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Your Complete Guide to Using MagicBands at Disneyland

by Leap on May 21, 2024
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MagicBands have been in use for a while now at Disneyland Resort. If you've ever visited Disney World and used a MagicBand, you know how convenient they are for entering the park or Lightning Lanes with the tap of a wrist. If you’ve never used a MagicBand, this guide is mostly for you. There are some minor differences between how you can use MagicBands at Disneyland versus Disney World, so fans of both parks may want to tune in. We’ll go over what they are, how to purchase and all the ways they can be used for function, play and entertainment. We know you may have a lot of questions about Disneyland MagicBands, so we’ll do our best to answer them.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Star Wars MagicBand

Frequently Asked Questions About Using MagicBands at Disneyland

What Is a Disneyland MagicBand, and How Is it Used?

Disneyland MagicBands are wearable tech bracelets that are worn on your wrist, just like a watch. The MagicBand uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) electromagnetic fields.

You link it to your park ticket or Magic Key pass so that the MagicBand can be used for park admission and to redeem Lightning Lanes with Genie+ (Genie+ is being renamed to Lightning Lane Multi Pass as of July 24, 2024!) or other services, such as scanning in for Disability Access Service (DAS). It makes acquiring PhotoPass images so much easier by linking the images right to your account.

For hotel guests at Disney World, MagicBand can work as a room key. That feature does not work at Disneyland. We don't know if or when that function will come to Disneyland Resort. But you can already use the Disneyland app to unlock a room door at one of the Disneyland Resort hotels.

What Is MagicBand+? 

Your Complete Guide to Using MagicBands at Disneyland - Three band choices

The Disneyland MagicBand is actually a MagicBand+ — the next generation in MagicBand technology. Besides its functional capabilities, it also enhances the park experiences in fun ways.

MagicBand+ reacts to entertainment and interactive elements in the park. Guests can enjoy immersive elements and surprises when the MagicBand+ syncs with nighttime spectaculars during special moments (and other smaller shows as well). It pulses with colorful lights and vibrations. That also means that the MagicBand+ is rechargeable and comes with a charging cord. But even if the charge wears out, it still works to scan into the park and Lightning Lanes as well as tap for PhotoPass. What a relief!

It is adjustable so you can get one for your tadpole. However, the puck is so large that it may not fit well on small toddlers' and preschoolers' wrists, even after adjusting it. I keep Lily's attached to my bag so she won't lose it. It also can fall off easily, so keep an eye on it or buy a lock for it.

We see many new designs popping up all the time. We toadally had to have the World of Color band with Mickey wielding his magic paintbrush ... and then a Winnie the Pooh band appeared! Some designs are exclusive to Disneyland. Additional designs are available in the parks and at DisneyStore.com.

Your Complete Guide to Using MagicBands at Disneyland - World of Color MagicBand

You can pair your MagicBand+ with a smartphone. While the MagicBand+ launched with several convenient features, more capabilities are to come! MagicBand+ is the only MagicBand that will function at Disneyland, whereas older technology still works at Disney World. Unlike at Disney World, you cannot use an Apple Watch via Disney MagicMobile service in place of a MagicBand+ at Disneyland.

Do You Need MagicBands at Disneyland?

First off, you absolutely do not need a MagicBand at Disneyland. It is merely a fun convenience item so you do not need to pull out your phone as much. They are necessary for certain games such as Bounty Hunting in Batuu (and do interact with shows and sometimes other elements), but are otherwise not needed. They merely enhance your day.

Can You Use Disney World MagicBands at Disneyland or on a Disney Cruise?

Yes! You can use a Disney World MagicBand+ at Disneyland and on a Disney Cruise. However, older technology, such as the original MagicBand or MagicBand 2, is not supported at Disneyland or on a Disney Cruise. You can reassign MagicBands to other guests at Disneyland, but you cannot reassign them at Disney World. If you take your Disneyland MagicBand to Disney World or on a Disney Cruise, you can use it for even more functions, such as unlocking your hotel or stateroom and purchasing food and merchandise items.

Disneyland MagicBand Purchase and Setup

When Are MagicBands Available and How to Buy?

MagicBands at Disneyland - Adult and childDisneyland MagicBands became available to everyone to purchase at Disneyland on Oct. 26, 2022.

