• On Dec 29, 2011
    Lauren from NV Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I am buying a WDW annual pass for 2012/2013. I have read about the Disney Rewards Visa Card. Is it worth the discounts/rewards to get this credit card or are the annual pass discounts comparable that I don't need the Visa?

    Hi Lauren! Like you, I'm always looking for ways to save money on my Disney vacations. I have both an Annual Pass and a Disney Rewards Visa, and both of them have helped me stretch my Disney vacation dollars. The main perk of the Disney Visa is that your purchases earn rewards dollars that you can then apply toward your Disney vacation expenses or at places like the Disney Store. (Click here to see another question in which I discuss maximizing your Disney reward dollars.) The Disney Visa does also offer some discounts on resorts and packages, but usually the public has access to the same Special Offers a few days after the Visa cardholders. Cardholders also receive discounts on tours and some merchandise purchases. A full list of the cardholder perks in the Disney parks is on the Visa website.

    In my opinion, the Annual Pass offers more substantial discounts than the Visa. Passholders often receive discounted resort rates that are better than those offered to Visa cardholders and the public. Passholders also receive discounts at certain shops and restaurants and on some tours and merchandise. My favorite Annual Pass perk is the ability to purchase the Tables in Wonderland card, which gives me a 20 percent discount at lots of restaurants. Compare the list of Passholder discounts to the cardholder perk list to see which one will save you the most.  If I had to choose, I'd pick the Annual Pass. However, if you're not visiting the parks often enough to justify the cost of the Annual Pass, the Disney Visa offers some nice savings too. Since it's usually available with no annual fee, it makes sense to me to have the Visa too so I can use my everyday purchases to earn reward dollars to offset the costs of my Disney vacations.
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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