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  • On Mar 21, 2023
    Karen from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do I add a gift card to my account to pay for magic bands?

    Hi Karen, welcome to planDisney!

    Disney Gift Cards, also known as "Mickey Money" at my house, are a nice option when paying for many things on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. When planning your trip, you can use a Disney Gift Card to purchase theme park tickets. During your trip, you can use a Disney Gift Card to purchase Disney Genie+ service in the My Disney Experience mobile app. As a collector of Minnie ears, my favorite place to use a Disney Gift Card is World of Disney in Disney Springs (merchandise mobile checkout recommended).

    Unfortunately, Disney Gift Cards are not a payment option when purchasing MagicBands with the pre-arrival offer for Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests. I was reminded of this fact when purchasing my family's MagicBands this week; a credit card is the only payment option for these magical purchases. It's possible to use a Disney Gift Card to purchase MagicBands on shopDisney or at a Walt Disney World Resort retail location, though you won't be able to take advantage of the discounted pre-arrival offer price. 

    When using a Disney Gift Card to make other purchases in the My Disney Experience mobile app, Karen, select "Use a Different Payment Method" and "Add a Card," which appears below the image of a Disney Gift Card on my iPhone. You can't save a Disney Gift Card to your My Disney Experience account like a credit card; I recommend saving your gift card number as a note on your phone so it can easily be copied and pasted for each transaction.

    However you decide to spend your Mickey Money, Karen, I hope your purchase brings you as much joy as the newest member of my Minnie ear collection brings me.

    Plan magic; planDisney.
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