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Old 09-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #2251
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MAGICBANDS

How can I get a MagicBand?
Right now, you can only get one if you’re staying at a Disney resort that is testing them (see the comments below for the current list). Once launched, all guests at all Disney World resorts and all annual passholders will get one for free. If you book more than 10 days ahead, your MagicBands will be sent to your house. Otherwise they’ll be waiting for you at your resort.

How can I get a MagicBand if I’m not staying at a Disney Resort? Do they cost anything?
The MagicBands will be free to all Disney resort guests and annual passholders. Other guests will receive a card as their park ticket. Those guests may upgrade their ticket to a MagicBand for a small fee.

What can I do with my MagicBand?
That depends on if you’re an annual passholder or resort guest, or both. But here’s what can be done with the bands: (See Video Here)
Using Disney MagicBand to enter a hotel room• Check in for Magical Express at the Orlando Airport
• Check in at your Disney resort
• Charge purchases to your account
• Unlock you Disney Resort room door
• Add your PhotoPass pictures to your PhotoPass account
• Play interactive games and attractions (Test Track, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, A Pirate’s Adventure)
• Book Fastpass+
• Get free parking at the Disney parks
• Get into the Disney parks and water parks

How do the MagicBands work?
MagicBands use Radio Frequency (RFID) technology and can be read by short and long-range readers. In most cases, you’ll touch your MagicBand to a touch point at Disney World (most look like Mickey heads) to activate it. If the Mickey head lights green, you’re good to go.

What can the MagicBands do that card tickets can’t?
Because the MagicBands can be read by short- and long-range readers and the cards can only be read by short-range readers, there will be certain “magical” things that will happen only for MagicBand wearers. For example, your name may be said in an attraction or by a character, or some other personalization may happen somewhere in Walt Disney World as you walk by.

Can annual passholders be a part of the test?
Yes, if they book a stay at a Disney resort that is part of the test. (See list in the comments below.)

Will the bands continue to work for annual passholders after their hotel stay?
Yes. Once their annual pass is linked to their MagicBand, they can continue to use it and book FastPass+.

How secure are the MagicBands? Can my credit card or personal information be stolen?
UPDATED 9-5-13: Just like most RFID chips, it’s likely someone could walk by you with an RFID reader and copy the information on your MagicBand or pass. But your credit card and personal information aren’t stored on the band or card. Only code is stored. Disney’s readers use that code to look up your information, which is stored in their secure database. Also, to make a purchase, you have to enter a four digit pin number, which you previously set up. But they could use your FastPass+ and get in your hotel room if they knew your room number. So it’s best to report it asap. (See the next question.)

What should I do if I lose my MagicBand?
If you lose it, you should immediately go to Guest Relations or log onto the app and disable the band you lost. But even if someone finds your band or steals it, they can’t make purchases with it unless they know your pin number.

Do I have to give my personal information?
To take advantage of some of MyMagic+ features and benefits, you’ll need to give Disney some personal information when you sign up online. But if you don’t mind losing some of the benefits, you can opt out of giving them part of your information or all of it. You can also opt out for your children.

Can I stop my child from being able to charge on their MagicBand?
Yes. You can set who can charge and who can’t when checking in at your Disney resort.

When paying using MagicBand, how will I get my passholder (or other) discount?
Right now, for Passholders, DVC members and cast members to get their discounts, they’ll still need to show their pass/card ticket.

What if I forget to bring my MagicBand to the park?
UPDATED 9-5-13: You’ll still be able to get in the park and use some of the MyMagic features using your card ticket, including FastPass+.

Can I use my ticket/pass instead of a MagicBand, or opt out of getting a MagicBand?
UPDATED 9-5-13: You’ll get one automatically when booking a stay at Disney’s resorts but you don’t have to use it. With the new system, you can have multiple MagicBands and card tickets all connected to your account. They will all work independently of each other. But keep in mind that you may not get some of the MagicBand benefits if you don’t have it with you. FastPass+ will still work with your card ticket.

Can I reuse my MagicBand on my future visits?
Yes, but you may automatically receive a new MagicBand when you make Disney resort reservations. The online site and My Disney Experience app let you manage multiple passes and MagicBands.

Can I give my MagicBand to someone else to use?
You’re not supposed to. It won’t work for getting someone in the parks because all guests still have to scan their fingerprints or show ID. You could give it to someone else to use your FastPass+ reservations, but you’re not supposed to.

MagicBand accessoriesWhat sort of MagicBand accessories are available?
UPDATE 9-5-13: Disney sells buttons, sliders and sleeves for the bands. Disney is also selling T-shirts that have various designs using Magicbands. You can find them at most of the resorts that are testing the bands. Click Here to see our video of how to use the accessories.

Is the MagicBand waterproof?
Yes, you can wear it in the pool, rain or ocean. You can also leave it on the dash of your car and it should to be OK.

What size MagicBands are available?
Making a Disney Magicband smallerThere is only one size available but it is supposed to fit on the wrists of 95 percent of guests. Kids and those with small wrists can peel away part of the band to make it smaller.

