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Old 10-24-2018, 11:40 PM   #1
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HELP: So Confused About APs and MagicBands

Okay, we think we're getting APs for our Disney trips this year because we'll be going for two weeks in August for a bunch of celebrations - as well as a shorter trip in June for my youngest son's theater group.

For the June trip, only 4 of us are going - and the youngest has to travel with the "performer" ticket and can't use his AP. But, my husband and middle son and I will be going and we will be using our APs. (although I imagine we could activate my youngest's AP if we needed to).

For the August trip, the "performer" from the June trip and our oldest son will also be going and using their APs for the first time.

How do MagicBands work because we would like to use them?? I'm so confused with what I'm reading.

Help??!!
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Old 10-25-2018, 05:48 AM   #2
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Just like with a regular ticket - your AP is linked to your MyDisneyExperience account, and your MagicBands are linked to the account, and your MBs can then access any valid tickets you have linked to your account, including your AP.

The AP must be "activated" at a WDW Ticket Sales or Guest Services window to start its 365-day clock. Once the clock starts, your AP MagicBand will be mailed to you at home - so you don't get the AP MB in advance of the first trip. However, if you have any other MBs from previous trips, or if you buy any from DisneyStore.com, or if you buy any at WDW, they will all access your AP. Just put 'em on and go to the park, once your AP is active.
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Our first AP was an upgrade of tickets that were part of the package. We already had our magic bands with the tickets linked, so the upgrade was easy--just paid the price difference between the tickets and the AP's. Memory Maker was added to our MDE account instantly and our FP's transferred as well as dining reservations.

When we got home, I logged into the Passholder portion of MDE and ordered our AP Magic Bands, which we then used for the rest of the trips until our AP's expired.

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Just like with a regular ticket - your AP is linked to your MyDisneyExperience account, and your MagicBands are linked to the account, and your MBs can then access any valid tickets you have linked to your account, including your AP.

The AP must be "activated" at a WDW Ticket Sales or Guest Services window to start its 365-day clock. Once the clock starts, your AP MagicBand will be mailed to you at home - so you don't get the AP MB in advance of the first trip. However, if you have any other MBs from previous trips, or if you buy any from DisneyStore.com, or if you buy any at WDW, they will all access your AP. Just put 'em on and go to the park, once your AP is active.
So, if we "activate" our APs on our first trip in June, we can then order MBs for our August trip? Or, we can purchase them the day we "activate" them and use them for the June trip as well?

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Our first AP was an upgrade of tickets that were part of the package. We already had our magic bands with the tickets linked, so the upgrade was easy--just paid the price difference between the tickets and the AP's. Memory Maker was added to our MDE account instantly and our FP's transferred as well as dining reservations.

When we got home, I logged into the Passholder portion of MDE and ordered our AP Magic Bands, which we then used for the rest of the trips until our AP's expired.

Good luck!
Thank you. I think I have old ones...just not sure if they're too old that they may not work
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While I'm at it...2 other AP questions. And Thank You!! This is so helpful. In all the times I've gone to WDW, we've never had APs before.

1 - Am I correct in assuming that the APs start to run the date you "activate" them and not the date you "purchase" them? I'd like to get them by the end of the year, but we wouldn't be going until June. Is that okay?

2 - Could we activate our oldest son's AP on the June trip if he wasn't there with us?

Thank you again!!
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Don't forget that if you are staying on site you will get Magic Bands mailed to you as a result of the resort stay, whether or not you have AP's. Yes, AP's start when they are first used, not when they are purchased. I don't know if you can activate an AP if the holder is not present, but there really is no reason to do so. The only benefit to that is saving a few minutes to get it done on the trip when he joins you. HIs will just expire later than yours, but that's no big deal. Maybe he'll squeeze in another trip later, you never know.
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While I'm at it...2 other AP questions. And Thank You!! This is so helpful. In all the times I've gone to WDW, we've never had APs before.

1 - Am I correct in assuming that the APs start to run the date you "activate" them and not the date you "purchase" them? I'd like to get them by the end of the year, but we wouldn't be going until June. Is that okay?

2 - Could we activate our oldest son's AP on the June trip if he wasn't there with us?

Thank you again!!

1: The answer is yes unless you buy the AP while at DW in which case it starts the day you buy it.


2: No, the person must be present as adults must present photo id and they take your picture.
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So, if we "activate" our APs on our first trip in June, we can then order MBs for our August trip? Or, we can purchase them the day we "activate" them and use them for the June trip as well?

Thank you. I think I have old ones...just not sure if they're too old that they may not work
You can do both - your APs will each include a MagicBand, plus you can purchase as many more as you want. You can have up to ten MBs active per person in your MyDisneyExperience account, so you can wear whichever color matches your outfit or mood on a daily basis!

Pris is also correct, if you're staying at a WDW resort, MBs for each Guest will be included with your stay. So you may end up with multiple MBs after your June trip.

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While I'm at it...2 other AP questions. And Thank You!! This is so helpful. In all the times I've gone to WDW, we've never had APs before.

1 - Am I correct in assuming that the APs start to run the date you "activate" them and not the date you "purchase" them? I'd like to get them by the end of the year, but we wouldn't be going until June. Is that okay?

2 - Could we activate our oldest son's AP on the June trip if he wasn't there with us?

Thank you again!!
Yes, the 365-day clock doesn't start to run on the AP until you activate it at WDW. You can buy them in advance for your June trip.

You cannot activate your son's AP without him being present.
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I can't help with your AP questions but I just wanted to comment on your signature picture. My goodness, your boys have grown so much since the last time I saw them. Where has the time gone?
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2: No, the person must be present as adults must present photo id and they take your picture.
You must be present to activate your AP, but they no longer take a photo.
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2: No, the person must be present as adults must present photo id and they take your picture.
I believe the rules states that the person must be present. However, they will activate the AP if a person is not there. You must have a photo id of that person available to show guest services (text of person's driver's license works). We have done that twice now - once for myself and once for my adult son.
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