You can purchase MagicBand+ at the following shops in the Disneyland theme parks and around the resort (actual locations are subject to change over time):

  • Downtown Disney District: World of Disney and Disney’s Pin Traders
  • Disneyland Park: Emporium, TomorrowLanding and Westward Ho Trading Company
  • Disney California Adventure Park: Elias & Co., Trolley Treats, Oswald’s, Seaside Souvenirs and Radiator Springs Curios
  • Hotels of the Disneyland Resort: Disney’s Fantasia Shop, STORE-E and Acorns Gifts & Goods

You can also purchase one on DisneyStore.com.

Just like at Disney World, Disneyland MagicBands come in different colors and styles. You can find one themed to your favorite Disney character, color or park attraction. They are one size fits most. You can peel off part of the band to make it shorter for a child or a smaller wrist.

Tips for Choosing a MagicBand+

MagicBands at Disneyland - Jack Skellington BandHaving been through the process of using a MagicBand at Disneyland, here is our advice:

  • Pick a style that matches your style or common clothing colors.
  • Pick a character or style that is meaningful to you.
  • Consider that the center is mostly what you will see when you wear it.
  • The center design lights up. We love the "D" on our Disneyland MagicBand, but you might prefer seeing Mickey, Spider-Man or a castle. The design will affect how it looks when it lights up.
  • You can customize your band to display specific colors. Some MagicBand+ designs have additional custom color choices for lighting up. Our Disneyland fireworks band has two extra multicolor light choices. The Spider-Man has a special red, white and blue color sequence as well as different red and blue choices from the standard solid color choices. Our Jack Skellington band has a red setting for Jack and purple for Sally. The plain bands only have solid-color choices, as does the purple Minnie band.
  • The way the band lights up with multiple colors for nighttime spectaculars is the same for each band (but the design varies). The customized color lights are for redeeming Lightning Lanes and for other park functions.

Other things to consider:

If you are a watch wearer, having a watch and a MagicBand+ on your wrists can be a big change. It's bulky for small wrists. If you don't want to wear the band or are worried about tadpoles losing it, some creative sellers have items you can purchase to make it more convenient. The puck (center light-up part) is removable.

  • You can purchase a MagicBand+ puck holder or watch adapter from Etsy or other unofficial sellers if you want to remove the puck from the wristband and attach it to a watch band or bag.
  • If you are worried about your kids losing the band, you can buy inexpensive locks through Etsy to secure them better so they don't rip off the wrist.

How Do I Set Up a MagicBand?

After you purchase, it's time to set up the MagicBand. Make sure you have your Disney account set up in the Disneyland app and tickets linked to your account.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Power button

Follow these three steps to set up a Disneyland MagicBand (keep in mind that the MagicBand+ section recently moved in the app):

MagicBands at Disneyland - App Screenshot

  1. Power on MagicBand+ by pressing the button on the back once, then holding the button for three seconds and tapping the band on the back of your phone.
  2. You’ll be directed to open or download the Disneyland app. The app will walk you through the process.
  3. Follow the instructions in the Disneyland app to link the MagicBand+ to your Disney account, assign it to a ticket or pass, and pair it to your smartphone.

To get to the new MagicBand+ area in the app, tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom right of the screen and then scroll down to the Account section and tap MagicBand+. (You'll come back here whenever you reassign bands.) You will likely need to update the software (which takes about 3 minutes) and keep the band next to the phone through this process. You'll want to hold the band to the upper right corner of your phone when pairing and updating. If it is taking a while, make sure you do not have your phone in low-power mode.

If you need any help troubleshooting setup, pairing or updating, here are a few tips that worked for us.

  • Make sure the MagicBand+ is fully charged or being charged.
  • Make sure your phone has a good signal (Wi-Fi or cell).
  • Plug your phone into a charger or other power source.
  • Place the camera of your phone directly on the band and leave it there throughout the updating process.
  • Power off the MagicBand+ (hold the button for 6 seconds until you feel two pulses and you see a red light), and then power it back on (press the button).

Once you are set up, updated and linked, you can manage your MagicBand+ through the Disneyland app. You can reassign a ticket or Magic Key pass to your band at any time or unlink it if you need to. When you tap a MagicBand from your list of linked bands, you can customize, connect Bluetooth, and affect how the band lights up and vibrates. It's also where you can see if you need to perform any updates.

