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    Default New Annual Passholders-when do we get our bands?

    Hi everyone, we bought annual passes a few months ago for a trip in sept. When do we get the magic bands? Do they mail them to us? Will they already be activated or do we need to stop Y our resort firs before heading to parks on arrival day?
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    Have you already picked up your AP, I'm assuming not. Once it is activated you will be able to order a band on MDE and have it shipped home. They're the same as the regular bands, nothing special.
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    Saying what Lynn said, but in a slightly different manner.

    You do get Magic Bands with an AP (they're just the regular ol' bands, nothing special. BUT you will NOT get them for the first trip with the AP. Once the AP has been activated (which can only happen at WDW), you will then see a link in your MDE for you to customize bands. Once you've done that, the bands will be produced and mailed to your house.

    So, if you have other bands from a previous trip, bring them. If you're staying on property, you'll still get bands for that anyway, so be sure to customize them in time for them to be mailed to you.

    Recently, I have heard of people being able to pick up AP bands at a couple of places in the parks (I don't remember where), once they've activated their AP. Still the basic bands. Could pick the color, but no customization (no printing on them). You might ask when you activate your AP.

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    I bought a band I liked and just added my AP to it while I was there
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    So we won’t get bands until we check into resort on the first day of trip? Can the hotel then activate them to start? I’m so confused ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by minnie-mouse View Post
    So we won’t get bands until we check into resort on the first day of trip? Can the hotel then activate them to start? I’m so confused ��
    You should have bands for your resort stay which are shipped to you about 30 days prior, did you go on MDE and take care of that? The AP bands are totally separate, not sure why you would need them right away since you are staying on-site. Steve mentioned you may be able to pick them up there (not customized), otherwise you can order them when you return home.
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    Yes my husband said he ordered regular bands when he bought the annual passes but we have not received them. We don’t need customized ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by minnie-mouse View Post
    Yes my husband said he ordered regular bands when he bought the annual passes but we have not received them. We don’t need customized ones.
    If you ordered MagicBand(s) for your upcoming trip, you should get them sometime within the 45 day period prior to your trip. They hold off that long to allow for cancellations.

    Once you activate your AP, you can go to Guest Services and request a 'Passholder Slider' to put on your MagicBand(s) or you can purchase a Passholder-specific MagicBand in the parks. There are many styles and patterns to choose from, but they are NOT 'free'....
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    So even though I will have the magic band I still have to go to guest relations to activate them? Can they just activate them when we check into our hotel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by minnie-mouse View Post
    So even though I will have the magic band I still have to go to guest relations to activate them? Can they just activate them when we check into our hotel?
    Your MagicBand will be active with your RESORT reservation. You need to go to Guest Relations to activate your ANNUAL PASS. A bit confusing, but you will definitely want/need to activate your Annual Pass before entering a park, but you can get into your room right away.

    I do not believe they can activate an AP at the resort. BUT, I may be wrong about that. Check with the Concierge Desk at the resort....
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    Yes, your AP must be activated before it can be used. It can ONLY be activated at WDW. It CANNOT be activated at your resort. It CAN be activated at any Guest Relations location OR at any ticket booth at any park (including the water parks).

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    If you have your Disney World app on your phone, your AP will be on there. I used mine to get free parking and get into the park before I bought a Magic Band and attached it to my account.
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