large family coming out of Cinderella Castle
  • On Sep 24, 2019
    Kristen from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My son will be traveling to WDW with school and getting Magic Bands that give them access to the room, tickets & FastPass+ but not charging (understandably). We have other Bands from past trips - can those be set up for charging privileges only?

    Hi Kristen,

    Thank you for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel. How exciting your son will be visiting soon with his school. Not long ago my boys went through this awesome experience and had such a wonderful time.

    MagicBands are the best thing since sliced bread. Not only they carry your Theme Park Tickets, FastPass+ selections, and your Disney PhotoPass Service memories, but can even open your Resort Hotel room. They can also be used to charge purchases to your room folio account; however, this is part of the Resort room reservation itself, and not just a function of the MagicBand. In general, school groups request charging privileges to be disabled from the room reservation, and hence MagicBands won't work for this unfortunately. My suggestion is to give your son a Disney Gift Card. It can be used literally everywhere throughout the Resort hotel, for food and merchandise. You can even add additional funds online or transfer from another one. And in the rare event he comes back with funds still in it, you can use them in the future to pay for a vacation package!

    One last tip: be sure he downloads the My Disney Experience mobile app and links his account with his friends. Then, when they receive their Theme Park Tickets information or numbers, they all will be able to link them and make FastPass+ selections for some of their favorite attractions. Happy planning!

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