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Old 01-11-2013, 08:35 PM   #16
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Can u purchase these with a credit card? Sorry if that seems like a dumb question. Disney Dollars would be perfect for my daughters!!!
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #17
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Another vote here for using Disney gift cards. I live in the U.S., but am planning on using Disney gift cards for our souvenir & food purchases in the parks when we go later this year. That way, I can leave my credit card in the room safe and just bring my debit card & the Disney gift cards.

For those few locations that only take cash, just bring $40-$50 cash with you (your mileage may vary depending on the size of your group).
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:41 PM   #18
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And if you're worried about losing the gc's just get them in smaller amounts. Tho then you have to carry around a few cards. You could just refill every evening? Hmmm
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:48 PM   #19
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:19 PM   #20
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My rule of thumb when visiting the opposite direction ('cause we LOVE Canada!) is that I use plastic for a larger purchase, and try to carry around $25-50 dollars in cash for smaller things. The reason for this is that the exchange rate charge is usually the same no matter how big your purchase. So for a dinner at Carthay Circle that comes to about $250, plastic totally makes sense. Same for a $45 jumper/sweatshirt. But it's a pain to pay that same $2.50(or whatever the exchange charge is) for a $4 snack. So I'd kind of look at how many snacks and small purchases you expect to make, and then have just enough cash on hand to cover those.

Hope that helps and you have a great trip!
Wow, that's not very good. It may be different for us cards, but for us using our Canadian CC in the US, Amex charges 2.5% exhange on any transaction, not a flat fee, so it doesn't really matter what the size of the purchase is as it is only a percentage.

I'm thrilled they still have Disney Dollars! Are they available at the Disney hotels, or just the store on Main Street?
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:47 PM   #21
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And if you're worried about losing the gc's just get them in smaller amounts. Tho then you have to carry around a few cards. You could just refill every evening? Hmmm
We did this our first trip. I estimated how much for food each day and put that much on a gift card and a gift card for each day.
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I use a gift card. I load it up with about $100 then add when needed. I like not worrying about making exact change. But I do always carry a little bit of cash.

The only time we had to use cash was when we bought our light up Minnie ears from a cart. It was cash only.
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Great Inquiry!

Great question and so much helpful feedback! I was wondering the same thing. Best of luck to you and best wishes on your vacation!
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:24 AM   #24
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I bought a Disney gift for DD8 and used a combination of cash and credit. Im in Canada and my particular credit card charges. 1.8% for converting funds but I got an American credit card (BMO offers them) and I get a preferred exchange rate so I usually pay 4-5cents under par for my US$ so I use that quite a bit. I found it the most useful meals tbh
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