Choose your light-up theme by changing color. In settings, check your light, brightness, vibration and gesture recognition. Make sure you are set to be connected to park experiences. If it's turned off, you cannot access Bluetooth-enabled park experiences.

Using MagicBands at Disneyland

How Do I Use the Disneyland MagicBand with Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes?

MagicBands at Disneyland - person scanning in at Rise of Resistance

If you are using Genie+ or are purchasing individual Lightning Lane, you will still use your phone to make ride selections or purchases. When it's time to redeem a reservation, you'll simply hold your MagicBand up to the scanner, the light will turn green and you can enter! It's the same for people who use the Disability Access Service (DAS). The person who has DAS goes first. Then everyone else can scan in after them. If some party members do not have a MagicBand, they can still use their phone or a park ticket to redeem it. MagicBand+ is simply another option. You'll still have to pull your phone out to book the next ride though.

Which Shows Interact with Disneyland MagicBands?

MagicBands at Disneyland - World of Color band lighting up

MagicBands at Disneyland — fantasmicYour MagicBand+ will come to life during World of Color, Fantasmic! and select nighttime shows in Disneyland Park, including fireworks.

You can experience vibrations and pulsing lights. If you will be visiting Disneyland for the holidays or for a different celebration such as Season of the Force or Pixar Fest, you can have fun using your MagicBand+ with the new (or holiday) nighttime entertainment. Your band interacts with the Pixar Fest sculpture in Disney California Adventure. A wave of the band causes audio to turn on.

The band even glows blue during snowfall at Holiday Time and interacts during fireworks and projection shows!

How Do I Use My Disneyland MagicBand for PhotoPass?

Instead of pulling up a PhotoPass code to be scanned by the PhotoPass photographer, the photographer will tap your band so the images link to your Disney account. What a time saver!

MagicBands at Disneyland - PhotoPass

At Disney World, we use our MagicBand to easily link on-ride photos to our account. This is not in use at Disneyland. You still have to type the PhotoPass number into the Disneyland app.

How Does the Play Disney Parks App Work with MagicBands at Disneyland?

MagicBands at Disneyland - Bounty Hunters

Our tween, Tad, has had fun using the Data Pad in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with the Play Disney Parks app, but MagicBand+ takes the adventure to a whole new level. You can use your MagicBand+ to explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters interactive quest.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Bounty Hunters panel

The vibrations and lights from your MagicBand+ will help you find virtual bounties across the Black Spire Outpost. They are usually hiding behind doors. Look for the panel on the wall and hold your MagicBand to it. Once it turns purple, you've found one! After you've found your bounty, use the augmented reality thermal viewer in the Play Disney Parks app to reveal characters hiding in the shadows. When you complete your mission, the local guild master Raga Bua will reward you with galactic credits.

We played around with this interactive game! You need to update to the latest version of the Play Disney Parks app. You'll open the Batuu Bounty Hunters game in the app and it will walk you through the steps. You may need to turn off low-power mode for this to work. You'll scan your band on the medallion on the bounty board to receive your assignment. The board is to the right of the Landspeeder garage. Stay until it finishes, or you will not receive your assignment. Then, as you move closer to your bounty, your band will turn green. As you move further away, it will turn red. It will be easier to see this at night than in bright sunlight.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Band lighting during Dr. Strange showOnce you have located your target and tapped your band on the correct panel, it will turn purple. Then you head to the Guildmaster's Hideout to collect your credits. It is located to the right of the Bounty Board.

Are There Any Other Interactive Features for MagicBands at Disneyland?

There will be magical touches to certain entertainment at Avengers Campus. Our MagicBands vibrated and glowed red when Spider-Man flew through the air. The bands also lit up and vibrated during certain moments during Dr. Strange: Mysteries of the Mystic Arts. Our bands also lit up unexpectedly at times throughout the day and even on some rides! We used it to tap in to redeem our virtual queue for entrance to World of Color at night.

MagicBands at Disneyland - MagicBand lighting up on ridesDid You Say that the MagicBand+ Lights up on Rides?

