If this is a question you are asking yourself there is a very simple answer, these two items, memory maker & magic band are two totally different things, let me explain.

Magic Band Colors

When you book your magical vacation package with your resort and your theme park passes you get a magic band. This “magical” band gives you access to the world! They are your resort room key, your ticket to the theme parks and are used to access  your fast passes. They can also be used to charge food or merchandise throughout Walt Disney World. The magic bands come in several different colors and they are water proof. You simply scan the Mickey head on the band to the Mickey head at the room, at the scanner at the entrance of the theme parks, at any register and at the fast pass scanners.


The memory maker is a separately charge add on to the Disney vacation package. Memory maker is a great way for everyone to be part of the magic! With the memory maker you can take as many pictures as you can fit in during your trip at the character spots, certain rides, and a few restaurants.

The restaurants in which you can use your memory maker are:

  • 1900 Park Fare
  • ‘Ohana
  • Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
  • Chef Mickey’s
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue

The attractions that you can use the memory maker are:

  • Splash Mountain
  • Space Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Test Track
  • Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train

You can also obtain attraction videos from Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. After every ride make sure you find the kiosk to swipe your magic band so the pictures are transferred into your account.

You can find Disney photo pass photographers throughout the parks and ask them to take a picture, they know exactly where you should stand and how to pose you to get the perfect shot each time. Some of the Disney photo pass photographers have magic in their camera, just ask and they will make you pose for a picture and secretly insert some type of character or object to make your picture super fun. After every picture have the passport photographer scan your magic band so the pictures are transferred into your account.

Now that you have spent your vacation posing for pictures, how to you receive them? Well you have scanned your magic band at all the kiosks and with each photographer and those pictures have transferred to your “my magical experience” account, all you have to do is sign on and start downloading, these pictures are now all yours, feel free to use on social network or to print them.

I hope I cleared up the confusion about the memory maker and the magic band, which when combined is a wonderful way to make your vacation just a little more magical.

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