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6xmum
10-30-2004, 04:58 PM
Anyone know about this? She said it was because of the buyout by Children's Place... I really wanted to get the kids some for the trip.

MAC3
10-30-2004, 05:22 PM
I'm not sure if it's for that reason but the last time I tried to get DD at my local DS they said they were out. I was going to try soon to get them. I think I'll call first.

sorcerormickey
10-30-2004, 08:19 PM
Yes, it would be because of the Children's Place buyout. You can only buy DD at actual Disney owned places, and since the Stores are in the process of transferring over to TCP, they would not have them anymore.:(

summerrluvv
10-30-2004, 08:55 PM
The Disney Store is going to be a Children's Place now? I'm confused!

hercamore
10-30-2004, 10:00 PM
uh, what's this abou tchldren's place?

I have $200 on my Visa points card I wanted to get DD from the Disney store with.

herc.

Dagny
10-30-2004, 10:34 PM
TDS has been sold to TCP :( I believe the actual closing date is sometime in late November. All TDS CM's will become employees of TCP. disneystore.com became disneydirect about 10 days ago in an attempt to seperate themselves from the connection to the Disney stores.

I thought I heard that they were still going to have theme park passes?? If they won't be selling DD's anymore, it truly stinks

:( :( :( :(

bavaria
10-30-2004, 11:10 PM
When I transferred jobs earlier this year, I got LOTS of Disneystore gift certs as a goodbye gift. (They thought that I would be able to use them for one of my many trips.)

Well, they are essentially worthless to me, since I don't buy anything at the Disneystore, and can't use them for DD or for passes. Nothing except merchandise (and if I return the merchandise, I get store credit) Can't use them online.

So thanks but the 15 year good bye gift sits unused. I can't even find anyone here who shops at the Disneystore since the prices are out of line!!!

:(

bexareaglecheryl
10-30-2004, 11:10 PM
I just bought $100 worth of DD a couple of days ago at the DS. They didn't say anything to me there and the drawer looked as if they had quite a bit. It would be a shame not to be able to buy your tickets at the DS. I like going there to purchase them b/c it kinds of gets you in a Disney mood.

summerrluvv
10-30-2004, 11:14 PM
Originally posted by bavaria
When I transferred jobs earlier this year, I got LOTS of Disneystore gift certs as a goodbye gift. (They thought that I would be able to use them for one of my many trips.)

Well, they are essentially worthless to me, since I don't buy anything at the Disneystore, and can't use them for DD or for passes. Nothing except merchandise (and if I return the merchandise, I get store credit) Can't use them online.

So thanks but the 15 year good bye gift sits unused. I can't even find anyone here who shops at the Disneystore since the prices are out of line!!!

:(

Sell them on ebay.

MateasMom
10-30-2004, 11:19 PM
I bought DD yesterday at the Valencia CA store. Just FYI...and they didn't mention anything about not having them in the future, but who knows.

jdm
10-31-2004, 01:10 AM
I was going to say the same thing, if you can't sell the vouchers (maybe your name is on them) then buy merchandise and sell that on ebay. Surely, you can use them for Christmas shopping. There's even some pretty cute adult stuff at the Disney stores. I couldn't imagine them being totally worthless to you. Still, after 15 years, too bad you didn't get something you were happy with.....

Jenn

bexareaglecheryl
10-31-2004, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by bavaria


Well, they are essentially worthless to me, since I don't buy anything at the Disneystore, and can't use them for DD or for passes. Nothing except merchandise (and if I return the merchandise, I get store credit) So thanks but the 15 year good bye gift sits unused. I can't even find anyone here who shops at the Disneystore since the prices are out of line!!!

:( [/B]

Sometimes you have to look a little harder for a silver lining inside a rain cloud. Like one smart DIS'er advised: buy some sale items at the disney store or items that you think are not duplicated at large retail outlets (Target,Wal-Mart) and sell it on ebay. I have seen really great sales at the Disney Store. Soon, they'll put out the Christmas merchandise, so there lots of good out of season sale items now. Pick up some Disney Xmas ornaments to sell on ebay. You will probably come out ahead. Remember not everyone lives in a big city with larger retail outlets. In some areas of the country, there is only Wal-Mart to shop at. (not dissing Wal Mart, I shop there every week!) Maybe someone from overseas will see it and want your item. Give it a try!!!

