Category Archives: MyMagic+ & Magic Bands

New purple Disney MagicBand now available

Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands
Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands

 

Purple MagicBands will come withe new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag
Purple MagicBands will come with the new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag

The long awaited purple MagicBand is now available as one of the eight colors to choose from when booking a Walt Disney World Resort reservation. In addition, if you choose a purple MagicBand when traveling on a Walt Disney Travel Company package, you will also receive a purple luggage tag!

Other current colors include red, gray, yellow, green, blue, pink, and orange and correspond with the luggage tags shown. Which one is YOUR favorite?

 

Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection
Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection

 

 

 

 

Disney Vacation Tip #21

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Traveling with preschoolers? Here are some tips when visiting Walt Disney World in Florida with little ones.

2015 Disney Jr Experiences

 

Heading to the Walt Disney World Resort with kiddos? There’s so much for little ones to enjoy – from singing and dancing along to the popular Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show to having meals with favorite Disney Junior pals. Here’s some helpful tips so you won’t miss any of the fun on your next visit.

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It stars Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and friends from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as well as Princess Sofia, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and his band of Never Land Pirates
  • Enchanted Encounters, also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the place to have your children get autographs and take pictures with the Disney Junior pals
  • Have breakfast with the stars of Disney Junior at Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine
  • Play games at special Disney Junior Pool Parties throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
  • MagicBands now available featuring Doc McStuffins, Captain Jake, and Sofia the First
  • Stay at Disney Art of Animation Resort with special kid-sized vacation packages. Contact me for details.

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Disney Vacation Tips #20

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #20

Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy special benefits designed to make your vacation as convenient as it is magical! Watch the video to see what Walt Disney World can offer you!

For this weeks Disney Vacation Tip, I thought I’d post this really entertaining Disney vacation video that lets you know about all kinds of perks for staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, many of which I’ve posted in previous tips.

You’ll hear about Extra Magic Hours, Magic Bands, FastPass+ for attractions to meet and greets, access to FastPass service up to 60 days before you check in, and all the free transporation including Disney’s Magical Express, a free motorcoach for you to start and end your magical Disney stay.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more about any of these perks, or if I can help you plan your unforgettable Disney vacation!

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Click links below for more information:

Disney’s Magical Express – Complimentary transportation to and from Orlando International Airport

Extra Magic Hours

MagicBands

FastPass +

Online Check-In

Perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort
Perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, scene from video

Disney Vacation Tips #19

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #19

 

Save time when you arrive at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel by using the “Online Check-In” option.

Disney’s Online Check-In service is a convenient option that starts your check-in process online from home and may reduce registration time upon arrival at your resort. It is complimentary and available to all registered guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

Online Check-In desk in the lobby of Port Orleans - Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort
Online Check-In desk in the lobby of Port Orleans – Riverside at Walt Disney World Resort

When you use the Online Check-In service, you provide your information that is typically needed at the Front Desk during the standard check-in process. When you arrive at your resort, you will visit a specially designated Front Desk location. Look for a sign reading “Online Check-In.” There, you will receive a Welcome Folder and your MagicBands, if you did not receive your MagicBands in the mail prior to your arrival.

You can begin the Online Check-In service within 60 days of your arrival date by logging into your My Disney Experience account and following the prompts.

Contact me for assistance with your Online Check-In, to get a free quote or to book your Disney vacation. I’m happy to help you!

MagicBands on Demand now at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

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Now you have a new option to create and personalize retail MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort.

MagicBand on Demand is a new station inside the Tomorrowland Power & Light Co. located near Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park. This new offering is similar to the D-Tech on Demand boutique first introduced in June 2014 at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs Marketplace.

At the Tomorrowland location, you can choose to create either a retail MagicBand or a D-Tech phone case.

When creating a retail MagicBand, you can choose from eight different MagicBand colors – including purple – as well as approximately 40 graphics. There will be a few MagicBand graphics that will only be found in this location that salute classic Magic Kingdom Park attractions and icons such as Splash Mountain, small world, and Haunted Mansion. In addition to artwork, the retail MagicBand can be personalized with a name printed on the outside.

