Girls at Disney's Yacht Club
  • On Jun 4, 2023
    Kara from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I don't book a resort and ticket package, but buy the room and tickets separately, does that negate any perks for being a resort guest? Would we still get magic bands? Or would we still have access to the extra magic hours?

    Wishing you a warm planDisney welcome, Kara,

    I'm so glad you stopped by with your question about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit because we love to help other Guests plan practically perfect vacations!

    I have good news for you! At The Most Magical Place on Earth, every Guest is treated like royalty and if you choose to book your Disney Resorts Collection hotel and your Theme Park tickets separately, you still receive all the benefits of a Disney Resort hotel Guest. The Early Theme Park Entry benefit allows Guests of Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels to enter the theme parks 30 minutes before scheduled opening hours, which means you can ride your favorite attractions before the park opens. If you are staying at a Disney Deluxe Resort, Disney Deluxe Villa Resort or other select hotels, you can enjoy extended evening hours on select nights in select theme parks, so you have even more time to enjoy more of your favorite attractions. 

    As a Disney Resort hotel Guest, you can purchase MagicBand or MagicBand+ at a special pre-arrival price 11 or more days before your vacation and they will be automagically shipped to your home. You can also purchase a variety of MagicBands or MagicBand+ on the shopDisney website or once you arrive at one of the Disney Resort hotels, Disney Springs, or many of the merchandise shops in the theme parks. Personally, I like to take advantage of the pre-arrival price and have them ready to go as soon as I leave for my vacation. 

    Kara, if you are still deciding on which of the amazing Disney Resort hotels you would like to visit, check out the planDisney Pocket Guides. They are filled with fun facts and great tips for many of the hotels.

    I hope this information is helpful, Kara, and that your vacation is filled with the things that dreams are made of.  If you have any other questions or would like to learn more tips for making the most of your vacation, we would love for you to stop back by planDisney and allow us the honor of assisting you.

    Wishing you many magical memories,
    Shannon
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi! I'm a dreamer and doer who loves exploring the big blue world! My love for Disney began at Walt Disney World Resort and after my first Disney Cruise Line vacation I was hooked. I especially enjoy the ships' adult-exclusive spaces and activities while experiencing the magic only Disney can create. A Land and Sea vacation combining an action-packed Walt Disney World Resort visit and a relaxing Disney Cruise Line voyage is my favorite way to do Disney. I can't wait to help you create your magical memories! Learn More About Shannon

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