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The Real Magic of a MagicBand

One of my favorite things Disney invented was the MagicBand. If you don’t know what a MagicBand is, it is an all in one wristband that makes your vacation very convenient. The band is your room key, park ticket, photopass card, fastpass, dining reservation and even your charge card if you are staying in a Disney resort hotel.The MagicBand is something I love to wear, and even accessorize my outfit with when at the parks.

These bands are waterproof, and can be adjusted for adult and kid sizes. Coming in a variety of colors, they are free if you stay in the resort, as they are your room key. But, you can buy ones with different designs. Most of them are open edition, but there a few special edition that you can get at certain parks or during different events! And, at Disney Springs and Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, you can make a custom one! Here are a few I’ve loved:

This first one is the Frozen Ever After Anna band. It debuted July 2016, right after the ride opened (pictured below). This is my favorite as it’s pink, shows Anna’s spring dress, and is a hand drawn animation of Princess Anna. You can also find Elsa and Olaf ones!

This second one is a custom made Minnie band. This Minnie design can be found on a pink band for purchase, but I got it customized onto a purple band to have Minnie’s dress stand out. I love the purple color against the pink dress!

Next comes MagicBand 2.0. These new bands debuted at the D23 expo in November of 2016, and everyone went crazy for them! They are lighter and more flexible than the original band, and they come designed so that the touch point (Mickey) can come out from the band and be used separately. There are key chains available to purchase, so that the touch point can still go with you and is usable conveniently.

New MagicBand 2.o bands are starting to debut more frequently than had been earlier this year. There is the limited edition Flower and Garden band that features Figment on one side and Mickey on the other. This band is retailed at $32.9 and can be purchased at Epcot (while supplies last).

This last band is my favorite of all the 2.o MagicBands. This live action Beauty and the Beast band features Belle on the one side and the movie logo on the other. I have purchased it, and love it! It’s still in the box for me to use this summer.

Have you used a MagicBand before? Do you like them? Do you have a favorite one that you’ve purchased? Let me know!

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A Handy Disney Handbag

I cannot tell you how much of an accessory person I am. Clothes and accessories are what make or break my park visits. I have to be looking cute and representing what I can while I’m out and about. And, to me, purses and handbags are my main staple. They have to serve a purpose as a statement to an outfit and also be functional. There are a few brands and bags I love, and I will share them with you: Continue reading “A Handy Disney Handbag”

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Once a Pin Trader, Always a Pin Trader

 

I will never forget the first time I saw pins. It was a beautiful April day, and I was in Hollywood Studios. We went into the tiny outdoor store under the sorcerer hat, and I just saw rows upon rows of pins. I browsed, but did not buy any. Flash forward a year and a half to the first week of my first college program in August of 2014, and I bought myself a red polka dot Minnie lanyard with a Union Jack Mickey pin and an Elsa pin. Little did I know that was the beginning of something I would come to collect and take appreciation of.

Pin trading began at the Walt Disney World resort in the summer of 2000, as part of a special event for the Olympics that year. Within a few years, it expanded, and people were hooked. Pins are now sold throughout the entire Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, as well as online, on the Shop Disney parks app, Disney Store online, and even the resorts around the world! Continue reading “Once a Pin Trader, Always a Pin Trader”

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The Ears Have It!

 

ThisΒ is one quintessential item that every Disney go-er needs. It’s an iconic thing that never goes out of style, and only grows better with age. That would be a pair of ears. Whether you are not even a year old or ninety years old, every park goer needs at least one pair of ears in their life. It’s a timeless tradition. I remember the first pair of ears my parents bought me on my first trip to Disney; in fact, I still have them displayed in my room today as inspiration. Continue reading “The Ears Have It!”