• On Apr 8, 2021
    Alexandra from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Online Check In: Is it possible to link a Disney gift card for incidentals? Or do you need to go to the Disney Resort Front Desk?

    Hello Alexandra, and thanks for sending another great question our way. We love it when our Guests come back to chat with us!

    I am a huge fan of Disney Gift Cards, and my family and friends know there is no birthday or holiday present I'd rather get than some Mickey Mouse money! While you cannot link a Disney Gift Card to your My Disney Experience account for online check-in and charging purposes, I'll share how I use them on vacation to conveniently cover my expenses. 

    As soon as I arrive and unpack in my resort hotel room, I store my Disney Gift Cards and other valuables in my in-room safe. I feel totally secure when I stay in a hotel in the Disney Resorts Collection, but I use the safe so I don't misplace any essentials. When I head out to visit the theme parks, I tap my MagicBand for purchases that are then charged to my resort room. Near the end of my stay, I visit the front desk to pay down my balance with Disney Gift Cards. The key is to pay off your charges the afternoon or evening before your departure; Disney will charge the credit card on file before sunrise on your checkout day. 

    Another option is to use Disney Gift Cards directly in the My Disney Experience Mobile App when using Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering or Mobile Checkout at select merchandise locations. Because a Disney Gift Card can't be stored in the mobile app, I input the gift card number and PIN into the Notes application on my iPhone, and then copy and paste the numbers into the My Disney Experience Mobile App when I'm on the payment screen. 

    I hope this gives you some ideas for using your Disney Gift Cards on your upcoming vacation, Alexandra. It's always comforting to know I've got many of my expenses covered by gift cards before my adventure even begins. Thanks again for stopping by, and we'll see ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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