The other thing is this, and while it's not really going to give YOU anything back that you rightly deserved as a 15 year gift (which makes me think -- who thought of this as an appropriate gift for an employment award?). Do you have neices/nephews/small children who would like Disney gifts? Buy them wonderful items from the Disney Store NOW and save them for occassions. Ask the parents what they may like or be into in the way of Disney characters. Any child would love to have a Disney gift! I know mine are 16 and 13 and they still love going to the Disney Store.

You could buy a memento for yourself at the DS, something special like a large snow globe or other expensive item that you may have not splurged on for yourself otherwise. That would be a good momento of your colleagues.

Or you could do a good turn and purchase items that your local Children's Shelter might need for Christmas. Videos/DVD there are slightly more expensive, but you're giving to a worthy cause.
Contact your local United Way agency or church to find outreach programs for children. Children who are in those kinds of situations don't have much just for themselves. Even a small stuffed Disney character would mean a lot to them. It will give you a good feeling to know that you spent the money well. (sshh, don't tell anybody I said this but, you can take it off your income tax too if you itemize. But I didn't say that. Just stick to the good feeling part.

Keep thinking about it. If you are on the DIS, then I know you are creative, kind and thoughtful.
Cheryl

DisneyMomx7
10-31-2004, 07:57 AM
I just bought Disney Dollars last week and they didn't say they wouldn't be having them. I told the girl I buy them every week and she was saying that was a great idea. I really hope they keep selling them since I found this a great way to save for our trip.

newholiday
10-31-2004, 08:25 AM
Im planning on heading there on my birthday next week and buying Disney Dollars for our Aug trip. Hopefully they still have some.

CarolA
10-31-2004, 08:56 AM
So thanks but the 15 year good bye gift sits unused. I can't even find anyone here who shops at the Disneystore since the prices are out of line!!!

If you plan to go to to Disney buy Disney Dollars with them but do it NOW before the change over to Children's Place. I have bought DD with mall gift certificates so I would assume you could buy them with DS gift certificates.

travelbug
10-31-2004, 10:42 AM
I just bought DD at one Disney Store yesterday and at a different Disney Store 2 weeks ago. Both seemed to have plenty on hand and didn't say anything about phasing them out. That would be a shame! :(

DiznEeyore
10-31-2004, 10:52 AM
The Disney Store is the only place they sell Disney Dollars, right? If they stop carrying them, then will WDW stop accepting them?

CarolA
10-31-2004, 11:03 AM
No they sell Disney dollars at Disney! So I doubt they will quit accepting them. It has to be a money maker for Disney. They give you a Disney dollar, you forget to spend it.... they just made a buck.

Terry S
10-31-2004, 12:01 PM
I work at a Disney Store and we have not been told as of yet that we would stop selling Disney Dollars. There are many questions right now and we don't have answers yet. We have been told that we will sell park passes so I don't see why we couldn't sell DD's too.

Blueeyes101817
10-31-2004, 02:25 PM
i know that i used mall gift certificates to buy disney dollars for my trip..i dont know if it was different since it was a mall gift certificate..but thats just what i found

Pea-n-Me
10-31-2004, 03:00 PM
Someone posted last week an 800# where you could order Disney Dollars sent to you in the mail. I didn't try it out but did write it down. When I find it :crazy: I'll post it. Did anyone else see it?

wdwpluto
10-31-2004, 03:47 PM
Well that stinks! We went to the new World of Disney store in NYC yesterday and they don't sell them either! And, as I understood it, that store IS still operated by Disney (like the WoD in DtD), not by The Children's Place? :confused:

bavaria
10-31-2004, 07:48 PM
Thanks for all the replies! Yes, they really did think that they were doing me a favour (it's not like I retired, I just transferred to another job within the company and not very far away, and there were definitely some other perks. The person who picked them LOVES Disney toys and has a whole room just for her toys - I never buy them, my Disney money goes towards my trips.)

Sadly Walmart and Target sell so much of the same things at better prices - I was going to buy a 3 yo her Cinderella dress at TDS with some of my $$$, but they were so much better price elsewhere.

bavaria
10-31-2004, 07:52 PM
Cheryl, by the way, I love your idea - as I was standing in the store a few weeks ago I was almost ready to hand them over to a stranger at the counter.....

