• On Feb 2, 2018
    Michelle from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can i use a Disney gift card to pay for a tip at a restaurant if I’m on the dining plan?

    Hi Michelle! I'm so excited for you!!! You are three short days away from your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!!!

    I love how you are putting the finishing touches on your vacation. This is an excellent question and I want to thank you for sharing it with the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I have great news! When dining in a Walt Disney World Resort restaurant, you can pay for the tip using a Disney Gift Card. In fact, Disney Gift Cards can be used throughout most of Walt Disney World Resort. Last year, Santa brought my two kiddos Disney Gift Cards and they both used them at the The Lego Store in Disney Springs

    I have another option for you as well. On our last vacation, we (the adults) had been gifted some pretty substantial Disney Gift Cards from my family. I didn't want to carry them with me throughout the theme parks so a few days after we checked in to our Walt Disney World Resort hotel, we went to the front desk and used our Disney Gift Cards to pay for several of our current charges. Upon checkout, the credit card we had on file was used for our remaining charges.

    Whatever works best for you is perfect. I love the flexibility the MagicBand provides. It frees me up from carrying additional forms of payment (though I do typically carry one form of payment as backup just in case - but I have never had to use it). I use my MagicBand to purchase everything from snacks to souvenirs and the charges go straight to my Resort hotel room. It's so convenient.

    Thanks again for your question and have a magical vacation!

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"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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