Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
  • On Jun 14, 2024
    Ashley from NSW Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there, we’re staying at the Drury plaza Orlando in September and was wanting to know if we could use our magic band + to make food purchases inside the parks? Thank you! Ashley

    Hello there, Ashley!

    Thanks for bringing us your question. I'm excited to help you finalize plans for your upcoming visit. I'll also be heading to Walt Disney World Resort this September and can't wait to get the fun started!

    Though Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is considered an Official Walt Disney World partner hotel, a stay there will not give you the ability to charge purchases to your room with your DisneyBand (referred to as MagicBand or MagicBand+ in the US). This functionality is reserved for guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel. However, you will be able to use your DisneyBand to enter the parks with valid admission, access Lightning Lanes with the purchase of Disney Genie+ Service, and link attraction and Disney PhotoPass photos throughout your visit. My family also really enjoys seeing our bands light up in sync with the evening spectaculars and getting a little "hello" vibration as we pass the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues throughout the parks.

    I'm not sure if you've heard but the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival kicks off on August 29th, just in time for your arrival. I'm waiting for menu details to be released, but I'm already planning to tap my band around the world as I purchase lots of delicious drinks and snacks. You won't be able to use your band this way, but you will be able to purchase a festival-exclusive Disney Gift Card design to use as payment. When I attended during an off-site stay a few years back, I picked one up to eliminate the need to take my credit card in and out of my wallet all day. These festival gift cards come attached to a stretchy spiral bracelet so you can wear them and enjoy hands-free purchasing. This freed up both hands to carry around all my favorite food and beverages and served as a cute take-home souvenir. A double win!

    You can pick up one of these gift cards at merchandise locations throughout EPCOT during the festival. They can also be reloaded as needed and used across the rest of the parks during your visit. Check out the podcast video linked to this answer (featuring yours truly) for more details.

    I hope this helps Ashley. If we can answer any additional questions please don't hesitate to come back and see us again. 

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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