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  • On Jul 11, 2017
    Wanda from GA Asked

    If we purchase tickets online the morning of our visit will we need to have Magic Bands?

    Dear Wanda,

    Thank you very much for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about MagicBands.

    MagicBands are totally optional, and the plastic ticket cards can be used for everything from entering the parks to scanning in your FastPass+ selections when you get to an attraction. You don't need to have a MagicBand in order to enjoy all of the fun of the Walt Disney World Resort.

    However, if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you are eligible for a MagicBand for each member of your party for free, so if you want one, you can select your preferred colors online ahead of your visit. 

    Something else to think about is your FastPass+ selections for each day that you are visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. It is in your best interest to purchase your tickets ahead of time so that you can have the best selection of FastPass+ options to choose from. They open to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests 60 days in advance of check-in, and to all other 30 days in advance of the date that you are visiting. In order to have the most choices, you'll want to select those as soon as you are able.

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - 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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