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  • On Apr 8, 2022
    Candice 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.

    If you are not staying at a Disney resort can a card be connected to the magic band instead of carrying a card at the parks?

    Hi Candice!

    Welcome to planDisney! It looks like your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is just around the corner and I'm sure you are counting down the sleeps until your magical trip. I hope you are following the Disney Parks Blog because there are so many exciting things headed to the theme parks that you will want to add to your "must-do" list and the blog is the best place to get the latest announcements!

    MagicBands are a fantastic addition to a Walt Disney World Resort vacation because they will give you access to your theme park tickets, Lightning Lane reservations, and Disney PhotoPass account with just the touch of your MagicBand. While Guests who are staying at a Disney Resort hotel can use their MagicBand to make purchases that are charged to their hotel account, unfortunately, there is no way to directly link a credit card to your MagicBand. So if you are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you will be unable to use your MagicBand for purchases during your trip.

    As an alternative, you may want to consider using Disney Gift Cards for your vacation purchases. They are accepted throughout Walt Disney World Resort and they are perfect for minimizing the other cards you need to carry during your visit. I like giving each of my kids their own gift card so they can manage their souvenir budget during our vacation!

    Candice, feel free to come back to see us if you have additional questions as your trip approaches. T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to two little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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