You can buy a magic band before you go, Disney shopping has a lot to pick from.
I’ve been on two high school band trips and the lack of control is hard. I had another trip planned a few weeks after each trip so it was easier to just roll with it since I knew I would be back so soon.
We also stayed off site (comfort inn and suites) and it was hard. However, we had to stay in the parks all day so it didn’t matter much in the end. We are not open to close people so that was hard. I like to take a break and cool off (dry out!) but that wasn’t an option. I tried to pack only what I had to have but it was hard knowing I could not go back to the room no matter what.
In the end I had a really good time on both trips. I had a wonderful group of kids each time and that made it really easy to have fun. I had all of them in class for at
least and year, some of them two years and I think that helped.
Have fun. It’s exhausting but so much fun.