So we collect Marriott pts due to hubby’s travel for work - and on the advice of a cpl of ppl from a previous post - currently have a room on hold at the Dolphin for 5 nts next March. We’ve never used pts for this, and I realize that a cpl of things will be different than the usual “bubble” - onsite hotel planning process.
We’re building up points to cover the room, but won’t have enough for a few months yet - what I need to know:
With regards to planning (i.e. ADRs, FPP, etc), when does our booking need to officially be “paid” (either $$ or pts) to be able to do these things? We have a reservation number, of course, through Marriott, but when do we link it up through WDW? (i.e. I assume that until it’s fully paid, it’s not a “real” confirmation…? Does my question make sense?)
Magic Bands: we’re from Canada, so magic bands aren’t shipped to us anyway for other hotels - but am I right in understanding that at either Swan or Dolphin, you pay extra for them upon arrival? Is there a different process to this than usual? b) We have a separate “true” onsite hotel reservation following these nights, thru rented DVC pts, where we will receive MBs upon arrival there,…so I assume we’ll just have 2 sets of bands total for this trip? (again sorry, if the question is confusing). Kind of like 2 trips in one?
If anyone out there has done this in the past - would love to hear your experience! Thx so much!!