Yes! Our bands lit up blue and red before boarding and after exiting WEB SLINGERS. We saw cloud colors after exiting Soarin'. We had multicolor lights as we looked at our on-ride photo for Guardians (and on the actual ride too!). The band lit up on the ride and after exiting Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. And it does light up and pulse red (like a heartbeat) after you exit your Doom Buggy on Haunted Mansion. It also lights up before you board Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. Make sure you have "connected park experiences" turned on in your settings. Has your band lit up for you on any rides? Please share them in the comments section below.

If the band needs a charge, it may stop interacting with rides and shows. We carry a MagicBand+ charging cord with us in the park so we don't miss out. It's best to start your day with a full charge.

Do I Have to Purchase a Disneyland MagicBand?

With a price tag of about $35 to $55 for MagicBand+, you may be wondering how this item fits into your family's theme park budget, especially if you have a large family to buy for. Discounts apply.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Lightning Lane Check In

You may be hoppy to know that using a MagicBand is completely optional. You can continue to use your phone to scan your ticket into the park and to redeem your Lightning Lanes with Genie+. The MagicBand is simply a convenience that helps you avoid having to pull out your phone all the time. It will save your phone battery and keep your hands free.

MagicBands at Disneyland - scan in Lightning Lane

MagicBand makes the lines move faster as more people use the MagicBand+ technology. It's a lot faster for each person to tap a MagicBand than it is to pull up codes on a phone and scan in for multiple people. Plus, it's fun if you want to engage in some immersive games in the park, especially in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

If you do not plan to use Genie+, DAS or take many PhotoPass photos, you probably do not need a MagicBand at Disneyland. If you want to play games and see the band light up with entertainment, as well as use it for Lightning Lanes and PhotoPass, then it may be worth it. To us, it's worth it to spend less time pulling out our phones. Plus, we visit more often than most families. It might not be as worth it for a one-time trip. It does not eliminate the need for a phone, but it is much faster and easier to tap a band than open the Disneyland app.

What we do love about MagicBand+ at Disneyland is that we can quickly reassign the bands. So if Leap is not joining me, I can reassign his band to a niece or nephew or friend for the day. The changeability makes it more worth it for our family. We have taken our MagicBands to Disney World, and assignment is more permanent there. We cannot reassign them for visits to Disney World. Whoever we assign a band to at Disney World is the only person who can use that band for all future Disney World visits.

Is It Waterproof?

MagicBands at Disneyland - Grizzly River Run

Yes! Ride the water rides to your heart's content or go swimming. No worries!

Can I Use Disneyland MagicBands to Make Purchases?

Disney World hotel guests may enjoy using MagicBand to make purchases, eliminating the need to bring money or credit cards to the parks. Disneyland will not be initially offering this service. But another card-free option is to use Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Are There Any Times It’s Better to Use Your Phone Instead of the MagicBand+?

In rare cases, there may be times when you might want to pull out your phone to scan in a particular ticket you plan to use if you are a person who hoppens to have a variety of Multiple Experiences passes in the app.

MagicBands at Disneyland - Multiple Experiences Pass

Let’s say that you have acquired several Multiple Experiences passes due to ride breakdown (we go over these in detail in our Genie+ Multiple Experiences post). Some passes work for top-tier rides and some do not. If you have a specific multiple experiences pass that you would prefer to redeem for a ride, you should pull out your phone to make sure you redeem the one you want to use rather than relying on the system to select the right one.

If you do have some Lightning Lanes as well as multiple experiences in your app, use caution when redeeming. I once had a Soarin' Lightning Lane and a Multiple Experiences pass I planned to use for Guardians after I rode Soarin'. I accidentally tapped my band twice at Soarin'. It redeemed my Soarin' Lightning Lane and then redeemed my Multiple Experiences pass. When I went to Guardians, I no longer had a pass to use. Luckily, I explained what must have happened to the attendant, and she looked up my history and let me in.

Can I Change the Ticket or Magic Key That My MagicBand Is Linked to?

Yes! At Disneyland, you can assign a MagicBand+ to any ticket or Magic Key pass on your Disney account. You can reassign a MagicBand from a ticket or pass to a different one in your app. You can also unlink it from your account and link it to a different account. This is different from Disney World, where the MagicBand is linked to a person and cannot be unlinked. You can assign and link or unlink MagicBand+ in the MagicBand+ section on the Disneyland app.

