5 Things NOT to Do with Disney MagicBands

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Disney MagicBands are an effortless way to link your onsite room reservation, park tickets, meal plan, and FastPass+ selections. But while you may love their features, there are things you shouldn’t do with them. Here’s our top list of things not to do with MagicBands at Walt Disney World.


45th Anniversary MagicBand

Remember when there were no Magicbands at Walt Disney World? While it may seem like a lifetime ago, it was only a few years ago. Before Magicbands, we had a key card that gave us access to our resort room and dining plan. It also had our theme park tickets loaded onto it, too.

While it was a good idea at the time, I was always fearful that I’d lose mine and would have to go to additional measures to get a new one.

Enter Magicbands. They’re pretty easy to keep an eye of as they’re on your wrist. They come in colorful styles and special editions as well. But what can’t you do with your Magicband? Here’s the scoop.

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1. Don’t Trade MagicBands with Anyone Else

Once you’ve ordered your MagicBand from the My Disney Experience website, it’s linked to your account and only your account. You can deactivate it, but giving it to someone else to use is against WDW policy.

The first time you use it, you’ll be asked for a fingerprint identification at the park entrance turnstile, so try to remember which finger you used. It will save a huge hassle come time to re-scan it on another day.

If you’ve purchased a MagicBand from the Shop Disney website or inside the parks and haven’t linked it to your account or activated it, you can totally gift it to someone to use.

All you’ll need to do is add a MagicBand to the MDE app or ask Guest Services at the parks to help them add it.

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2. Don’t Forget to Select Fasspass+ Selections at the Proper Time Frame

If you’re staying on property at a Walt Disney World resort, you can begin making FastPass+ selections at 60 days out from your first vacation day plus up to a 10-day grace period.

My suggestion is to download the My Disney Experience app, create an account if you don’t already have one, and grab the popular FP+ selections right at 60 days out.

Popular attractions include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride in Magic Kingdom and Soarin’ and Test Track at Epcot. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the hot attractions are Smuggler’s Run and Slinky Dog Dash.

As for Animal Kingdom, you’re going to want to lock down Avatar: Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey as soon as you’re able. 

If you’re not staying on property, that’s totally cool. You can begin making FP+ selections at 30 days out.

3. Don’t Forget to Customize Your MagicBands

2021 Update: This year, Disney is discontinuing free MagicBands when you book a resort stay. You can still oder them, and customize them, but it will cost you anywhere from $10 and up. 

If you’re staying on property during your vacation, make sure you customize your MagicBands – especially the back of them. As a family of three, many times we end up choosing the same colors (there’s eight color choices at the moment) and it’s super easy to mix them up.

WDW theme park turnstiles require fingerprint touch identification, so keeping them straight from the beginning will save you a headache. If your vacation is a last-minute one you can grab standard grey ones at the front desk.

If you don’t have time to customize, use a Sharpie or pen to write names on them somewhere, especially if you have similar colors in your traveling party.

Tip: You don’t have to use your first names on them. My family likes to use nicknames or even Disney character names!

4. Don’t Forget to Wear MagicBands to the Theme Parks and Water Parks

WDW MagicBands are your literal keys to the theme parks, on-property resort room,  and waterparks, so make sure you have them on before you leave your resort room each day.

If you do forget you have two options: head back to your room to retrieve or hit up Guest Services at each entrance and ask for a replacement.

The replacement MagicBands come in standard grey/black.

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5. Don’t Forget You Can Wear MagicBands 24/7 – Even to Swim!

There’s no need to take your MagicBands off to swim in the resort pools– they’re completely waterproof. That means you can even take a shower with them on and enjoy the waterparks and splash pads, too! If you have Disney water park tickets for Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, you can use them there, too. 

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Bonus: Don’t Give Up if You Lose One

Compliments of each MagicBand having a unique code, WDW guest services may be able to track it down.  I’ve actually misplaced mine and retrieved it at Lost and found the next day.

The theme parks, restaurants, and resorts are well-oiled machines when it comes to retrieving misplaced items so begin looking at the location you realized it was lost and work your way backward.

Don’t forget to ask the castmembers for help, either. It’s their jobs.

So many items are misplaced on WDW property everyday – and here’s the scoop on how to get them back!

MagicBand tip:Take a photo of the back of your band in case you lose it – the unique code will be easier to trace if you have it handy!

Do you have another good “don’t” tip for MagicBands? Please let me know in the comment section below!

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  1. Nonni

    Just came back from Disney. Using my fast pass for toy Story I was unable to get a fast pass for star wars until after I used that one. I thought star wars was also tier1 but you listed it as tier 2

    1. Vex Maryn

      Hi Nonni, T]thanks for stopping by the site! all of the information I’m finding is showing Star Tours in the Tier 2 (or Group B) category. Did you make three FP+ selections when you scheduled them? In that case you’d need to use all three before you can make additional selections. Hope this helps!

