Mom And Daughter Outside Grand Floridian
  • On Mar 21, 2015
    Caroline from PA Asked

    DVC member and just purchased annual passes. My vacation, when I will be able to active my passes, is in October. Can I order my MB now or have my passes linked to the band my resort will be sending me to avoid carrying a card for the entire week? Thanks!

    Hi Caroline!

    Purchasing Walt Disney World Annual Passes is one of my family’s favorite perks of being Members. We usually schedule two vacations while we have active Annual Passes and we find that this offers a large savings for our family.  

    First, you’ll want to be sure you have your My Disney Experience account up to date. Make sure that your Disney Vacation Club resort reservation number has been linked to your account. Then you will want to link your Walt Disney World Annual Passes using the confirmation number you received when you purchased them. This will ensure that everything is linked for your vacation. You will be able to customize Magic Bands and make your FastPass+ selections in My Disney Experience.  Usually, it will allow you to begin customization of your Magic Bands a few months prior to your scheduled trip, and they are generally shipped to you approximately 30 days in advance. FastPass+ selections can be made 60 days in advance of your resort check-in, and I recommend making them as soon as you are able to ensure the best availability. 

    Once you arrive at a theme park with your bands for the first time, you will need to visit the Guest Relations window to have them activated prior to going through the turnstiles. This took us about ten minutes on our last trip, so be sure to leave yourself some extra time for this process. You will need to show your Disney Vacation Club Membership Card, and a photo ID for each adult. Do be sure to carry at least one of your physical Annual Passholder Cards or the Passholder Discount card, your Disney Vacation Club Membership Card and a photo ID with you in the parks. These things are not currently encoded on the band and the actual cards plus an ID must be shown to receive any discounts or perks. I hope you enjoy your Walt Disney World Annual Passes as much as we do!

    Wishing you Membership Magic!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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