• On Jul 29, 2020
    Kathleen from IA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are not staying at a resort, but planning to get Magic Bands. How can we set limits for spending?

    Hi, Kathleen!  Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    What did we ever do without MagicBands?  Even if you are not staying on Disney property, MagicBands are the thingamabob that does the job!  You can use your MagicBand to access all of the information in your My Disney Experience account, including your theme park admission tickets.  MagicBands can also be used to link your Disney PhotoPass Service pictures to your My Disney Experience account.  I love the convenience of having all of this technology right there on my wrist!

    For Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests, MagicBands serve a few additional purposes.  They can be used to unlock your resort hotel room door.  Also, Guests can use their MagicBands to charge purchases to their resort hotel room.  Unfortunately, at this time, MagicBands can not be used for charging purchases if you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.

    Although you won't be able to make purchases with your MagicBands, I still think that you will find that they come in quite handy.  You can choose from a wide variety of MagicBands available to purchase on shopDisney before your trip, or you can buy MagicBands at many retail locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort once you arrive.

    As for setting spending limits, I have found that Disney Gift Cards really help my family stick to our vacation budget.  My kids ask for Disney Gift Cards for Christmas and their birthdays, then when we visit Walt Disney World Resort, they know that they have the value of their gift cards to spend on souvenirs and experiences.  You can purchase Disney Gift Cards, a little at a time, throughout the months leading up to your vacation to help you save for your trip and to limit your spending once you arrive.

    If we can answer any additional questions for you as you plan your magical vacation, please visit us again.  See ya real soon!
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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