Staying at a Disney Resort is arguably the best way to plan a Disney vacation. Whether at Disneyland, with such iconic accommodations as those within the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel or Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or at one of Walt Disney World’s 30+ Resorts, there is a place to stay for every taste and budget.
A Disney Resort stay also comes with special amenities and perks, on top of close proximity to the theme parks and beloved restaurants.
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Some Disney Resorts are about to change their policies for how Guests can make charges to their hotel room accounts. At Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Guests can easily charge purchases to their rooms by using a MagicBand. To make a charge, Guests simply use their MagicBands while purchasing merchandise at retail locations or at restaurants and snack kiosks.
At the Disneyland Resort, Guests were previously able to charge purchase to their hotel rooms by using their hotel room keys. (MagicBands are still relatively new to Disneyland as the Resort only launched MagicBand+ for the first time in October 2022.)
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Despite the recent debut of MagicBand+ the Disneyland Resort is currently only allowing Guests to use MagicBands for admission to its two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, and for Lightning Lane access to select attractions.
The change then to hotel charges, will have Guests charging purchases through the Disneyland app, rather than their room keys. Theme park reporter Scott Gustin shared the news to Twitter noting, “Hotel room keys will no longer be accepted for charges. In app, you must link your hotel reservation, select “charge to room” and pull up a barcode that can be scanned at select locations.” The change will be implemented on February 28, 2023.
Starting Feb. 28, DLR hotel guests wanting to charge items to the room must use the app. Hotel room keys will no longer be accepted for charges. In app, you must link your hotel reservation, select "charge to room" and pull up a barcode that can be scanned at select locations. pic.twitter.com/Wfq8UNYes6
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) February 24, 2023
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At this time, Disney has not shared whether or not MagicBand capability at the Disneyland Resort will be expanded upon in the future, so for now it looks like you’ll need to keep your phone charged if you plan to charge to your hotel room during your stay.
As always, we will continue to monitor updates out of the Disneyland Resort, and will share additional information as we have it here on Disney Tips.