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The Definitive Guide to Disney's FastPass+

by Leap on June 4, 2015

Editor's Note: We frogs love nothing more than helping you all have the very best theme park vacation, so we're very excited to introduce our brand-new, downloadable Guide to FastPass+. We've written extensively on this topic here on this post and others, and we've taken all of that advice and boiled it down into one easy-to-read, take-it-with-you-anywhere format. The Frog Family Guide to FastPass+ covers all of the basics, including instructions for making reservations, FastPass+ priorities by park, kiosk locations and our very best tips! 

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For you first-timers or those of you who haven't been in awhile, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the Disney World vacation is FastPass+. Fully launched in 2014, the FastPass+ service aims to provide guests with a more efficient and personalized Disney World vacation through the use of RFID technology.

We have put together this guide to provide an overview of the service, how it works and tips you can use to make the best decisions for your family. Those of you who are familiar with FastPass+ can skip the FAQs and head straight to the resources below.

FastPass+ RFID tickets

Let's get started with the FastPass+ basics

What is FastPass+?

FastPass+ is Disney's reservation system that allows guests to book advance reservations for experiences and attractions in the park. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in for their entire length of stay, while guests staying offsite can make reservations up to 30 days in advance of each day of their theme park visit. FastPass+ replaced the original FASTPASS system in the parks, and physical FASTPASS tickets are no longer distributed. Your FastPass+ selections are stored with your My Disney Experience profile on your tickets or MagicBands.

What are MagicBands?

FastPass+ enhancements

MagicBands are rubber bracelets that contain an embedded RFID (radio frequency identification) chip and function similarly to regular RFID park tickets. They both offer touch-and-go functionality at the park entrances and FastPass+ attraction queues. The bracelets are more practical since you don't have to fumble in your pocket or backpack for tickets every time you enter a park or use FastPass+. Just make sure the Mickey head on the bracelet, which contains the RFID chip, touches the Mickey head RFID reader! The MagicBands offer additional (optional) functionality if you are a resort guest. They serve as your room key. You also can associate a credit card with the band so that you can touch to pay for purchases at the resort after you have entered your pin.

Do I need a MagicBand?

No, physical tickets offer the same functionality as MagicBands. But you may find that MagicBands are more convenient for entering the parks and FastPass+ queues and having photos taken by PhotoPass photographers since you don't have to fumble in a backpack or pocket for tickets. Additionally, guests wearing MagicBands will find that their on-ride photos and videos at select attractions are automagically uploaded to their My Disney Experience accounts. (Guests without MagicBands would need to touch their ticket to the RFID readers at the ride photo area to associate their photos to their account.)

How do I get a MagicBand?

FastPass+ MagicBands

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, all members of your party will be given MagicBands free of charge.  Depending on how far in advance you book your resort stay, you will have the option of choosing the colors of your bands and have them shipped to you (not available in all countries). Your MagicBand serves as your room key and can be used to make purchases at the resort during your hotel stay. Guests using Disney's Magical Express transportation will also use them at check-in, so you shouldn't put them in your checked baggage if you are flying to Orlando.

If you are not staying at a resort, you have the option of purchasing the bands in the park for $12.95 + tax or online. You no longer have to link your MagicBand in the park now, so you can purchase bands as gifts or to use later.

How do I make FastPass+ reservations?

First, you need to purchase tickets. We recommend purchasing early enough so that they arrive before your 60 day (resort guest) and 30 day (non-resort guest) booking window opens. When you have your tickets, you will need to create an account on Disney World's My Disney Experience website in order to make FastPass+ reservations. To make reservations for friends and family, you will need to add their name (such as for a child) or send an email invitation to connect through a Disney account. Everyone whom you wish to make FastPass+ reservations for must have valid tickets linked to their account. Once you and your party members' accounts are linked, you then need to link your tickets. While the process is fairly straightforward, we have found it is easier to use the app since you can actually scan your ticket number rather than having to key it in manually. (We recommend this process if you have older, non-RFID tickets.) For those of you who are close to your FastPass+ booking window, once your order has been processed, you can contact our customer service to obtain your ticket number to link your tickets in My Disney Experience.

Once your tickets are linked, you will be walked through the process of making FastPass+ reservations. You will then be presented with a selection of one-hour windows for available attractions and entertainment for your selected date and park. Once you've made your selections, you can then further modify times for those selected attractions. You can also swap or cancel those selections.

Can I still make advance FastPass+ reservations if I plan to purchase a MagicBand later?

Yes. If you decide to purchase a MagicBand later, you can still make FastPass+ reservations in advance and those selections will be stored with your My Disney Experience profile and linked with your ticket and MagicBand. Your tickets will continue to function even if you use a MagicBand.

How many reservations can I make?

Guests can make three advance reservations for rides and experiences per day via the My Disney Experience website, the app or the in-park kiosks. Those three reservations must be made for use in one park only. Note that at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios a tiered structure is in place for the most in-demand attractions. Guests can make only one selection from the Tier 1 attractions and entertainment and two selections from the Tier 2 list at those parks.

How do I use FastPass+ in the park?

Fastpass+ Kiosk Magic Kingdom

When you're ready to use your FastPass+ reservation in the park, head to the attraction or entertainment experience during your allotted time. You will look for the FastPass+ queue at the attraction, and touch your ticket or MagicBand to the Mickey RFID reader for entry.

Just three reservations per day?

FastPass+ tips - kiosk

You can obtain an additional FastPass+ entitlement via the park kiosks once you have used your first three (or the reservation time for all three selections has passed). This can be at any park, and it can be any attraction (even if you've already booked FastPasses for Tier 1 attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot). Once you have used that FastPass+ selection or the window has passed, you are free to make another selection via the in-park kiosk. And so on and so on.

Once you've made an additional FastPass+ reservation from the kiosk, you can modify that reservation, including changing the time or replacing the attraction with something else, via the app. Not everyone in the party must be present to add the FP+ selection, but the person making the reservation does need all of the tickets or MagicBands at the kiosk in order to load the selection onto the guests' media. If you are park hopping, you can only book Fastpass+ selections at the kiosk for the park you are currently in. So, if you are at Disney's Hollywood Studios and have used all three of your FP+ allotments, and are now hopping over to Magic Kingdom and want an additional selection, you must go to a kiosk at Magic Kingdom. Your reservation cannot be made at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a different park.

What if I am late/need to modify my reservations?

If you are late by a few minutes on your slotted time for an attraction, you should still be allowed to enter the attraction. If you are going to be more than a few minutes late, you should re-book the experience for a later time, although the cast member at the FastPass+ queue has the discretion to let you in. If you no-show for an attraction, it counts against your daily allotment of FastPasses. You can modify reservations using the website, app or in-park kiosks.

Want to learn more about FastPass+?

We've written extensively about FastPass+. Here are some of our most relevant posts.

Disney World Touring Plans and FastPass+ Priority Attractions by Park

Disney World FastPass+ Attractions & Entertainment Options by Park

Still have questions about Disney's FastPass+? We're here to help! Share your questions in comments below.

