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  • On Dec 28, 2023
    Mary from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am trying to plan a trip with a group of friends. Do we need to all be on the same reservation for tickets or can we purchase separately? If we purchase separately is there a risk of error of what parks we can go to each day? how do we get magicbands?

    Hey there, Mary! It's great to welcome you back to planDisney. How exciting that you'll be visiting with your friends in 2024. 

    This question is close to my heart because a few years ago I took my very first friends-only vacation to Walt Disney World and those days created core memories that make me smile even as I write this to you. I know that no matter what is on your agenda, you'll have a Magical time. 

    Mary, I'm happy to report that each person can purchase their own ticket and you can link all of your reservations together once they have been secured. You'll first want to make sure everyone has created a (free) My Disney Experience account. Standard theme park tickets (and tickets with the Park Hopper® Option) beginning on January 9, 2024, are date-based and will not require a separate theme park reservation. When your friend group is making their theme park ticket purchases, you'll just want to communicate what days you'll be visiting the parks so everyone selects the same dates, type, and length of ticket.

    So that you can plan as a group, you can link all of your My Disney Experience accounts together using the Family & Friends option. This can be done through your browser or the My Disney Experience Mobile App. When you open the app, click on the three horizontal lines in the lower right corner. You'll then scroll down until you see "My Profile." When you click on "My Profile," you can toggle to your Family & Friends List at the top of the screen above your character icon. Follow the prompts to "Add a Guest" and let the planning begin!

    Mary, from your question it sounds like you only need theme park tickets and not a vacation package that would include a Disney Resort Hotel reservation. MagicBands and the new MagicBand+ are only available for pre-order if you are booking a vacation package or Disney Resort Hotel stay. If you aren't staying onsite but still want a MagicBand to use as your park ticket, you can purchase them at a variety of shops around Walt Disney World or on ShopDisney. There is a number on the inside of the band that can then be linked to your account.

    Now, Mary, if you are planning to stay onsite at a Disney Resort Hotel with multiple friends in one room, one person from each room would book the package. When you book a package (that includes tickets and your hotel room), you can put down a deposit and pay over time (with multiple cards or Disney Gift Cards to make payments easier with a group). Payments can be made in any increments and any frequency as long as the balance is paid at least 30 days before check-in. 

    I hope this helps as you are planning for your upcoming visit. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to come on back to planDisney! In the meantime, I'll be wishing that you reach out and find your Happily Ever After.

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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