That being said, a MagicBand can only be linked to one ticket or pass at a time. If not everyone in the group has a MagicBand, the people without a band can use their phones instead.

You can, however, link more than one MagicBand to a particular pass or ticket. It's super easy to reassign a MagicBand to a different admission type. I have three bands assigned to my ticket at the moment, so I can use any of them. If I bring a friend or family member, I can reassign one of the bands to them for the day and then later reassign it back to my ticket with a tap on the app.

Disneyland MagicBand Battery Life and Charging

How Do I Charge or Update My MagicBand+ at Disneyland?

MagicBands at Disneyland - Charging cord

MagicBands at Disneyland come with a rechargeable battery and a 6-inch USB cord. There are no charging stations at Disneyland. When you purchase your Disneyland MagicBand+, charge it to high battery levels (green). Certain functions and features, such as software updates, customized settings and in-park interactive experiences, may not work properly if the MagicBand+ is not charged. Bring a portable charger or purchase a FuelRod in the park. Charging cables are for sale separately at Disneyland Resort if needed.

Charge your MagicBand+ after a day of use. When it flashes green it's fully charged. Power it off until you are ready to use it. You'll hold the button for about six seconds until you feel two pulses and the band turns red to turn it off. How do you know it is off? When the band is on and you tap the center two times, it lights up for a few seconds. If the band is off, it will not light up when you tap it. To turn it back on, push the button once.

Press the button quickly on the back of the MagicBand to check the battery status:

  • Red: Charge as soon as possible
  • Yellow: Low battery — charge until green
  • Green: High battery

You can also check the battery status in the Disneyland app if you have paired the band to your device. A fully charged MagicBand+ lasts one to three days, depending on use. We used our band from park open to close and left it on overnight and the next evening our battery was still green.

Besides having a strong battery, you'll want to make sure you have installed the latest software. Our bands came charged when we bought them, but some bands may need a charge when you get them, so be prepared with a charger. We needed to update the software right away after purchasing. We found that the MagicBand+ paired and updated best when connected to the charger. Expect to spend a few minutes getting set up and updated. If you run into any problems, Guest Relations kiosks can help. If you have any issues accessing park experiences, also go to Guest Relations.

What If My MagicBand+ Battery Is Depleted?

MagicBands at Disneyland - Park entry

Even if the battery is depleted, you can still use it for basic features such as:

  • Park entry
  • Lightning Lane and DAS redemption
  • Disney PhotoPass photographer scanning

Certain functions and features, such as software updates, customized settings and in-park interactive experiences may not work properly with an uncharged MagicBand+. Bring a portable charger or purchase a FuelRod in the park.

What other questions do you have about using MagicBands at Disneyland? Drop your questions in the comments section below!

Related: How to Navigate the Ins and Outs of the Disneyland App

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Jul 8, 2024 at 10:12 p.m.
shalline Says...

2 younger kids are in our group, we may not want to purchase magicbands for them due to loosing them. For entry on to Lightning lane/Genie+ rides, can an adult in the group put the kids info on our magicbands or iphones? thx

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Jul 9, 2024 at 8:56 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shalline,

You sure can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 1, 2024 at 6:04 a.m.
Says...

If I unlink my MagicBand+ from my account in the Disneyland app and link it to my friends account for the day, do I have to unlink it from their account before I can link it to my account again?

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Jun 4, 2024 at 1:41 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi froggy friend!

It’s toadally easy to reassign a band at Disneyland. You do not have to unlink it. Make sure your friend is linked to your account. You simply go the MagicBand+ section of the app, tap the name under the band you want to reassign, choose another person to assign it to and scroll down to tap “assign.” Then follow the same steps to reassign it to yourself when done.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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May 25, 2024 at 10:42 p.m.
Irene Palmer Says...

I read somewhere that you can’t use the magic band the summer months, is that true? Plan on visiting June 2025.

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May 29, 2024 at 8:30 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Irene!

You can use MagicBands at any time of the year :) (just noting that only MagicBand+ works at Disneyland — say, if you have an older version such as a regular MagicBand that you got from Disney World, it would not work.)

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 17, 2023 at 8:02 p.m.
Matt Says...

