• On Jul 29, 2021
    Laura from MI 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 see that instead of the meal plans, its recommended to use Disney Gift Cards. What is the benefit of using gift cards vs credit card? Is there a discount? Thanks for your help.

    Welcome to planDisney, Laura! 

    One of the tips that I often share regarding the Disney Dining Plan is to purchase Disney Gift Cards in the amount of what the dining plan would cost. You can combine the cards online, onto 1-2 cards ($1000 is the maximum per card). Then, use those cards for EVERYTHING that your family eats or drinks. At the end of the trip, you might be pleasantly surprised at the money left on the gift cards; I know I was when I did this little experiment in 2014. 

    I recommend this as a budgeting tip. So many people are missing the Disney Dining Plan because their meals are all prepaid before their trip. Many guests like the ease of having this expense paid in advance. Also, I typically purchase my Disney gift cards at a store that offers a slight discount. 

    If you don’t mind coming home with a credit card bill, you can absolutely pay for all of your meals with your credit card. And, in some cases, doing that might earn you points as well. 

    I hope this helps to clear up any confusion that this recommendation has caused! Thank you for coming to planDisney with your question, and please ask us anything else that might come up as you plan your own Walt Disney World vacation! 

    Happy Traveling,
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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