• On May 10, 2018
    Emily from MA 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 at all restaurants in Disney Springs? Specifically at Bongos. Would the tip need to be cash or can it also be on the GC? Thank you so much!

    Hi Emily!

    Welcome BACK to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Disney Springs is one of my favorite places to go at Walt Disney World Resort. I find that it's the perfect place to kick off a Disney vacation by checking out all of the new Mickey-fied merchandise and by buying our first Mickey ice cream bars.

    Disney Gift Cards are accepted at 99 percent of all retail and dining locations across all of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, ShopDisney.com and local Disney Stores across the globe. (I would have added the extra one percent, but I have run into a few balloon vendors who are cash-only.) I've yet to find a Disney dining location who has rejected a Disney Gift Card. And yes, you may absolutely include a gratuity from a Disney Gift Card. In fact, you can charge the meal using any Disney Dining Plan entitlements you may have and leave just a tip on a Disney Gift Card.

    If you're a guest of a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you can always charge everything from souvenirs to meals to special Enchanting Extras to the card on file with your MagicBand, and then pay your MagicBand balance off with your Disney Gift Cards. I did this recently on my own Walt Disney World Resort Vacation. When you check in you'll authorize a certain amount to be held on your credit card for MagicBand charging privileges. You can stop by your Resort Hotel front desk to pay down or pay off your balance as many times as you need before the total amount held from your credit card actually charges.

    I hope this helped, Emily, and We'll See You Real Soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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