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Melina Jun 27, 2015 at 8:11 a.m.

It seems a little late. We are going in December and booking our hotel room at the end of July. I want to know if we can have the wristbands delivered to us before the day we check into the hotel.

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FrogBlog Jun 29, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

Hi Melina,

If you are staying on-site and live in the U.S., your wristbands should be shipped to you well in advance of your visit.

Keep hopping!

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Jaclyn Jun 25, 2015 at 5:23 a.m.

If I purchase a ticket at the park the day I go, will I still have the ability to use the "Fast Pass"? Being that it's summer and a busy time is it likely that all the Fast Passes will be full and I probably won't even be able to utilize it?

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FrogBlog Jun 25, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.

Hi Jaclyn,

Yes, you will still be able to use it. Keep in mind, though, that depending on the park, there may be limited to no availability for the most popular rides and attractions. I wouldn't let it stop you from using FastPass+ as any ability to skip the lines is a bonus, and of course, it's always a treat to visit Disney World.

Keep hopping!

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Patricia Jun 7, 2015 at 11:03 p.m.

Hi, I am booking my fast passes for July 2015. My first day will be the 7th July 2015, and I have booked my three rides for that date for animal kingdom. Do I have to book on the 8th etc for fast passes into another theme park or once i have made one booking is there a link to allow me to book my fast passes for the duration of my ticket . ie 7 days.

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FrogBlog Jun 12, 2015 at 11:09 a.m.

Hi Patricia,

If you are staying off-site and your entire trip is within the 30-day booking window, you would be able to book them all at once. If you book the first day in the parks 30 days out, you would then have to wait until the next day to book that next set of FastPasess and so forth. Hope this helps!

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Kevin Jun 4, 2015 at 8:35 p.m.

I live in the UK, and when I go to Disney next year I want to have as much fun time in the parks, and not spend time getting my disney tickets put onto a wristband. If I buy one of the Magic+ wristbands now, can I register our tickets to the bands before we even leave for the USA? If so, how do you do this without something to "read" the wristbands? Do the wristbands come with a code or something similar that you type in?

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FrogBlog Jun 5, 2015 at 9:05 a.m.

Hi Kevin,

Yes, they have a code that you use to link them in My Disney Experience. I am not sure that the Disney Store will ship them to the UK, so that is something you should look into. Keep in mind that depending when you arrive, you could purchase the bands at Downtown Disney and link them there.

Keep hopping!

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Tania Jun 2, 2015 at 8:51 p.m.

Hello! We are in the process of booking fast pass plus times for our large group of 14! All tickets are scanned and we are using the app. The problem we are facing is that some people in our group want a fast pass for ie: tower of terror and others want Star Tours. Is there a way to select different rides for different people or do we all have to go on the same rides ?

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jun 3, 2015 at 9:18 a.m.

Hi Tania,

You can schedule different rides for different people. The best way to do this might be to start out by making the same reservations for everyone, and then making the changes to those who want to go on different rides. You have the option to select which party members you wish to include in those reservations.

Keep hopping!

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Sydney Jun 2, 2015 at 4:18 p.m.

I am an annual pass holder and have a Disney Experience account. 4 of my friends are using park hopper passes won through the Dreamer and Doer Award and will be picking them up at will call the day we go to the park later this week. If I make fast pass reservations now, will I be able to link them to the reservation the day we're at the park once we have the tickets?

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FrogBlog Jun 3, 2015 at 9:26 a.m.

Hi Sydney,

I think you are asking if you will be able to make your reservations now and then copy those over to your friends on the day of. If not, please clarify ;) Your friends should go ahead and create their accounts before the trip and then make sure you are all linked up. Once connected and once they have their tickets linked, you could then try to copy your reservations to them. This will be subject to availability, so that may be an issue since your friends are not able to book sooner than the day of. Could your friends reach out and try to obtain their ticket numbers in advance? They may be able to do that.

Keep hopping!

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Mark May 26, 2015 at 6:33 p.m.

Heading to WDW in December and staying at Shades of Green. Can credit cards be linked to Magic Bands along with our tickets if staying at this resort? Trying to carry as little as possible into the parks. Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog May 28, 2015 at 8:47 a.m.

Hi Mark,

No, they cannot at this is not a Disney-owned hotel.

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Matt May 22, 2015 at 10:02 p.m.

Hi. Thought you might like a bit of feedback on our FP+ advance booking experience, as guest relations hadn't even come across our problem! We're visiting from the UK in Aug for 3 wks ... We're staying on property, so our 60d window opened a few days ago. However, the MDE site would only allow us to book 14d of FP's, not the full 21. We queried this with Guest Relations, and they thought that we would be able to continue booking FP's 60d prior to the 15th day of our stay, but weren't certain. As it happens, the following day (59d before arrival) the system allowed us to book 1 more day of FP's (the 15th day of our stay). So the max amount of days you can book 'ahead' is 74. Hope this helps any other guests who email you. You've been very helpful to us with advice, so I thought we'd return the favour!

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Marcos May 16, 2015 at 10:42 a.m.

Hello ,

Please help us ! We are going to stay at Art of Animation and bought basic tickets To September.

Everything is linked To mydisneyexperience, but when I go to fastpass it asks me To link tickets and I cannot see my Family at the fastpass, but for reservations I can see them.

What should I do please?

Regards,

Marcos

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 7:32 a.m.

Hi Marcos,

Have you linked each of your tickets and/or can you verify that every person in your party has an account with the tickets and reservations? Then, have you linked everyone under My Friends and Family? If all of this is in order, then you are just fine and you will simply need to wait until midnight 60 days out to make reservations.

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Myles May 14, 2015 at 11:10 a.m.

Hi, I have a Premier Passport and this is my first time to WDW. I am trying to book my fast passes and it will only let me book out 7 days. Is there an issue?

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FrogBlog May 14, 2015 at 10:41 a.m.

Hi Myles,

Congrats on your first trip! Passholders are limited to 7 days within any 30 day period.

Keep hopping!

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Leigh May 13, 2015 at 2:28 a.m.

We'll be doing a split stay on our visit and I'm confused as to how the FP will work. We will be at AOA for 3 nights and have 5 day ticket then we transfer to GF for 4 nights. Will the system let us book our FP for all 5 days even though the days will be split between two resorts?

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FrogBlog May 15, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.

Hi Leigh,

You should be able to book FastPass+ reservations for your entire stay. Be sure to go into My Disney Experience and make sure both of your reservations appear under My Reservations and Tickets.

Keep hopping!

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Alison May 10, 2015 at 6:03 p.m.

Hello, we're going to WDW at the end of July staying off site - we've bought our park tickets, purchased memory maker and linked it on MDE. I've read through a lot of Q&As today but just wanted your opinion on whether you think it is necessary to also purchase the MagicBands. Are there any more advantages to this other than not having to get tickets out each time we enter parks/have photos taken/photos on rides etc. (There are 5 of us, 2 adults, 3 children). Thanks

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FrogBlog May 11, 2015 at 6:31 a.m.

