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Old 09-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Magic Bands 101

There seems to be a lot of misinformation/misunderstanding floating around about Magic Bands so I thought I would make one central post.

General
  • Magic Bands are soft, rubber wrist bands that contain an RFID chip.
  • You are not required to use the Magic Bands and may opt, instead, to use an RFID-enabled KTTW card.
  • They are waterproof and can be worn in the pool/shower on water rides (Splash Mountain, Kali River, etc.) and at water parks.
  • The band comes in one size, but a portion of it is removable to make it a better size for smaller wrists.
  • Magic Bands are tied to the person, not to a resort reservation.
  • They are meant to be brought back for years and re-used.
  • Your Magic Band is linked to your profile on MDE (also known as MDX). You can manage your own profile, as well as that of any family/friends you have. (Any Family & Friends members that manage their own account can be linked to yours.) Any reservations that are on your MDE/MDX profile will be accessible by your Magic Band. If you have more than one upcoming resort stay you will get a MB for each one, but all will work for all of the reservations because they are tied to your MDE/MDX profile.
  • You can link your profile to someone else's and you will then be able to link to any of their friends/family as well. Once this is done you will be able to make FP+ reservations for everyone.
  • To make FP+ reservations you will need a park ticket or annual pass attached to your MDE/MDX profile. If you have a park ticket you will limited to FP+s for the number of days on your ticket.

Customization
  • Once you have an active "Personalize MagicBands" tab in your MDE/MDX account you will be able to customize your bands.
  • You can choose from seven colors (gray, green, yellow, pink, blue, red and orange).
  • You can personalize each band with a name or nickname (9 character maximum).
  • There have been differing accounts of how long you have to customize your bands. Some have reported having until 10 days before check in. Others have reported having until 30 days before check in. Your best bet is to check your own MDE/MDX account to see what your options are.
  • Once you lose the ability to customize your bands or, if you choose not to customize bands, you will be given non-imprinted (no personalized names), gray bands at check in (if you would like them).

Shipping
  • Currently bands are shipped out approximately 29 days before check in. Once the testing phase ends the expectation is that bands will ship 10 days before check in.
  • Once your customization window closes your bands will be shipped out.
  • During the testing phase, most bands are shipped over night and will arrive 28 days before check in. They are expected to ship via the UPSP once the rollout is complete.
  • If you make your reservation at least two weeks in advance they should be able to ship your bands.
  • If you live outside the United States they will not ship bands at this time. Instead, they will send them to your resort for pick-up at check in. This is supposed to change once full roll-out of the program occurs but there are not more details at this time.

Use
  • Magic Bands may be used for the following...
  • As a park ticket.
  • As a room key.
  • As a resort account charge card.
  • For Disney Dining Plan credits.
  • To access Disney's Magical Express.
  • For PhotoPass and PhotoPass+
  • For Fast Pass + selections and entry.
  • For Resort check in.
  • For special magical experiences throughout WDW.
  • Access key-entry guard gates at Disney resorts.
  • Parking lot access for resort guests at Disney parks.

Notes
  • Disney has said that guests should not try to link tickets for hard-ticket events to their MDE/MDX accounts. These include Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Night of Joy, etc. Guests should use the tickets provided to them to enter the park for these events.
  • All information in this post is subject to change as MDE/MDX and My Magic + are fully rolled out.

Please understand that all of these things are the way Magic Bands will ultimately work. During this testing/roll-out phase there are several glitches that need to be worked out. Go on your trip with an open mind and an expectation that at least one problem will occur. Every new system goes through a "breaking in" phase and MM+ is no different.

Safe travels everyone!

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:51 AM   #3
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Thank you for this information. We are arriving at the WL on Oct 30 and was just able to customize them this morning. This info helps!
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Old 09-13-2013, 08:57 AM   #4
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[*]For PhotoPass and PhotoPass+[/LIST]

so if we have the PLUS it only gets loaded to ONE band? which really sucks since I am not going on some of those rides-- but my family is
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so if we have the PLUS it only gets loaded to ONE band? which really sucks since I am not going on some of those rides-- but my family is
I am not exactly sure how the Photopass will work. I would assume that it would be tied to anyone in your Family and Friends network but don't quote me on that.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:19 PM   #6
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I am not exactly sure how the Photopass will work. I would assume that it would be tied to anyone in your Family and Friends network but don't quote me on that.
I would NOT want to be the guinea pig to test PP+ on my magic bands..
My pics are to important to me..

It will be regular PP+ cards for us until I hear ALL the glitches work out..
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:40 PM   #7
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I would NOT want to be the guinea pig to test PP+ on my magic bands..
My pics are to important to me..

It will be regular PP+ cards for us until I hear ALL the glitches work out..
We are going at the end of October and I already have my magic bands! In regards to PP+, I was told by a CM when I called for clarification that although magic bands will be able to be used for regular photopass (if you add them), because you need the special card on a lanyard to differentiate you as a someone with photopass+, that you will always need the card for that purpose. To get your dining and ride pics etc... Does that make sense? You need the photopass+ lanyard basically so CM know that you have it.
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I am not exactly sure how the Photopass will work. I would assume that it would be tied to anyone in your Family and Friends network but don't quote me on that.
I heard of people taking a picture of the photopass plus card and sharing with family members. They can show the picture on their phone to the CM and it has worked. Or the other option though more time consuming is to write down the photo # from the ride then come back later with the card/magic band. I think you have up to 48 hours to do this. Good luck.
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I am not exactly sure how the Photopass will work. I would assume that it would be tied to anyone in your Family and Friends network but don't quote me on that.
Everyone gets their own band and fast pass + ride choices can be scheduled for separate people in your party
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Thank you! I feel like a Disney newbie (which I'm definately NOT) when it comes to this MB/FP stuff! Every little bit helps.

You might want to add that they are water proof because I've seen a few people ask about wearing them in the pools!
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Thank you! I feel like a Disney newbie (which I'm definately NOT) when it comes to this MB/FP stuff! Every little bit helps.

You might want to add that they are water proof because I've seen a few people ask about wearing them in the pools!
Excellent suggestion! Off too add...
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We had a rental car and the magic band can also be used to re-enter your resort at the security shack.

I will add that the contortions you need to do at Yacht Club to get the magic band to be read by the security panel are not comfortable. It was much easier to take off the magic band and hold it or use the KTTW card.
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We had a rental car and the magic band can also be used to re-enter your resort at the security shack.

I will add that the contortions you need to do at Yacht Club to get the magic band to be read by the security panel are not comfortable. It was much easier to take off the magic band and hold it or use the KTTW card.
Added. Thank you!

And I am only 5'2" and have a horrible time just using my key at those gates. I cannot imagine how far out my window I would have to crawl to use my Magic Band. I will plan to use your "take it off and scan it" method.
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We had a rental car and the magic band can also be used to re-enter your resort at the security shack.

I will add that the contortions you need to do at Yacht Club to get the magic band to be read by the security panel are not comfortable. It was much easier to take off the magic band and hold it or use the KTTW card.
All the right handed people who wear a watch on their left wrist are going to have to go cross body with the band being worn on their right wrist.
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All the right handed people who wear a watch on their left wrist are going to have to go cross body with the band being worn on their right wrist.
I have heard this question. Now this is only rumor, but I heard, at some point, the adult version may come with a small digital clock EST set. It may be an option you can chose or in all, not sure. Like I said rumor.
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