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  • On Jan 13, 2021
    Tasha from TX Asked

    Can I purchase a gift card and associate it with my son's magic band so he can feel special buying his own merchandise?

    Hey, Tasha. Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney with this great question.

    I totally understand why you'd want to link a gift card to your son's MagicBand, but that, unfortunately, is not an option at this time. There is, however, an alternative that might work for your situation. 

    If you're staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you do have the option to use the MagicBand to charge expenses to your room. In order to do so, you'll just need to enable charging privileges and set up a PIN that will be used to uniquely identify you. As you tour and make purchases using the MagicBands associated with your account, those charges will accrue on your resort room account balance. You can always visit the front desk of your resort hotel and request a folio that will list the charges you've accrued. Assuming you feel comfortable allowing your son to make purchases, you can simply enable those privileges on his MagicBand. Doing so would give him freedom to buy things like souvenirs and snacks, but it would not allow you to set a limit on his spending. Of course, if you trust his judgment or if he's young enough that you'll be overseeing his spending, that may not be a concern.

    When my kids were little, even just having their own gift cards made them feel pretty special because it was similar to the credit or debit cards they saw me using. If, for any reason, the charging privileges don't work for your situation, maybe even just allowing him to use his own gift card might prove to be a good alternative. In any case, I hope you have a really great trip and make some amazing memories with your son.
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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