5 ways to save for your Disney vacation!

5 Ways to save for your Disney vacation


Budget is one of the main topics of conversation when helping families plan their Disney vacations. I will often work with families to build their dream vacation package and then we put our brains together to work on a payment plan that works for their budget needs. My goal as their agent is to help alleviate that stress as much as possible! So below are 5 ways to save for your Disney vacation that I have personally used! Have you tried any of these money saving tips before??

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Discounted Gift Cards:

Target and Sam’s club are both great ways to purchase gift cards at a discounted rate. This is one of the most popular ways my clients will save money because it is the easiest and doesn’t take a ton of time. When shopping at Target you can use your REDcard (debit or credit) and receive 5% off your purchase and this includes gift cards! Sam’s club offers several great gift card bundle discounts, for Disney gift cards it is $150 for about $143. However, Target is my personal favorite option especially since they tend to double up their discounts around Black Friday that can be used on gift cards also!

Sam's Club

Disney Visa Credit Card:

We personally love this and use it for ALL of our daily purchases. Once we pay it off each month we rack up on Disney Reward Dollars and save them for our trips. When clients are looking for a way to finance their vacation I always refer them to the Disney Card since you will get 6 months no interest on your trip (see below)! Most of the time they offer a signup bonus, we received $150 just for signing up but I believe now it is $200. (This does change often).

Once you are a cardholder, you will receive tons of great benefits that I listed below for you. The exclusive character meet and greets are our favorite!

  • 10% off merchandise purchases of $50 or more at certain Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Aulani gift shops, as well as 10% off $50 purchases online at DisneyStore.com.
  • 15% off tours at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
  • 10% off certain recreation at Walt Disney World.
  • 10% off certain restaurants at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
  • 10% off Castaway Cay recreation packages for Disney Cruise Line.
  • 20% off select spa services aboard Disney Cruise Line.
  • Exclusive character meet & greet locations at Epcot and Disney California Adventure, both only available to Chase Disney Visa holders. The characters at these locations are “random,” and you don’t know who you’ll get before entering the locations, but at both locations only a few characters appear.
  • Exclusive Star Wars meet & greet locations in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • A free PhotoPass photo download when you visit the characters at the exclusive meet & greets.
  • Discounts to Disney Broadway musicals.
  • No interest for 6 months on theme park or cruise packages when charging the package to their Chase Disney Visa prior to arrival if booked through Disney or by a Disney-authorized travel agent.


Ebates :

This site is one of my favorites! While I don’t shop a ton online I am ALWAYS ordering things from Amazon! This site allows you to shop and not only get discounts but earn money back from hundreds of stores! It’s so easy, earn $10 just for signing up! They also offer in store cash back options based on your location. From back to school to Holiday shopping, you will earn money back on everything you buy. Ebates pays you in check or paypal form, so you can use your rewards however you choose!
Ebates BONUS: When you click this link and sign up for a free account then refer your friends, we BOTH will be entered to win a trip to Walt Disney World! Ends September 30th 2017 https://www.ebates.com/r/SHELBI1192?eeid=28187


This site requires you to spend a little more time on their site, but is a great way to kill time and earn money! This will be your carpool line best friend! Earn Swagbucks when you watch videos, play games, answer surveys, search the web, and more! I have clicked the videos and just let them play while I am working around the house, it’s that easy! You can also earn cashback when shopping at certain locations similar to how Ebates works. Use your earned Swagbucks to redeem for giftcards! While they don’t offer Disney Gift Cards at the moment you can redeem for Target Gift cards then turn around and buy Disney Gift Cards in the store or online! Use my referral link to signup and we both earn extra bucks! http://www.swagbucks.com/p/register?rb=38794310


