Discounted Disney Gift Cards 2017 – by the Numbers

 

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With the average cost of a Disney vacation for a family of 5 being above $4000, every savings method is important.  Discounted Disney gift cards can take up to 10% off of your Disney vacation.  Below you will find secret tricks on getting discounted Disney gift cards.

First Things First

Let me tell you about a website you’ll hear about over and over again on my site.

I went to the movies with my family and was able to save 10% off of movie tickets by buying discounted Fandango gift cards on Raise.com, I used my cash rewarding credit card, and then used those gift cards to purchase the movie tickets.

That’s the power of Raise.com, it’s a site dedicated to the selling and buying of gift cards.  Here you can buy discounted Disney gift cards as well as other retailers.

There’s nothing to signing up and there’s a 1-year guarantee on all of their gift cards.  One of the things I love about Raise is that when you purchase an ecard, (which covers most of the offered gift cards), you get it almost immediately.

Current Discounts

Pizza Hut – 12% off

Target – 1% off

Disney – 4% off

AMC –  – 7% off

Walmart – 2.8% off

Click on this link and sign-up for Raise and get $5 credit towards your next purchase.  Many discounted Disney gift card methods involve Raise.com.

 

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Discounted Disney Gift Cards Method 1

Raise.com meets Target

This method involved the Target RedCard.  With the Target RedCard you get quite a few benefits but the best one is the 5% discount on purchases made with this card.  There’s both a debit and credit card version.

Head over to Raise and search for Target gift cards.  Sort the gift cards by % off.  A good deal is about 4% off, but you can get more.  After you’ve purchased your discounted Target gift cards, you will get them digitally in your email.

Once you have the information on the gift cards you can go ahead and load them onto your Target.com account.  Make sure your RedCard is also saved to your Target account.

When you are checking out, choose your RedCard as the form of payment until the last possible moment to make sure you still get the 5% off.

 

As of 2017, Target has caught on to the online ordering of discounted Disney gift cards but I’ve still had luck in store.  Here are a few methods said to still work to get them online:

  1. Purchase a higher amount of discounted Disney gift cards than the Target gift cards you have.
  2. Add other items to your cart as well.  Don’t only purchase the discounted Disney gift cards.

 

Discounted Disney Gift Cards Method 2

BJ’s

Save 7% off of Disney gift cards with BJ’s.  You don’t have to have one near your home or have a membership.  Here’s how:

Head over to a cash back portal like Ebates to start with 1% (current rate) cash back on BJ’s purchases.  Click “Shop Now” to activate a shopping trip.  When you are on the BJ’s website search for “Disney gift cards” to see your option.  These discounted Disney gift cards will be marked 5% off.   When checking out make sure to use a credit card that has a reward system, like cash back.  My card of choice is the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

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Here’s why:

  • 1%-3% rewards
  • 50,000 point sign up bonus
  • No foreign transaction fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Car rental insurance
  • 1:1 transfer to reward programs (like Southwest Rapid Rewards)
  • No blackout dates, no travel restrictions.
  • & more

Use this link to sign up.

There you have saved up to 7%.
Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

 

Discounted Disney Gift Card Method 3

Sam’s Club

Since Walmart and Sam’s Club are owned by the same company, you can use their gift cards interchangeably.  As I mentioned above, Walmart gift cards are currently 2.8% off.

Sam’s Club will often have discounted Disney gift cards at 4-5% off.

If you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred you can bring that to a total of almost 9% off Disney gift cards.

 

Discounted Disney Gift Card Method 4

Kroger Fuel Points

If you have a Kroeger grocery store in your area you can purchase Disney gift cards, earn fuel points, and save on gas.  Here’s how:

When you shop at a Kroeger grocery store, you’re usually getting 1 to 2 fuel points per dollar.  Occasionally, that will increase to 4x fuel points per dollar.  So on a $25 Disney gift card you will get 100 fuel points.

100 fuel points = 10 cents off every gallon on a single purchase od fuel.  Meaning that purchasing $250 worth of Disney gift cards gives you $1 off every gallon.

The average size of a minivan’s gas tank is 20 gallons.  That’s $20 off or 8% of $250.  If you have a bigger gas tank than you’re better off.



Bonus

Disney Vacation Account

(https://disneyvacationaccount.disney.go.com/)

Disney did a great job when they created the Disney Vacation Account (DVA).
The purpose of DVA is to help you create a financial plan to meet your vacation goals as well as give you a secure place to collect your savings.
I love DVA because, for every $1000 you put in, you get a free$20 Disney gift card.  It’s also a great tool to consolidate your Disney gift cards.

 

Once your account is open for 120 days, you only have to pass $1000 through your DVA account to qualify for the free $20 gift card. The money doesn’t have to sit in the account for a specific amount of time.

