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Disney FastPass+ Frequently Asked Questions

by Leap on February 1, 2020 1161 Orlando

FastPass+ FAQs - PinterestAs long-time Walt Disney World Resort experts, ticket-sellers and adventure-loving frogs, we help families plan their vacations by sharing key information. FastPass+ is one of those key pieces of information! We have been answering many questions about FastPass+ since its debut in 2014 — and we're still going! This is a compilation of answers to customers' most frequently asked questions about FastPass+.

To the unfamiliar, FastPass+ may seem overwhelming. This service simply allows guests to pre-book rides and entertainment so that they skip the regular lines. While pre-booking rides and entertainment — in some cases, up to 60 days in advance of your trip — sounds complicated, it doesn't have to be. Using FastPass+ is one of the best ways to experience the most in-demand rides with little to no wait! We are answering these Disney FastPass+ FAQs to make it as easy as possible. If you already know the basics, check out our FastPass+ tips! Let's hop to it!

Disney FastPass+ FAQs

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 Walt Disney World Resort hotels can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of check-in for their entire length of stay. Now through the end of 2020, guests staying at select hotels (including in the Disney Springs area) also get this benefit. These are:

Guests staying off-site can make reservations up to 30 days in advance of each day of their theme park visit. (Psst! You can now book your Orlando hotel with us at a discount!)

Is FastPass+ free?

Yes, it is free for everyone visiting the parks who has valid admission.

What are MagicBands?

Disney FastPass plus FAQs - MagicBands

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, at FastPass+ attraction queues and with PhotoPass photographers. 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! MagicBands offer additional (optional) functionality if you are a resort guest: They serve as your room key (talk about pixie dust!). 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. Non-resort guests who purchase MagicBands cannot add credit card functionality to their bands.

FastPass+ FAQs - Expedition Everest Queue Interaction

MagicBands offer additional functionality for all guests who wear them in the parks. First, your ride photos and video are often automagically associated with your My Disney Experience account, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tower of Terror. For other attractions, such as Expedition Everest or Splash Mountain, you'll need to touch your MagicBand to the RFID readers at the ride exit's photo area to associate your photos with your account. Second, Disney offers personalization in queues and on rides for those wearing their bands. At Expedition Everest, for example, you might see your name on one of the Himalayan advertisements before you ride. There is more personalization at it's a small world and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

FastPass+ FAQs - its a small world Ride Interaction

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 search in a backpack or pocket for tickets. You also get all of the benefits mentioned above!

How do I get a MagicBand?

FastPass+ MagicBands - Kiosk

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, 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 having them shipped to you (not available in all countries). These will be personalized with each party member's name, and you can also choose to upgrade to certain themes for a minimal charge. Your MagicBand serves as your room key and can be used to make purchases at the resort and in the parks 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 starting at $14.99 plus tax in the park or online. You no longer have to link your MagicBand in the park, so you can purchase bands as gifts or to use later.

How far in advance can I make a FastPass+ reservation? 

Disney has two windows of opportunity for guests to book FastPass+ reservations. Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel can book FastPass+ tickets 60 days before their check-in date and book for the entire length of stay. Non-resort guests have a 30-day booking window.

It really helps to have your park plans in place before that window hits, and you'll need to have already purchased tickets. You'll need to decide which day you will visit each park. It also helps to do a little research so you can book the most popular experiences and rides, or those most important to your family. Keep in mind that you may only reserve three FastPass+ attractions per day in advance. You can make additional FastPass+ reservations in the parks after you've used your first three (or the return times have passed). 

On the day your booking window opens, you'll be able to book FastPass+ reservations starting at 7 a.m. EST. So, if you're on the West Coast and want to book right away, you'll need to be up and ready at 4 a.m. (Hint: Grab your coffee or caffeinated beverage of choice before your booking window opens!) It isn't toadally necessary to book right when your window opens unless your trip is during a very busy time (such as the holidays), you're not staying on-site and/or you want to secure reservations for a very in-demand FastPass+ attraction (such as Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Avatar Flight of Passage or Slinky Dog Dash). 

