Archive for November 2016

Disney Magicbands – 5 things you need to know

Disney Magicbands are created especially for Walt Disney World Resort and help you unlock the Disney Magic! They are a great way to secure yourself an awesome personalized Disney experience. Here are 5 things you need to know about Disney Magicbands and how to get the best of them:


  1. What is a Disney Magicband?

A Disney Magicband is a secure all-in-one device that is aimed at helping you engage, through the My Disney Experience Mobile app as well as your Disney plans and vacation choices at the Walt Disney World Resort. The band itself is waterproof and looks pretty much like a wristwatch or a bracelet. It’s awesome!


  1. What colors do Disney Magicbands come in?

You can choose from a wide variety of colorful Magicbands. These are your color choices (solid colors): pink, green, red, purple, orange, yellow, blue and gray – that’s a total of 8 color choices to suit all tastes!


  1. How to get a Magicband?

If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel in Florida or you are a Walt Disney World Resort Passholder, you will receive your Magicband automatically. If you are not a Passholder or you’re not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, you will receive a card instead (right after you purchase park admission). In this case, you can purchase your MagicBand at the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks or online at


  1. What can I use my Magicband for?
  • Your Magicband unlocks the door of your Disney Resort hotel room.
  • You use it to enter theme and water parks (with valid admission, of course).
  • Use it to check in at FastPass+ entrances.
  • It easily connects Disney PhotoPass images to your account.
  • It is used to charge food and purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room (available during your hotel stay).
  • Add a touch of magic to your vacation! It unlocks special surprises, personalized just for you, throughout the Walt Disney World Resort!


  1. Can I personalize my Magicband?

Yes, you can customize your Magicband with your name and favorite color within 6 days of your visit! Customizing your MagicBand is super easy. Plus, it’s fun and a great way to set you apart from other Magicband holders!


Here are a few notes, though:


  • Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Passholders can personalize their MagicBand order at least 11 days prior to their arrival at Walt Disney World Resort!
  • MagicBands that are purchased in the park or Disney Springs won’t have printed names, but you can choose your preferred color.
  • You name is printed on the inside of your Magicband (for privacy reasons).



Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom) reopens this November!

Animal Kingdom
Dinosaur is scheduled to reopen November 20, 2016.

Here are 4 interesting facts about the famous prehistoric Dinosaur Ride at Animal Kingdom:

  1. The ride was originally opened as Countdown to Extinction back in 1998.
  2. The vehicles visitors travel in are called Time Rovers.
  3. The aim of your ride is to save a dinosaur from extinction (according to their official website).
  4. There are 16 different dinosaurs featured in the prehistoric ride, including a Velociraptor, and Iguanodon, and a Styracosaurus.

Thunder Mountain reopens this November!

Magic Kingdom

Thunder Mountain is scheduled to reopen November 19, 2016.

Here are 3 interesting facts about Thunder Mountain:

  1. The original opening date of Thunder Mountain was November 15, 1980.
  2. Many people believe it is made of rocks, but it is actually a giant steel construction (6,500 tons, to be exact).
  3. The mining equipment that is used as props is real antique equipment that was used in working mines!

And 3 extra fun facts about Magic Kingdom you probably haven’t heard before:

  1. Magic Kingdom (107 acres) is bigger than the original Disneyland in California (85 acres).
  2. In Magic Kingdom you will find more than one thousand animated Disney characters!
  3. The Cinderella Castle is made of… fiberglass.

The My Disney Experience Online App – 9 things you need to know

The My Disney Experience Online Guide and App make are the best (and most convenient) way to plan your Disney trip and manage all the details in one place. Whether you are on your computer, using the My Disney Experience Online Guide or on your phone, using the My Disney Experience Online App, you have all the tools and features you need for a stress-free Disney vacation planning.

Here are 9 things you need to know about Disney’s official app:

1. There are interactive, GPS-enabled maps that make exploring Walt Disney World Resort and browsing through attractions and dining options a real breeze. This big update to the My Disney Experience app was launched in 2016 and is one of the greatest features of the app. The navigation works pretty much like Google maps and helps you get directions both inside the Disney parks and across the entire Walt Disney World property!
2. With its help, you can not only purchase your theme park tickets, but you can also easily access real-time wait times (the coolest feature of the app according to seasoned Disney visitors). What’s more, you can check Disney character greetings available, parade show times, and many more Disney events!
3. A super handy tool for exhausted parents and (always) hungry toddlers and children is the ability to browse through restaurant menus, check working hours, find a table, and make dining reservations in minutes (and even change your current ones). If that’s not convenience, we don’t know what is! Plus, you can filter the restaurants results by cuisine, guest rating, price range (per person), service type, etc.
4. The My Disney Experience Online App makes it possible for you to share and download your Disney PhotoPass photos (and videos). But you will have to have purchased your Memory Maker first (it will allow you to download as many photos and videos as you want – taken by the Disney’s official PhotoPass photographers).
5. Here’s why this is the only app you’ll ever need during your Disney trip: it helps you search, sort, and even filter the many different Disney activities by criteria like wait times, distance and even height requirements! How cool is that?
6. The FastPass+ feature is beyond praise. Once you get your Disney park tickets, you will be able to choose FastPass+ experiences up to 30 days in advance! And if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, this period is stretched to up to 60 days prior to your check-in. And the best part? You can combine your inside information about wait times with your FastPass+ advantage – just make a reservation from your app in advance and attend the attraction during your return window!
7. The interactive park maps are super easy to use (and very convenient as well). They show so much more than the paper ones. What, with waiting times, attractions descriptions, dining options, characters and everything. You can also check your current location, which is very useful for inexperienced Disney visitors.
8. Another super convenient feature allows you to add reminders for performance times of fireworks, parades, etc. to your daily plans so you never miss the next sweet bite of Disney entertainment!
9. Oh, and you can share your Disney plans with others thanks to the Family & Friends feature. Because what is a great Disney experience if you can’t share it with the ones you love?