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  • On Mar 16, 2022
    Michelle 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 was wondering if I can use a gift card to pay for items charged to my room during my stay.


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Yes, you absolutely can pay for items charged on your trip to a gift card! Disney still requires you have a traditional credit card down on the room, but I have used Disney Gift Cards on many a trip to Walt Disney World. It is a great way to save up for those incidental purchases that are sure to come (Translation: Mickey Ice Cream Bars!). It is also a great item for kids to list on birthday or Christmas wish lists. My teenagers have a hard time finding gift idea suggestions for relatives that are reasonably priced, so this gives them a lot of flexibility.

    Sometime after checking in to your hotel, visit the front desk and have the gift card credits applied to your resort account. When you charge food or other purchases to your MagicBand the purchase will go on your resort room account. With that balance of your gift cards already put onto your hotel account, they deduct those costs from your credit balance rather than bill the credit card you have on file for your room.

    BONUS TIP #1
    One very important note to be sure of. If you have several cards, I do not recommend that you put all their balances over to your resort account at the start of the trip. Why? Well, Disney cannot refund any of those transfers to you, so if you put $100 of a gift card onto your resort balance and only spend $90 of that, you lose the $10 balance. Pace yourself. 

    When I go, I put down only that amount that I know I will spend, and every couple of days I will return and use more cards as I get closer to spending that credit balance. Oh, and remember that you can always check your balance from your My Disney Experience app!

    BONUS TIP #2
    I mention Disney Gift Cards in my answer, but Disney will accept a wide variety of gift cards, so don't think you are restricted to just the ones that they sell. 

    BONUS TIP #3
    You can also pay with a gift card directly at most Disney locations in the parks and resorts. 

    Write me back if you have more questions!

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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Meet the Panelist: Doug, Indiana

I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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