The Magic of MagicBands Explained
What is a Disney MagicBand? A MagicBand is a customizable waterproof all-in-one wrist band that allows you to plan your vacation ahead (through your Disney account) and creates an easier and even more Magical Experience of Disney world.
For example if you are staying at one of the Disney Resorts, it can serve as your room key or can be used to charge food and merchandise purchases to your room. In addition it allows you to enter the parks by placing it next to the sensor of a special “touch-point”, check in at the FastPass entrances, pay for any purchases made at the Disney property by simply touching a special device at the cashier register or even sync your Disney PhotoPass images to your “My Disney Experience” account. In a lot of locations, such as restaurants, it also allows the cast members greet you by your name, creating a more personal dining experience with food “magically” appearing at whichever table you chose to sit.
How to obtain the MagicBands? If you are staying at one of the Disney World resorts or are an annual pass holder the MagicBand is complimentary. In any other case the bands are available for purchase at the price of $12.95 plus tax online, up to 15 days prior to your arrival. They are also available at selected merchandise locations found in all 4 major Disney parks, as well as in Downtown Disney.