All Annual Passholders that have their Passes connected to their My Disney Experience accounts may now customize and order complimentary MagicBands. This includes Passholders that have received MagicBands as part of a previous resort stay. I apparently have three Bands already attached to my account, in addition to a dozen or more I’ve picked up from various resort stays over the last few months, and Disney invited me to order another after logging in and visiting https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/bands-cards/. MagicBands will ship alongside a new gold or black discount card depending on the type of pass. Gold cards indicate eligibility for free parking, while black cards require guests to pay. To obtain free parking, Passholders can scan their new MagicBands, use the RFID Pass they already carry, or use the discount card. To receive discounts elsewhere on property, guests either show the discount card and a photo ID or the Annual Pass and a photo ID.This seems to render the discount card useless, but Disney notes that the discount card “is the only Passholder media that includes the Guest’s name and the expiration date of the Pass, making it the best means of verification for discounts. It is not RF-enabled and it does not contain a magnetic strip.” That doesn’t seem very compelling.
In addition, Annual Passholders can now only book FP+ 30 days in advance, instead of the 60 days they used to enjoy. Up to seven days of FP+ reservations can be made at any given time on a 30-day rolling window. Keep in mind that Passholders with an on-site reservation linked with their My Disney Experience will be able to book up to 60 days in advance of the check-in date for up to seven days or for the length of stay if it’s longer than seven days.
Only guests staying on-site can add charging privileges to their MagicBands.
Disney is still not shipping MagicBands outside of the United States. There is no will call pickup location for Passholders with shipping addresses outside the country to pick up their MagicBands upon arriving at Walt Disney World. These guests will continue to use their RFID Annual Passes.