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Buying Magic Bands if not staying on property

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by mdutch39, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. mdutch39

    mdutch39 Member

    I know I have seen on here that if you are not staying on property or are not a APH then you will be able to buy magic bands. So I called Disney and asked if, when the magic bands are officially rolled out, I would be able to purchase the bands.

    They said no.

    It will be made available to the on property guests (we know), APH (we know), and eventually Florida residents (this was news to me). So I'm kind of bummed because I was really excited for these beauties. Guess I'm not special enough.
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  3. wilkeliza

    wilkeliza Active Member

    I'm their mind the card and fast pass+ is all they need to offer to be considered equal. It is interesting that MB will be resort, residents, and AP only. It makes a draw to be one of the to things you can easily be.
  4. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    Whoever you spoke to was wrong. It has been known for quite sometime that anyone with a Disney World Ticket will be able to get a Magic Band. It is tied to your park tickets, not where you are staying. Currently it's still testing and rumours are going around that AP Holders may start to get them during October :)

  5. AndreaA

    AndreaA Member

    Actually, that's not true. Currently there are no plans to let non-resort guests have MagicBands:


    The pertinent passage:

    I've seen a few other sources that say the same thing, including quoting Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs
  6. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    I'm confused what part isn't true. AP Holders don't have to be resort guests to get Magic Bands once it goes live. Currently it's still in testing and previous official Disney comments have said everyone will be getting Magic Bands and they'll be available for purchase too.

  7. AndreaA

    AndreaA Member

    You said that everyone will eventually be able to get a MagicBand and according to various quotes and sources, that is not true. There are NO plans to sell or give the bands to people who are not AP holders or resort guests.
  8. RooRach0906

    RooRach0906 "Oh Goody, Horray!"

    Isnt part of the point of the Magic Bands is to have another reason/difference to get people to want to stay onsite??? That is what I got from everything I heard , read, and seen. I always saw that it would be available to resort guest. (I can see why they would include APH tho)
  9. AndreaA

    AndreaA Member

    After doing some real searching, I was able to find one quote from Tom Staggs about regular day visitors being able to buy MagicBands:

    However, that quote was way back in early January and I have not found anything more recent except things that support my belief that they are not planning to give or sell MagicBands to people who are not AP holders or resort guests, unless they buy Photopass. It's possible that they've either backtracked on that plan or are not planning to roll it out for quite a long time.
  10. hannah'sdaddy

    hannah'sdaddy Member

    I hope it will be opened up to a wider audience, because I usually stay on property but it is at Shades of Green. I am planning a trip in December and would be great to have the magicbands. I guess I'll keep watching the boards for the latest news and rumors until I leave on my trip.
  11. astephen2

    astephen2 Member

    I personally don't think that they will be opened up, as very few of the features are currently available to non-resort guests. The only exception is FastPass - the other features are only currently available to resort guests.
  12. ArwenMarie

    ArwenMarie DIS Veteran

    I don't know about the bands vs. the cards etc...

    Regardless, the more I read and think about this, I think that prebooking Fastpasses will not be available to anyone not staying at a Disney resort. Including annual pass holders (unless they are staying at a resort, which many do throughout the year).

    The two conditions of the extensive testing that we have seen so far are...1) valid park admission 2) staying at a Disney resort. There has been zero testing for anyone else. I think there is a reason for that...They don't plan on offering it to anyone who doesn't meet those two conditions.

    I do think that same-day Fastpasses might be available once you enter the park with your admission media, whatever it is, via the kiosks or the app. So technically, a non-Disney-resort guest will still be able to get FPs. But what will be left at that point especially at certain times of the year?....there's the real question. I also don't think they are going to hold any back for same-day/offsite guests.

    No other scenario makes sense in my mind. The new perk for staying onsite, and it's a HUGE one, becomes the prebooking of FPs.
  13. EagleScout

    EagleScout Member

    This perk will also then continue to overshadow the curtailing of emh that already occurred, and potentially pave the way for even further reductions
  14. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    Disney has confirmed FP+ will be available for AP Holders and there are rumours that in October, they will be doing an AP test (where they don't need to be staying on property)

    The testing has only been for people staying at a WDW resort, probably more for is there are any issues. The Swan and Dolphin and the DTD Hilton have already confirmed Magic Bands will be available to their guests, although they do already offer their guests the onsite perks (EMH, Merchandise delivery ect)

  15. ArwenMarie

    ArwenMarie DIS Veteran

    I guess even if it is true that AP-holders/offsiters-with-tickets can prebook at 60 days (and I hope it is!!!), the crux could end up being that onsite guests can prebook X number of days ahead plus their length of stay, which would still be a major perk and advantage, especially during the very busy weeks.
  16. SuperDan523

    SuperDan523 Member

    FWIW, I'm an AP holder and MDE was allowing me to select FP+ for days that were long before my upcoming check-in at Pop. Looks like they're allowing AP holders at least, if not ticket holders in general, to book a certain number of days of FP+ reservations without a resort stay.
  17. doconeill

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    I know of no public statements from Disney that they are NOT going to sell the bands to guests who would otherwise not get them, and a few that they will like the one you quoted. In the absence of a public statement contradicting the previous statement, I expect the previous statement is still in force. However, they are NOT TALKING about it right now because they are in the middle of testing and they are worried about that.

    Anyone here should know that a phone CM saying something that they aren't directly involved with is quite often incorrect.

    And I can't see Disney passing an opportunity to sell something else, especially if the guests want it. MagicBand? Sure, that's $20...and be sure to check out our Wall of MagicBand Bling to spice it up..."

    I'm guessing on the $20. But previous reports did say that the replacement price of a MB would be $50 after one free replacement...figure that's to cover the cost of the first two...
  18. Planogirl

    Planogirl <font color=purple>I feel the nerd in me stirring

    If some of this comes to pass then we are so done with WDW. We stay offsite at times for several reasons and I see no reason to stop that. If Disney doesn't want us to buy their passes and so on then that will be fine. I refuse to pay often more for passes and food than onsite guests and not even be able to buy FP+.

    That said, I'll wait and see what happens. I'm not writing off anything until I know a lot more.
  19. ParrotBill

    ParrotBill <font color=red>A parrot's life for me<br><font co

    But you don't have to do the MagicBands... offsite you can still just get and use a ticket card as always.

    The MagicBands is an obvious upsell. They'll cover the cost with the accessory sales. I am not thrilled with a band but I do like the convenience of admission, fastpass and door key in one. And making purchases with RFID is so easy and fast compared to the past.
  20. Ckmommy72

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