• On Dec 2, 2017
    Tom from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My son is traveling with us. As a birthday gift we would like to give him his "own" money to spend. Would he be able to use the gift card for purchases or does it have to be part of our main account associated with our key card?

    Welcome aboard, Tom!

    Giving your son the gift of a Disney Cruise Line trip for his birthday is the most magical present of all! I'm really excited for your whole family to set sail with Captain Mickey and his crew for what is sure to be a wonderfully memorable vacation!

    My kids like to have their own spending money when we cruise too. When you begin your online check-in (75 days prior to sailing for first time Disney Cruise Line guests, or 90 or more days prior for those who have cruised with Disney before), you'll be able to select which guests in your stateroom have the ability to charge to your stateroom account using their Key To The World Cards. I haven't yet given my kiddos the ability to charge, as I'm a bit nervous they'd get carried away! Smoothies for all their new friends! Ha! So, yes, the gift shops onboard do take Disney Gift Cards as payment, and that's a great way to let the kids have their own money to spend and learn to budget. My kids see way more in the shops than they can buy, so they learn that they have to make choices.

    Disney Gift Cards can also be added to your stateroom account as credits, if you'd prefer to do that. In fact, I budget for our entire cruise the whole year long by buying Disney Gift Cards every now and then. I then add them all to our stateroom account when we board the ship by taking them to Guest Services. Any credit we don't use gets put back onto one of the gift cards at the end of the sailing. It's super easy!

    Have fun planning this exciting cruise, Tom! Please stop back with any other questions as you count down to your sail date. We're happy to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Marcy, Ohio

Welcome aboard! I'm the mom of two tween/teen Castaway Clubbers who would live on any of the Disney ships if they could. I would love to help your family discover the magic that awaits you on the open seas with Disney Cruise Line. Learn More About Marcy

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