I completely disagree with this policy and I think it's yet another way Disney is trying to keep out the "riff-raff".
There's a huge section of the population that either doesn't have a smartphone or who can't/ won't update to the latest and greatest phone. I'm sure their app probably won't work on phones that are more than a year or two old.
So then these people have to pay an extra $5 per person on top of the price for the vacation package. If someone's paying $2,000 or $3,000 or $5,000 for a vacation, then Disney can throw in a MagicBand for free.

I prefer to wear the magic band and keep my hands free. I don't want to have to hold a phone, or try to find it in my bag while I'm trying to enter a FastPass line or standing outside my hotel room. Also, it's fun to have different characters on the bands, so you can swap out magic bands as you like.

They should add it to their app and smart watches. Then you get the best of both worlds.

While it seems like a good idea because most people have smart phones now, I personally prefer the magic bands. I don’t have to worry about its battery dying on my trips. It is rare a phone makes it through the whole day at the park for me. Yes, I realize there are charging blocks, but if my option is to use a magic band or have to carry a charging block around then I would rather wear the magic band.

I will continue to use magic bands. I like the app but there is something about not only picking one out but having one for your favorite ride or rides. I have 5 now and switch on and off depending on the park I’m at.

Ramblings of an old man, though I'm still in the all-important 18-49 group: To each their own, but I'm getting tired of everything going thru the phone. The only reason I bring mine is to take pictures; I got tired of security wanting to go thru my camera bag.
I think FP is one of the best ideas Disney had, but if a line is under 20 minutes I'll go ahead and go thru. But then they had to make everything a FP - even bathrooms (the former "P" ticket 😁). Some rides, like POTC, are designed as people-feeders where wait times are minimal. And theater shows, in my humble opinion, dont need FP at all.
I didn't have a problem with Magic Bands. What I don't like is the idea, true or not, of Disney tracking my every move. However, like unused paper FP and former ticket books, it's another memento lost to history. A reminder of when one could enjoy the parks their way, and not Disney's way.

PS. I AM a robot!

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