• On May 5, 2018
    Melissa from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're staying off Disney property, can I still purchase magic bands? I understand that they wouldn't be used to unlock my hotel room door of course but if I have my credit card on my Disney Experience, can I use the magic band to charge food, etc.?

    Well Golly-Gee, Melissa!

    As my pal, Goofy, would say, "Gawrsh, we're happy to hear from you here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel." I hope you are having a hot-diggity-dog time planning your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

    Yes, you can definitely purchase a MagicBand even when you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel. As you can see, there are so many awesome colors and styles available, your real dilemma will be choosing which one to pick. Currently, I am torn between the Avatar Shaman and the Toy Story one.

    The only disadvantage is that the MagicBand isn't able to do quite the same things as if you were staying at a participating resort hotel. As you mentioned, one of those things is of course to open your guest room door, but unfortunately, you also will not be able to set up charging privileges and make purchases with it. You will however be able to enter the parks, access your FastPass+ selections and save your Disney PhotoPass photographer photos to your account all with your purchased MagicBand.

    I hope my answer assists you in your planning, Melissa, but should you have any other questions, please let us know.

    Magical Wishes, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Colorado

Hi-ya, Pals! I'm a wife and mother of three who's enjoyed many special occasions at Walt Disney World Resort with my family: graduations, pregnancies, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, reunions, and even our Fairy Tale Honeymoon. I look for any excuse to return "home" often and would love to help add a little extra Pixie Dust to your next magical adventure. Learn More About Lauren

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