I'm hoping you may have an idea on this. My wife and 2 daughters and I all have our own magic bands. We love them. We visited Disneyland last October and we played the Batuu bounty hunting quite a bit and each got anywhere between 6 or 7 bounties. We are headed there again tomorrow and discovered last night that my wife's magic band is now broken. One of the charging contacts on the back came off, so we cannot charge it. Do you know if the Batuu bounty hunting is linked to the magic band or the app? I am thinking the magic band because the 4 of us were playing with my wife's one DisneyPlay app account. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you.

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Nov 21, 2023 at 7:53 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Matt!

Sorry if we did not answer in time — the MagicBand is essential for each individual who wants to play Batuu Bounty Hunters.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 21, 2023 at 10:38 p.m.
Matt Says...

Thank you! We found out the Batuu Bounty hunting is linked to each individual magic band. We got my wife a new one and her bounties were at zero with the new magic band. Thank you!

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Nov 22, 2023 at 8:13 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Thanks for the update!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 13, 2023 at 1:35 p.m.
Dolores Says...

If I buy a band without a puck on eBay, can a puck be purchased separately somewhere for Disneyland use?

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Nov 27, 2023 at 1:35 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dolores!

MagicBand+ pucks are not sold separately, so you would need to purchase another MagicBand+ and remove that puck if you wish to use the band from eBay.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 28, 2023 at 5:53 p.m.
Natasha Says...

Our family is visiting Disneyland and we all have Magic Band +. I have mine and my childs linked to my phone, but I am unsure where to link my husbands. I will be in charge of making LL selections and dining choices, etc. Should he link his band to his phone, or should they all be linked to mine?

Also, if he DID link it to his phone, am I still able to make the LL selections for all of us?

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Nov 8, 2023 at 3:11 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natasha!

Yes! Your husband can link his own MagicBand to his ticket on his phone. To make plans that include him, you’ll just need to link his ticket to your phone too (a ticket can be linked to multiple phones). Though if you just want to simplify everything and your husband doesn't plan on using the app himself, you can link his ticket and MagicBand to your phone so that all are linked to yours.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 13, 2023 at 3:47 p.m.
David Says...

I asked a question a while back but i suddenly got another as we're leaving soon. So we arrive on the wednesday but our first park day is the thursday. my plan is to get our magic bands the wednesday and set them up and link them etc. So am i correct that if i do this, i can use my magic band when we first go to enter the park on the thursday? or do you need to use the physical tickets i printed (or the ones on my phone) the very first time and then use the magic band the next times i enter throughout my stay? Thanks!

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Oct 14, 2023 at 7:40 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Once MagicBands are linked, you should be good to go! Though as a backup, you could always scan your mobile (or printed) tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Oct 14, 2023 at 2:41 p.m.
David Says...

Okay thanks !!! :)

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Oct 4, 2023 at 7:50 p.m.
Mariana Says...

If i carry Cash , i Can link a gift card to the Magic Band ?

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Oct 4, 2023 at 3:55 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mariana!

If you have an Apple device, you can add the gift card to Apple Wallet and scan it from there. However, at Disneyland, you cannot make purchases via MagicBand.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 27, 2023 at 12:56 p.m.
Stef Says...

Hi! Silly question.

We are going to both Disneyland and World within 20 days. We start in DL with new MB and then moving to WDW the following week. Is there anything in particular that needs to be done between the 2 parks (unlink tickets from one and pair tickets for the second one?) or we simply pair the new tickets from WDW app once there??

Thank you!!

S.

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Sep 27, 2023 at 9:23 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stef!

You can link the MagicBand+ to both (without having to unlink anything) since they're separate apps. At Disneyland, a MagicBand+ is linked to a specific ticket (or annual pass), while at Disney World, it's linked to a specific MDE account.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Sep 29, 2023 at 9:47 p.m.
Stef Says...

Thanks a lot!

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Aug 15, 2023 at 6:39 p.m.
Vicki Smith Says...

I've seen that personalized MagicBand printing is available via kiosks at WDW, would you happen to know if Disneyland has or will soon have similar technology to personalize MagicBand+?

Many thanks for any help you can give and for this excellent, detailed breakdown!

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Aug 17, 2023 at 1:44 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Vicki!

