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  • On Jun 16, 2022
    Joseph from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When using a magic band for purchases, I am aware it requires having a credit/debit card on file. Can a Disney gift card be "attached" to the magic band for purchases as well?

    Greetings, Joseph!

    Welcome back to planDisney with a very important planning question. Your vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth will be here before you know it. 

    One of my favorite perks of being a Guest of a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel is the ability to charge food and merchandise back to my room account using my MagicBand. You are correct that a credit or debit card must be on file at check-in to use this service. Unfortunately, you cannot link a Disney Gift Card to your account, but you can use them to pay off your account balance for any charges that you did incur during the day. 

    Typically a $100 pre-authorization charge is placed on your card (this amount is subject to change) and if you do not exceed a pre-determined amount nothing is charged to your card. Check with the Cast Member at the Front Desk regarding this amount during your stay. Disney Gift Cards are a good way to stay within your budget during your visit. You can stop by the front desk, every evening, and pay off your current charges with your gift cards. I tend to use them while shopping at Disney retail locations since I know that I will spend more than the pre-authorized amount. 

    You can link a Disney Gift Card in the My Disney Experience mobile app for mobile food orders, Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane purchases, and Merchandise Mobile Checkout. When you are finalizing your transaction select “ Use a different payment method” and then tap “Add a card” and enter your complete gift card number. Keep in mind your gift card information is not saved in the app, so you will have to re-enter it each time you make a purchase. 

    I hope this helps with your planning and if you have any more questions please come back and visit us again here at planDisney. 

    See ya real soon, 

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Hi there, I am Andrea from the Buckeye State. A very proud mom to my princess who is a former Miss Ohio. Friends and family describe me as a "Disney Nerd" and Star Wars fangirl. I have made 30 trips and counting to the Walt Disney World Resort in all stages of life since 1972 as a small child, a young mom with a toddler and now as an empty nester. The love of vacation planning runs strong in my family. My uncle had it, I have it and with my help, you will have it too. Learn More About Andrea

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