• On Feb 8, 2017
    Tiffany from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have read that you can only make purchases on Magic Bands if you are staying at a Disney Resort. Are there any plans to allow guests to link a credit card to the bands? Are they worth having just for Fastpass and photos? Thanks!

    Hello Tiffany!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    You have a solid understanding of the ins and outs of MagicBands at Walt Disney World Resort based on your inquiry, but allow me to offer an explanation and some suggestion.

    Making purchases using a MagicBand does not link directly to the credit card company that may be affiliated with said MagicBand but the Walt Disney World Resort hotel room or suite that is connected to it.  When you use your MagicBand to make a purchase, you are charging it to your room, which (along with room charges, etc.) is eventually charged to your credit card.  Using your MagciBand in this manner is for convenience and control, as any purchases made can be discussed with Guest Services at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel and listed on your room charges instead of dealing with your credit card company directly for every single charge until the full charge from the resort is processed.

    While policies like these can change at any time, I have heard no plans that suggest this policy will be changing in the near future.

    As an alternative to using my MagicBand for convenience with purchases, I put money onto Disney Gift Cards and use them whenever I pay for merchandise or dining.

    Even without the convenience as an alternative credit card, my family wears our MagicBands wherever we go in Walt Disney World Resort to hold our ticket information and FastPass+ Selections, as well as to scan for any instances where we get a Disney PhotoPass Photographer to take our picture to easily link it to our My Disney Experience App.

    Have a Magical Vacation!
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