MagicBand+ personalization is not available at Disneyland and we haven't heard if it will come anytime soon. But if anything changes in the future, we'll be sure to update this post!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 9, 2023 at 3:32 a.m.
Kathy Klingensmith Says...

can I use a magicband that we purchased in Disney World January 0f 2020.

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Jul 10, 2023 at 12:57 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathy!

Unfortunately, no — the only MagicBands that work at Disneyland are the newer MagicBand+ versions that were released at Disney World in July 2022 (and at Disneyland in Oct. 2022).

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 7, 2023 at 4:23 a.m.
Summer Says...

I have a party of 5. We are all under my Disney account.

How would magic bands work for this? Would I just get a magic band? Could I get one for each member of my party, but how do I separate/link their ticket to their own band? So we can all scan individually ?

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Jun 7, 2023 at 8:11 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Summer!

MagicBands+ are optional, but if you'd like one for each party member, you toadally can! Make sure you have your Disney account set up in the Disneyland app and tickets linked to your account. Power on the MagicBand+ by pressing the button on the back once, then holding the button for three seconds and tapping the band on the back of your phone. You’ll be directed to open or download the Disneyland app. The app will walk you through the process. Follow the instructions in the Disneyland app to link the MagicBand+ to your Disney account, assign it to a ticket or pass, and pair it to your smartphone.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Feb 16, 2023 at 11:45 p.m.
Jeloalfi Says...

We have two families traveling together, with tickets/reservations purchased from separate my disney accounts. If we want to "group up" for all our Genie+ and LL rights, and our family is point on ride reservations, do we need to add the second family's tickets to one my disney account? If they have already linked their tickets and their bands to their my disney account, can we still group up for reservations?

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Feb 22, 2023 at 9:14 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeloalfi!

You can easily link your tickets to their accounts and their ticket to your accounts. That way, anyone in your party can purchase Genie+ or make Lighting Lane plans for the whole group. Just go to the "Tickets and Passes" part of the app and tap Link Tickets and the “+” sign. Once linked, you’ll see their reservations and they can see yours whenever you log into your Disney account under your ticket and reservation details. You’ll also be able to make and edit Lighting Lane plans. When you mobile order, it will go to your credit card and, if they mobile order from their account, it will go to their credit card, so those functions remain conveniently separate.

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Feb 6, 2023 at 5:30 a.m.
Paul Says...

The app indicates my iPhone is not compatible with the MagicBand+. Would there be a Cast Member in Downtown Disney that could link it to my ticket the day before? Or would you have another idea or solution? Thanks for your help!

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Feb 8, 2023 at 3:35 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paul!

There are some Guest Relations windows to the left of each park entrance. However, they have short hours and may be more limited than in the park, but usually they can call in a lead. If they're closed, then you could try World of Disney in Downtown Disney — there might be a cast member who knows about them on hand (we've gotten some help in stores before) — or pop into one of the Disney hotels to ask the front desk (they may or may not be able to help with tech issues but could be worth a try).

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Jan 11, 2023 at 2:32 p.m.
David Says...

I think you partially answered this with a previous answer but just to be 100% sure. i'm planning on attending disneyland with my partner and want to get us each our own magicband. i'll have the disneyland app on my phone with both our tickets linked to my app. she wont use or have the app on her phone at all. so am i correct in assuming that i can just assign my magicband to my ticket through my phone app and then assign her magicband to her ticket through my phone app and then we're both good to go? she will not need to have the app at all on her own phone?

thanks! :)

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Jan 11, 2023 at 8:51 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

That is correct! :) as long as you've got both tickets linked in your app (and subsequently each MagicBand+ linked to a ticket), you're good to go!

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Jan 11, 2023 at 2:59 p.m.
David Says...

Wow, thanks for the uber quick reply! And thank you for easing my brain with the answer, i feel better now! :p

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Jan 11, 2023 at 9:36 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Yay!! Let us know if you have any other questions and we'd be hoppy to help. Have a frogtastic time!

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Jan 2, 2023 at 2:57 a.m.
Brandi Clark Says...

I purchased and used Magic Band Plus’s last month at WDW. We are going to DL in June and will use our bands again. Do I need to anything special to make them work at DL? Do I need to unlink from The My Disney Experience app and re- pair with the Disneyland app??! Thanks for any help.

