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  • On Jan 21, 2015
    Elizabeth from AL Asked

    Hello! 1st- Do you know if we book a Disney Resort Hotel through our non-Disney vacation club instead of through Disney, are Magic Bands still given with resort stay? 2nd-If staying at Bay Lake Twr, can we get to Downtown Disney via water taxi transfers?

    Hi Elizabeth!

    Guests staying on property at a Disney Vacation Club Resort do receive Magic Bands! If you wish to personalize your bands and have them shipped to your home, you can do this with My Disney Experience. It is your one-stop location to personalize and plan your upcoming magical stay! I recommend you download the My Disney Experience smartphone app as well. With My Disney Experience you will be able to personalize your Magic Bands, link and keep track of Advance Dining Reservations, PhotoPass and Memory Maker photographs and reserve FastPass+.

    Once your account is created, you’ll need to link your resort reservation number and theme park tickets. Magic Bands can be personalized with name and your choice of colors. If you choose not to personalize them, standard bands will be given to you at check-in. At 180 days prior to your resort check-in day, you can use My Disney Experience to reserve Advance Dining Reservations for your favorite dining locations. Be sure to reserve your FastPass+  for select attractions 60 days prior to check-in.

    Bay Lake Tower is an excellent choice. The location is unbeatable! It is within walking distance of Magic Kingdom, and Epcot is accessible via Monorail. While water taxi is available to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, you cannot get to Downtown Disney via waterway from Bay Lake Tower. If you would like this option, I would recommend either Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, or Disney’s Old Key West Resort. Both of these Disney Vacation Club Resorts offer water taxi service to Downtown Disney.

    Whichever resort you choose, I’m sure you’ll have a truly magical stay at the Walt Disney World Resort. Please feel free to bring us any additional planning questions you have as you get ready for your vacation!

    Have a Disney Day!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

A lifelong Disney fan, joining Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family of six. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, groups both large and small, and during every season of the year. Whether meeting a Disney Princess, training to be a Jedi or dining with Mickey, our family enjoys it all. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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