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  • On Dec 22, 2023
    Lindsey from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I use gift cards to give my kids an allowance on the ships? And if so can I preload that via onboard gifts or do I need to bring the card information and apply it to the specific kid's account when we sail?

    Hi Lindsey, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you for asking us a question!

    While you can absolutely apply a Disney Gift Card to pay off a portion of your Disney Cruise Line shipboard account, you unfortunately can’t designate how much money each person gets to spend or ensure that a specific Gift Card gets charged for their purchases. 

    If you want to give your kids an “allowance” and allow them to have charging privileges during your upcoming cruise, I’d recommend telling them what their limit is (either daily or for your entire voyage.) You can check who has purchased what, almost in real time, via the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App, which means that you’ll know pretty quickly whether one of them has gone over their designated limit. You can then remove charging privileges, if need be, by visiting the Guest Services Desk at any time during your cruise. It’s the system that I use with my little man (who is now 11) and it works really well!

    Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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