• On Dec 6, 2017
    Tania from NB Asked

    We are going to Disney for the first time in January. Our first park day is going to be Friday Jan 5.. can we go on Thursday and get our tickets and magic bands. We don't want to wait in line our first day :) if yes, where do I get them?

    Hi Tania,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! The excitement has begun - planning your first trip is so much fun!

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and your home is in the United States, your MagicBands will be mailed to you a few weeks prior to your trip. To check on the status of your MagicBands, you will need to have a My Disney Experience Account. If you have not done so already, once you create that account, you just need to link your resort hotel confirmation number by clicking on "My Reservation and Tickets" then clicking on "Link Resort Reservation." Once your resort hotel reservation is linked, you can check on the status of your MagicBands by clicking on "MagicBands and Cards."

    If you have purchased tickets online, you can link those ticket numbers to your My Disney Experience Account and then you would not need to go to the park at all before your first day. If you have not purchased tickets, I would definitely not wait until you arrive to purchase them. Purchase them online and link them to your My Disney Experience Account. As long as you have added everyone in your party to your "My Family & Friends List," you can link each person's MagicBands to your account.

    Tania, even if you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, I suggest that you purchase your park tickets before arrival. We always pre-purchase tickets because once we have our park tickets linked in My Disney Experience, we can start making Fast Pass+ selections! Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can make those Fast Pass+ selections 60 days in advance. If you are staying off property, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections 30 days in advance.

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse Hugs,

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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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