Hi Alison,

The decision to purchase MagicBands is up to you, but there is a little more convenience with them. If you wear MagicBands, Photopass photographers will simply tap them after they take your photos. Additionally, all of your on-ride photos and video will appear magically with your account. If you do not have the bands, you will need to go over to the photo kiosk after each ride and tap it to associate with your pictures.

Keep hopping!

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Matt May 6, 2015 at 4:16 p.m.

We are a family of 4. 2 of our party won't ride some of the roller coaster rides, but my daughter & I do. In the days of paper FP's we used to use their FP's to ride twice whilst they waited. With Mag Bands could we wear theirs temporarily to do the same thing? Or are there checks in place to prevent this? Thanks for your help! :-)

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FrogBlog May 11, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Matt,

Yes, you can do that, but your other party members do need to be in the park i.e. they need to have used their bands to enter the park.

Keep hopping!

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Anthony Skitt May 5, 2015 at 2:56 p.m.

Good afternoon.

Do you know if there are any plans to allow non-resort guests to use magic bands to make purchases through a linked credit card?

It just seems a bit odd that the functionality is there, but some can't use it because they're not at an official Disney Resort.

Thank you, Anthony.

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 9:42 a.m.

Hi Anthony,

Unfortunately, the ability to use the credit card is tied to your resort stay.

Keep hopping!

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Shera May 3, 2015 at 4:24 p.m.

We are staying at the dolphin and using our magic bands from a previous trip. We currently have tickets waiting for us at willcall. If my magic bands are still active in my disney account will they automatically link to my willcall tickets?

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 9:28 a.m.

Hi Shera,

If your MagicBands are still active, they will work when you link your tickets. If you have purchased E-Tickets through us, once you link those tickets in My Disney Experience you don't have to go to Will Call.

Keep hopping!

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Amanda May 1, 2015 at 11:55 p.m.

Hello. My DF and I will be going to WDW for our honeymoon in September. We have reservations at art of animation for the first 3 nights and plan on golfing wdw courses. Then we are heading for a 3 day cruise on the Dream. After the cruise, we are headed to port orleans for 4 days MWY w/hopper at the parks. We have two sets of bands shown on mydisneyexperience. Is there any way to just use one set for the whole trip? or are we going to need to bring both sets with us? Thanks

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FrogBlog May 5, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! You only need one set of bands, although you can use the two sets interchangeably during your visit.

Keep hopping!

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Theresa Apr 30, 2015 at 12:48 a.m.

We have already purchased our tickets and made our Fast Pass selections through My Disney Experience. Do we have to do anything further to add our tickets to our Magic Bands or are they already linked to our bands and when we arrive we will be good to go? (Meaning the bands are automatically loaded with our tickets and we don't have to manually load them ourselves).

Thanks for your help!

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FrogBlog Apr 30, 2015 at 7:01 a.m.

Hi Theresa,

Are you staying on-site? If so, your MagicBand will be activated and should be good to go. If you are not staying on-site and purchasing a MagicBand separately, you would need to link your MagicBand to your account first.

Keep hopping!

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Andrew Apr 29, 2015 at 5:19 p.m.

We are heading to Disney World for a Sunday - Saturday visit in October. We will be staying on property Sunday night, leaving Tuesday and off property the rest of the time. We are going to the parks M, T, W, F. I have two questions:

1. If I purchase a 4 day ticket, will I only be able to make early FP+ selections for the days we are staying on property?

2. Can I sue Magic Band for purchases Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday?

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FrogBlog Apr 30, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

Hi Andrew,

Yes, you will only be able to make early FP+ reservations for the days you are staying on property, and you will not be able to use the MagicBand for purchases after you leave.

Keep hopping!

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Barbara Campa Apr 29, 2015 at 12:25 p.m.

If another person adds me to their Disney Experience App. Can I used my magic band on another trip with my own Disney Experience App. Or my magic band will remain attached to my cousin's Disney Experience App?

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 8:03 a.m.

Hi Barbara,

Have you created your own account? If you have not, you would want to create it in My Disney Experience. If you already have an account and your cousin has added you as a friend or family member, then you still manage your own account, but your cousin could too (unless you did not give her permission to do this).

Keep hopping!

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danny Apr 25, 2015 at 6:43 p.m.

we have already purchased our theme park tickets. can we now create a disney account and purchase fas s pass plus?

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 11:05 a.m.

Hi Danny,

Yes, you can create your account. FastPass+ is free, so enjoy!

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Cortney Apr 25, 2015 at 4:20 p.m.

Hello

I have a 4 day one park pass and a 1 day park hopper pass linked to my band. My question is how do I let the system know when I want to use the park hopper versus using the one day passes? We are only hopping one day as we have breakfast res in one park but going to another for the day.

Thanks

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 9:47 a.m.

Hi Cortney,

You don't have the ability to change this yourself. You will need to contact Disney to confirm the order of which ticket is getting used, and then switch it when you want to use the other ticket.

Keep hopping!

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Shannon Apr 24, 2015 at 2:33 a.m.

We are going to WDW this fall. We are staying on property on night 1 and then staying at an off property townhome for a full week. We have a total of 5 days scheduled for the parks (tickets purchased through you). Can we make all of our FP+ reservations for the week at the 60 day mark since we are on property at the start of our trip?

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FrogBlog Apr 24, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Shannon,

Unfortunately, you cannot. You'll have to wait until 30 days for the days you are staying off-site.

Keep hopping!

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Miss Apr 23, 2015 at 2:36 a.m.

Fast pass question. We have a resort reservation and tickets. I got Fast passes at the 60 day mark. Now we would like to stay at a different resort. They made a new reservation and can't modify the existing to where we want to change to. If I cancel the first, I lose my fast passes. If I wait until 30 days, will the fast passes stick? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Apr 23, 2015 at 12:09 p.m.

Hi Miss,

I am a little unclear about your question. You are staying on-site and made reservations for one hotel and FastPass+ reservations. Now you want to change to another hotel. Is the new hotel also on-site, and if so, are the dates the same? What reservation can't you modify, your FastPass+ reservation or your resort reservation?

Keep hopping!

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Kathy Apr 22, 2015 at 7:52 p.m.

The time slot for Fast Pass - does that mean you can show up anytime within the time slot...just not past the time slot?

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FrogBlog Apr 23, 2015 at 7:23 a.m.

Hi Kathy,

Yes, that is what that means, although you do have a little bit of padding in there if you are about 5 minutes early or 15 minutes late. The cast member at the FastPass+ queue also has the discretion to let you in.

Keep hopping!

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MMH Apr 21, 2015 at 4:17 p.m.

First trip to Disney for me, my husband and our two kids. With the fast pass does one fast pass work for entire family or do each of us need to reserve the same time slot? Also, we are traveling with an 11 month old. I have heard there is a swap pass that is available as well. Do you have any information on that you can share? Lastly, we are staying at an off Disney resort. I am contemplating purchasing Magic Bands but I am wondering if there is any added value outside of tickets and fast passes. thanks -

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 10:59 a.m.