 

As you use the discount Disney gift card methods we went over above, you should start adding your gift cards to your Disney vacation account. This way you can easily reach that $1000 threshold but also combine all your gift cards in one place.

 

When you’re ready to use your DVA balance to pay for something, like the balance on your vacation package, you can go ahead and use your account number as a gift card number.

Where can I use Disney gift cards?

With all of these savings methods on Disney gift cards, it’s important to recognize what we can actually do with them.

Before you actually get to Disney World you can start using your gift cards to pay for your Disney vacation package/Disney hotel stay.

You can also purchase theme park tickets from Disney with your Disney gift cards.

While you are at Disney World you can use Disney gift cards at all Disney merchants at the resorts, in the parks, and Disney Springs.

If you want to use your magicband to charge things to your room, you can head over to the front desk as many times as you’d like to pay off that balance with your discounted Disney gift cards. Make sure to do so at least 36 hours before you check out.

We’ve gone through 4 different ways to acquire discounted Disney gift cards.  With a little leg work you can maximize your savings on your Disney vacation before you even get there.  Do you have any favorite ways to save?

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33 thoughts on “Discounted Disney Gift Cards 2017 – by the Numbers

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    we get ours at BJ’s! Actually, we get all of ours there. It’s just a little discount, but every little bit helps.

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      Totally, every discount counts and they add up!

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    Wow – with all of the ways to save for going to Disney I hope that no one pays full price! You’ve listed so many great (and easy) ways to save so that you can use that money on Mickey souvenirs! 🙂 Yep – I’m a sucker for a gift shop!

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      Oh me too. It’s hard for me to control myself in any Disney World shop

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    I agree with Karen I think it is important to shop around for deals and when you have things like discounted gift cards why pay full price. There are some great savings here x

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    I had no idea about some of these discounts. I love my Disney visa card because I get rewards that I could then roll over to my account to pay for my airfare or to pay for my Disney trip

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      I’ve considered the Disney visa card so much but I can’t justify getting it when I have the sapphire. I do have the debit version though and I love the perks!

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    I have never heard of Raise before, I need to look into it and check it out. I am always down to save!

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    If you’re traveling to Disney World, getting Disney gift cards on sale or on a discount is a smart idea. You can save a lot this way!

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    I’ve always been a huge fan of Disney and although I don’t mind paying the full price, it’s always nice to get some discounts especially when it comes to gift cards. I think these are great deals!

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    This look really good. Are they available to UK people?

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    Disney is so expensive, every discount is super helpful. Gift cards are a great idea.

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    Oh wow! I didn’t know there were discounted cards like this. My kids and I are dying to go for the first time and discounted gift cards would definitely help with our budget!

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    Oh, thanks for these tips! We are going to Disney in December and have been talking about getting some gift cards to use while there.

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      Gift cards are very helpful for a Disney vacation.

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    I bought my brother some discounted Disney gift cards from BJ’s over the holiday season. It’s a great way to save on your trip!

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    This is such a cool thing! I didn’t know that they had discounted cards. I will need to check it out

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    We have done this with Sam’s Club and it doesn’t save a ton of money, but I am big believer that every little bit helps!

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    I had no idea about the Target card! What a great idea! We are slowly trying to plan a trip to Disney, this would definitely be helpful!

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    I have only been to Disney once in my life time about three years ago and it was a really fun experience. I think the next time I go will be with kids hopefully I have some by then. Its better to find great deals when the family is big when I went it was just be and the hubby and we got a pretty good deal on Groupon so we didn’t really stress it much. When is more people going then any discounts and coupons we find would really help 🙂

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    My sister used some Disney Gift Cards she bought at Target on our recent trip. I don’t if it saved them money, but I think it is a great idea for keeping with in a budget, plus the discount is nice.

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    I love that they have coupons for amc! That’s awesome! I’ll definitely have to check this out. I’m totally into couponing!

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    I’ve never heard of these sort of cards but they sound great! This sounds like the perfect way to stay on a budget while there!

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    I will have to check out Raise.com – for not only buying discounted gift cards, but for selling some too. I have a few gift cards that I think would be perfect for this.

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    I didn’t know that disney vacation club did this deal! That’s a great return on your $$! Better than most bank interest rates on savings accounts!

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    Disney is very expensive. Good thing is that ther are some discount options. Thanks for sharing this information. Great post.

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    To be honest I’m the kind of person who tends to overpay just to be done with it. But saving up to 10% on a Disney trip sounds awesome. You convinced me to check it out!

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    My friend is going to disney in a few months. I definitely have to bookmark so that I can share with her.

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    I didn’t realise there were so many ways you could get money off of your Disney trip! I’ve love to go one day!

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