Q: Can people, not staying on Disney property, buy a magic band to use in the park? If so, how do they do that?
A: Yes, you can and actually it is preferred as Disney will be gradually fazing out the plastic tickets.
If you are staying off site, you can purchase your Magic Bands ( and their accessories) in most of The Walt Disney World Resort Park & Resort gift shops, most of the Disney Pin Trading Centers, have someone purchase them for you in advance, or even purchase some of them online from The Disney Store!
After purchasing, you can go to the Guest Relations Window at the entrance to each park and a cast member can link your park ticket to your Magic Band onsite. If you have already set up all your plans via My Disney Experience (dining reservations and FastPass+ selections) this will also be linked to your newly purchased Magic Band.
Off-site guests will be able to make FassPass+ selections 30 days prior to arrival date (with purchase of Theme Park Admission). After linking your valid theme park admission to your My Disney Experience (MDE) account or through the My Disney Experience app on your smart phone.
Off-site guests looking to save some money and purchasing their tickets through a wholesaler such as Undercover Tourists must also link those tickets to your MDE account in order to make FassPass+ selections 30 days prior to arrival date. Magic Bands for off-site guests must be purchased from Disneystore.com or at the park/resort shops and then linked to your MDE account.
This can be done through My Disney Experience online, My Disney Experience app on your smart phone or through Guest Relations.
The Walt Disney World Resort Guest Relations for My Disney Experience, Magic Bands and FastPass+ can be reached at: (407) 939-4357 (7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time)
Have A Magical Vacation!
Don & Tina Korta
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