Walt Disney created Disneyland so one could be in the past, present, and future all in one park while letting your imagination run wild. He created what has become the most magical places on earth including Walt Disney World. Since 1971 when the Magic Kingdom opened, Disney employees have tried to make sure that their guests have the best experiences possible. However, with so many people wanting this experience and the increased popularity of a Disney vacation, overcrowded parks had become a problem. Disney decided something had to change. They took a big risk and decided to incorporate new technology in this decision and came up with the idea for the Magicband, an all-inclusive wristband. This was a huge risk has paid off nicely for Disney and goes perfectly with a quote Mr. Walt Disney has said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
What is a Magicband? Magicbands are bracelets that you wear around your wrist and have a Radio Frequency Identifiable Device (RFID) in each band. RFIDs are a great way to store information that can be quickly used later and by the end of this article you will see why they are a perfect way to get around the parks. Let’s get back to exactly what the Disney Magicband is. It is a bracelet or wristband with a RFID in it that contains all the information of your entire Disney reservations. It will have which resort you are staying at, dining plan, Fastpasses, restaurant reservations, and of course your credit card information that is on file. Now, having my credit card information on a device that is readable is a bit scary to me but when you check into the resort you must enter a unique four digit pin that is linked to your band. Each person has a unique pin for their band. You need this four digit pin to make any type of purchase on your band so if your band gets lost a person won’t be able to charge anything to your account. The other great thing about the bands is that there are no identifiable markers on the outside to let someone know which resort you are staying at. You may have your first name engraved on the back of the wristband so if your party is large and multiple people have the same color wristbands, you know which belongs to whom. Also, if you lose your band you simply go to guest services and they quickly deactivate it for you.
How do you get a wristband and where do you use it? For anyone who is staying on Disney property you will get a wristband. In your My Disney Experience you will have the opportunity to select colors for each member of your party and any names you would like to have engraved on the inner part of the band. The bands are simple in construction with a Mickey Mouse head imprinted on the top. If you don’t like your jewelry simple, like me, don’t worry, you can add bling. Small trinkets are available for purchase at several stores on Disney property. Now, your wristbands will be mailed to your house or you will receive them at time of check in at the resort. Once the band is on your wrist it is now the key to your room. Simply place the Mickey Mouse on the wristband to the Mickey Mouse on the door knob, and you are in your room. When you are ready to enter the parks you will place the Mickey Mouse on the wristband to the Mickey Mouse on the entrance pole and place your finger on the reader and you are in. When you are ready to get your check after dining or check out at quick service, simply place the Mickey Mouse against the reader, enter your four digit pin, and everything is paid. When your Fastpass time has arrived, simply place the Mickey Mouse against the Mickey Mouse FastPass pole and enter the ride. I think we have a pattern going here: simply place the Mickey Mouse on your wristband to the reader and you are in!
The wristband has revolutionized how easy it has made families to plan their vacation and get around the parks. You don’t have a room key, a park ticket, a FastPass ticket, and a Disney voucher to carry around anymore. It is all now on your wrist. The band is waterproof so if you go to the pool or one of the water parks you don’t have to worry about getting it wet. It is a bit difficult to get on and off so they recommend that you keep it on for the length of your stay.
Now comes the question of how does all that information get onto the band? I briefly discussed the My Disney Experience application for choosing your color bands and what you want engraved on the inside. The My Disney Experience application can easily download this onto any phone from the Android or Apple store or by using your computer going to MYDISNEYEXPERIENCE.com. Once you have made your reservation, make an account here and put in your reservation number. All of your information will show up including where you are staying, dining information, park tickets, etc. Set up your profiles for those traveling in your party and you can make yourself a fun Disney character, I am personally Goofy. You can link tickets to each person accordingly especially if you are going to a special event tickets. Once you have the profiles set up you can look at the restaurants that are available all over Disney. On the 180th day from the start of your reservation you can start making dining reservations and linking them to each person. Once you hit the 60 day mark you can start adding FastPasses to each person to ensure you get on the rides you want at the times you want. You can add Memory Maker and link that to one person, preferably the ring leader. All of this information is going to be right on your Magicband.
Now once you get home, that information is still in your My Disney Experience and you can also look at your pictures. The great thing about the Magicbands is that you can reuse them if you would like or you can always order new ones for your next Disney vacation. I have to say that, I really enjoyed my experience with the Magicbands and I hope that you have or will too.
On a side note. Our agency now offers day by day planning for those who do not want to or have the time to plan their entire Disney experience. We have put together itineraries to fit all families and we will even put together your my Disney experience. We do charge an extra fee for this service but this will alleviate even more of your stress of planning an amazing Disney experience.
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