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  • On Jan 31, 2023
    Barbara from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    At one time Disney offered like a savings account for a planned trip in 1-2 years. Is this still available??

    Hiya Barbara,

    Welcome to planDisney! I love that you are already thinking about planning a trip a year or two from now. In my opinion, it is never too early to start planning some magic.

    I believe what you are referring to is the Disney Vacation Savings Account, which allowed you to budget for your trip by saving a little at a time. Unfortunately, Walt Disney World Resort no longer offers this service to Guests. The closest thing would be a Walt Disney World Vacation Package which allows you to make payments towards your resort hotel and Theme Park tickets (final payment is due 30 days before your visit). Currently, Vacation Packages for 2024 have yet to be released, so this would prevent you from making payments toward a 2024 vacation.

    One thing you may want to consider is saving using Disney Gift Cards. I know this sounds strange, but trust me, I almost exclusively plan my trips this way. Disney Gift Cards can be purchased in denominations as small as $25 up to $500 and can be used to purchase Theme Park tickets, resort hotel stays, dining, merchandise, and more. Sometimes putting aside money in your bank account is not the most effective place because you can accidentally allocate it to something else. With a Disney Gift Card, you can only use it towards your vacation, making it specifically designated for your trip. I like to go on the Walt Disney World website and start getting an idea of how much I would spend for my resort hotel, any Enchanting Extras I’m interested in, and even dining. While prices are subject to change, I can start to get a sense of my budget based on my wish list. From there, I purchase Disney Gift Cards a little over time until I have enough for my budget or it is time to start making reservations. Then I combine my balances onto one or two cards (you can only have $1000 per card), and then I use those cards for my vacation. Any extra I overbudgeted for can then be used towards merchandise and anything else I decided on last minute. It really is a great way to save and have the vacation of my dreams.

    I hope this was helpful, Barbara. I know it's not the Disney Vacation Savings Account, but I hope this was helpful. Please come back and see us if you need anything!

    Happy Planning,

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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