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  • On Jul 2, 2017
    Cynthia from OK Asked

    Bought 4 annual passes for our family. We are arriving on 08/01 for 10 days. When can we pickup our magic bands? We have had 4 answers to this. The worst response being that they will be sent to us after we get home and cannot be used on this trip.

    Dear Cynthia,

    Thank you so much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your planning question about your Annual Passes!

    I am also an Annual Passholder, and I understand that it can be confusing to activate your Annual Passes for the first time. You are correct that you will not be sent your MagicBands that are included with your Annual Passes until after you activate your Annual Passes, which for you would be August 1st. You would therefore not use those particular MagicBands on that trip. You can only activate your Annual Passes in person at Guest Services. 

    I wasn't clear from the question if you are staying on Walt Disney World Resort property for your August trip or not. If you are staying on property, you will be sent MagicBands for that reservation ahead of your trip and you can use those MagicBands for the entirety of the trip! If you are not staying on property, you can purchase MagicBands or you can simply use the card version of your tickets.

    As soon as you activate your Annual Passes, you have full use of all discounts and perks associated with the Annual Pass, and it doesn't matter if you have a MagicBand or not!

    Hope that helps with your confusion! 

    Have a magical vacation!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a Disney Parks Moms Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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