The way I see it, it was $$$ I never had to begin with, so it was not money I was planning to spend. I'd rather have it make someone happy than sell them (either on Ebay or at a reduced rate)

And the new job certainly makes up for the 'loss' of the certificates! ;)

Mom2Ben02
10-31-2004, 08:41 PM
I had bought a DS gift cert to buy DD - it was abt a year ago, but it did work. FYI, I paid $425 fir $500 in gc...so yes, you would lose $$ but not too much.

my3kids
11-01-2004, 05:02 AM
Originally posted by hercamore
uh, what's this abou tchldren's place?

I have $200 on my Visa points card I wanted to get DD from the Disney store with.

herc.

You really wouldn't have to transfer points to get dollars. The single credit card would be a lot easier to keep up with and you can use the card for most anything you could use the paper dollars for.

Pooh's Pal
11-01-2004, 07:33 AM
Originally posted by bavaria
Cheryl, by the way, I love your idea - as I was standing in the store a few weeks ago I was almost ready to hand them over to a stranger at the counter.....

The way I see it, it was $$$ I never had to begin with, so it was not money I was planning to spend. I'd rather have it make someone happy than sell them (either on Ebay or at a reduced rate)

And the new job certainly makes up for the 'loss' of the certificates! ;)

I just left a job after 22years, wish someone had given me those Disney Gift Cards!
I noticed in your countdown that you are heading to see the "Mouse" soon, could you take the gift card with you and use it at The World of Disney Store there? Just a thought.

If you really, really, really can't use them...you could send them my way!!! :teeth: I'm going to WDW soon and I'm sure I could them! I'd even buy you something! ;)
My DD came home this weekend from college and during our little dinner on Sat. night, she gave me Disney Dollars for my birthday(last Thursday)...$20.00...Love that Kid, she really knows how to please her mom!! ;)

djm99
11-01-2004, 08:55 AM
I called the 800 number on the Disney Direct website and was told as long as the stores say Disney Stores the Disney dollars will still be available and there are negotiations going on as we speak about what will and will not be available in these new stores.

I sure hate that to hear that these may not be available because when staying onsite, it was a wonderful way to save. Last year I stayed on site for only 3 days and had $300 in Disney Dollars along with many meal vouchers. It was nice to not spend any of my other monies for our week off site. Those Disney dollars came in handy. I spent all but $5. I wanted to do that again for our whole week on site and off site again next summer. You know buy $20 here and there. But hopefully in these negotiations Disney Dollars will still be available, if not I'll just pay over my bill and have them waiting for me when I get to Disney.

doombuggy
11-01-2004, 11:22 AM
Disney Dollars can be used at the parks & resorts. I don't know if they are going to stop selling them at TDS once the exchange takes place, since I transferred from TDS to WDW in July.

i did have a similar experience to bavaria's when i did transfer. My mgr at my f/t job bought a $50 Disney Store gift card for me. Considering that I was transferring out of the stores and to Walt Disney World, she should have bought the Disney Dollars, but she was not thinking about that. BTW, you cannot purchase D$ with a gift card (I see someone suggested that). You also cannot use a Disney Store Gift card on WDW property. The gift card is for the stores, not the parks. The stores are in a different division from the parks. I would assume that you can still use the gift card at the catalog, but i am not sure how that would be handled once the sale is complete. I used some of my card buying various items, but still have some $$ left on it

I am sure once the sale is complete. everyone will know what's what.

mom23boys
11-01-2004, 11:36 AM
I just called my local Disney Store (Willow Grove, PA), they said they still are selling Disney Dollars. I asked her to reserve some for me, and I will pick them up tonight. She said for now they are still selling them, but she did not know what was going to happen in the future.

I am really bummed, I use DD for allowance for my children, half DD and half dollars. And I wanted to give them some for Christmas.

It really is a great way to save for my trips to WDW.

Pooh's Pal
11-01-2004, 11:40 AM
Originally posted by doombuggy
BTW, you cannot purchase D$ with a gift card (I see someone suggested that).
You also cannot use a Disney Store Gift card on WDW property. The gift card is for the stores, not the parks. The stores are in a different division from the parks.

