• On Apr 5, 2021
    James from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Since you no longer have the wonderful vacation club accounts what is the best way to plan a trip to Disney and pay for it over time like with the vaction club account?

    Welcome to planDisney, James and thanks for stopping by! 

    James, I too fondly remember using my Disney Vacation Account to pay for our vacations and while I was sad to see it retired, I'm happy to share how my family pays for our Walt Disney World Resort trips in the hopes that you'll find an idea that brings you Joy from the Inside Out

    First, James, if you are booking a vacation package with a Disney Resorts Collection hotel and tickets bundled together, you are able to put down a deposit at booking and then pay over time. As a guest who likes to book early to make sure my trip is "on the calendar," I appreciate this option and prior to becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member, we always paid over time. 

    Now, if you are purchasing tickets only or are hoping to have things like dining and merchandise budgeted out and prepaid, I recommend Disney Gift Cards. In the months (and sometimes years) leading up to our vacation, we purchase Disney Gift Cards anytime we are at our local grocery store. Disney Gift Cards can be consolidated to hold up to $1,000 per card by creating an account and managing the cards online. These can be used to pay for your theme park tickets and even at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel to pay your balance for any charges from your MagicBand. James, I don't mind sharing that we also encourage friends and family to consider Disney Gift Cards for my young Mouseketeers when their birthdays roll around! 

    James, I hope this helps as you're thinking ahead to your next trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Please come on back to planDisney with any other questions you might have. 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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