Disney World — Including the New MagicBand+

by Mommy Frog on April 21, 2022 22 Orlando

Guide to MagicBands at Disney WorldWe always have our Disney World MagicBands ready to go on trips. What’s not to love? These adjustable, versatile, waterproof bracelets that act as your ticket. You can enter the theme parks and water parks, link photos, access your Lightning Lane selections and more with just a tap of your band. And if staying at a Walt Disney World hotel, it can even act as your room key and allow you to pay for food and merchandise. All that in one easy-to-wear wristband!

MagicBands have evolved a lot over the years with tons of designs and customization options. Sometimes there are even limited edition bands for special occasions! While MagicBands aren't required, they certainly enhance a Disney trip.

The MagicBand+ is here! The newest iteration includes all of the current features plus some interactive additions! Bring the Fab 50 golden character statues to life, embark on an exciting bounty hunter experience at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and see your band light up alongside nighttime spectaculars.

Read on for more details about MagicBand and the all-new MagicBand+!

Overview of MagicBands

Guide to MagicBands at Disney World - Set of MagicBands in a delivery box

Back in the day (you know … ALL THE WAY back in 2013), MagicBands were issued to Disney World resort guests and, eventually, annual passholders. They were only offered in gray. They served as wearable room keys and park tickets, and hotel guests can link a credit card to them to pay for meals, snacks and merchandise at the parks and resorts.

Over the years, there have been hundreds of designs released, either just a solid color or a character design. Anyone can now purchase a MagicBand. Hotel guests used to receive free basic MagicBands, but now can purchase basic and premium bands at a discounted price.

What Can You Do with a MagicBand?

Tips for Maximizing Your Time at Disney World - MagicBand at touchpoint

Now, with an active MagicBand linked to a valid park ticket or annual pass in My Disney Experience, you can use it to:

  • Enter the theme parks and water parks
  • Check in to the Lightning Lane during your reservation time
  • Take advantage of cool surprise extras, such as seeing your name “magically” pop up with a personal “good-bye” on the wall of farewells at “it’s a small world”
  • Save your images with the photographer at every Disney PhotoPass/MemoryMaker location in the parks
  • Access your post-ride photos on most of the iconic thrill rides and other locations within the parks

If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you get additional MagicBand benefits. You can use your MagicBand to:

  • Unlock your room
  • Pay for meals and merchandise in the parks and resorts (you must enable this feature and set up a PIN)
  • Gain entry at the parking lots at EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios

To link a MagicBand to your account, open up the My Disney Experience app and click the three-bar menu on the bottom right. Scroll down to My Profile and select "MagicBands & More." Here, you can link a band by putting in the code located on the back of the band. Once inputed, you'll select who you want to link it to (you will be selected by default). If linking bands for the whole family, be sure you select the right person, as once a band is linked, it cannot be unlinked. Note that you can have multiple bands attached to your account and use them interchangeably.

Disney MagicBand Customization Options

Disney MagicBand Customization Options - The Emporium

Today, there are hundreds of customization options for MagicBands. If you have a Disney favorite — a character, a movie, a ride, an iconic park feature, almost anything you can think of — you can express your love with a customized MagicBand. And they come out with new options all the time.

There are several levels of MagicBand customization. It starts with the different colors — pink, red, purple, orange, yellow, green, blue and gray. Colorful bands are typically $19.99 while premium bands with designs on them are $29.99. Limited-release MagicBands may be $34.99. There are often exclusive MagicBands for annual passholders.

If staying on-site, you can order either the colorful or premium bands at a discounted price. The MagicBands will be mailed to you if ordered at least 11 days before arrival, or you can pick them up at the resort when you check in (if ordered at least six days before arrival).

You can buy MagicBands at many merchandise locations within the parks and at Disney Springs. Some of our favorite MagicBand locations are the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom or World of Disney and Disney Pin Traders at Disney Springs. The Shop Disney website also has a great selection you can order online. You can also create your own customized MagicBand with D-tech on Demand, located at the Marketplace Co-op at Disney Springs.

