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Old 02-24-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Using gift cards?

On my last trip my family and I used the QS dining plan. This trip I have decided that with my son being classed as an adult and our dining style we will not use the dining plan in October.

Instead I am thinking of buying a Disney gift card so our meals are still "prepaid" but we can use it however we would like, rather than be on a set dining schedule. Can I use this gift card at all restaurants at Disney World? I am guessing this will also cover any alcoholic beverages we choose to buy while eating? And can I also use this to buy a food and wine gift card?

Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Interested to know this as well. We are paying out of pocket for meals since we are at Shades of Green but I have booked 3 TS dinners so far and want to buy Gift Cards before we leave to pay with.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #3
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Disney gift cards can be used like cash at all places in the world. I know that they can be used at TS resturants, to by tickets, and at gift stores. We even used our gift cards toward our AP Passes in Oct. I am not sure about CS places.
Will be at the world in 48 hours! with lots of gift cards as well.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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We used our KTTW card and then every few days I wouldgo to the front desk and pay off withgidt cards . Worked pperfectly and this year I've added a few more so we may have extra in the end
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #5
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We used our KTTW card and then every few days I wouldgo to the front desk and pay off withgidt cards . Worked pperfectly and this year I've added a few more so we may have extra in the end
This is a good idea. We just used GC outright (TS and QS), and paid cash for tips. We had to be vigilent about keeping track of how much was left on each card...just loading up your KTTW makes much more sense. Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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We have bought the gift cards to use the last couple of trips. We used them at CS in our resort (POFQ) and WPE & Cooke's in DTD. And yes they do cover adult beverages. Even used them at some snack carts in the parks.
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For those of you who buy GCs, do you get a discount on them? We usually use TIW & don't worry about any other form of payment. My sister's fairly large family wants a character meal for their Christmas gift. GCs seem like the best option. I'd love to get a discount on them, since they want a dinner with Mickey.
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I used gift Disney gift cards at V&A - ys you can use them at restaurants and even for tips. There are no dicounsts that I know of for gift cards..I get mine at the Disney Store by me. There are limit amounts you can purhcase. I think $1,500 is the max you can put on one card. I don't know of any discounts..as the OP said, gift cards are a good way to pre-pay for your meals and keep yourself on budget.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:07 PM   #9
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If you buy the gift cards at Target using your Target RED card, you get a 5% discount!!!!

We are loading up on those cards for our upcoming trip. We'll be using them to pay for our APs, meals and souvenirs.
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$50 cards are $47.99 at BJ's.
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Disney gift cards can be used like cash at all places in the world. I know that they can be used at TS resturants, to by tickets, and at gift stores. We even used our gift cards toward our AP Passes in Oct. I am not sure about CS places.
Will be at the world in 48 hours! with lots of gift cards as well.
Thanks!! Have a great trip!!

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We used our KTTW card and then every few days I wouldgo to the front desk and pay off withgidt cards . Worked pperfectly and this year I've added a few more so we may have extra in the end
Great idea! I think I will do this also!!

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We have bought the gift cards to use the last couple of trips. We used them at CS in our resort (POFQ) and WPE & Cooke's in DTD. And yes they do cover adult beverages. Even used them at some snack carts in the parks.
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I used gift Disney gift cards at V&A - ys you can use them at restaurants and even for tips. There are no dicounsts that I know of for gift cards..I get mine at the Disney Store by me. There are limit amounts you can purhcase. I think $1,500 is the max you can put on one card. I don't know of any discounts..as the OP said, gift cards are a good way to pre-pay for your meals and keep yourself on budget.
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If you buy the gift cards at Target using your Target RED card, you get a 5% discount!!!!

We are loading up on those cards for our upcoming trip. We'll be using them to pay for our APs, meals and souvenirs.
Thanks! What a great idea to buy them at Target!

I appreciate all of the replies!!
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I went in January and had been given some gift cards for Christmas. We used them to buy food, beer, and souvenirs.

There is a Disney Gift Card app that you can get for your phone. It helped me keep track of how much was on my cards.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:40 PM   #13
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I went in January and had been given some gift cards for Christmas. We used them to buy food, beer, and souvenirs.

There is a Disney Gift Card app that you can get for your phone. It helped me keep track of how much was on my cards.
I love the idea of an app to keep track of gift card balances! Thanks!
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Can I use this gift card at all restaurants at Disney World? You cannot use Disney gift cards at Swan and Dolphin or Shades of Green restaurants. I believe the only place in the Swan & Dolphin that accepts them is the Disney gift shop. Also, there are some food kiosks on the Boardwalk and in the parks that don't have credit card capability so they would not be able to accept gc either.

I am guessing this will also cover any alcoholic beverages we choose to buy while eating? Yes.

And can I also use this to buy a food and wine gift card? On the Disney giftcard website it says you cannot use a gift card to purchase another gift card, buy I don't know if this applies at DW as well. I know in DW you cannot combine several giftcards into one card which is kind of like buying a single gift card with several other gifcards.

Thanks in advance for any help!!
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Thank you! At F&W I will just use my KTTW card then. I mostly wanted the gift card for meals anyway so that we had a way of "prepaying" without the dining plan.
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