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Jan 3, 2023 at 3:14 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brandi!

Good question! You do not need to unlink them from the My Disney Experience app, though you will need to link them to the appropriate tickets in the Disneyland app. You may have to update the software, but the app will walk you through it. Just tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner of the app and tap "MagicBand+" to get started.

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Dec 22, 2022 at 10:52 p.m.
David Says...

If I have a family of 5, all with magicband+ and they are all setup on a single cell phone... Does everyone in the party need to stay together? Or can the family split up and go on different rides knowing that some of the magicbands+ will be a good distance away from that cell phone?

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Dec 23, 2022 at 10:53 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

The party can split up, however, to make NEW plans with Genie+, you do need a phone. The bands are not linked to a particular phone, but they are linked to a ticket or pass in a Disney account. If the people splitting off have their own phone, they can either log into your Disney account or create their own account and link their tickets. If you aren't using Genie+ then you don't have to worry about this at all.

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Jan 29, 2023 at 9:35 p.m.
Chad Says...

Quick question, if I have 7 tickets and bands in one account/phone and we plan on all going on the same rides using Genie Pass and do not split up. Will that work?

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Jan 30, 2023 at 12:55 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chad!

Yes, that should work!

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Nov 23, 2022 at 8:46 p.m.
Lindsie Says...

At Disneyland, will we be able to use Disneyband+ to make purchases inside the park? Also, will each person in my party need a magicband+ if we do genie+? I am sort of hoping we can get away with only purchasing 1 for our party of 4.

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Nov 25, 2022 at 3:07 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsie!

Currently, payment via MagicBand+ is not available at Disneyland. You can still use Genie without needing a MagicBand though - other members of your party will just scan in using the Disneyland app :) Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 17, 2022 at 3:03 p.m.
KS Says...

Can band be used at both Disneyland AND World?

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Nov 17, 2022 at 11:54 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi KS!

Yes, the MagicBand+ can be used at both Disneyland and Disney World! (However, if you have a regular MagicBand from Disney World, it would not work at Disneyland.)

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Nov 9, 2022 at 6:17 a.m.
Sara Says...

I purchased my band today. When setup was complete, there was a prompt in the Disneyland app that told me to try raising my hand up high or using that same hand to draw a circle in the air. It said to do these things and then “see what happens”. But nothing happens! I have my bluetooth on, and my band is turned on and set to interact with park elements. Does anyone know about these gesture-activated features?

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Nov 10, 2022 at 10:31 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sara!

We have not had any MagicBand+ responses to gestures either, but we also know that more functions are yet to come to Disneyland so there may be some future capabilities!

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Oct 19, 2022 at 10:37 a.m.
Jodi Toadie Says...

I assume with swimming as well?

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Oct 19, 2022 at 12:28 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jodi!

Yes, they're waterproof!

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Oct 19, 2022 at 5:27 a.m.
Annette B. Says...

We are at a Disneyland hotel later this November. Will pre-arrival bands / prices be available for Disneyland like they are for Disney World?

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Oct 19, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Annette!

At this time, pre-arrival bands are not available, and there are no hotel benefits (such as opening your room, charging purchases to the MagicBand) just yet.

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Oct 19, 2022 at 2:50 a.m.
Cherise Says...

If we’re using LL, each person has to have their own magic band? I can’t access all the lightning lane passes from one magic band, correct?

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Oct 19, 2022 at 12:34 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cherise!

You cannot access everyone's passes from one band. However, not everyone needs to purchase a MagicBand+ (it's toadally optional, as those without a MagicBand+ can continue to use the app as usual if they want to).

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Oct 19, 2022 at 12:13 a.m.
Jody Says...

Hello I have 2 questions. If I download the app and my tickets etc at home..will I need to bring my phone at all or can I leave it behind..? Is it more like a fitbit or will I need the Bluetooth on my phone to use it? Also is photopass/memory maker free if I have genie plus or is that extra.?

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Oct 19, 2022 at 12:37 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jody!

If you're planning to use Genie+, then yes, you will need your phone. Also, the MagicBand+ does use Bluetooth. PhotoPass downloads are included with Genie+ at Disneyland.

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