I’m Getting A Magic Band: But Can I Get Into The Parks?

Okay, this isn’t really a Magic Band issue … but it sort of is.

Here’s the story: I’m not a passholder this year. It was a complicated decision that I made based on finances and some advance planning … plus I have two, 10-day, non-expiring tickets that can’t be converted into an AP.

Neat trick you probably already know about: You can apply hard ticket media directly to your Magic Band from the Disney website by selecting “Link Tickets” and inputting the ticket data. Hooray! With one easy step, you no longer have to worry about carrying your ticket–it’s all there on your Magic Band.

WDW hard tickets

Convenient, right?! Except … there’s no way to tell how many days are left on my ticket. Like I said, this isn’t actually a Magic Band issue. Even if I hadn’t applied the ticket to my Band, there still wouldn’t be an easy way to tell how many days there are left on my ticket. Disney just doesn’t provide that information.

I mean, yea: I can go wait in line at Guest Relations once I’m already at the Parks, but with MDX and FastPass+ still causing silly long lines, that doesn’t seem like such an attractive option.

Magic Band (At Disney Again)

But, seriously. Why is this so hard?

  • My Disney Experience knows my address. So it can clearly store information.
  • My Disney Experience knows the type of ticket that’s currently active on my account as well as it’s ID number. So it clearly knows about my pass.
  • My Disney Experience can tell me how many days I have left to customize my Magic Bands to get them before my trip. So it can clearly count backwards.

If it can do all of these things, why can’t it do all these things at once? It would certainly make planning and preparing a lot easier.

I don’t see why this isn’t possible. I guess you could argue that Disney makes more money off of unsuspecting guests who show up unaware that they have no more Park days on their Pass, but I think that’s bullshit. If I show up at the gate with no days left on my ticket, I’m more likely to turn back around and head to the pool than I am to fork over cash for another ticket at the last minute with no planning. And that’s money lost … not to mention an annoyed customer.

Bad show, Disney. Bad show.

Does this make you crazy, too? Or have you found some kind of genius work-around? Let me know in the comments!

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