• On Jan 14, 2022
    Ignatius from PA 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 visiting Disney World and not staying at a DW resort (therefore can not use a band as a form of payment while at the park), what would be recommended to enable older kids to have the ability to pay for things at the park?

    Welcome to planDisney, Ignatius! Thanks so much for asking this great question! I'm happy to hear you are planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    As a mom with older kids, I can understand why you would want to give them the freedom of being on their own at the theme parks. There are a couple of options for enabling them to have a payment method while they are independently exploring The Most Magical Place on Earth! The easiest payment method they can utilize is a Disney gift card. You can order these on shopDisney prior to your arrival or purchase and load them once you arrive at a theme park. You can also find them at many retail locations. The gift card will allow them to purchase food and merchandise. If they will have a mobile device, you can have them download the My Disney Experience app and create a Disney account. With the app, they can utilize Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering as well as Mobile Express Checkout to purchase merchandise at select locations. You can add a payment method to their account which can be a debit card, credit card, or gift card. The My Disney Experience app will also be helpful because it includes maps of the theme parks that display wait times for attractions, restroom locations, and dining locations, just to name a few features!

    There's so much to see and do with The World's Most Magical Celebration happening right now and I'm sure it will be a magical vacation for your whole family! Please visit us at planDisney again if we can answer any other questions as you are planning!

    Warm Wishes,

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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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