Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Mar 20, 2015
    Dennis from IL 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.

    My wife and I are snow birds and live about 50 minutes from Disney. We like to drop into Disney World on occasion for a meal in one of the resort areas. Is there any advantage to bring our wristbands if we aren't registered at a one of the resorts?

    Hi there, Dennis! It's great to see you again here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Your experience sounds a lot like ours. My family lives about an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so we love to take advantage of every opportunity we can to drop in for a little while. A nice dinner in the unique surroundings of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel is a little bit of heaven. And then you can just hop in your car and head home. It's a win-win!

    If you know you won't be hitting any of the Theme Parks during your short visits, Dennis, then you really won't need to bring your Magic Bands with you. But if it were me, I'd probably just bring them along anyway. Who knows, your plans may change, and you might find you want to pop into a park for a sweet treat or to take in an evening-ending fireworks show. And of course, if you choose to dine at a spot that's inside a park, you'll need your Magic Bands for admission.

    And if you're an Annual or Seasonal Passholder, be sure to also bring your Passholder card for any dining or merchandise discounts you may be eligible for. A little impromptu shopping trip just might be on the agenda, too!

    I hope this helps you enjoy those spur-of-the-moment visits to Walt Disney World, Dennis. Please stop back by if we can be of any further assistance.

    Have a magical day!

    Kathy K.

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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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