If you're staying at a Disney World Resort hotel, you can make your FastPass+ selections from your first day of check-in for your entire length of stay (up to 14 days) with valid park admission. If your stay is longer than two weeks, you can make FastPass+ reservations for up to 14 days. Note that the 30-day window does not offer this option. You must book each day. We definitely recommend staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel during your visit to take advantage of that window!

How do I make FastPass+ reservations?

FastPass+ FAQs - How to Book FastPass+

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. 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. Once online, you can book your three daily reservations, one at a time. You also get to see all of the available time slots within the morning, afternoon or evening. This is a big plus that makes it easier for guests to book separate reservations for their party members. For example, while Tad and I ride Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Mommy Frog and Lily split and use a FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania! If your family or group plan to make any of the same FastPass+ reservations, we recommend you make these first.

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?

FastPass+ FAQs - Epcot FP+ Kiosks

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 EpcotDisney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom, 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. You can make additional FastPass+ reservations after you've used your first three (or the return times have passed) in the park using the app or an in-park kioskMagic Kingdom does not have a FastPass+ tiered system, but the most in-demand rides, such as Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, get booked quickly.

How do I use FastPass+ in the park?

When you're ready to use your FastPass+ reservation in the park, head to the attraction or entertainment experience during your allotted time. Look for the FastPass+ queue at the attraction and touch your ticket or MagicBand to the Mickey RFID reader for entry. You may be asked to scan your MagicBand or ticket a second time as you move further up the queue.

Just three reservations per day?

As mentioned above, after using your first three reservations in the park, you can obtain more. This can be at any park, and it can be at any attraction (even if you've already booked FastPass+ for Tier 1 attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot or Disney's Animal Kingdom). Once you have used that FastPass+ selection or the window has passed, you are free to make another selection. And so on, and so on.

Booking additional FastPass+ reservations can be done using the My Disney Experience app. (Just make sure to update to the latest version of the app.) One important note is that you no longer need to physically be present in the park you wish to make reservations for. This is a big plus for park hoppers! So you could be in Epcot, but make your reservation for Magic Kingdom if you have park hoppers or are an annual passholder.

You can also use the in-park kiosks to make reservations. If you do use a kiosk, know that not not everyone in the party must be present to add the FP+ selection as long as you are all connected using My Disney Experience.

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

FastPass+ FAQs - Modifying a Reservation

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. You can modify reservations using the website, app or in-park kiosks.

Does everyone in our friends/family account need to complete all three FastPass+ reservations for the day before we can reserve a fourth?

The FastPass+ reservations are tied to an individual ticket. If someone in your group only uses one FastPass+, that doesn't affect you from getting your fourth after your other three have been used (but it will affect them!).

Which rides and attractions should I use FastPass+ for?

This is a great question! Your "best" choices toadally depend on individual family preferences (and availability, of course). That said, on our FastPass+ Tips post, we outline our top three FastPass+ recommendations in each park. If you hop over to our Park Plans page, we outline even more priorities for each park.

We hope these Disney FastPass+ FAQs have been hopful! If you still have questions, share them in comments below. Just starting to plan your vacation and want to know more about Disney FastPass+? Hop over to our Disney FastPass+ Planning page, part of our Orlando Vacation Planning Timeline

Related: Disney World FastPass+ Tips and Park Strategies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Baylee,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

Hi Caroline,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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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Mar 31, 2015 at 8 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

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!

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi Theresa,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

Hi Cyndi,

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

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

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

Hi Mark,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

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+ :)

Keep hopping!

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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.

Keep hopping,

Leap

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi Kimberly,

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

Best,

Leap

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

Hi Chloe,

Yes, you can.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

Hi,

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

Keep hopping!

Leap

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

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

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

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

Hi Chloe,

Yes, both will still work!

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

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

Hi Wynne,

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Lara,

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

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

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

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

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

Hi Lynne,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Lauren,

You can purchase them online from the Disney Store.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hi Chris,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Keep hopping!

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

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

Hi Sharon,

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

Keep hopping!

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

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

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.

Keep hoppin!

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

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

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.

Best,

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

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

Hi Laura,

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

Best,

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

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

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

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

Hi Megan,

Are you within your 60 day booking window?

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

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

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!

Best,

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

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

Hi Jenny,

Yes, you can.

Best,

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