Character Dining at Riveria
  • On Jan 28, 2021
    Jessica from CT Asked

    We purchased Disney gift cards to pay for meals while we are in the park but I just realized that maybe we have to use our Disney visa to get the discount. Is it possible to show your card or do you have to pay with it? How does that work with magic bands?

    Welcome back, Jessica!

    Don't you love all the perks that come with having a Disney Visa Card by Chase? I absolutely love taking advantage of the shopping and dining discounts, not to mention racking up all of those amazing Rewards Dollars!

    Jessica, you will find that the answer to this question varies a bit. Officially you are only eligible for the Disney Visa discount only if you are using your card as a form of payment. 

    Personally, I have had several situations where I informed the Cast Member that I did have a Disney Visa, but I would be using a Disney Gift Card or charging the meal to my MagicBand and they were able to give me the discount anyway. My advice would be to make sure that you have your Disney Visa card on you, should the Cast Member request to see it. It never hurts to ask, and in my experience, everyone was very accommodating. 

    If you are using your MagicBand to charge your meals and purchases back to your room, you can simply head to the front desk of your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel to pay off your balance with your Disney Gift Card. The Cast Member will then refund the money to your credit card on file and charge your Disney Gift Card instead. Be aware that it may take a few days for your Credit Card charges to be refunded. On our last visit, it took around 4 days.

    Jessica, did you know about the Disney Visa Cardmember Star Wars Photo Opportunity at Disney's Hollywood Studios? While character photographs are currently unavailable, you can still get one of the best Magic Shots in the galaxy! 

    I hope that this helped, Jessica! 

    Please come back here if we can help you figure out where to stay, play, or dine at Walt Disney World Resort!

    Sending Pixie Dust your way!

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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