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PinkMagnolia 05-19-2013 07:23 AM

Help me find prepaid Virgin phone cards at WDW
I live in Canada, and don't want to turn on my Smartphone in the US because of roaming charge surprises. In March 2012 DH and I bought cheap ($10 each!) Virgin flip phones from Wal Mart with prepaid phone cards. They totally met our needs as far as DH and I being able to locate each other in the parks.

For our upcoming trip to WDW I need new prepaid cards -- Can I find them anywhere at WDW? Maybe at Downown Disney? Also, does anyone know if these phones expire in any way? Like I said, the last time I used them was in March 2012.

We will be flying out of Buffalo, so it would be possible to get there a bit earlier to head to a US Wal Mart there to sort it out, but if I knew that there were cards at WDW, it would save me a lot of hassle.

Thanks -- I tried calling Virgin abut got nowhere :confused: and the phones will power up, but I can't use them (even to add $$ on them) from Canada.

archrd 05-19-2013 07:39 AM

I am also from Canada and had thought about going this route as well. We used out phones on wifi with a google phone app while we were there the last time and it worked not too bad. I wonder if you could get phone cards at the Hess has station by downtown Disney. I know in Canada I have seen phone cards at gas stations.

Best Aunt 05-19-2013 08:36 AM

different question

Originally Posted by PinkMagnolia (Post 48438930)
We will be flying out of Buffalo

Maybe your question should be, "Do any of the stores in the Buffalo airport sell pre-paid cards for Virgin cell phones?"

Perhaps someone flying out of Buffalo in the near future could check it out for you.

kaytieeldr 05-19-2013 08:43 AM


PinkMagnolia 05-19-2013 09:25 AM


Originally Posted by Best Aunt (Post 48439437)
Maybe your question should be, "Do any of the stores in the Buffalo airport sell pre-paid cards for Virgin cell phones?"

Perhaps someone flying out of Buffalo in the near future could check it out for you.

That's what I thought at first too, but I asked this question on the Canadian Trip Board a while back, and nobody had ever seen them there :confused3

PinkMagnolia 05-19-2013 09:26 AM


Originally Posted by kaytieeldr (Post 48439487)
You can (at least I can, in the United States) order Virgin Mobile Top-Up cards at and have your purchase (redeemable code) delivered via e-mail.

This might work - thanks - I'll investigate

sharadoc 05-19-2013 01:40 PM

Can you just go onto Virgin's website and top up? I think you need your phone number or phone serial number. also has Virgin cards last time I looked.

aVASTGrl 05-19-2013 02:33 PM

You should be able to reload online, right? I have a UK Virgin Mobile phone, and that's how I top up when I'm over there.

bookbabe_disneynut 05-19-2013 05:10 PM

Virgin's website won't let you use a Canadian credit card to do top-ups, or at least that's been our experience.

There is a section on their website where you can put in a zip code and locate stores that sell the cards...just use the zip code for the Buffalo airport and it will tell you the closest place to get them.

aVASTGrl 05-19-2013 05:55 PM

ahh ok that sucks. If there's a Best Buy around where you'll be, they definitely have them. Targets should as well, but I really don't know if there are any of either near WDW.

kaytieeldr 05-19-2013 09:19 PM


PinkMagnolia 05-20-2013 06:08 AM

So, I used the feature on the Virgin website and they only list "offsite" places such as Target, etc.. in Orlando or Buffalo.

I sent a quick e-mail to both airports to see if they might have them (we'll see if the get back to me with useful information)

We are using ME, so won't have a car in Orlando - which is why this is such a hassle. We also have a 6-hour drive to the Airport (for a 3:00 pm flight) so things might be tight when we arrive in Buffalo (in case of traffic, accidents, construction etc..) which is why I wanted to sort this out before.

I will try to get to the Target in Buffalo before the flight, but if that doesn't work out for whatever reason, I suppose I'll need to taxi it to the Target/Walmart in Orlando.

Thanks for the suggestions :thumbsup2

PinkMagnolia 05-20-2013 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by kaytieeldr (Post 48445611)
There are Target stores near WDW, bit truly, I don't think Walmart bans purchases based on the location of one's bank. I've purchased iTunes 'cards' from the website and gotten the code via e-mail.

This does seem like the simplest solution, and I truly appreciate it, but using a CDN credit card at iTunes, payphones, mobile phone websites sets off alarms at Credit Card security offices, which I want to avoid on vacation and out-of-country! I really wish I could do this, but don't want to risk the headache :thumbsup2

Rosemc2011 05-20-2013 06:18 AM

My mom used to have a prepaid virgin and she could get minutes by the phone itself with her credit card.. I guess if you can't find a card you can buy a prepaid credit card and call in.. I think they sell the phone cards at cvs and Walgreens though..

Lewisc 05-20-2013 08:20 AM

I'd contact Hess.

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