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  • On Jan 15, 2020
    Robert from Staffordshire Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    i am getting confused if i can use a pre paid tui travel card ( MasterCard) to use on the account/room for purchases with magicband? if i choose not to link a card can i still use my magicband to gain entrances to parks and dining plan? thank you

    Hello Robert!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It is a pleasure to help a fellow international Guest plan a magical holiday at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    At the time of check-in you will be required to provide a valid credit card or debit card to be linked to your Disney Resort hotel reservation for incidental expenses. This is a standard procedure even if you do not intend to use your MagicBand for purchases – please note that prepaid travel cards are currently not accepted. 

    Although you cannot link your prepaid card to your hotel reservation, you are still welcome to use it to pay for expenses charged to your hotel room while using a MagicBand. All you need to do is visit Front Desk the day before check-out to verify your room folio and request to pay for your balance using the prepaid card. Just be sure to stop by Front Desk the evening before check-out at the latest, otherwise the credit card linked to your account will be automatically charged at midnight. This is what I usually do when I visit, I go ahead and supply a valid credit card, use my MagicBand for purchases, and stop by Front Desk the day before leaving to pay for all charges using Disney Gift Cards, cash or even another credit card. 

    However, one very important detail to keep in mind is that the credit card on file is automatically charged when you reach a certain charge limit during your visit, so upon arriving and retrieving your MagicBands at Front Desk, I recommend checking with Cast Members the charge limit for your Disney Resort hotel. Keep track of your expenditures and stop by Front Desk any time to use your prepaid card to deduct expenses from your folio if you feel that you might go over the limit. 

    In addition, remember that it is not mandatory to use your MagicBand with charging privileges. You will still be able to enjoy its other features such as entering the theme parks and water parks with valid admission, redeeming FastPass+ experiences and Disney Dining Plan meals, linking Disney PhotoPass content to My Disney Experience, and opening the door of your hotel room.

    I hope this helps you while planning, Robert. Please stop by once again real soon with more questions!

    Best magical wishes,
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Meet the Panelist: Thiana, Brazil

My name is Thiana and I am a German-Brazilian university professor and sworn translator from beautiful Brazil. I am happily married to my prince charming and the proud mother of two lovely princesses. When I am not busy with work or family, you can catch me reading, running, listening to music, or planning our next Walt Disney World Resort visit. I hope to help you plan a magical Disney vacation that will be filled with wonderful memories.

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