“Happy Friday everyone!
When I left you last I tossed out a challenge to see if anyone had been to Disney World recently. Let’s face it, EVERYONE knew those bracelets came from Disney World or Disneyland, right?
Well I have not been there since, oh, the early 1970’s, when Rapunzel still had short hair. We wanted to finally take the girls there this summer and I was just amazed, if not intimidated, of what kind of place this is now. It’s huge! So many options! So many choices! Where to start? What to do?
Well as strange as this may seem, there is actually a blog out there that gives advice on how to tour Disney World!
I know, hard to believe, but its true.
The blog is huge and vast! But it was a big help! It includes a 6 Step Process to planning your Disney vacation. Check out WDW Prep School. If you want to plan a trip there Shannon has answers to almost every question and does everything but book it herself.
Which takes me to these gems above. They are Magic Bracelets! Of course everything begins with the word Magic at the Magic Kingdom. Congratulations to Ms. AuAu, an amazing artist and story teller and computer whiz who guessed correctly on my challenge. She knew how to answer the quiz question all right, Google it!
If you book a room at the Disney resort you are entitled to these little bracelets. These MagicBands use radio frequency (RF) technology and can be read by short and long-range readers located at the Walt Disney World Resort. They are basically your ID card, tickets, Kingdom pass and more all rolled into one. As Ms. AuAu discovered, these Disney accessories will:
Unlock the door of your Disney Resort hotel room.
Enter theme and water parks ~ your tickets.
Check in at FastPass+ entrances..to get you to the front of the lines.
Connect Disney PhotoPass /Memory Maker images to your account.
Charge food and merchandise purchases to your Disney Resort hotel room during your hotel stay.
Maybe I have just been living in a cave and these things are have been around for a while but I thought they were pretty cool to have all that technology wrapped around our wrists. It’s the Photo Pass perk that I found to be the best thing.
You see there are various Disney photographers all over the Magic Kingdom; at the theme parks, the restaurants, resorts, everywhere.
When someone has a PhotoPass linked to their bracelet the Magic paparazzi can take your pic and than forward it to your own Disney Experience web page for you. Not only that but it can add cartoons to your pics, add some animation, and with the help of your Magic Brands, know you are approaching on s few of the rides and take your pictures or video of the experience. Take a look:
I thought that pretty Incredible. Thanks to the Memory Maker thing I don’t have to carry my camera everywhere and might actually get to be in some family pictures myself this time.
So with our Magic Bracelets first you make your reservation , then claim your Magic Bands and customize them, starting with picking your favorite color to make your band unique. Then you assign a Disney character as your image for your customized band.
What Disney character do you think I chose?
After reviewing a list of about 30 Disney icons and characters, Dylan and I decided I should be Mr. Incredible!
I know what some of my loyal fans are thinking?
No, Flynn Rider was not an option to choose from for me.
I know. I was shocked and disappointed too.
…and the only other male characters to choose from were the Grumpy old Man from Up, the boy from Up, and Yoda
I will give you two guesses who my girls identified with for their Disney characters….
Mom wasn’t close by to choose her character so Dylan and I thought about her for a moment and decided she was pretty Incredible too! Mrs. Incredible!
All in all I am getting excited for this vacation as it looks like we may have a pretty incredible time!
…we are all ready for one great adventure!
So after 2 months of weekends on the computer, researching and planning, reserving, and paying, and calling we are all going to Disney World for the first time. It should be a great time filled with plenty of magical memories to last a lifetime!
And everyone can thank me in the end….
Have the best weekend knuckleheads!
I’ll try to do better next time…
” THAT’S INCREDIBLE” ADDENDUM:
After seeing this post, one of my first Likes was from Jenny at Magic Mouse Vacations, a.k.a. a Disney blog! (Thanks Jenny!) Unfamiliar with this blogger I clicked on a link to her site offered in my notification and found she has a LIST of favorite Disney blogs of hers.
So there appears to be multiple blogs offering Disney World advice. If anyone reading this post would ever have any questions I am sure you can find any and all answers at one of these helpful and experienced blogs. My only unanswered question is ‘How can I get a job as a blogger for Disney’? Hmmmm?
Yes, they sure do change Doctor! I am so afraid that I am far behind the curve here, not just in vacation bracelets. So being the family photographer you CAN appreciate what it means to have these Disney paparazzi all over the place to capture the memories and I can just be with the kids. When I am done I will send you the bracelets so people can take your picture with your kids more often and just be Mom . Thanks for dropping by Dr. Lynn! Have an ‘up lifting’ week!
Wow! I’m behind the times. Those bracelets are fantastic. Since I’m the family photographer and rarely get into a family photo, it’s nice to read about a way you don’t have to lug your equipment around AND you get to be in vacation pictures. All I remember is struggling with a folded paper map (that never folded back up properly) and trying to follow those pointer signs leading you to the rides/attractions you wanted to go to. Things sure change!
Hi Kayla! Great to hear from you! And thanks for the advice. I didn’t know you had to ‘ask’ for the animation for the Memory Maker but I suppose there is still much to learn about the whole trip. Thanks for the Heads Up! I love your Gravatar as Tangled is my fav Disney fairytale (Flynn Rider). And i think my oldest would enjoy your blog as she loves to read too and is pursuing books a grade or two above her grade level. Thanks for dropping by Ms. Kayla! Visit and add in as often as you like!
The Memory Maker is SO worth it because they give photopass to every guest anyway and it costs too much to buy the individual prints afterward. My advice to you would be to ask photographers (not with characters, but in other locations) if they have magic shots because not all of them will immediately offer the special photos to you, but when reminded that they have them they’ll use them!
Thanks Lora! I think we will…and can’t wait to be a kid again 🙂 Have a great weekend! Thanks for looking in!
Love Disney World!! Have a great time!!
Yes, I am so looking forward to that PhotoPass thing so I can be part of the family and enjoy it instead off searching for photo ops and capturing ‘their’ fun. We are going to stay on the resort at one of Disney’s resorts. I was able to make dinner reservations for a lot of the great restaurants at the theme parks we are visiting BUt I got around to the Fast Pass thing too late and all the Frozen things were all booked up for Fast Pass. So we will have to BE Fast to the Frozen Meet n Greets first thing in the morning I guess. That’s the plan. I just hope the girls can keep up. Its along day and a lot of walking and excitement for our youngsters. I am glad you went and had a great time! Yes I hate standing in lines too…such a waste of time! And my girls are not very patient either. My entertaining abilities will have to be super Incredible that week! Thanks for looking in Aurora! Have the best weekend!
Thanks for the kind words 🙂
Will you stay at a Disney resort or someplace outside?
The photopass seems very useful, its annoying to take photos while youre trying to have a good time.
I guess all the fastpass will go to the Frozen attractions.
I went to Disneyland for a day in the early 90s, it was nice and a good memory,
but an hour doing line? I could never do that now!