  2. Genessa Torsy

    Lol yes disney will track down your magicband UNLESS your husband accidentally flicks his off on the wild safari ride! Yep, totally happened!

    1. Vex Maryn

      Haha, no way! We have those little protectors that go on the band part for additional protection. Do you have them?

  3. Patti

    I was very curious about the horse hoof prints going from tomorrow land to fantasy land

    1. Vex Maryn

      They’re fun, aren’t they? If you look closely, you’ll see “Maximus” written on a few – the horse from “Tangled”!

  4. lovely post!.. Thanks for this post.

  5. Good to know that Cast Members can likely track down your Magic Band if it gets lost! I never thought about that benefit of the RFID. 🙂 Going to customize ours right now!

    1. Karyn Locke

      Yes, Castmembers are absolutely invaluable! Congratulations on your visit – I love customizing my family’s Magicbands!

  6. Nola Riggg

    Gust received my first magic band. Thanks for the tips. Will be especially careful on the safari .

  7. KJ

    Thanks for post! I am looking forward to getting my first magic band next year!!

    1. Karyn Locke

      Congratulations! Noe sure if you heard the news – there’s a light pink version coming out soon!

  8. Betty

    I lost mine at Epcot (on first ride) . Never was able to get it back, also was told nothing they could do and when I went to guest services first they said sorry you can buy another one. I asked for mgr he said this one time they’d give me one but when lost they are lost. I’ll never put my credit card info on them.

    1. Karyn Locke

      Hmm, that’s very curious, Betty. I’ve actually lost mine in Magic Kingdom and was able to pick it up at lost and found the next day. Which ride did you lose it? If it was Test Track I could understand compliments of the hanging track.

    2. Anonymous

      Your credit card is secure bc you create a pin code at check in. You have to enter your pin code each time you use your MagicBand to charge.

  9. Great post! I left my daughter’s MB in the room once, and we were able to get a card at Guest Services (for free) that linked to her account to get into the park and use her FastPasses. I was so worried but it only took about 5 minutes and we were good to go!

  10. Pat Griffiths

    We left the Halloween party and headed to the airport to fly home . I went through security first and my 13 year old grandson followed me and set of the alarm in the body scanner . The guard was being very nasty with him because he is almost 6 ft tall even wanted him strip searched . Finally he scanned him with a wand scanner and it beeped at his wrist . He pulled up his sleeve and low and behold it was the magic band . Please remove because the man was terrible to my grandson and would not let me near him . The woman on duty that nite even said he is only 13 . Understand but be nice to a child please.

  11. Anonymous

    There is no ride at Epcot called Fast Track; it is Test Track.

    1. Karyn Locke

      No, you’re absolutely right – nice catch!

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  13. Tim

    That’s my hand!!!!Where did you get that piciture?

    1. Karyn Locke

      Hi Tim. That’s a funny story! Do you have the custom made Haunted Mansion Magicband that my husband is wearing in the photo or the yellow, 45th anniversary Magicband that’s shown on my hand? We love both.

  14. Lana

    My oldest daughter had a Nightmare Before Christmas Magicband. Our last night there, when we went to get on our very last ride, she noticed that it was missing. She was heartbroken because she wanted to keep it. I told her not to worry because Disney is great about getting items back to their owners. But I was TOTALLY just saying that to try to make her less sad. Guess what showed up in our mailbox about two weeks later? Yep. Disney is the BEST!

  15. Brian F Duchscherer

    thanks some good advice here

  16. Donald Scott

    I Love Disney so much because I am trying to get my Magical Dream at Disney.

  17. Vanessa

    Also, if you have little ones and are afraid they will lose their MagicBand don’t assume their information is on your band and you don’t need to bring it (I did this the first time, d’oh). Just take their band with you, you can keep in in your bag if you think they may lose it but you will need it to swipe for every person for park entry and every fastpass.

    1. Great tip! I’ve seen families with smaller children attach MagicBands to their backpacks, too!

  18. Nice post. Yes, these are amazing tips and don’ts people need to know before going to Disney vacation. Thank you, Karyn Locke, for sharing this post.

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  20. Gail

    Another thing to add to the list: Don’t throw them away after the trip. You can reactivate them and use them at other times, even if you just want to make dining reservations or check wait times for rides. However, make sure the credit card associated with the MagicBand is up-to-date, if you plan on purchasing something with it.

  21. Krystal L Cain

    If your band Is lost or misplaced, be sure to tell a worker asap so it can be deactivated so someone doesn’t use it (like if you store your CC on it!)

  22. Anonymous

    A note on customizing magic bands, not only is the color per family member great, but resort guests have their name printed on the back.

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