Disney gift cards are extremely versatile. You can use them to book almost anything owned by Disney from park tickets to merchandise online at DisneyStore.com. But, there are a few ways you can’t use Disney gift cards and a few ways you can that might surprise you. Here are some possibly surprising answers to the question, “Can I use Disney gift cards at …?”
Places You CAN Use Disney Gift Cards
Park Tickets and Annual Passes
When you’re buying those expensive annual passes or park tickets for the whole family, saving a little bit with discounted Disney gift cards makes life just a little more pleasant.
Food, Merchandise, and Hotel Stays
Beyond the park tickets, you can pay for almost anything on your Disney vacation with Disney gift cards.
Your Travel Agent for Your Disney Vacation
Travel agents don’t cost you any extra, but they can save you a lot of time and stress. If you know a great travel agent, you can pay them with Disney gift cards.
Adventures by Disney
Even though you may be traveling abroad and Disney doesn’t accept gift cards in other countries, they do accept them for Adventures by Disney.
Disney Vacation Club – Membership Dues
While you can’t use Disney gift cards for the initial real estate purchase, you can use them for your membership dues.
Non-Disney Stores at Disney Springs
Most stores and restaurants at Disney Springs accept Disney gift cards even though they aren’t owned by Disney. There are a few exceptions that don’t.
Disney Cruise Line Shore Excursions
Not just your entire cruise, you can also pay for your shore excursions. Since your shore excursions are charged to your stateroom, you can pay them all off with a Disney gift card at the end of your cruise.
Flights Booked Through Disney
This can be a great way to save on your flight. If you saved 10%-15% on your Disney gift cards, you could save that much if you book the flight through Disney. Just make sure to always compare the prices.
In the past, you couldn’t use Disney gift cards for runDisney events because the registration went through Active.com. Now you can, but your gift card has to cover the entire purchase.
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort and Vero Beach Resort
These standalone beach resorts accept Disney gift cards.
Places You CAN NOT Use Disney Gift Cards
You cannot currently use Disney gift cards to pay for a Disney+ subscription but since it’s still a relatively new service, this could change in the future.
Disney Parks Outside the USA
Disney gift cards are only valid in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, that means no Disneyland Paris unless you book through Adventures by Disney.
Disney Vacation Club – Real Estate Purchase
While there are options to use Disney gift cards with Disney Vacation Club, as you’ll see below, you can’t use them for the initial real estate purchase.
Disney on Ice or Disney Theatrical
It’s always fun when Disney comes to town, but unfortunately you can’t use Disney gift cards to pay for it.
Swan and Dolphin at Disney World
The Swan is a Westin and the Dolphin is a Sheraton. Unfortunately, neither will accept Disney gift cards as a form of payment.
Undercover Tourist and Other Ticket Brokers
They sell Disney park tickets, but you can’t use Disney gift cards to buy them.
Can I Use Disney Gift Cards at …?
We were surprised when we first learned you could use Disney gift cards with a travel agent. Which of these surprised you?
Learn about great ways to save on Disney gift cards on our Discounted Disney Gift Card page.