Introducing MagicBand+

Guide to MagicBands at Disney World - MagicBand+ with fab 50 golden statues

The new generation of MagicBands includes all of the current features plus some exciting extras:

  • Embark on the Disney Fab 50 Quest and bring the golden character statues to life. Along with the Play Disney Parks app, unlock digital achievements and an augmented reality feature.
  • At Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disney's Hollywood Studios, experience "Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters." Use your band to locate virtual bounties hidden throughout Batuu. Using the Play Disney Parks app, you can use augmented reality to see what's behind locked doors. Once your mission is complete, the local guild master will reward you with galactic credits. Sounds like quite the galactic adventure!
  • Experience nighttime spectaculars like never before as your bands light up and complement the magic of Disney Enchantment at Magic Kingdom and Harmonious at EPCOT.

Resort guests and annual passholders will be able to purchase at a discounted, pre-arrival price. The original MagicBands will still be available for purchase. Guests can use either a MagicBand, MagicBand+ or Disney MagicMobile to enter the park and use basic features. MagicBand+ is expected to be available at Disneyland Resort later this year.

What's your favorite MagicBand design? Are you excited for MagicBand+? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Our Guide to MagicBand+ at Disney World

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 31, 2023 at 1:20 p.m. Donna Says...

Where can I purchase magic bands

Mar 11, 2023 at 4:18 p.m. Lindsay Wellman Says...

I ordered my magic band+‘s online but there wasn’t a huge selection. Can I take them back once I get to Disney springs if they have a better selection and we see ones we like better? Do they typically have a better selection?

Jan 31, 2023 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna!

You can purchase MagicBands at many merchandise locations within the parks (such as the Emporium at Magic Kingdom or Creations Shop at EPCOT), World of Disney at Disney Springs on online via shopDisney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Orlando Says...

I'm going to Disney next month but I'm not staying at the resorts. Are the magic bands exclusive to resort holders available for purchase in any of the Disney Springs stores?

Dec 23, 2022 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Orlando!

We haven't spotted any, but it may be worth taking a peek at World of Disney to check out their inventory just in case.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 29, 2022 at 3:41 a.m. Amy Says...

Are we able to create our own Magic Band+ ?

Jul 29, 2022 at 8:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy!

The MagicBand+ launched with about 30 different designs, so you can't create your own but there's plenty to choose from!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 16, 2022 at 7:20 p.m. Annie Says...

Summer 2022 is here. Is the Magicband+ available now? If not, is there an expected date?


Jul 21, 2022 at 9:04 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

It was just announced that MagicBand+ is coming July 27!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 18, 2022 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annie!

The MagicBand+ has not launched just yet, but as far as we know, it's still expected sometime in Summer 2022 so hopfully within the next few weeks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 24, 2022 at 10:12 p.m. Jennifer Says...

I ordered six magic bands, four for my family and two for my parents. They are all linked to my credit card. How do I link my parents' bands to their credit card? Thanks!

Jun 27, 2022 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Do your parents have their own My Disney Experience account? If they do, they can link their MagicBands and store their own credit card information in their account. But if you'll all be using one My Disney Experience account, then in the app, go to "My Profile" (via the main menu with the three lines at the bottom right corner) and "Payment Method" - you can add up to six credit cards there. However, you'll still need to choose one as the default.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 2, 2019 at 1:33 p.m. Rhonda Sheerin Says...

I Am about to book accommodation and tickets through you. Do you send the Magic Bands to Australia.

Feb 4, 2019 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhonda,

We do not offer MagicBands. Once you book with us and set up your account in My Disney Experience, you would link your hotel reservation. Disney provides MagicBands, but I do not believe they ship them to Australia, so when you check-in, they will be provided to you.

Keep hopping!


Sep 26, 2017 at 3:14 a.m. Jason Reynolds Says...

Is there a monorail magic band in the works?

Sep 26, 2017 at 8:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

We suggest checking the Disney Store online to see if they have one!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 18, 2017 at 11:14 p.m. Meaghan Says...

How do they link my stuff to the magicband if I buy a character one in the park?

Aug 20, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Meghan,

You can link your MagicBand with your ticket by linking them together in the My Disney Experience app.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 8, 2017 at 11:14 a.m. Fiona Dinale Says...

Do you ship customized magic bands to Australia?

Jun 8, 2017 at 7:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Fiona,

If you book a Disney room through us, you will be sent MagicBands. Customization options can be purchased online or at the Disney parks.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 21, 2016 at 1:51 a.m. Stetnie C. Says...

How can i get one with sound? I heard some make audible sounds when activated.

Sep 20, 2016 at 3:25 p.m. Martin Says...

Don't forget their compatibility with Disney Infinity!!

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