• On Feb 3, 2018
    Kristy from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I'm going to be booking a Disney resort reservation. I can purchase my Magic Your Way Hopper tickets through my employer. Can I still get the dining plan ? Will I still have a magic band?

    Hi Kristy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for your question. Staying onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is such an amazing experience; I love being able to remain in the “Disney bubble” for my whole trip and soak up every magical moment.

    At this time, you may only add the Disney Dining Plan to a Magic Your Way vacation package that includes park tickets and a Resort hotel reservation. If you purchase your tickets from a third-party vendor, you will not be eligible for the Disney Dining Plan. However, without the Dining Plan you will still be able to pay out of pocket at dining locations all over Walt Disney World, and because you’re staying onsite, you can even pay using your Magic Band, which is so convenient! You will receive a Magic Band even if you book a room-only reservation, because it is the room reservation that qualifies you for the Magic Band, which serves as your room key in addition to its many magical functions.

    Kristy, because you’re purchasing park tickets separately from your Disney room reservation, my tip for you is to be sure you purchase the tickets more than 60 days in advance of your check-in date. Make sure you link the tickets in your My Disney Experience app so you’ll be ready to make FastPass+ reservations as soon as your 60 day window arrives.

    Wishing you a magical vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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