What do the bands feel like? Are they hypoallergenic?
They’re smooth, flexible and made of a non-latex hypoallergenic material.

What MagicBand colors are available?
You can get red, blue, green, pink, yellow, orange or gray.

How do I chose which color Magicband I want?
UPDATE 9-5-13: If you book your Disney resort stay about 10 days ahead of time, you can customize your MagicBand by choosing the color you want and the name you want printed on the back through Disney’s website. If you don’t choose your color, they will automatically give you a gray one.

Will the MagicBands work at Disney parks outside of Walt Disney World?
No, not yet. Walt Disney World is the only place they will work. Other Disney parks, including Disneyland in California, still use paper tickets.

Will my MagicBand do anything outside of Walt Disney World?
The only feature we’ve seen so far is in the Disney Infinity video game. Touch the MagicBand to the base and the Disney Dragon appears. Click Here to see it in action.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #2252
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I have Magic Bands for an upcoming trip, since I reserved at POR. I've since switched my resort to CSR. Can I still use the MBs during the trip? I probably can't use FP+, because I cant access that on MDE anymore, but I should be able to use the rest of the features of MBs, no?
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #2253
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Hi all,
This is my first time staying at CSR and I'm so excited. I do have a few questions tho and I'm only on page 90 of the thread

We have never stayed here and this time I'm taking my sister with me who has mobility issues and may have to use a scooter some of the time. If I requested Cabanas will that be a problem getting that on the bus with a scooter? I'm not sure how that works to begin with but esp if there is more than one stop for the buses.

Also anything else you can share I would appreciate. We have two young kids that will be with as well and they are so excited too. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #2254
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Shouldn't be a problem at any bust stop at WDW. I believe almost all buses are lift-equipped nowadays.

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gmi3804 Thank you so much!!! Do you know how that works if there are already people on the bus?
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gmi3804 Thank you so much!!! Do you know how that works if there are already people on the bus?
You'll wait for the next bus, scooter or not. Sometimes scooters are front-lined before those waiting in line before the bus is filled; no guarantees, but it happens. Don't expect it. If a bus is full initially, it's full.
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Heading here today after our 10 night stay in NYC...I predict quite a contrast! We've requested Casistas 4 - we'll see what we end up with! Can't wait to check in and explore!
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Heading here today after our 10 night stay in NYC...I predict quite a contrast! We've requested Casistas 4 - we'll see what we end up with! Can't wait to check in and explore!
Can't wait to hear your review! That is where I am requesting to stay.
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Heading here today after our 10 night stay in NYC...I predict quite a contrast! We've requested Casistas 4 - we'll see what we end up with! Can't wait to check in and explore!
Looking forward to your review as well. Can you tell me how did you enter your request for Casitas 4? Did you call main WDW Line, fax the resort directly? Have a magical time

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Looking forward to your review as well. Can you tell me how did you enter your request for Casitas 4? Did you call main WDW Line, fax the resort directly? Have a magical time

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Requests for particular buildings have to be done by phone to Central Reservations or via fax to the resort. If you've already done the former, you don't have to do the latter; it's already in there.
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Looking forward to your review as well. Can you tell me how did you enter your request for Casitas 4? Did you call main WDW Line, fax the resort directly? Have a magical time

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Our TA called through to central reservations for us and put the request in. Will be sure to let you know how we go at check in (not till later tonight) and our thoughts on the resort
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Checking in on Tuesday!

I also requested Casitas 4, lol, since I have never stayed in that section. Getting so excited-leaving tomorrow for a very early flight on Tuesday morning. Everyone have a safe trip.......
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This is my first time staying at CSR and I'm so excited. I do have a few questions tho and I'm only on page 90 of the thread

We have never stayed here and this time I'm taking my sister with me who has mobility issues and may have to use a scooter some of the time. If I requested Cabanas will that be a problem getting that on the bus with a scooter? I'm not sure how that works to begin with but esp if there is more than one stop for the buses.

Also anything else you can share I would appreciate. We have two young kids that will be with as well and they are so excited too. Thanks in advance!
When my husband had a wheelchair our last trip (due to a recent badly broken foot) if there was already a wheelchair/scooter strapped in, we had to wait for the next bus, if not he was the first one put on (before the line up of other people) at the bus stop <other than people already on it> and we were escorted on with him. It didn't please some people but from my perspective it wasn't super awesome pushing a wheelchair with 3 small kids in tow either so I just shrugged off their annoyed looks with my exhausted look. Just make sure you are at a bus stop with enough time to miss one if needed and still get to reservations etc.

Be patient with the driver. They have to lower the bus, lower the ramp, set it all up, bring the scooter on, strap it up per regulation and that takes a bit, readjust the bus and then load everyone else so until you get used to it, it feels like everyone is waiting, tapping their feet.
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Apologies if this has already been asked and answered, but any inclination that CSR will be a MB/FP+ test resort for October and/or November? Or is it still anyone's guess?
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