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Old 04-24-2012, 09:20 PM   #16
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I earn a bunch of points for air travell which I convert to Walmart or Visa gift cards for gas stations. What I do is use the Walmart cards for our groceries and take the cash I would have used and apply it to a cash vacation fund. Same idea with the gas cards. Maybe you could try that. Instead of paying for gas direct next time use the visa gift card and take cash from your bank account Andy credit the same amount to the vaca fund
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:32 PM   #17
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I'm sorry to hear this! If your Disney store is not close, try and order them online....it is free shipping! They come very quickly...a few days. I order $25 increments all the time!
This is the link for the ones that can be used at WDW:
http://www.disneystore.com/gift-cards/mn/1001267/

They can be purchased in increments of $25-$500!!!

Or, try Target...they have $50 cards.
Kroger is another place...and Walgreens.

I don't think they cancel your ressie if you miss your 45 day mark... they send you a letter or something.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:44 PM   #18
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i don't know if you have a giant eagle close by but they also sell the disney gift cards and you could get the fuel perks also. Good luck i hope it all works out for you.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:56 PM   #19
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I would never use a gift card to save for anything anymore. I've been burned with gift cards not being in the system. If they can't find the number in the system it's worth nothing. It has happened to me more then once. Never do i use or buy a gift card for anyone. They get cash or checks and like it!

On a side note, in my home state of New Jersey, if you don't use the card after two years the state steals the balance on the card. Got to love it!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:51 PM   #20
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We have 800.00 in Wells Fargo Visa gift cards.

They have a 2018 expiration date.
Disney cannot process cards (debit, credit, or gift cards) with a 5 year out or more expiration date

Something sounds wrong with the explanation that Disney is giving you, IMO. Federal Reserve regulations require that funds on any gift cards issued have an expiration date of AT LEAST five years out, so it makes no sense that they can't process cards with a five year out expiration date.

See the Fed's 2010 press release, a summary of the regs or the full regs for more info.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:23 AM   #21
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I would try and order the Disney giftcards online through their website, you would know right away if your Wells Fargo cards will work. If they don't work online, I doubt that they would work at one of the Disney stores. One bit of advice, once you use the Disney giftcards toward your package balance, don't throw them away. If for some reason you need to cancel, they credit the amount back to the gift card.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:52 AM   #22
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Go to the Disney Store or any store who sells Disney Gift cards and buy $800 worth. Then pay for trip with those cards.
I agree w/ this.

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Old 04-25-2012, 11:24 AM   #23
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Go to the Disney Store or any store who sells Disney Gift cards and buy $800 worth. Then pay for trip with those cards.
I agree w/ this idea!! I make all my payments w/ Disney gift cards, I get mine @ a local grocery store b/c I get gas discounts. Disney never gave me any trouble. Just make sure you keep ALL gcards & receipts used in this process until the end of your vacation.


Oh & don't feel bad about the CM. I had a CM give me major attitude just Mon. b/c I asked for Deluxe prices, then I said it was too much for us & asked for other rates. I was thinking..what? can YOU afford $345 a night? LOL!!! Sorry but I know for a fact WDW does not want their future guests treated poorly. It's the person/CM. That is when you take the survey after the call. [I did not take the time,but my CM was rude as well] I will say u landed on the whammy of a CM!!! Ughh, I'm sorry about that. I can imagine your frustration when it comes to $800. We are not talking about a $20 card here. GOOD LUCK w/ figuring it all out!!

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Old 04-25-2012, 02:12 PM   #24
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As others have said, I'd take the gift cards and go to a store that sells disney gift cards and use the Wells Fargo gift cards to buy the Disney ones.

In my area, Walgreens, Target and the Disney Store sell the Disney gift cards. Do you have any of those near you?
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:06 PM   #25
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I don't get why you would buy these gift cards to pay off your balance. It's just as easy to take the money you would spend on the gift cards and call Disney and apply that cash to your balance, even if you had to send a check. Wouldn't it? It would also be less hassle.

I could understand getting the gift cards to pay for your purchases once on vacation though, however I would get the Disney Gift Cards so there would be no question.

Just a lesson learned I guess.
Because as stated in the previous thread, we didn't know if we were going to be able to go or not.
We paid our $200 deposit in January, then didn't make any payments because we knew my mom's test was coming up. This was just a way to put the money away.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:24 PM   #26
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I took my Vanilla Visa card to Walgreens today and had no problem getting a Disney GC with it. They even had a cute princess one that they don't have online

Hope you can get some Disney GC too.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:30 PM   #27
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Because as stated in the previous thread, we didn't know if we were going to be able to go or not.
We paid our $200 deposit in January, then didn't make any payments because we knew my mom's test was coming up. This was just a way to put the money away.
I have an extra savings account that I put vacation money into each paycheck. Much better than bothering with gift cards. It sounds like buying Disney gift cards with you Visa gift cards is a good plan.
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Old 04-25-2012, 05:25 PM   #28
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Because as stated in the previous thread, we didn't know if we were going to be able to go or not.
We paid our $200 deposit in January, then didn't make any payments because we knew my mom's test was coming up. This was just a way to put the money away.
You could've gotten a refund as long as you canceled before your final payment date, with the exception of insurance if you purchased it.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:22 PM   #29
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Interestingly enough, our Walgreen's will not let you purchase a gift card with a gift card.

I did manage to get 16 $50.00 cards from Target and they were extremely helpful and sweet. I called them in when I got home and one of the cards wouldn't work. I had the nicest CM last night.

I took the bum card back to Target today and the exchanged it, no questions asked.

So, I am getting ready to pay off the final $50.00.
I am really going to enjoy this vacation. It was a lot of work to get it!
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #30
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Phew... I'm glad it all worked out in the end, enjoy your visit
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