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  • On Aug 16, 2022
    Lauren from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, We are coming from Canada and I have a bunch of US cash. When we check in our resort can I apply the cash to our account so it can be used for dining etc , with my magicband , so I don’t have to carry cash around . Will have a Visa on file too Laur

    Lauren,

    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    I do EXACTLY what you outline in your question on most of my trips to Walt Disney World! So yes, you can apply cash to your account at your resort desk when you arrive. I don't want to carry cash around either, and I love just charging to my account via the MagicBand. Let me share with you some added thoughts about applying both cash, and gift card balances, to your Disney Resort account.

    BONUS TIP #1
    One very important note to be sure of. If you are applying cash or gift cards to your account, I do not recommend that you put all that down onto your resort hotel account at the start of the trip. Why? Well, Disney cannot refund any of those transfers to you, so if you put $100 of a gift card or cash onto your resort balance and only spend $90 of that, you lose the $10 balance.

    When I go, I put down only that amount that I know I will spend, and every couple of days I will return to the front desk and use more cards or cash as I get closer to spending that credit balance. Oh, and remember that you can always check your balance from your My Disney Experience App!

    BONUS TIP #2
    Gift cards are a great item for kids to list on birthday or Christmas wish lists. My teenagers have a hard time finding gift idea suggestions for relatives that are reasonably priced, so this gives them a lot of flexibility. It also gives the gift giver a lot of room to give what they deem appropriate. 

    BONUS TIP #3
    The new MagicBand+ bands are AMAZING! While I was a big fan of so many of the features offered by the last version of the MagicBand, these new bands are really adding even more great experiences. You don't lose any of those existing capabilities, like Mobile Online Ordering, and you get all the new interactivity in the parks. I strongly recommend that prior to your visit you check on the MagicBand+ section on your My Disney Experience App on your smartphone. It spells out how to get everything synchronized, how to manage multiple bands, how to customize your band, and some of the fun things you will be able to do with the bands while in the parks.  

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug
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I am one of the Dads on the Moms Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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