WOW Doombuggy....I didn't know that...I assumed you could use your Disney gift cards at the World of Disney Store in the Marketplace...but you can't huh? And if someone gives you a gift card, you can't purchase DD at a local store either..WOW... Learn something everyday..thanks for the tips! ;)

bavaria
11-01-2004, 04:25 PM
Yes, the info is correct that gift certs from the TDS can only be used at TDS, not online or at WDW. They cannot be used for Ddollars or park tickets. Items purchased with gift certs will be refunded with store credit, not cash.

And to make matters worse, as some of you know, I live in Canada and these are CANADIAN gift certs (hence the certs vs cards, they never made it to Canada at TDS)

I did find a manager in the US who would agree to exchange them at a terrible exchange rate (the dollar is now $1.22 but was about $1.50 at the start of the year, and TDS is still using that rate). But I would still be stuck having to buy merchandise at TDS.

So for the person who wanted me to send them, they'll make nice wall paper or an addition to your scrapbook!

I am still probably going to go Cheryl's suggestion and put them to a better use for someone else... but thanks everyone for the ideas! I got a little worked up about this for an hour or so early in the summer, and then put them away.

macs4us
11-02-2004, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by bavaria
Yes, the info is correct that gift certs from the TDS can only be used at TDS, not online or at WDW. They cannot be used for Ddollars or park tickets. Items purchased with gift certs will be refunded with store credit, not cash.

Both of the Disney Stores I go to have turned my DS gift cards into Disney Dollars - in fact I did it last week in Costa Mesa. They had a ton of Disney Dollars. It must depend on which store you shop.

Fire14
11-02-2004, 12:59 PM
Originally posted by bavaria

And to make matters worse, as some of you know, I live in Canada and these are CANADIAN gift certs (hence the certs vs cards, they never made it to Canada at TDS)



too bad I'm not planning a trip to Canada anytime soon I'll take them off your hands and just buy some stuff in Canada.

MELSMICE
11-02-2004, 02:19 PM
Hmm....I buy Disney $'s all the time. So much so that the employees know me & when they see me walk into the store they immediately get them out (so sad, aren't I) :rolleyes:

I was just in there on Friday to buy more & they didn't say a word to me. In fact, I know that one of the CM's is on the DIS sometimes. (can't remember her screen name :o ).

Pooh's Pal
11-02-2004, 04:09 PM
I just found this information on the Disneystore.com website...
Where can I redeem my Disney Store Gift Card?
Your Disney Store Gift Card is redeemable online at Disneydirect.com, through the Disney catalog, or at any Disney Store location in the United States.

How do I redeem my Disney Store Gift Card at Disneydirect.com?
At Disneydirect.com, simply enter the Disney Store Gift Card number found on the back of the card in the Gift Card Information box on the payment page along with a credit card number (required for Gift Card purchases at Disneydirect.com). If the total of your purchase exceeds the amount on your Disney Store Gift Card, the balance will be charged to your credit card. Please note: you may only use one Gift Card per order.

How do I redeem my Disney Store Gift Card through the Disney catalog?
At the time of payment, simply provide the Disney catalog Cast Member with your Disney Store Gift Card number, found on the back of your card. If your purchase total exceeds the amount on your Disney Store Gift Card, you may pay for the balance with a credit card.

How do I redeem my Disney Store Gift Card at a Disney Store location?
To redeem your Disney Store Gift Card at a Disney Store location in the United States, simply use your Disney Store Gift Card to purchase merchandise as if you were using a credit card. If the total of your purchase exceeds the amount on your Disney Store Gift Card, you may pay for the balance with cash, check or credit card.

If you prefer to mail your Disney catalog order, complete an Order Form and provide your Disney Store Gift Card number, found on the back of your card, as the method of payment. A personal check will be required for any balance greater than the amount of the Disney Store Gift Card.

Does my Disney Store Gift Card have an expiration date?
No, Disney Store Gift Cards have no expiration date.

Who do I contact if I have a problem with my Disney Store Gift Card?
Please call Guest Services at 800-328-0368 for any problems with the processing of your Disney Store Gift Card.

Can the Disney Store Gift Card be purchased internationally?
No. At this time, Disney Store Gift Cards are currently available for Domestic delivery only through the Disney catalog and Disneydirect.com, and are only available at Disney Store locations in the United States.

