• On Jan 8, 2018
    Kristin from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    If you are not staying in disney resort are you able to buy magic bands to use? Is the only difference with fast passes that we can only book 30 days in advance instead of 60 days. Can we still book a character meal?

    Hi, Kristin! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. We’re so glad you stopped by to bring us your question. It’s our pleasure to assist you plan a magical and unforgettable visit to the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Kristin, all guests can purchase MagicBands, even if they are not staying on property. You will find MagicBands for sale at merchandise stores throughout the theme parks, Disney Resort Hotel gift shops, Disney Springs, and online at ShopDisney.com. I especially love the limited-edition bands that carry a little extra pixie dust when you use them at the park entrance touchpoints!

    As guests staying offsite, you can start booking your FastPass+ 30-days in advance once you have your tickets linked to your My Disney Experience account. Make sure to mark that important planning date to your calendar!

    As far as Character Dining, you are definitely able to book as many of these magically fun meals as wish! You can begin making these reservations as early as 180-days in advance. If you need any suggestions, I highly recommend 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. For breakfast you’ll enjoy a Supercalifragilistic time with characters like Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, and other special guests. For dinner, you can enjoy an enchanted meal with Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner, where you will dine with royalty.

    I hope this information was helpful! For any more questions or planning tips, don’t hesitate to come back and see us! Have a magical day. ~Emille
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Meet the Panelist: Emille, Florida

Hi! My name is Emille. I’m a mom of two and wife to a wonderful fellow Disney nerd! As a current Florida resident and Annual Passholder, I love being able to visit the Walt Disney World Resort frequently. When I’m not at the Parks, you can find me leading worship at my local church or traveling with a prison ministry I sing and speak for. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing some of my favorite tips to help you plan your next magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Emille

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