Hi there,

With Fastpass+, each person in your party needs to make reservations (except for children under 3). But there is a little bit of wiggle room if you are doing a child swap, and it can be a big opportunity to ride more rides with less wait. With child swap, only one of you needs a FastPass+ reservation. When you get to a ride you want to do child swap on, you will tell the cast member that you will be doing a child swap. One of you adults will ride, while the other will be given a paper pass that can be used to ride again without waiting in line. Your other child has the opportunity to ride with both parents, so twice the fun! So, I would book separate FastPass+ attractions on those rides you will be using child swap (Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, for example). For any rides that you would be able to ride with baby, such as Peter Pan's Flight, the three of you would all need a FastPass+ reservation. Also note that you don't need FastPass+ to do child swap. You can do this on any ride, but you would end up waiting in the regular queue before you get the pass that would allow the other adult to ride. Does this make sense? Let me know if you have any more questions.

Keep hopping!

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Lee Apr 17, 2015 at 1:56 a.m.

We are traveling to Disney this summer with a large group. We are the only family going that are not Disney Vacation club members. We are staying at a Disney resort and purchased our tickets with the resort. The remaining families purchased their tickets separately. We have linked our reservations, etc. together. The issue - the other families are able to link their park tickets directly using will call confirmations and can see their individual member names listed under the fast pass selection area. My family members are listed in the fast pass selection area with the "Needs park admission" note under each. We are able to click on every other individual going with the exception of my family which is grayed out. Our trip is completely paid for. Disney states our status will automatically change at midnight the night we enter the 60 day period and cannot give us a will call number to use in advance. I'm concerned this is not going to happen. Have you heard of any issues where the status for resort linked park tickets did not change and open up to allow fast pass reservations?

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FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Lee,

We have not heard of any issues with this. On midnight 60 days in advance of your check-in day, you will be good to go!

Keep hopping!

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Dunkiepunk Apr 12, 2015 at 12:34 p.m.

If I purchase a magicband for my husband and myself I would still need to dig out the paper ticket for my two kids at each ride? Is there any advantage to just a couple of us having the bands?

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi Dunkiepunk,

No, I don't think there is a benefit to having some but not all of your party with MagicBands.

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Baylee Apr 10, 2015 at 3:57 p.m.

We're going to be staying offsite when we visit in May, but I love the idea of using my Magic Band for purchases in the park. However, I've been told that you have to be staying onsite to be able to place charges on your Magic Band. Is this true?

Thanks so much for the help and your amazing site!

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FrogBlog Apr 13, 2015 at 9:48 a.m.

Hi Baylee,

This is true. You will only have charging privileges if you stay at a Disney World resort hotel.

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GIna Apr 8, 2015 at 6:06 p.m.

So, my family of 4 will be traveling in June with my niece and her friends. I am the adult in her room for 3 days and once they leave, I am in the room with my family (in the same hotel). Do I get two Magic Bands or can I link all of those reservations to one band?

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FrogBlog Apr 8, 2015 at 2:22 p.m.

Hi Gina,

Have you already booked your reservation? I would reach out to Disney directly as you would likely need to book two reservations, since you will have different people staying with you. Each person staying in the room will need to be on the reservation in order for them to get MagicBands and make FastPass+ reservations. Let us know what you hear back.

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Lisa Apr 8, 2015 at 2:50 p.m.

If I book a reservation with a disney hotel and receive my magic bands.. what happens if I decide to cancel that hotel reservation and decide to stay at an off-site resort.? Do I still keep the magic bands as well as the fast pass reservations on it or no?

New to this fast pass and magic bands.

Thanks

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Niki Apr 7, 2015 at 11:35 p.m.

Trying to book FP+ reservations for myself and family that are meeting us there. In the my disney experience app it lists everyone in my "family and friends" list and all the names say that they are managed by me. Great! But when I go to select who the FP+ is for it won't let me select their name, if I do it says they need park admission, the family that is meeting us there are annual pass holders so I tried entering their ticket numbers/magic band IDs and it says not able to link to my account, that it's already linked to another account and to call the 407 number. I did and waited on hold for 30 min with no help and decided to google and came across this blog. HELP! Please!

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FrogBlog Apr 8, 2015 at 6:56 a.m.

Hi Niki,

Glad you found us! I am surprised that Disney was not able to help. If you are connected to the other family's members and can manage their accounts, then you should be able to book FastPass+ reservations for them. By chance are you staying on-site and are you trying to make reservations more than 30 days out? If so, it could be that you simply can't make reservations for them because annual passholders cannot book FastPass+ reservations until 30 days in advance. Let me know if this is the case.

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Josh Apr 5, 2015 at 6:45 p.m.

Hi, we are going to Disney in September and staying offsite. Does everyone in my party need to purchase magic bands or can we just use one to do fast pass and link tickets?

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:49 a.m.

Hi Josh,

A MagicBand is only good for one person. The tickets function the same as MagicBands, so it is up to you if you want to purchase them.

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sabrina Apr 4, 2015 at 4:13 a.m.

Hi, we are planning a trip for september and are staying on the resort so we will get our bands in the mail. But I saw a frozen fever band I'd like to purchase online off eBay. If I buy that band, can I have it linked to our tickets and reservations and all that once we get to the park? Also are the bands a one time use, will I need to get new ones for next year or can I reuse them?

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:55 a.m.

Hi Sabrina,

Regular MagicBands are reusable. Some of the limited edition bands had to be linked in the parks, and I can't tell you for sure for this one. Maybe someone else here has done the same and will chime in!

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Valorie Apr 3, 2015 at 7:35 p.m.

I am considering purchasing an annual pass in May. If I visit and stay on-property with a room only reservation. I would like to bring my sister and her son as a special treat. Can I buy them separate tickets and link them to fastpass+? Also, do annual pass holders qualify to make fastpass+ reservations?

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FrogBlog Apr 8, 2015 at 9:22 a.m.

Hi Valorie,

What a great sister you are! Yes, you can buy their tickets and link them to FastPass+. Unfortunately, annual passholders who are staying on-site are limited to making FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance. So in this case, I would recommend that you make your resort reservations for your family, and buy your son and sister's tickets. Then go ahead and link them and make FastPass+ reservations as soon as the 60-day window opens. When your 30-day window opens, try to copy their FastPass+ selections to yours.

Hope this all makes sense!

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Dawn Mar 31, 2015 at 9:54 p.m.

Hi! First time buyer of tickets from UT- so far, so great! I was able to easily link the tickets to My Disney Experience, but I did not see a way to link my MagicBands from last year's trip to the new tickets. I am not staying on property this trip. Any suggestions?

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FrogBlog Apr 1, 2015 at 10:51 a.m.

Hi Dawn,

Unless you deactivated your MagicBand, it is still valid. You can confirm this in My Disney Experience by going to MagicBands and Cards.

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Caroline Mar 29, 2015 at 4:09 p.m.

Do you know if I order magic bands online through Disney (not staying on site) will my name be printed inside or is there an option to do so?

