• On Mar 29, 2017
    Michael from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are using the dining plan with our upcoming trip to WDW. Are we able to charge our room for tippping at the restaurants? Also, can we apply Disney Gift Cards towards our room credit, we do not want to carry a lot of cash with us?

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about using Disney gift cards.

    My family also uses Disney gift cards for our entire trip, so I totally understand wanting to plan ahead with your budget and pre-purchasing them.

    The great news is that if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can charge everything to your MagicBand, which is linked to your hotel account. There are a few exceptions of some locations at Disney Springs, but anywhere that accepts your MagicBand as payment will also charge back to your room if you choose. I never carry cash into the parks either.

    What I typically do is charge everything to the MagicBand, and then every couple of nights I take a quick trip down to the hotel concierge and zero out my balance. This helps me to stay on budget and also to be sure that nothing is charged to my backup credit card.

    Hope that helps with your planning!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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