This blog post is your complete guide to one of the most common questions we receive, “where can I use Disney gift cards”? The magic of Disney can come with a price…and sometimes, it’s a big price. You want to make sure your trip is as perfect as it can be. But the cost of airfare, hotel, food, parks, and excursions can add up. That’s where Disney Gift cards come into play. These rectangular plastic cards can be so versatile, being used for a majority of things. But if you’re questioning to yourself, “where can I use Disney gift cards, we’ve got some helpful tips on using gift cards to pay for a Disney vacation.
Where Can You Use Disney Gift Cards?
Disney gift cards are essentially like Disney dollars, as you can use them pretty much throughout any Disney location (with limitations). Therefore, you’ll be able to use Disney gift cards to pay for vacation, whether it’s during your planning process or while you’re already in the parks.
Can You Buy Disney Tickets With a Disney Gift Card?
Looking to pay for Disney tickets with gift cards? Well, you must have Mulan’s lucky cricket because you’re in luck! You can use your Disney gift card to purchase theme park tickets for Walt Disney World Resort, Disney World Resort. Plus, guests have the ability to use gift cards on the Disney Cruise Line, at Disney store locations, shopDisney.com, Aulani Resort, and for select Adventures by Disney.
A maximum of $1000 can be put on any one card. You can purchase park tickets online or over the phone using these gift cards.
Can You Use Disney Gift Cards at Disney World?
If you plan on using your gift card for more than just park tickets, you can bring your Disney gift card to any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. Although you cannot add your gift card to a room account, you can use them to pay down the account, which is connected to your debit or credit card.
Can Disney Gift Cards be Used at Disneyland?
It’s the same concept for Disneyland onsite guests staying at the hotels. Guests have the ability to charge to their room account, but will also need to pay their balance with a Disney gift card either before reaching the charge limit for their resort, or before the last night of their stay.
Can Disney Gift Cards be Used on Disney Cruises?
Travelers on the cruise line charge all of their onboard purchases to their stateroom, and pay off their balance before the last night of the voyage with a Disney gift card if they’d like to.
How to Add Gift Cards to a Disney Cruise
You can easily call the Disney Cruise Line at (800) 951-3531 to apply your gift card funds to your cruise balance. Guests can also use their Disney gift cards to make a payment in their stateroom account once onboard the ship.
Other Disney Gift Card Use at Disneyland and Disney World
Guests staying at the Disneyland or Walt Disney World resorts can use their gift cards to make their purchases if they do not or can’t charge to their room account. However, keep in mind that not all locations in either resort accept Disney gift cards as a form of payment.
Disney World opens the opportunity for gift cards to be used in participating locations throughout the theme parks and water parks, and Disney Springs. This also includes Disney owned-and-operated locations and select locations not owned by Disney.
As for Disneyland, gift cards can be used at participating Disney owned-and-operated locations throughout the theme parks, Downtown Disney District, and Walt Disney Travel Company California.
Gift cards may also be eligible for annual passes, park tours, merchandise, dining, and more.
Can You Pay for Disney Vacations with Gift Cards in a Vacation Package?
You can use your Disney gift card as a form of payment for Walt Disney World Resort vacation packages and room nights. In order to use them, call the Walt Disney Travel Company Florida at (407)-W-DISNEY.
Can You Pay for Disney Hotels with Gift Cards?
Through the vacation packages, gift cards will be able to help you pay for room nights at select hotels at Disney resorts.
Can You Add Disney Gift Cards to Magic Bands?
While there is no way to directly link your Disney gift card to your Magic Band, you can attach a credit card to your room account, make purchases to your account using your Magic Band, and then pay off your room account using your Disney gift cards by visiting the front desk of your Disney Resort hotel.
Can I Add Disney Gift Cards to My Disney Account?
Currently, you cannot add a gift card to your Disney account through My Disney Experience. However, similar to the Magic Bands and room accounts, you can link your debit or credit card. Basically, all purchases tie in together, so those gift cards will not be going to waste!
Can Disney Gift Cards be Used at Disney Restaurants?
Disney gift cards are accepted at all Disney owned and operated food locations where credit cards are accepted, including all Quick Service and Table Service restaurants.
Pro Tip: It’s best you make reservations before dining in one of Disney’s delicious restaurants. However, if you plan far ahead, you may forget about all the reservations you made; where they are and what times. Using a Disney reservation finder will help you keep track of your future meals.
Can You Use Disney Gift Cards to Buy Food During Special Occasions?
Aside from Quick Service and Table Service restaurants, food in all of EPCOT’s festivals can be purchased with a Disney gift card as well. And, you can purchase alcoholic beverages throughout any of the theme parks and hotels.
How to use Disney Gift Cards Online
All you have to do is visit Disneyworld.com, Disneyland.com, DisneyCruiseline.com, and DisneyBeachResorts.com to use your gift card to purchase tickets. If you’re looking for Disney merchandise, visit ShopDisney.com and use your gift card at checkout!
Travel tip: We suggest registering your card on the Disney website. This way, if you lose a physical gift card with a balance remaining, you can go online to your Disney account and transfer the funds of the lost card to another card.
Do Disney Gift Cards Expire?
Thankfully, Disney gift cards never expire, so you never have to worry about it going to waste before your next trip. Your (potentially known as) Disney World vacation gift cards are valid until all remaining funds have been depleted from the card.
Can You Use Disney Gift Cards at Universal Studios?
Because Universal Studios and Disney Resorts are two completely different theme parks, the answer is no. However, Universal has their own gift cards with their own benefits. Guests can also save on Universal Orlando tickets by purchasing from a travel agency such as The Park Prodigy.
We hope you found this post helpful and be sure to check out some of our other theme park at home blogs!