Once designed, the retail MagicBand is printed in the location. The printers use UV ink which dries immediately and requires no cooling time. And, for the final step, the custom retail MagicBand can be either associated to your My Disney Experience account, or given to friends and family who plan to visit Walt Disney World Resort soon.

The cost for a custom retail MagicBand is $21.95, while a personalized retail MagicBand is $29.95.

So what color or design will you choose????

Disney Vacation Tips #13

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #13

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #13

Make your Walt Disney World vacation easier, by downloading and becoming familiar with the My Disney Experience mobile app for your mobile device. 

Plan and share your Walt Disney World vacation with the My Disney Experience mobile app.
Plan and share your Walt Disney World vacation with the My Disney Experience mobile app.

Before you leave for your magical Disney vacation, you should create an account to use the My Disney Experience app, then begin linking your resort reservations, tickets, and MemoryMaker package for your Disney PhotoPass photos. You can also make dining reservations, select your MagicBand colors, plan your FastPass+ attractions, and more.

The My Disney Experience app also has interactive, GPS-enabled resort maps, wait times for attractions, and showtimes for parades and fireworks. It also helps you find character greeting locations, and even where the all important bathrooms are located!

With this app, families and friends can share plans with each other. This is a great advantage when planning FastPass+ tickets or dining reservations.

Download the My Disney Experience mobile app to get easy access to all your Walt Disney World Resort memories anytime, anywhere! Now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

Disney Vacation Tips #6

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip #6

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #6

Not just for attractions, FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and FASTPASS at Disneyland allows you to reserve space for a Disney parade, fireworks show, and other entertainment presentations, such as Fantasmic! *

The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

The FASTPASS service was created to reserve your spot so you have more time to enjoy the park, and with its popularity amongst park guests, the opportunities have increased! Even the technology has improved. In Walt Disney World, you can order and schedule your FastPass+ right from your mobile device!

Walt Disney World
Did you know you can begin making FastPass+ reservations as early at 60 days BEFORE your check-in date if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort?

Entertainment using FastPass+:
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Fantasmic!
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Main Street Electrical Parade
Wishes – Fireworks Nighttime Spectacular
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo – The Musical
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
…and more!

 

Disneyland Resort
When visiting Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure, you must enter the parks to retrieve your FASTPASS ticket. FASTPASS tickets are subject to availability, so I recommend getting yours as soon as you can.

Entertainment using FstPass:
Fantasmic!
World of Color – Celebrate
Storytelling at Royal Theater

valid theme park admission is required and each member of your party must have their own ticket/reservation. For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me.


*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Disney Vacation Tips #2

Shanis Disney Vacation Tip of the Week number 2

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #2

Going to Walt Disney World? Learn about MagicBands, how they work, and become familiar with the  My Disney Experience app BEFORE you get there!

You may be wondering, “What are MagicBands?” These amazing, colorful wristbands are an all-in-one device that you wear on your wrist during your vacation. There is a computer chip inside it which links all of your vacation information into one place.

Get your personalized MagicBands with any Walt Disney World Resort stay.
Get your personalized MagicBands with any Walt Disney World Resort stay.

For example, it becomes your room key, park admission ticket, FastPass+ tickets, hotel room key plus you can use it to buy food and merchandise and keep track of your Memory Maker Photos. Think of all the time you will save not looking for everyone’s admission ticket, FastPass tickets, and room keys. And, your MagicBand is waterproof, so you can go to the pool without any worries!

MagicBands are free with any Walt Disney Resort stay. They work with the website and app called My Disney Experience. This is how you access your resort information, tickets, FastPass choices, dining reservations, and so much more!

Here is a screenshot of the Magic Kingdom map on the My Disney Experience app.
Here is a screenshot of the Magic Kingdom map on the My Disney Experience app.

My tip is once you have your reservations and tickets, you can go online before your vacation and start planning. Also, download the app and become familiar on how it works. Here, you can change FastPass times, add tickets, or just use it to personalize your daily schedule! It even has attraction wait times, showtimes, character times, and maps of all the Disney parks! Need to find the nearest bathroom? Check the app!

MagicBands and My Disney Experience website and app can be overwhelming which is why I’m here for you! Contact me with any questions and I’m happy to help!

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!