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FrogBlog Mar 30, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

Hi Caroline,

There is not an option to print your name on the band at this time.

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Sheila Mar 28, 2015 at 7:12 p.m.

Hi, we are visiting WDW in May this year from the UK. We are staying off-site and have purchased park tickets through our tour operator. We have are considering magic bands ... if I purchase them on-line from Disney, they do no ship them internationally so where and when do I pick the bands up? Am I correct in thinking I can link my tickets and FP to the magic bands in advance? thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 8 a.m.

Hi Sheila,

Since you can't get MagicBands shipped to you, you will need to pick them up at the park or at Downtown Disney. You should go ahead and link your park tickets and make your FastPass+ reservations, so you will be all set for your trip!

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Sheila Apr 14, 2015 at 8:58 p.m.

Thanks for your help, it has clarified the situation. I am staying off-site, does my 30day window open 30 days from my first day in the park or do I have to book my fast passes one day at a time? Thanks Sheila

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FrogBlog Apr 15, 2015 at 9:54 a.m.

Glad we could help :) Your booking time opens 30 days in advance of the day you want to go to the park, and yes, you will need to book these a day at a time if you want to make reservations when your window opens.

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Theresa Mar 28, 2015 at 4:55 a.m.

I usually am a Passholder but this year I'm only going for a short trip so I think im going to be purchasing a normal park ticket. I have a couple magic bands I got last year that were linked to my pass. if I get a normal park ticket will I be able to link my old magic bands to the new ticket? and if I just renew my Passholder ticket, will the old bands still work for it as well. thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 31, 2015 at 8:01 a.m.

Hi Theresa,

Yes, all of your previous MagicBands work with any ticket type unless you de-activate them.

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Tracey Mar 27, 2015 at 8:26 a.m.

My son is going to Disney next week with his high school senior class. He does not have a smart phone what is the best way for him to make the best use of the wristband? Should he just hit a kiosk as soon as get gets in the gates? Can a friend link his band to their phone as well as their own? Can he text me the night before and I can enter it on the app? I'm the only one in my family with a smart phone.

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FrogBlog Mar 27, 2015 at 7:07 a.m.

Hi Tracey,

You could create an account for him now and go ahead and make FastPass+ reservations for him now. Is he staying on-site? If so, his MagicBand should already be linked to his account. If not, he could purchase one and have it linked or just use his physical tickets. And, yes, he can connect with a friend who has a MagicBand, and that person could manage his account.

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Cyndi Mar 21, 2015 at 3:08 p.m.

Our family is going in June and staying on site and we all have old non expiring tickets that we had linked to our MDE account. The issue is we all have a different amount of days left. We are a family of five and have days left ranging from 7 days to 3 days. Will we only be able to make fastpass reservations for the amount of days we have left on each ticket or can we make fastpass ressies for as many days as our trip?

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 7:57 a.m.

Hi Cyndi,

Sounds like fun! You can make up to seven days worth of FastPass+ reservations.

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Mark Mar 21, 2015 at 2:26 p.m.

Can you use the My Disney Experience app to get extra FP+ after you have used your initial 3, or do you have to use the kiosks? Seems like using the app would be easier, but I have read there are some problems with that. Going in June.

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FrogBlog Mar 23, 2015 at 7:58 a.m.

Hi Mark,

The app would be easier, but as of now, you must use the kiosk.

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Erick Peters Mar 24, 2015 at 10:48 p.m.

So the app now has a small FP+ icon below the wait times for today. Is that just because I didn't use three already today and if I had booked three already, this icon wouldn't be visible to me? Almost looks like you can rebook from the app for FP+ 4+. Thanks.

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FrogBlog Mar 25, 2015 at 10:37 a.m.

Hi Erick,

It appears to me that the FP+ logo is simply to let you know that FP+ is available for this attraction.

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Melissa Mar 17, 2015 at 12:29 a.m.

I'm traveling with three children and two adults. One child is 2, and won't have a ticket. We would like to take advantage of Ride Swap, but I'm wondering how that works with a Fast Pass. For example, if just Husband and Son A have a Fast Pass for Space Mountain at 10am, can all five of us enter the ride and ride swap so I can take Son B while husband holds the toddler with Son A? Or do all of us need to have the Fast Pass for the same time in order to ride swap?

I hope that makes sense. Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 17, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Melissa,

Husband and Son A (first ride group) would use their FastPass+ and let the cast member know that you will be doing child swap. He or she will issue a child swap pass that would be good for the rest of your party. This is a good way to get a little more mileage out of FastPass+ :)

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Sandra Mar 16, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

Question: have been hearing that some guests are purchasing 2 sets of tickets & 2 Magic Bands for each party member for each day of their trip. This then allows them to advance reserve 6 FP selections per person per day instead of 3 which is the case when only 1 set of tickets is purchased. It sounds like it would work - what is your take on this plan?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:44 a.m.

Sandra,

Sounds expensive and a little bit confusing. We prefer to get to the parks early and ride as much as we can when the parks are least crowded and save FP+ until the afternoon and evening.

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Claire Mar 13, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.

Hi

we haven't decided which days we are going to Disney and which days we will be doing other things. Can I just book Disney fastpasses for each day of our stay or will we be penalised if we don't use our reservations??

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 8:51 a.m.

Hi Claire,

Yes, you can book FastPasses for days that you may not end up going to the park without penalty. Just know that the limit is 7 days.

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Angel Mar 9, 2015 at 1:51 p.m.

we are traveling to disney in june...(my mom and two daughters). we plan to stay at disney. however, a cousin will meet up with us to go in the parks..but will not be staying with us. we are purchasing all of our tickets in advance. am i able to get fast passes in advance for all five of us, or will the cousin be left out since she won't be staying at our hotel? can i still link her to my account since i will have her ticket info?

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:23 p.m.

Hi Angel,

You would not be able to book FastPasses as far in advance for your cousin, since she is not staying on-site. You can link accounts, though. I would try copying over your selections to hers.

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Kimberly Zuniga Mar 7, 2015 at 9:10 p.m.

Is it possible to transfer your FastPass into the MagicBand? And if so how?

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:38 p.m.

Hi Kimberly,

You do not need to transfer your FastPasses. They are available both with your tickets and any active MagicBands.

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lucy Mar 7, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.

I may be being stupid (!) but I fee like I've read everything there is to read about FastPass+ without actually being able to find out what it means in practise - when you arrive at the ride at your allotted hour, do you jump to the front of the queue? Or could you still be queueing for an hour? If you're allotted time is 9.15-10.15 and you arrive at 10.10, will you have your ride by 10.15?? (I expect not!). Would love to find this out! Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 9, 2015 at 2:44 p.m.

Hi Lucy,

You actually enter a separate FastPass+ queue that is a shortcut to the attraction. At some point the FastPass+ and standby queues merge,so you will have some wait time, just not very long. It could be less than five minutes just depending on the attraction.

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Chloe Mar 6, 2015 at 3:15 p.m.

