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  • On Aug 26, 2022
    Noortje from Non-US/Other Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm staying at an official Disney partner hotel in October. Can I still purchase magic bands and use them to get in the parks, link my dining reservations and my genie+? Or are they only available for people staying in official Disney hotels?

    Greetings, Noortje and welcome to planDisney!

    Thank you so kindly for consulting planDisney, I would be honoured to offer further assistance with your planning, how very excited you must be about your vacation during the Halloween season at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Noortje, since you have created your Disney account, you can proceed with your planning via My Disney Experience no matter where you stay, isn’t that great? As soon as you sign in to your Disney account and purchase and/or link your theme park admission to your Disney account using the ticket ID number and accessing My Plans - Dining, Resort Hotel and Tickets you will be able to secure your Disney Park Pass Reservations for each day of valid theme park admission. As well, at 60-days before your arrival you can begin making your Disney Dining Reservations. Noortje, you can also purchase and link your MagicBands upon your arrival and they will store your theme park admission - a Cast Member can help you link your MagicBands soon after purchase if you wish, or, you can easily link your MagicBands using your My Disney Experience Mobile App by accessing the MagicBands and More tile on your Welcome Noortje page. All linked plans and your linked MagicBands will be stored in your Disney account and when you download the My Disney Experience Mobile App and sign in, you will be able to see and also manage those plans anywhere and anytime.

    By using the My Disney Experience Mobile App, during your visit, you can purchase the Disney Genie+ Service right on your Home Page by selecting the Purchase for Today button - just be sure to update your Payment Method via the My Profile link to enable app transactions by selecting the Feature Menu on the bottom right of the Home Page. The Disney Genie+ Service will save you time waiting in lines for attractions that offer the Lightning Lane entrance, as well, for select attractions, you will be able to purchase Individual Lighting Lanes à la carte for up to two attractions, one at a time, per day.

    Summon the complimentary Disney Genie to add your top choices for attractions, dining and experiences, and the Disney Genie will continuously offer suggestions and wait time information thereby streamlining your day. You will be able to navigate your day using the interactive and informative map showing recommendations for your booked plans.

    Check out the new MagicBand+ an enhanced version of the standard MagicBand that will enable you to enjoy many interactive experiences during your visit!

    Noortje, I hope this information is useful, perhaps one day soon you can be a Guest at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel to enjoy many unique benefits and conveniences, see ya real soon!

    Best Disney Wishes!

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Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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