Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Aug 29, 2022
    Dan from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be making our first visit to AKL as DVC owners in December. Are expenses like dining in the parks using our Magic Bands charged to our DVC Resort "tab"? Can we use Disney Gift Cards to pay the resort "tab" before checkout?

    Hiya, Dan!  

    "Welcome Home" to planDisney and congratulations on your new Disney Vacation Club Membership!  I'm so excited for you! Believe me, there's a whole new world of magical experiences headed your way!  While I'm sure you've probably been to Walt Disney World Resort many times, it doesn't get much better than that feeling you get from your first official stay as a Member. And the best part?  That feeling won't end there –– each and every visit will be sprinkled with that extra layer of Membership magic for many years to come!

    I've got some great news –– when it comes to making purchases with your MagicBand, staying at a Disney Vacation Club Resort works just like it does at other Disney Resorts Collection hotels.  You'll be able to tap your band during checkout for dining and merchandise purchases and you'll see those items added to your Resort folio.  If you'd like to use Disney Gift Cards to pay for those purchases, you can periodically stop by the Front Desk of your Resort to pay the balance of your bill with those cards, instead of having your purchases charged to the credit card you have on file. Just keep in mind that the balance of your Resort folio will be charged on the 5th day of your stay (unless you check out before that time) –– if you'll be staying more than 5 days, you'll need to stop by the front desk before that 5th day to pay for your purchases by gift card. 

    To make sure you're ready to hit the ground running once you arrive at Walt Disney World Resort, I recommend setting up the pin for your MagicBand before your visit begins.  That way, you'll be all set to tap your band for purchases as soon as you arrive at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas. To do this, open up the My Disney Experience mobile app and tap on the three lines in the bottom-right of the screen.  In the onscreen menu, tap "MagicBands and More" to see your MagicBands, as well as the bands of any other Guests whose plans you manage. Once you tap on your name, tap on the PIN icon to create or reset your PIN number.  After that, you'll be all set to use your band for purchases throughout your upcoming visit.

    Thanks so much for bringing your question to planDisney, Dan.  I'm wishing you tons of Membership magic for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort visit and for many years to come!

    See Ya Real Soon,
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