Hope some of this helps you bavaria, so you can purchase something online for yourself or someone else! Maybe you could get yourself a nice sweatshirt for your trip to Disney! Good Luck!

bavaria
11-02-2004, 09:00 PM
Thanks for finding all that info, but the kicker is the fact that they are Canadian. My sister used to buy thousands of beanies from TDS and the catalog and somehow the catalog process changed (I think that the shipping became outrageous)

Interesting that some stores do things one way, others another. I think that I will try again next week in Seattle and see what happens....

If not, someone is getting a nice Disney gift for Christmas! ;)

Tigge50447
11-06-2004, 12:20 AM
I was at the disney store Thursday night and asked the CM there about disney dollars. He said yes they are selling them now but what he has noticed in the "disney stores" and at walt disney world is that they are selling the left overs from previous years. Not used dollars but just ones they didn't sell. He said there is no word on when if at all they will get 2005 bills. He said he got one from walt disney world from like 1985. Interesting. Just means I need to spend my $250 in disney cash when I'm down there in december... I think I can manage that, lol

Dizholic
11-06-2004, 06:58 AM
I didn't say anything to you because we don't know what is going on. They have not told us anything. Sorry!!! Side note, Friday was my last day, so I will only see you on the boards. šoš :earsgirl:

travelbug
11-06-2004, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by macs4us
Both of the Disney Stores I go to have turned my DS gift cards into Disney Dollars - in fact I did it last week in Costa Mesa. They had a ton of Disney Dollars. It must depend on which store you shop. You're right. It must depend on which store, because I also used a DS gift card to buy Disney Dollars not too long ago.

Mad4Dizne
11-06-2004, 12:46 PM
I asked the store mgr, she said it is business as usual and they will still carry $$$.

goin2disneyagain
11-06-2004, 11:54 PM
[i]Originally posted by doombuggy [/B]BTW, you cannot purchase D$ with a gift card (I see someone suggested that). [/B]

Actually that's not true. I have used a Disney Store gift card many, many times to purchase Disney Dollars. I have done this at 2 different stores. Only once was an employee hesitant and I pointed out to her that the back of the card did not list that as an exclusion. She said I was right and went on to give me the Disney Dollars. Many other DIS'ers have done the same.

disneychrista
11-07-2004, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by summerrluvv
Sell them on ebay.
That is what I was going to say. :)

tink2dw
11-07-2004, 02:35 PM
Since the Disney Store Cards have no value to you. Treat them that way!! They are FREE money to you. Why be miserly with the good wishs. Don't look at prices, just use the money your Co-Workers SPENT TO GET the cards.......for......

Do you collect Any Character items?? Buy that character.

Christmas is getting close have a Disney Christmas tree buy all the Orniments and Christmas 3ft characters for the window.

Disney Stores sell artwork as the Disney CELLS.

DS sells Guide books, Adult clothes and Coats.

DS sells childrens items like character underware and coats and shirts,and toys, dolls for girls or sports items for boys.

DS sells DVD's, childrens books, Computer games.

STILL can't stand anything in the Disney Store GIVE the Cards to a Childrens Charity!! They will sure make use of them to make Magic!!

we3disneygo
11-10-2004, 06:48 PM
was just at my disney store and they told me if i want to buy some i had better get in with in the week or it would be to late. she said they had not gotten another shipment of them. not sure about the park passes. I buy disney dollars everytime i go and they see me and ask how many?? how sad-- cashed in my change today and plan on going in the am. just thougt i'd pass this info. along

swilphil
11-11-2004, 04:48 AM
Originally posted by djm99
I called the 800 number on the Disney Direct website and was told as long as the stores say Disney Stores the Disney dollars will still be available and there are negotiations going on as we speak about what will and will not be available in these new stores.

Bavaria--Maybe I missed something, but why can't you buy Disney Dollars with your gift certificates now while the Disney Stores still carry them? Is it the Canadian thing?

DisneyMomx7
11-11-2004, 08:08 AM
I went yesterday and was told they would still be carrying the Disney dollars. I hope the CM was right.

Terry S
11-14-2004, 09:20 PM
We were told that for now we will still be carrying Disney Dollars.

djm99
11-15-2004, 07:14 AM
Originally posted by swilphil
Bavaria--Maybe I missed something, but why can't you buy Disney Dollars with your gift certificates now while the Disney Stores still carry them? Is it the Canadian thing?

It varies from store to store. Some let you some don't!