• On Jan 7, 2019
    Megan from PA 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 plan to use Disney gift cards to pay for our purchases in the parks, but I read that cards can't link to MagicBands. I saw a response that mentioned paying down a balance through our resort, but I'm not sure how that works!

    Hi Megan! It's so exciting to see you will be at Walt Disney World Resort in a few short days!

    A couple of years ago, we used Disney Gift Cards to pay for our Walt Disney World Resort vacation and it was fantastic! I purchased them throughout the year and received some as gifts as well. I transferred the balance of some cards to other cards so I didn't have to take as many with me on vacation.

    Once we arrived at Walt Disney World Resort, we enjoyed the convenience of adding things to our room charge via our MagicBands. Periodically, when going to or from our Resort hotel, we would drop by the front desk and pay down our room charge to a zero dollar balance using a Disney Gift Card. On our final day at Walt Disney World Resort, we had a few additional charges. They were taken care of using the credit card I had used during online check-in. The charges were minimal though and the majority of our vacation was paid for using our Disney Gift Cards.

    When you arrive at your Resort hotel, I encourage you to chat with a Cast Member at the front desk and let them know how you plan to pay for some of your charges. Depending on how much you charge throughout your vacation, you may get to a level where your credit card is automatically charged. You will want to find out what that level is so you can visit the front desk and have them debit your Disney Gift Card before your credit card is charged.

    I know all of this may sound rather cumbersome but it was really very easy and I loved returning from vacation with very little charged to my credit card.

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Please let me know if you have any other questions as you put the finishing touches on your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Kari, Texas

"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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