• On Oct 14, 2018
    Amber from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    So I have a couple questions. We've finally booked our Disney world vacation! One, when/where do we order/recieve magic bands? Secondly, if I start buying Disney world gift cards will they be valid in a year when we go? Or do they expire at some point?

    Dear Amber,

    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your great question about planning ahead for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    How exciting that you have booked your trip and are starting to count down! If you are staying on site at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you are able to log on to My Disney Experience and customize your MagicBands as soon as you have linked your hotel reservation. You can do that up until about a month before your scheduled check-in date, which is when your order will finalize and ship out to you. 

    I love using Disney gift cards for my family's trips, and those can be purchased well ahead of time. There is not an expiration date. I recommend creating a login on the Disney gift card site so that you can easily combine and track them there. You would hate to lose track of them or be unable to access them if they are lost.

    Hope that helps with your magical planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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