We are staying off site in May. I've heard we get tickets and not magic bands. Can I still purchase magic bands online and link them to my Disney experience and use the magic bands to enter rides?

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 10:01 a.m.

Hi Chloe,

Yes, you can.

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Heidi Mar 6, 2015 at 3:40 a.m.

can you transfer previous tickets that are on one band to a new band with new tickets?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 7:15 a.m.

Hi,

Yes, you can. Unless you make a band inactive, you should be able to use the bands interchangeably.

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Heidi Mar 6, 2015 at 3:02 a.m.

Hi!

I recently went to Disney in Jan and had a 4 day military ticket put on my magic band. During the trip we only used 2 out of the 4 days. These tickets don't expire until the beginning of October. I recently booked a trip for August and plan to use my remaining 2 days. Is there a website or phone number I can call to make sure my 2 days are still on my magic band?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 7:14 a.m.

Hi Heidi,

I am not familiar with the military tickets, so I would definitely call Disney to verify, but you should be able to see them in My Disney Experience under My Reservations and Tickets.

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Chloe Mar 5, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.

My family of four will be staying off site for our disney word experience in May. I understand we dont get magic bands. They seem to be easier to have than carrying cards. If i purchase magic bands online ahead of time, can i link our tickets to the magic bands before we even leave for the vacation? But both will still work right?

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2015 at 7:07 a.m.

Hi Chloe,

Yes, both will still work!

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Wynne Mar 5, 2015 at 3:20 p.m.

Can we link our credit card to our MagicBand even though we're not staying at a Disney resort? We already purchased our tickets and are debating the MagicBand.....

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FrogBlog Mar 5, 2015 at 9:38 a.m.

Hi Wynne,

No, unfortunately, you cannot link your MagicBand unless you are staying at Disney World hotel.

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Annette Mar 5, 2015 at 7:59 a.m.

Hiya. We are going to Disney in 30 days time. Just booked fast passes for my first day but can't make any for other days. Do I have to book them each day over the next two weeks but thought I read once it is 30 days before you can book whole trip? Thanks.

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FrogBlog Mar 5, 2015 at 9:48 a.m.

Hi Annette,

If you are staying off-site, you have to book them one day at a time 30 days in advance.

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Lara Mar 4, 2015 at 4:15 p.m.

Hi! We are staying at a Disney resort. When we purchased our park admission tickets, we received cards in the mail. Can we change that so that our park admission and everything is linked to our Magic Bands? We have Magic Bands linked to our my disney experience account, but cannot tell if we will need both the magic bands and park admission tickets. We'd prefer to just have everything on the magic bands. How do we do this? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Mar 4, 2015 at 2:47 p.m.

Hi Lara,

You can use the tickets/MagicBands interchangeably. Both will be active. Hope this helps!

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Emma Mar 3, 2015 at 2:41 a.m.

Hi we are travelling from Australia and are wanting to know if we get our disney world tickets now, how do we get a magic band. Thanks

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FrogBlog Mar 4, 2015 at 10:02 a.m.

Hi Emma,

If you are staying at a Disney World hotel, your MagicBand will be provided free to you (most likely at check-in since you are coming from Australia). If you are staying off-site, you can purchase the MagicBands in the parks or online from the Disney Store.

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Matt Mar 1, 2015 at 9:58 a.m.

Hi. We're visiting WDW in July, and so will be picking up our Magic Bands at our resort. If we buy ourselves character MB's in the parks can we use those alongside our free ones? Your blog is awesome btw!

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 11:25 a.m.

Hi Matt,

Yes, your MagicBands can be used interchangeably. Thanks so much for the kind words! We're in the business of making hoppy vacations :)

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Lauren Lindberg Feb 28, 2015 at 6:25 p.m.

I purchased physical tickets from UT can I call you guys to get the ticket numbers to link fast pass before my tickets arrive?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 11:34 a.m.

Hi Lauren,

Yes, you can do that or email us at info@undercovertourist.com with your order number.

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Lynne Feb 28, 2015 at 2:07 p.m.

If I make on property room only reservations, make my fast past plus reservations at the 60 day mark, and then have to cancel my on property room reservation, will I be able to keep the reservation or will they automatically cancel and I'll have to make them again at 30 days?

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FrogBlog Mar 6, 2015 at 12:54 p.m.

Hi Lynne,

This is a good question! Has anyone else had experience with this?

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Sue Feb 24, 2015 at 10:15 p.m.

my sister is staying at SSR for 8 days, I will be meeting up with her for the last four days were I will be staying offsite,we want to link our tickets up so we can fast pass on the same rides, are we able to do this, I have purchased my tickets from UT?

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FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 8:22 a.m.

Hi Sue,

Since you're staying off-site, you won't be able to make reservations as early as your sister. But once your 30 day window opens, your sister could copy her selections to you and your party (provided you are both connected in MDE), and the system would try to get your selections as close together as possible.

Please report back to us and let us know what you get!

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Merry Feb 21, 2015 at 4:56 a.m.

Do you know whether fastpass reservations are transferrable from one ticket to another? For example: if I buy a 3rd party vendor ticket (8-day park hopper), link it to my magic band via the Disney app and make fastpass reservations, but have to change the length of my trip and thus want to use a different ticket (4-day park hopper), will I be able to transfer existing fastpass reservations to the new ticket?

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 8:35 a.m.

Hi Merry,

Yes, you can do this. Your FastPass+ reservations are safe. The only potential problem is that once you add your tickets in My Disney Experience is that you cannot change the order in which the ticket is used unless you contact Disney directly by phone or before you enter the park at guest relations. So if you added your 8-day Park Hopper and then added a 4-Day Park Hopper, if you went to the gate with your MagicBand, the ticket entered first would be the one used first.

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Lauren Feb 15, 2015 at 4:53 a.m.

I'll be staying at SOG but want to get Magic Bands for my kids and parents. Where would the best place to purchase them if we wanted to ahead of time? Are they sold in the airport, disney store, polynesian, TTC?

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FrogBlog Feb 16, 2015 at 10:12 a.m.

Hi Lauren,

You can purchase them online from the Disney Store.

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Gabe Feb 3, 2015 at 8:29 p.m.

Hi,

as clarification to my earlier comment, my first set of magicbands currently covers the 5th or free day, Since I now have an extra set of Magicbands for the 5th day (thanks to my 4th night at Pop) (but no tickets linked to them) can I book an additional set of FP+ reservations for my group for the last day, this giving us 6 instead of 3 prebooked rides? thanks!

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 10:14 a.m.

Hi Gabe,

The number of MagicBands or onsite reservations does not change the number of FastPass+ reservations you can book in advance. The limit is three per day from one park. Once you are actually in the park, you can obtain an extra FastPass after you have used your first three (or they have expired) from an in-park FastPass+ kiosk.

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Gabe Feb 3, 2015 at 7:40 p.m.

HI,

I have a resort reservation at art of animation for april for 3 nights, taking advantage of the free extra day offer. For the 4th night, we are staying at Pop as Animation wasn't available on the 4th night for the promo hotel rates. I have a set of Magic Bands for each resort. I don't have tickets for the last day (day 5), because those are covered by the extra day I got when booking the promo (I booked 4 days so got the 5th day free).

