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What is a Magic Band at Walt Disney World?

What exactly is this magical band you need to know about for your Walt Disney World vacation?  Well, it helps simplify your trip! There are quite a few times you will use your band and all you have to do is scan it at a touch point. You don’t have to pull out a card or ticket to scan each time, it’s right there on your wrist!


With your Magic Band, you can:

•Unlock your room at a Disney Resort.
•Pay for food, drinks, and merchandise at resorts and theme parks if your card is linked and you have a PIN set up.
•Enter the parks with your tickets connected in your My Disney Experience account.
•Enter the Fastpass+ entrance at your reserved time for certain rides.
•Link Disney PhotoPass photos to your Memory Maker account.


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There are a ton of colors and designs, with new ones released often! I love to add sparkle to mine with a Swarovski Mickey sticker from my friend at The Sparkled Shell — check her out on Etsy!

If you have a smaller wrist or need to fit a child, you can pop off the dark grey piece to get a better fit!  Also, with this version of the Magic Band, you can use a small screwdriver to pop out the center piece (the “puck”) if you don’t want to wear it on your wrist.  There are a bunch of wearable option for the puck on ShopDisney and Etsy, like keyrings, slides for your smartwatch band, and more!



I store my Magic Bands at home on a bracelet bar and keep any buttons in a little dish shaped like Mickey’s hand.
Edited to add: Magic Bands are no longer included for free with a Walt Disney World Resort stay as of 01/01/2021.



Categories: Disney

EPCOT’s International Festival of the Arts 2020 Highlights

EPCOT at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida now has multiple festivals throughout the year with special food booths, activities, merchandise, and entertainment. The International Festival of the Arts is one of the newest. This year it runs from January 17, 2020 through February 24, 2020.

There is so much to see, I’m glad we will have one more visit before the festival ends!
Here are some of my favorites from my visit during earlier this month:
The character meeting locations have special artwork that’s out even when the characters aren’t meeting.  This is in the UK where Alice meets.

This “Make it Pink, Make it Blue” portrait of Aurora is in her meeting spot in France.
The Expression Section features a paint-by-number mural each day from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. When you walk up to the booth, they will give you a paint brush and a container with paint telling you which number squares to paint. When you’re finished, you get a cute postcard with the picture you just helped paint!
The Living Statues are out by the temporary Mouse Gears from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm.
The exclusive Festival of the Arts merchandise features Figment!  These cute paint cans have shirts inside of them.
The walkway between Future World and the World Showcase has gorgeous chalk art lining both sides.
There is also a 3D chalk art spot that you can jump into the picture! So much fun!
One of the construction walls between the Imagination pavilion and the Land pavilion is lined with beautiful butterflies for some fun photo ops.
My shirt is from my friends at Lake Buena Visitors – check them out on Etsy!

There are a lot of fun art activities, like this Spin Art you create while peddaling on a bike.  

Some booths have merchandise like these shirts, art work with visiting artists, scarves, candles and more
The Deconstructed Dish booth has a fun drink, Rainboba. It’s sparkling water with a raspberry foam on top and boba pearls at the bottom. Plus, you can keep the cute plastic flute it comes in!
Also at the Deconstructed Dish, the strawberry cheesecake is delish!
I tried the scallop with chorizo, roasted red pepper coulis, and parmesan crisp at the Artist’s Table between the American Adventure and Japan pavilion.
I really loved the pollo alla pirandello, a golden chicken drumstick stuffed with ricotta cheese and pomodoro sauce in Italy.
You can find the artist palette jumbo chocolate chip cookie with “paint” icing at a few locations throughout the festival.
The paint brush churros are at the Refreshment Outpost in the African Outpost. They’re cute but they really weren’t that great unfortunately.

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company offers three specialty latte & donut pairings at their different locations in the park. I tried the Baroque Pairing at the American Adventure – a white mocha iced latte layered with a red velvet donut and sprinkles.
The Disney on Broadway Series features three daily shows headlined by Broadway stars who reprise favorite songs from past performances in award winning shows. The shows are at the America Gardens Theater and are included with park admission.
You can be in the artwork! Lots of different photo spots throughout the park.

Some Photo Pass photographers have special props you can use in your photos.Can’t wait to try some more food and see one of my favorite Disney artists during our next visit!xoxo, Shannon