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  • On Oct 5, 2022
    Elizabeth from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If purchasing Disney gift cards, can those be applied to the resort before arriving or after arrival?

    Hiya, Elizabeth!

    Welcome to planDisney! Hip, hip, hooray! Your trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just two weeks away! I am sure your entire travel party is getting excited about your upcoming adventure. This is an amazing time to visit. The World's Most Magical Celebration is still going strong across all four theme parks and fall festivities are in full swing. I hope you are ready for the best trip ever! Here's all you need to know about using Disney Gift Cards for resort stays, vacation packages, and after you arrive. 

    If you would like to apply a Disney Gift Card to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation package balance, you can easily do so online through your My Disney Experience account before you arrive. (Payments cannot be made via the My Disney Experience app.) Select the My Plans option from the My Disney Experience drop-down menu. This page will list your upcoming vacation details, including your Walt Disney World Resort Collection hotel. Below your hotel details will be a remaining balance, and an option to Make a Payment. Click this link and scroll until you see the option to pay with a Disney Gift Card on the next page. Because your travel dates are coming up soon, it is possible that you have already paid your vacation balance in full. If this is the case, Hakuna Matata! While you will not be able to apply the card to a vacation package that is paid in full, you will be able to use the card at dining and merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. 

    If your reservation is a room-only booking (hotel accommodations without tickets), you can apply the gift card to your resort hotel booking when you arrive. Just stop by the front desk of your resort and let a friendly Cast Member know that you will be using a gift card towards your booking cost. 

    And if you will be using a MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile Service, or Key to the World Card to charge purchases to your resort hotel room, you can also apply the gift card(s) by stopping by the front desk at any time before you check out. Just be sure to do this before you head home to avoid the charges going automatically to the card you have on file. 

    I hope your upcoming adventure is memorable and magical!
    We'll see ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Tammy, Illinois

Hey Everyone! I'm Tammy. My Ohana and I live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. I am a preschool teacher and I also coordinate events for youth and families. I have been visiting Walt Disney World Resort since I was a teenager. I'm always looking for a new adventure to explore or an amazing snack to try. I love to share my tips and experiences because I want to help make all trips as memorable and magic as my travels have been.  Learn More About Tammy

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