Disney Gift Cards ???????????

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  1. car1971

    car1971 Life is like a box of Chocolates....

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    Hi. I am looking for anyone with any experience with the new Disney Gift Cards. I have read that they can be used at participating places in Disney World. I am wondering if anyone knows specifically where they can or cant be used. I was hoping to start buying some before our trip. I would love Disney Dollars but dont have a store near us and dont feel comfortable sending money to some address to get some. I was hoping these cards would be just like the DDs. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks
     
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  3. WDWorBUST

    WDWorBUST <font color=purple>BL II - Purple Team<br><font co

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    I believe they can be used almost everywhere. The only place we found that didn't take them was the resort (and it was Disney). I'm not sure why they did it that way, but I sure wish I had know in advance. We had charged to the room with the intention of using the gift card to pay off the balance and then found they didn't take it. We HAD to go spend more money in the gift shop our last day to use it :rotfl:
     
  4. caribear

    caribear I love WDW!

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    The Disney Gift Cards can be used everywhere.....dining, merchadise....etc... When you use the card there will be a "remaining balance" amount at the end of your receipt, so you will always know how much money is left on the card. I know the Disney Dollars are more "fun," but the gift cards are much easier to carry around and keep track of.
     
  5. isyt

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    I was able to use everywhere except the front desk. I was told that they would have accepted Disney Dollars.
     
  6. car1971

    car1971 Life is like a box of Chocolates....

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    Thanks for the help. Just wanted to make sure they could be used most everywhere. Glad to know they cant be used at the resort desk, now I will know what to expect or not to expect. :goodvibes I think they will be great for the kids to have their spending money on them.
     
  7. azgal81

    azgal81 <font color=blue>I am such a big fan of color<br><

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    They can't be used at the front desk of the resorts because the computers aren't set up to accept them yet. They are hoping to have that complete by the end of the year. Check out the disney gift card homepage I'm sure they will update that as needed. http://disney.go.com/disneygiftcard/index.html
     
  8. mydogisbo

    mydogisbo DIS Veteran

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    I found this thread in a search, but have a more specific question I haven't found the answer to ~~Yet~~

    Can these be used in all of the World Showcase shops? Specifically Japan? I've got my heart set on my sons picking pearls & having them set for my birthday & I'd like to use a gift card toward it.

    Thanks!!!
     
  9. isyt

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    I believe you can. I did use it at the other gift shop in Japan, not the pearl stand. They should take it though.
     
  10. rainy~daze

    rainy~daze I love spring! Flowers grow in the spring:)~Autumn

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    I am really hoping with this system upgrade they are doing right now, they would be able to take the gift cards at the front desk. I wonder if once they can accept them at the front desk, if you can use them to make payments on a regular reservation thru CRO or online.
     
  11. kurt90

    kurt90 Disney addict since 1990!

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    I bought 4 in June, one for each member of my family (including me) - and they were great! They are good at WDW, DLR, DCL, disney stores, and disneyshopping.com. They are good almost everywhere at WDW.
     
  12. mydogisbo

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    Thank you for the information!
     
  13. mydogisbo

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    I emailed DisneyGiftCard.com last night with my questions, including asking if there was any chance that the front desk would be able to accept the gift card by the time of my trip in January--this is the response:

    As of October 24, The Disney Gift Card is now being accepted for front desk charges at the hotels of the Walt Disney World Resort. :Pinkbounc



    If anyone is there or going in the near future to verify this that would be great!

    Using them at the front desk would be so much easier than worrying about carrying around multiple gift cards with balances in the parks!
     
  14. WillCAD

    WillCAD Where there's a Will there's a way

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    Thanks for the info Sarah! They seem to be a bit ahead of schedule, since the year isn't over yet.

    I played it safe with my card; I put my food and souvenier budget on it, but saved my room balance with Disney Dollars, since my next trip is planned for early December and I didn't know if they would take the gift cards by then.

    Everybody also keep in mind that the Disney gift cards can be replaced if you lose them, just like a room key or park pass, as long as you have the original purchase reciept (not a reciept from a reload).
     
  15. Soccer Princess

    Soccer Princess DIS Cast Member<br><font color=red>you would never

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    That's great. So could they also be used for a package payment and/or deposit over the phone since it needs to be paid 45 days out? I guess just read them the GC # instead of a CC #?
     
  16. AdventureGuru

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    we used them on our last trip (sept 2006) they were awsome...we could use them at carts, dining, I think we just used it as free money for incidentals....it was worth it and we are slowly saving more up for our next trip!

    PS just check with cart vendors before making your purchase....I've heard that some carts dont take them...but I didnt have a problem
     
  17. mydogisbo

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    I'm not sure Soccer Princess--you could check the website disneygiftcard.com & if the answer isn't there email them--they got back to me in less than 12 hours.

    I'm really hoping someone who goes in the next week or so can verify being able to use them at the desk. I'm sure the CM who replied to my question is correct, but you never know when there is a delay on site.
     
  18. pezheadmeg

    pezheadmeg feminsit turned fashion student

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    I'll have an answer to the resort pay up in about two weeks. I have the gift card, but I'll be purchasing Disney dollars to allot my daily budget.
     
  19. mydogisbo

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    Excellent Pezheadmeg--please let us know what you find out. & have a magical birthday trip!
     
  20. 3darlings

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    When I called today to confirm our reservations for next week, the CM said that the front desks are now taking gift cards. On a side note, they seem to be having alot of problems with the new system. It took forever and our reservation was messed up. He said they are having trouble.
     
  21. mydogisbo

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    Great--thank you for the update.

    I'm assuming that if the front desk can accept the gift cards, then I can charge meals & purchases to my room & in the middle of my week go up & pay it down with my gift cards. Then repeat this at the end of the week. Anybody know if this is true, or if I'm way off??

    Thanks!
     

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