This app is super easy and kinda fun to use! Once you download the app onto your phone you will earn “kicks” every time you walk into stores, scan barcodes of certain items in the store, and then for submitting your receipt after making your purchases. For families with older kids this would be a great way to keep them busy in the grocery store! Just hand them your phone and let them search the aisles as you shop for the products you can scan to earn extra “Kicks”! You can also use this online and earn when viewing products, purchasing products and watching short videos! Once you have earned a certain amount you will be able to redeem for giftcards to several different places. I suggest redeeming for a Target gift card and then purchasing a Disney Gift Card from the store or Target.com. Click my link to download the app, then use it within 7 days and we both earn extra “Kicks”! http://get.shopkick.com/zinc8507


Starting September 2017, there will be a monthly drawing for a $25 Disney Gift Card right here on my site! So make sure you have subscribed! This will not only enter you into the drawing but will also let you know of other Disney giveaways I will be doing VERY SOON!

What are some of your favorite ways to save for your vacations?? I love to hear how others budget and save!




Thinking about planning a Disney vacation? My travel planning services are 100% FREE to you. Disney pays me so you don’t have to! Request a quote on your vacation today or check out my Travel page to learn more about my services! I am always available to discuss all things travel with you so feel free to contact me with any questions you have! 


58 thoughts on “5 ways to save for your Disney vacation!”

  1. These are some great tips. I may have to see if there are similar saving tips for the theme parks here in Australia

    1. Oh my goodness!! Yes, the card is amazing. We love earning our extra Disney Dollars that way! You will love Disneyland. We just got back from our trip in July 😻

  2. I never thought to use my Target red card to buy gift cards! So smart. I will probably use that for Christmas this year, so thank you. 😘

    I would love to take my kiddos to Disneyland in a few years when all three of them are old enough, and these tips are very helpful. Especially the Disney card. I didn’t even know that existed, and the perks make it a no-brainer!

    1. That makes me so happy that I could share these tips with you!! I normally send them out to clients planning trips but decided to share with the world! The Disney Visa is our absolute favorite!

  3. I love that I could pretty much use these tips(most of them) to save money for anything! I have yet to visit Disney but I truly hope to go one day!

    1. Exactly! Most of my clients are working towards a Disney vacation but these tips could be used just in everyday life to save and earn extra money!

    1. You are so welcome! Feel free to reach out if you need any planning assistance! Disney pays me to help families plan their trips! 😻

  4. Marissa ~ DIYtified

    We shop at Fry’s and/or Kroger. WE purchase Disney gifts cards during their promotional 4x fuel points on gift card days. $100 GC would equate to 400 fuel points which would equate to $.40 off per gal which would equal $10 in savings off the gift card if you purchased the full 30gal limit.

    1. Oh my goodness! It is the best thing there is when saving for a Disney trip! Most of the time you will get 6 months no interest to pay off your Disney vacation! Amazing!

  5. These are great tips – in my mind Disney seems so expensive! I know we’ll eventually go, but I’m bookmarking this to save $$$$!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for this! We are hoping to take our boys to Disney in a couple years and I’ll be using all of these resources now to save up for our trip. Have you ever used the Disney Vacation savings account?

    1. Hi Andolina! How exciting! Your boys will love it! I have used that account in the post but Disney actually shut that program down this past month. However, I work with clients to build a payment program to make it more affordable!

  7. Love this post!! We went to Disney and March and it was SO special. We are always thinking of ways to make it a bit more affordable. I love Swagbucks, I use it to search on instead of google to gain points.

  8. These are fantastic ideas for saving for a Disney trip!!!! Disney is our fave place to be and your tips will help,us get there for less $$

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  10. I have a 3 & 4 year old and will def be doing Disney in the next few years. This had so many great budgeting tools and look forward to using them! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Disney is worth any sacrifice in the world. I bet you my family would sacrifice every luxury if it meant we’d take our last disney trip as a family together lol. These are all helpful tips – thank you!

  12. These are so great tips. Disney is such a nice and the best place to explore and to visit. This coming December we are planning to visit Disney Land. This post will help me so much to save some bucks for sure.

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