Magic Bands – Dream Big By Florence Porter
In a recent trip to the World, my husband and I were invited to test the new Magic Bands. While I have been skeptical, it was a lot of fun to pick out a color for my wristband. It was exciting when the box arrived via overnight delivery. The box is “Incredible”. The bands have our names printed on the inside. We needed the larger size, but the outer part of the band can be removed to create a smaller size for children.
The Magic Band was used from the moment we entered the Disney “World”. The first use was to utilize the Magical Express, no longer do you need to carry the paper booklet! We had preset our PIN at home using My Disney Experience, so once we checked in, we headed straight to our room. Even though we got a Key to the World card, our Magic Bands let us into our room on the first try! It’s simple; just hold Mickey on the band up to the Mickey on the keypad on the door.
Upon our first entrance to the parks, we just used our Magic Band to enter as we had with our Annual Passes on our last visit. Again, we had registered our Annual Passes using My Disney Experience! We had a few problems with our bands entering parks. My husband needed to have his reset once and once I had to be waved in, as I couldn’t get Mickey to “go green”. What’s that? Oh, when you hold up an RFID card or band to the Mickey globe at park entrance, the Mickey turns green when your finger matches the RFID. If Mickey turns blue, that’s not good. You need help from a cast member.
In addition to our room and park entrance, we used our Magic Bands to charge meals and purchases to our room. Again, just line up Mickey on the band with Mickey on the “touch point” then enter your PIN. Also, we had set up some FastPass+ attractions before we left. Look to a future article for our experiences with that.
So, when I say “Dream Big”, I got so used to using by band and NOT having to pull out a card every time I turned around, that I found myself wishing to use my band for other things. Some of the things I would love to see added are:
• PhotoPass photos, instead of carrying around a card (Disney’s website says this is coming)
• Check in for Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs)
• Tickets for parties, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
• Reservations for tours, such as Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour
Even though we had some hiccups with park entrance, every other use of the bands worked well. Overall, I would say we had a successful