We just went on our trip in September. The magic band isn't worth it because you cannot link your credit card to it if you are not staying at a resort. You can download the Disney App for free and see all of the pictures on your phone right after they are taken and then download after your trip t your computer. We also bought tickets to the Mickey Halloween party with our spending money. You do not wait in any lines for characters for that....I will saw the Halloween ones are quite spread out and they were hard to find. But you can go in as early as 4 pm and they are open late, so essentially it gave us an extra day at Magic Kingdom!