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  • On Feb 25, 2024
    Amy from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a ton of empty Disney gift cards. Does Disney Parks accept them to recycle?

    Welcome to planDisney, Amy! I appreciate your question about recycling empty Disney gift cards. Now, my favorite way to recycle them is to reload them and head to Walt Disney World Resort! I guess technically that is "reuse," but you only need one for this, not a ton.

    The easiest option to have your empty gift cards recycled is to take them to a collection location near your home that accepts plastic items. You may find bins for plastic at your local grocery store or other retailers. There are no recycling collection stations at Walt Disney World Resort, other than the recycling containers you may see next to trash bins. 

    Do you want to know my favorite Disney eco-friendly fact? The fireworks on Disney Cruise Line are made of biodegradable materials fish can eat and they are launched with compressed air, not gunpowder. If you are ever on a Disney Cruise (which I highly recommend), you can enjoy these stunning fireworks knowing the fish will be happy, too. 

    I've always admired Walt Disney World's approach to conservation with animals, as you see throughout Animal Kingdom Theme Park. And there is so much more. You can find information on the many ways Walt Disney World is committed to environmental sustainability. I love seeing the solar panels on the drive into the parks. My house has solar but the scale of Disney is so much more impactful. With the additional centers being built, they are working toward having 40% of the resort powered by the sun. That's quite impressive!

    Before you recycle your gift cards, you can check their balances online - just to make sure you are not recycling ones you meant to keep. If there are any funds left, you can transfer them to a single card. 

    Kermit will tell you, "It's not easy being green." I am glad people like you and companies like Disney are trying.

    Stay cool,

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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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