Are Magic Bands essential?

Ldno

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Are they even needed that much now? With fast passes gone, how much have they been integral to the parks other than getting inside And photopass spots?
 

Queen of the WDW Scene

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No
Are they even needed that much now? With fast passes gone, how much have they been integral to the parks other than getting inside And photopass spots?

During the pandemic we have been encouraged to be as contactless as possible so I'd say its actually more useful NOW than ever before to have a magic band particularly if you are an onsite guest so that you can pay without having to exchange cash or cards.
 

Ldno

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During the pandemic we have been encouraged to be as contactless as possible so I'd say its actually more useful NOW than ever before to have a magic band particularly if you are an onsite guest so that you can pay without having to exchange cash or cards.
As much as contactless some other stores enforce, I get irritated whenever I have to touch a pen to sign anything be paper or digital, I completely forgot about the payment methods, thanks for the friendly reminder!!1
 

Disstevefan1

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Can magic bands be loaded with a finite amount of money like a gift card or must they be linked to a credit card? I always wanted to use the magic band as payment but always fell back to gift cards. For example I love the mini gift cards used at F@W, very convenient!
 

Rob562

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Can magic bands be loaded with a finite amount of money like a gift card or must they be linked to a credit card? I always wanted to use the magic band as payment but always fell back to gift cards. For example I love the mini gift cards used at F@W, very convenient!

No, the MagicBand only charges back to a Room Charge account at a Disney resort. However that charge account can be paid down by a gift card if you so choose. (Though I do know that they changed up how the room charge system sends charges to your card, so you might want to check on that with the front desk)

-Rob
 

Queen of the WDW Scene

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In the Parks
No
Can magic bands be loaded with a finite amount of money like a gift card or must they be linked to a credit card? I always wanted to use the magic band as payment but always fell back to gift cards. For example I love the mini gift cards used at F@W, very convenient!

Adding to what PP said no gift cards cannot be linked. Basically you are charging to your room reservation and at check out or after you go above a certain amount they will then charge it to your credit card on file.
You can go to the front desk every so often to use gift cards to pay down the charges.
However at that point I personally think its just as easy to carry the gift card and use it.
I do believe that they have people working on plans to somehow allow for gift cards to be linked and for offsite guests to be able to use their magic bands to charge things by allowing a card linked to their My Disney Experience account to be directly linked to the magic band.
 
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mergatroid

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I just find the bands convenient more than anything. Having dystonia my co-ordination isn't great so not having to fumble in my pockets for a card makes things easier. It's no big deal using a card and I've plenty of secure pockets in my cargo shorts, but I do prefer the band if I'm honest. The only downside to the bands I've encountered in the past is occasionally somebody brushes against you and knocks your band. This can result in the little 'bumps' that connect into the holes coming out, making the band fall off your wrist. Fortunately the two times this has happened, I've instantly felt it and picked it up straight away.
 
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