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  • On Aug 10, 2019
    Heather from KS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do I need to purchase our magic bands before I can make dining reservations? We are not staying on property, so I will be ordering our bands from the Disney shop. Just want to make sure if I need them before making a reservation I order them in time.

    Hi Heather!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    MagicBands are not needed to make dining reservations or to dine at any Walt Disney World Resort restaurant.  All guests, no matter where they are staying, may make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance.  Guests of Disney Resort Hotels may make reservations 180 days in advance of their check-in date, for the length of their stay, up to 10 days.

    Heather, although I do recommend the convenience of MagicBands, I wanted to make sure you knew that it is not necessary for you to purchase them.  Your Walt Disney World admission tickets will be ticket cards, similar in size to a credit card or gift card, and can be used for park admission, FastPass+ entry, and to link your Disney PhotoPass photos to your My Disney Experience account.  That being said, I MUCH prefer using a MagicBand rather than digging in my pocket or bag for my card.  Plus they are a fun accessory, adding a little extra touch of Disney magic to your vacation.  Guests of Disney Resort Hotels can also use their MagicBands to unlock their room door, and access entitlements from a Disney Dining Plan.

    I'm glad you are off to an early start in planning your vacation!  All of us at the Moms Panel are happy to help, so please feel free to ask us any additional questions you may have.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!

    Anne Marie
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Meet the Panelist: Anne Marie, Illinois

Hi everyone!  I'm Anne Marie from Illinois.  I love escaping our long Midwest winters with some fun in the sun at beautiful Walt Disney World Resort!  It seems our family of six is always on the go, and that is one reason why our Disney vacation memories are so special.  We get the opportunity to have fun while spending precious time together.  I enjoy helping family and friends plan their Disney vacations, and I'd love to help you plan yours too! Learn More About Anne Marie

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