By the end of January, all WDW Resorts will be “Magic Band Only”


***Please be advised, this is NOT an official Press Release from Disney! This is the word on the street right now! We will keep everyone posted as we hear more, and when/if we hear the official word from WDW!

As most of you know, MagicBand Testing has been going on for months now at Pop Century and the All Star Resorts.  We’re hearing that by the end of January, ALL Disney Resorts will be “MagicBand Only.”  The Key to the World Card is being phased out, and Guests will be given MagicBands at check in (or before).  MagicBands are for MyMagic+ functions, including park admission, touch-to-pay, touch-to-enter, and FastPass+.

Key to the World cards can still be asked for by Guests, but will not be available for regular FASTPASS use.  Meaning… that by the end of January 2014, all Walt Disney World Resort Guests will be using FastPass+, and will not have access to the legacy FASTPASS system. I know a lot of WDW Guests don’t feel they are ready for the change yet, but it appears that the new system is going to be a must.

Here’s the resort schedule for the implementation of the MagicBand Only system:

  • Jan. 6 – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Jan. 7 – Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
  • Jan. 8 – Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Jan. 9 – Disney’s Old Key West Resort and Disney’s Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa
  • Jan. 10 – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Jan. 13 – Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
  • Jan. 14 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Jan. 15 – Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Jan. 16 – Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Jan. 17 – Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Jan. 20 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Change is coming, but sometimes change is a good thing! We’ll keep you posted as we hear of more MagicBand news!


Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

6 Responses to By the end of January, all WDW Resorts will be “Magic Band Only”

  1. instaler12 says:

    Us pass holders are at the bottom again!

  2. Robin says:

    We were in Pop Centurary from Dec.6 to Dec.16 . We got the bands at home before we left and my Fastpass+ picks were made before we went. I was able to decide where we were going and it was all hooked together. My meals, reservations, holel room, every thing is hooked together. It was so easy, It is a good system.

  3. savage9950 says:

    I used the bands in September and it was great. It even has your name in them so family members do not use the wrong bracelets.

  4. babygirl1436 says:

    If by the end of January they are planning on going to the magic band does that mean that they are getting rid of paper tickets for one day admission?

  5. WDWer says:

    Also what do previous guests do with their unused days of their passes…which state,”never expire?”
    Are those passes honored by Disney,as stated, or, do guest loss their money?

  6. SamiMouse2011 says:

    But what about passholders?

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