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  • On Apr 29, 2022
    Christy from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any benefits to buying a resort package with tickets vs adding the resort and tickets separate? It actually appeared cheaper to buy separate. Also - how do you get magic bands? Are those included with the ticket cost?

    Hey there, Christy, and welcome to planDisney! Thanks for dropping by the panel with your question!

    Christy, one of my favorite perks of buying a Disney Vacation Package is having the opportunity to pay your balance over time. As part of booking a Disney Vacation Package, you will pay a $200 deposit - the amount is subject to change - to secure your reservation. The remaining balance on your vacation is due 30 days before your arrival date, with you getting the time between those dates to space out the payments on your vacation. I really enjoy the flexibility that this option brings to my Disney Vacations.

    When purchasing the Vacation Package components individually you lose this amazing perk! Walt Disney World Theme Park Tickets must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Additionally, Disney Resorts Collection Hotel room-only reservations require a deposit of one night’s rate plus taxes in fees to book your reservation. So when purchasing the components individually, there is an increased upfront cost. But I’m not entirely sure why purchasing individually appears cheaper in your comparison. In my experience, the pricing has always been consistent when pricing out my stays. If you would like to discuss this matter further, I suggest speaking with a Cast Member at (407) 939-1936. They will have access to the most current pricing, Disney Resorts Collection Hotel reservation availability, and any special offers that may apply to your travel dates!

    MagicBands are a necessity for any Disney Vacation! Although, my MagicBand collection proves that I am fairly biased in this area. MagicBands are available for an additional fee and are not included with the cost of the Theme Park Ticket. You can purchase MagicBands through ShopDisney or physical retail locations through the Walt Disney World Resort. Additionally, since you are staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel as part of your upcoming visit, you can purchase MagicBands through your My Disney Experience account. As a resort guest, your My Disney Experience account will display pre-arrival exclusive MagicBands just for you (after you’ve booked your reservation)! These exclusive bands range from truly unique to more tame solid colors and are offered at a discounted rate. This way, everyone in your party gets to pick one that feels unique to them. 

    I hope this helps, Christy! If you have more questions while planning your Disney Vacation, stop back by and let me know! After all, you’ve got a friend in me!

    To Infinity and Beyond,

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