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  • On Apr 22, 2019
    Taylor from GA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    1): Will staying off site take away the first timers the magic of disney? 2): Can I still get magic bands, make reservations, and fast passes staying off site? 3): When staying off site, am i still able to purchase the memory maker?

    Hi, Taylor!  Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    While there are many benefits to staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, I think visiting the Walt Disney World Resort is certainly a magical experience no matter where you stay.

    Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel receive complimentary MagicBands.  If you are staying elsewhere and wish to purchase a MagicBand, you may do so online or at many Walt Disney World Resort retail locations.  MagicBands really add a level of ease to your theme park visit by organizing your tickets and FastPass+ selections in one convenient place.  Wearing a MagicBand will also unlock some fun surprises on select attractions.

    If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you will be able to make dining reservations for up to 10 days, starting 180 days from your arrival.  Guests staying elsewhere may still make dining reservations 180 days in advance, but can only reserve one day at a time.

    While Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests have the ability to make their FastPass+ selections 60 days prior to arrival, guests staying off property must wait until 30 days before their visit.  However, no matter where you stay, you have the option to purchase Memory Maker so that you can relive all of your magical vacation memories for yEARS to come.

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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