My question- I know I can book my FP+ at midnight tonight for the first stay, but is there a way to utilize the second set of magicbands for the last night to make an additional set of FP+ reservations for the last day even though I don't have any tickets linked to them?

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.

Hi Gabe,

You can make additional FP+ reservations during your stay, but you would need, of course, valid park admission to use them. Whether you have a MagicBand or not, or even the number you have, does not matter. Hope this helps!

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Chris Feb 3, 2015 at 6:19 p.m.

We purchased tickets for June and linked them to our account. To see how the fastpass plus system worked we linked them to our account and booked fastpasses for tomorrow. We cancelled them immediately just to see how it worked. Will this impact how many days we can book in the future or impact our tickets in any way?

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FrogBlog Feb 5, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.

Hi Chris,

Nope. This is a great way to see how the system works!

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peyton Feb 2, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.

Are the magic bands worth getting? And you can use them on other trips right?

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FrogBlog Feb 3, 2015 at 6:48 a.m.

Hi Peyton,

Yes, you can use them on other trips. I think they are worth the convenience, since they are used for park admission, FastPass+ entrances and Photopass photographers. They are sometimes tricky to use because they require the Mickey head to line up perfectly with the RFID reader, but overall, it is easier than always having to reach for tickets.

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Sophie Jan 31, 2015 at 3:22 a.m.

I'm staying off site. If my 30th day before going is saturday, at what time I can reserve my fastpass+ ? Is it at 00:01 AM ?? I'm asking this because I saw that some attraction have already given all the fastpass for the day. So I understand, that it is really popular. Does it mean that I will never be able to have a fastpass for them.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:43 a.m.

Hi Sophie,

The window opens at midnight eastern. Since you are staying offsite, the resort guests have had a full month ahead of you for making reservations. So during the busiest times of year, some attractions' Fastpasses will run out quickly. I would suggest you keep trying each day for cancellations. Also, if there is a specific attraction you really want, like Anna and Elsa, I would search for just yourself (not your entire party). If you get a reservation for yourself, you would then "copy your selections" to your other party members. This option is only available on the app, so if you are able to get a reservation yourself, you would need to go to the app. Select FastPass+ > Modify My Existing FastPass+ Selections and then "Copy existing FastPass+ selections from one Party Member to another." That is often a "backdoor" way to get difficult reservations, but you might have to still keep trying to get it.

Let us know if you have luck!

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Sam Jan 30, 2015 at 12:54 a.m.

I am trying to see photos taken by the Disney Photographers down in Magic Kingdom, but it says I need to include my room reservation, which is unknown since it was a school trip. Is there any way around this so I can see the photos?

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 7:46 a.m.

Hi Sam,

If you have logged into your My Disney Experience account, you should be able to see the images that were scanned with your MagicBand. Your best bet would be to reach out to Disney directly on help with Photopass.

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Sharon Jan 22, 2015 at 12:51 a.m.

My daughter is staying at Port Orleans Riverside and we are staying off property. We currently have a dining reservations and other plans linked. Once we link our park tickets will she be able to make FastpassPlus reservations 60 days in advance for all of us or will I need to go back and link ours at the 30 day time frame? Thank you for your response.

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FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 8:09 a.m.

Hi Sharon,

She should not be able to make FastPass+ reservations for you at 60 days out, but it wouldn't hurt to try ;)

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Stephanie Jan 21, 2015 at 7:57 p.m.

I purchased tickets from UT a few weeks back and have already made my FP selections. Just found out you can purchase MagicBands at DisneyStore.com and received them today. I have linked one to one ticket that was purchased, is there more I have to do? Want to insure it's really 'linked' and my FP selections aren't lost in the transfer.

Help! Thanks so much - you guys are great!

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FrogBlog Jan 22, 2015 at 3:05 p.m.

Hi Stephanie,

You did it correctly, and you should be good to go! We always bring our tickets with us even when we have the bands, but we've never had a problem.

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Lora Jan 15, 2015 at 5:49 p.m.

In the past, we have never had to have a fastpass for shows like Fanstasmic, Beauty & the Beast and Illuminations. Am I reading you now need a fastpass for these? Can't we just find a good viewing spot for Illuminations like we have always done?

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FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

Hi Lora,

Yes, you can still find a spot, and no, you don't need a FastPass for it. But you do have the option now to get reserved seating for them.

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Laura Jan 15, 2015 at 5:43 p.m.

I am staying off property. I purchased tickets though UT and bought Magic Bands in advance. Can I link a credit card to my bands for shopping/food purchases?

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FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 7:06 a.m.

Hi Laura,

You can only link your credit card to your MagicBand if you are staying at a Disney World resort.

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Michelle Wilkie Jan 15, 2015 at 12:48 p.m.

I'm a DVC member and I booked our accommodation through them. I bought our tickets separately and then I've added them all to My Disney Experience. We are British and therefore won't get our Magic Bands till we arrive onsite. I've tried to see the time window we get and it only says 30 days, if we are staying at Old Key West surely we should have the 60. Am I not linking something that I should?

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FrogBlog Jan 16, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

I would go under My Reservations and Tickets, then under Disney Hotel Reservations look to see if your resort reservation is there. If it is not, add it by clicking Link Resort Reservation. My guess is that is the reason you are having trouble.

Old Key West is so fun and relaxing. Great choice!

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Megan Apr 4, 2015 at 4:27 a.m.

I am experiencing the same problem. We are going in June of this year and staying at the Wilderness Lodge. The resort reservations and the tickets were purchased at separate times. For some reason, it is only showing that we can reserve fastpasses 30 days in advance. Both the reservation and the tickets are showing up in MDE, but the fastpass page still only allows us 30 days out. Any ideas?

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FrogBlog Apr 7, 2015 at 10:52 a.m.

Hi Megan,

Are you within your 60 day booking window?

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Turner Jan 14, 2015 at 4:25 a.m.

If I purchase tickets through a third party vendor such as UT, but then book a resort room through Disney, will Disney still send a Magic Band for my party that we can link with our tickets from UT?

PS - Love the blog!

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FrogBlog Jan 14, 2015 at 6:18 a.m.

Thank you, thank you, Turner!

So long as you book a Disney World hotel, you will receive a MagicBand. Just remember, you book your FastPasses as soon as you have your tickets!

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Jenny Jan 9, 2015 at 2:03 p.m.

We are staying off property. Can i purchase the Magicbands from Disneystore.com and UT tickets in advance and link them myself on My Disney Experience before we leave?

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FrogBlog Jan 10, 2015 at 11:06 a.m.

Hi Jenny,

Yes, you can.

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pamela Dec 28, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.

we are staying only one day on property & the rest of our time with family. It is unlikely that our one day on property will be the same day as our trip to the Magic Kingdom. Will our MagicBands still be able to be linked to our tickets & available for purchases in the park even after our "on property" stay is over?

