You probably already knew this, but Disney trips can be so expensive! I mean, most people spend around a year or more planning and budgeting for their Disney vacation. But there are tons of ways for you to save your cash. Like, I bet you did not know that your Disney Gift Cards combine to make things a lot easier. I will teach you exactly how to do it, plus a few more Disney Gift Card hacks that will enhance your vacation.
How Disney Gift Cards Work
If you for some reason have never used Disney Gift Cards before, here is exactly how they work. Even though you may not have used Disney Gift Cards before, you probably understand how gift cards work in general. You, or somebody else who is gifting you, purchase a gift card. For example, let’s say you get a $25 gift card to your favorite clothing store for Christmas. Let’s say the gift card is for Burlington Coat Factory, just for the sake of the example. The gift card is basically the same as cash, but that amount can only be spent at Burlington.
So whenever you get the chance, before the gift card expires, you would head over to Burlington Coat Factory to shop. You may want to keep your purchases under or at $25 so you do not have to spend any of your own cash. However, even if you spend a little more money than $25, you still saved that amount of money.
Disney Gift Cards work virtually the same way. Although, you can use your Disney Gift Card for more than just food or merchandise. Guests can use their Disney Gift Cards for basically anything from theme park tickets, annual passes, some hotels, restaurants, recreational activities like golf, parking on the property, spa services, Disney Dining Plans, to snacks and merchandise.
Similar to the example given above, Disney Gift Cards are basically worth that same amount in cash. Let’s say you get a $50 Disney Gift Card for your birthday. You can spend that $50 on anything you would like in the Disney realm. However, if you are planning a Disneyland or Disney World vacation in the near future, I recommend saving it for that. In fact, if you can collect your cards than once you have a couple, your Disney Gift Cards combine together to make things easier. Here’s how.
Disney Gift Card Website
Let me tell you about a magical location that you may or may not have heard of before, called disneygiftcard.com. If you are like most people, even some die-hard Disney fans, you may have never heard of this website before. And if that is the case, you are in luck! I am about to let you in on something exclusive and amazing. On disneygiftcard.com, you can purchase Disney gift cards for yourself or give to somebody else. You can also find out where you can use your Disney Gift Cards and what you can use them on to buy.
Business owners and bosses can enroll in the Disney Gift Card Corporate Sales Program where you can reward your employees with real Disney presents. But the best part is, your employees can use their presents (gift cards) to get basically anything they want within the Disney realm. You never have to worry about gifting your employees with something invaluable or useless ever again. Imagine the boost in morale and productivity that inevitably comes from knowing your boss cares and rewards you with the Happiest Gifts on Earth! This is a great opportunity for large, medium, and small businesses alike. Check out the details here.
Disney Gift Cards Combine
Okay, I have not even gotten to the really important stuff yet. First, let me set another example scene for you, let’s say you have multiple Disney Gift Cards. Imagine you have more than two or so gift cards. Let’s also say that you plan to use these cards to help pay for your food and merchandise throughout your Disney vacation.
However, walking around with your wallet full is uncomfortable. Add the multiple gift cards–in addition to your personal ID, driver’s license, annual passes or park tickets, credit cards, debit cards, cash, and maybe even your smartphone, (if you have a fancy wallet phone case), is far from ideal for a theme park day.
Actually, imagine carrying all that around if you are visiting Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach (Disney Waterparks). Even if you plan to put it in a bag throughout the day, digging around trying to find what you need is also a pain in the neck. Well, I have a solution to all of that.
Before you leave for your Disney vacation, hop onto disneygiftcard.com, log in with your Disney account information, and then click “Manage Cards” from the main menu. A toolbar will lower, then you click “Transfer Balance.” Here, you can transfer your entire Disney Gift Card balance onto one card. You can also add more money to that card from your bank account if you wish as well. Then you take that card with you on vacation and save space, time, and money all at once. It really is that simple!
Now that you know how to combine your Disney gift card balance like a pro, let’s talk about some other Disney Gift Card Hacks you might not have heard before.
- Use your Magic Band. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel or are otherwise staying on Walt Disney World Resort property, you will receive a Magic Band. Magic Bands have many awesome features like functioning as your Fastpass and theme park ticket, functioning as your room key, and much more. Something else that your Magic Band can do, though, functions as your credit/debit card at Disney World. All you have to do is link your Magic Band to your credit card or to your hotel room. Then, you just scan your band for payment and move on. No need to take out your wallet or bag. It is quick and easy. However, this hack only works in Disney World in Florida, not Disneyland in California.
- Keep Track of Your Balance. It is super important that you keep track of the balance left on your Disney gift card(s). You would be surprised by how quickly you can blow through your budget when you are not paying enough attention. Every time you make a transaction, ask the cast member how much is left on your gift card balance and write it in your phone so you remember.
- Try Target Red Card. Guests with a Target membership who hold a Target Red Card (Target credit card) save 5% on Disney Gift Card purchases in their store. While 5% might not seem like a lot at first, it really does add up! So if you have a Target Red Card already, use it for Disney Gift Cards and save on your vacation.
- Ask for Disney Gift Cards. Whenever it is your birthday, Christmas, Graduation, your wedding, etc., people are bound to ask you what you might want as a gift. Any chance you get, ask for a Disney gift card. Even if it is not worth a ton of money, anything will help you make your trip better. Later, remember that your Disney gift cards combine online too.
- Try a Survey App. There are several ways to earn free gift cards online. Mobile apps like ShopKick, Swagbucks, etc. can help you earn free Disney gift cards just by taking surveys.
- Opt-out of Housekeeping. Once you are on vacation, particularly if you are staying on Disney property, let the front desk know that you do not want housekeeping services. Since you are saving them money, they will give you another Disney gift card! The monetary value of the card will depend on where you are staying and for how long. Like I said, anything helps!
- Keep a Little Cash on Hand. Not all locations on Disney property accept Disney gift cards. You do not want to be caught without any form of payment after eating your food, or in front of family and friends. So be sure that you have some cash, another form of payment, or that you know this location accepts Disney gift cards. You can also call ahead to a specific restaurant and ask before you go.
- Use your Gift Cards as Much As Possible. Since you can only use your Disney gift cards on certain things in the Disney realm, you do not want to go home with $0 in your bank account, but still have some balance left on your gift cards. If you can use your Disney gift card for something, do it. It will save you tons of money in the long run, I promise!
There are so many ways to not only use your Disney gift cards but also to combine them and get free ones! You should never pay full price for a Disney vacation, ever! And this is definitely one of the best ways to save some cash.