Walt Disney World Resort is always trying to improve the guest experience at their parks. Over the years we’ve seen a number of new ways to scan in at the entrances on the theme parks, but did you know there were this many options? Today we’re sharing an ultimate guide to every way you can scan your ticket to enter the Walt Disney World parks!
You can’t go wrong with the original plastic card ticket that you’re given! This basic ticket has gone a long way from the paper tickets we used to get in the 1990’s. By tapping this card and scanning your assigned finger, you’ll be in the parks in no time with a valid ticket and theme park reservation.
In 2014, we saw the addition of MagicBands to Walt Disney World resort. These wearable, waterproof wristbands keep your hands free in the parks, avoiding the need to constantly pull out your wallet to grab your classic ticket in the parks. With an array of colors and characters to sport, this is a great option for your park days. There’s even special sounds, colors, and other interactions that happen when you tap into the parks with limited edition MagicBands. MagicBand can also link your PhotoPass photos, open your room at a Disney Resort Hotel, and even charge purchases on food and merchandise to your room at a Disney Resort Hotel.
What about guests who don’t want to have to wear a wristband or reach into their wallet? Last year Walt Disney World launched MagicMobile, which allowed guests to scan into the theme parks with just their phone or Apple Watch. Guests start by creating their customized digital pass. The My Disney Experience app offers digital pass styles based on characters, attractions, parks, and even the 50th anniversary Fab 50 statues! Once your pass has been customized, it can be added to your Wallet on your phone and Apple Watch, making it easy to access for quicker park entry.
The latest way to scan into the theme parks isn’t available yet, but it’s on its way! MagicBand+ works just like the classic MagicBand, but offers extra interactions, colors, lights and customizations. While you’ll still scan into the parks like usual, once you’re inside you’ll be able to interact with the Fab 50 statues, nighttime fireworks displays, and more! Check out our guide to MagicBand+ to learn all about this new Walt Disney World technology.
The best part is, all of these methods can be used interchangeably, so you can select the best method for you on each day of your trip! So on your next Walt Disney World vacation, don’t be afraid to ditch your classic park ticket for one of these other ways to enter the Most Magical Place on Earth.