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FrogBlog Dec 29, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

Hi Pamela,

Your band will continue to work provided you have linked your tickets in My Disney Experience. You will only able to use the MagicBand for purchases during your stay at the resort.

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Taina Dec 17, 2014 at 4:58 p.m.

Do you sell the magicbands on this site?

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FrogBlog Dec 17, 2014 at 3:18 p.m.

Hi,

We do not currently sell MagicBands, but you purchase them separately and then link tickets purchased through us to them via the My Disney Experience website.

Best,

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erin Dec 16, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

hello! i was wondering if i can order my magicband and then buy my disney world tickets afterwords?

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FrogBlog Dec 17, 2014 at 9:14 a.m.

Hi Erin,

Yes, you can purchase MagicBands and then purchase tickets later. We just recommend you purchase tickets far enough in advance so that you can make FastPass+ reservations before your booking window begins, either 60 days or 30 days in advance depending on whether you are staying onsite.

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Claudia Dec 8, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Hello

I will be picking my tickets one day before visiting Disney parks. Is it possible to book my fastpasses before that?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Dec 11, 2014 at 2:42 p.m.

Hi Claudia,

Yes, once your order has been processed, we can provide you with the ticket numbers. You will just need to call us at 1-800-846-1302 or email info@undercovertourist.com.

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Stephan Dec 3, 2014 at 7:47 p.m.

Hi,

I am doing research for my master thesis “Increased customer convenience in theme parks through RFID”.

Therefore, I am doing a short survey (5-10 min) about Disney’s MyMagic+ system (MagicBand) and its perception in the parks. Everyone (also cast member) who experienced Disney’s system is more than welcome to participate. I’m very curious about your thoughts.

http://h2370926.stratoserver.net/limesurvey/Index.php?r=survey/index/sid/674295/newtest/Y/lang/en

Thank you, I appreciate your help!

Stephan

Master student

University of Applied Sciences Stralsund, Germany

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Wendy Sep 23, 2014 at 11:51 p.m.

We want to use FastPass a few days ahead of time, but the weather is looking iffy. We do have a "rest day" built into our trip (in case of rain) - will using FastPass "use up" one of our Disney ticket days if we decide it's too rainy and stay home that day? Can we cancel them online too?

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FrogBlog Sep 26, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.

Hi Wendy,

If you don't end up entering the park for that day, your FastPasses are just canceled, and there is no penalty.

Best,

Leap

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David Williams Jul 17, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.

im an 70yr old age pensioner, and have a walking problem, im bring my 14yr old Granddaughter and would like to know if there is any help for disabled people

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2014 at 12:26 p.m.

Hi David,

You can rent an ECV or wheelchair to use during your visit. More information is available here at this link: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/ecv-rentals/

Note that if you rent from Disney, you cannot make reservations, and ECVs are available first come, first served in each of the parks. If you scroll down to the end of that link, you will see a list of providers who offer ECV rentals for the length of your stay.

Hope this helps!

Leap

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Lee Jun 23, 2014 at 7:57 p.m.

Do I have to book fast pass 30 days in advance? Can I do it like the day before I go to the parks? I have a big group of 8 so so I am wondering how much does it cost to have the fast past? I won't get my tickets till I get to florida. I am staying at a rental condo home not at wdw resorts.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:46 p.m.

Hi Lee,

You can book your FastPass+ reservations the day before you enter the park or even the day of. FastPass+ is free and included with all tickets.

Best,

Leap

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Wendy May 26, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.

Thanks very much. Really looking forward to our October visit.

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Lori May 24, 2014 at 8:32 p.m.

We have MYW tickets through UT, not the park hopper option. If we choose fastpasss in advance and then choose a different park that day, will that be a problem? Does making the fastpass reservations lock us into that particular park because of our decision?

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FrogBlog May 27, 2014 at 12:22 p.m.

Hi Lori,

No, you have the flexibility to change your park and FastPass+ selections.

Best,

Leap

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Wendy May 22, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

I have a very slim wrist for an adult eg if I wear a bracelet its usually child's size. How adjustable are the bands?

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FrogBlog May 23, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.

Hi Wendy,

The bracelets are adjustable, and each one can be worn in a child's size if need be.

Best,

Leap

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Karen May 17, 2014 at 9:53 p.m.

Honestly, looking through all these new changes, it makes more sense to just high-tail it over to the rides you want to do, and just do them. Everyone else will be monkeying around with these new fastpasses, it will actually work to our advantage (those not willing/able to be able to predict 30/60 days in advance what the weather will be and what park will be best that day). My BIL just came back from a short stay (4 days) and said his family did more than the family they were traveling with, who made advanced reservations for certain attractions and then had to wait as kiosks that were more than 10 people deep to make changes or add attractions. My family goes every year, usually during the busiest seasons, always used and loved traditional fast passes, but we are going off the grid this year and I believe we will see more than the new fast pass holders will.

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Anthony May 16, 2014 at 5:08 p.m.

My daughter and I both have two tickets from different trips to Walt Disney World. I have two Park Passes and she does as well. Each has one day of park hopping on each pass. Can we link both tickets to one bracelet for each of us? Before we order additional passes I would like to use these four tickets that have a day each left on them.

Thank You,

Anthony

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FrogBlog May 19, 2014 at 1:11 p.m.

Hi Anthony,

Yes, you should be able to link both sets of tickets to MagicBands. You need to link those tickets in My Disney Experience. If you are staying at a Disney resort, you will receive the bands in advance. If not, you will have to purchase them in the park.

Best,

Leap

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Susan May 15, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

Are tickets bought through Undercover tourist able to be added to the wristbands to use as entrance into the parks or must the tickets themselves be used? i will be staying at a Disney hotel so i know I will get the wristbands but i have always bought my tickets from Undercover Tourist and am wondering how they will work with these new wristbands. (I know in the past, my room key and ticket were separate because I purchased my tickets off property. Same thing? Any way to sync them?)

Thanks,

Sue

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FrogBlog May 15, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.

Hi Susan,

As long as you link your tickets in My Disney Experience, you will be able to use the wristbands for park entry.

Best,

Leap

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Kristi May 13, 2014 at 9:50 a.m.

I purchased tickets through UT for our trip in August. We are staying at Wilderness Lodge. I have our reservations linked in mydisneyexperience, and was able to link our tickets too. The website, however, is telling me I can only make fastpass reservations 30 days in advance, not 60. How can I fix this?

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Willow Jan 7, 2015 at 4:24 a.m.

When you reach your 60 day window the full 60 days will show. The system is recognizing that you can use your tickets any time you want, not just during your reservation, and is giving you the opportunity to book FP+.

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FrogBlog May 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Hi Kristi,

I would contact Disney directly to see if they can fix the issue for you.

Best,

Leap

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Kim May 6, 2014 at 3:27 p.m.

If i have old no expiration paper tickets with days left on them (waterparks and parks), can they be transferred to a non-expiring RFID bracelet?

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FrogBlog May 7, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Hi Kim,

Yes, you can transfer your tickets to a MagicBand.

Leap

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