Disney Phasing in Access to Discounts via MagicBands

Disney is adding a feature to MagicBands that guests have long requested. Some table service restaurants at Walt Disney World can now scan a guest’s MagicBand and, if applicable, automatically apply the Annual Pass discount to a guest’s bill.

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The guest does not have to show their Annual Pass card or even their ID card to get the Annual Pass discount. In fact, eligible guests don’t even have to request the discount to have it applied to their bill.

When the guest is ready to pay their bill, the server scans the guest’s MagicBand and has the guest enter their PIN. If the guest is eligible for an Annual Pass discount, a yellow ‘AP’ icon appears next to the guest’s name on the server’s scanner. The Annual Pass discount is then automatically deducted from the final bill.

Currently, there some limits to how, when and where this new feature can be used. First, the guest must have an active Annual Pass linked to their MagicBand.

Second, at this time not all Disney points-of-sale that offer Annual Pass discounts can automatically apply it to the guest’s bill. Some sit-down restaurants, such as Kona Cafe and the Geyser Point, offer the discount.  But it does not appear that any of the quick service eateries or merchandize stores can automatically apply discounts.

Third, this new feature requires that the MagicBand be used to pay the bill. The guest cannot use cash, credit card, or another method of payment.

And fourth, the automatic application of the Annual Pass discount when paying via MagicBand is limited to guests with a resort reservation. Guests staying off-site in non-Disney hotels cannot take advantage of this feature.

Right now, only discounts derived from the Disney Annual Pass are being automatically applied on some bills. There is no indication if and when MagicBand functionality will be updated to include Disney Vacation Club discounts.

Since the automatic application of Annual Pass discounts is still being phased in across Walt Disney World, it is recommended guests continue to carry their Annual Pass cards and a photo ID to assure that they can take advantage of discounts.


 Wil Lovato is a contributor to DVCNews.com and has been a Disney Vacation Club owner since 2009. His DVC Home Resorts include Bay Lake Tower, Animal Kingdom Villas, and Aulani. He can be found posting on many Disney discussion forums under the username of “wdrl.”

Reader Comments
Re: Disney Phasing in Access to Discounts via MagicBands -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Nov 21 10:53:06 AM
I am VERY pleasantly surprised - actually I'm shocked - that they are doing this.

It really isn't in their best interest to make certain I get my discounts considering I'm already in the restaurant, ordered food and am ready to pay.
This is great! -- drsql
2017 Nov 21 02:40:30 PM
KNWVIKING 2.0 wrote:
I am VERY pleasantly surprised - actually I'm shocked - that they are doing this.

It really isn't in their best interest to make certain I get my discounts considering I'm already in the restaurant, ordered food and am ready to pay.

Disney workers have never been all that keen to remind you that they have discounts (I am sure most of us on this board have DVC, probably the other two common (AP, and Chase card)). At Dollywood (where there Gold Season Pass gets you 20% off of EVERYTHING, they regularly ask "Do you have a gold pass?", which I have always been happy with because I usually forget :)
Re: Disney Phasing in Access to Discounts via MagicBands -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Nov 21 02:53:10 PM
drsql wrote:
Disney workers have never been all that keen to remind you that they have discounts (I am sure most of us on this board have DVC, probably the other two common (AP, and Chase card)). At Dollywood (where there Gold Season Pass gets you 20% off of EVERYTHING, they regularly ask "Do you have a gold pass?", which I have always been happy with because I usually forget :)

I would have been happy had they just posted on the menu boards at CS and the complimentary menu posted outside most TS what discounts they accept. Instead, they treat it like "Don't ask, don't tell".
Re: Disney Phasing in Access to Discounts via MagicBands -- bakerworld
2017 Nov 21 04:40:11 PM
So how does this work when using the TIW discount? I guess they'll apply the AP discount to the food and the TIW discount to the beverages. Oh boy - math :oweye:.

We were just at a winery that gave us the bill with the tasting, food plates and bottles all on one tab. So I had to 'study' the bill to insure I tipped on all the correct items - certainly wasn't going to tip on the purchase of the bottled wine. Now I'm gonna have half a bill that is discounted with the auto 18% tip on only a portion of the bill with food discounted but not auto tipped. I'm confused already.
Re: Disney Phasing in Access to Discounts via MagicBands -- Diana
2017 Nov 21 06:44:57 PM
I like this idea instead of having to pull out an annual pass to show them but I don't always wear a MagicBand when I'm only going to Disney Springs and not a theme park.

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