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  • On May 26, 2022
    Brittany from BC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I've heard lots about people using gift cards in Disneyland park and Disney California park. Is there a list somewhere for which restaurants and stores and vendors that accept gift cards?

    Hi Brittany!

    Welcome to planDisney!

    Thank you so much for sending this Disneyland Resort vacation planning question to us hEAR! Oh, I am a BIG fan of buying Disney Gift Cards in advance of a Disney Parks vacation and using them to pay for all of my mouse gEAR. It's almost like a way that you can pre-pay for your vacation vs. having fun and then being shocked by a massive credit card bill later on. 

    There isn't one list of locations that do and do not accept Disney Gift Cards. However, I've never had a problem using them at a shop or dining location that was physically located inside either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park, even in the three Disneyland Resort Hotels! Actually, if I sit down and think really hard like Winnie the Pooh, the only two places inside the theme parks that you might have an issue using a Disney Gift Card would be the coin press machines and when paying for a Mickey balloon. (At one point those vendors only took cash, then the pandemic happened and they switched to card-only, but I'm not sure if that also included Gift Cards or just a charging card.)

    Some shops and dining locations in the Downtown Disney District are owned by third-party vendors and they may or may not accept Disney Gift Cards. But something that I love is that Disney Gift Cards do not expire, and any leftover funds can go towards another Disney Parks vacation at Walt Disney World Resort, Aulani - A Disney Resort and Spa, Disney Cruise Line, and even on!

    I'm so sorry that this answer didn't quite clEAR up your question, Brittany, but I hope it helped to better plan your upcoming Disney days! Be sure to check out the official planDisney Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.

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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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