Does thinking about saving for Disney immediately stress you out? Take a look at these ways to save for a Disney World Vacation and even get some FREE cash!
Oh Disney…such a magical place that can cost a pretty penny.
Does thinking about saving for your Disney World vacation immediately stress you out instead of excite you about the magic to come?
Well I have some good news!
There are actually a few easy ways you can get your Disney savings plan under control and even get some FREE cash out of it!
3 Creative Ways to Save for a Disney World Vacation
Take a look at these creative ways to save for a Disney World vacation 🙂
1. Open a Disney Vacation Account
Disney has a really cool way to help you save for your upcoming vacation – Disney Vacation Account.
Just like it sounds, Disney Vacation Account allows you to save in advance – a little at a time – and get ready for your Disney dream vacation. There are no fees to set up and maintain your account, and you can withdraw the money you’ve contributed and have it fully refunded at any time!
To get started use the Budget Estimator to determine the cost of your perfect Disney vacation. You can request a free Disney vacation planning DVD here to take a look at all the options available to you 😉
Once you have your vacation estimate, you’re ready to create your flexible savings plan and start saving at your own pace, up to 5 years before your vacation date. You can add money to your account with automatic weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly contributions using a debit or credit card. You can also make one-time contributions using a debit card, credit card, or Disney gift cards.
Using your Disney Vacation Account you can track your savings, check your balance, and manage your account. You can update when you’ll be taking your vacation or change your goals at any time.
Now here’s the best part…
When you use your Disney Vacation Account to book your vacation you’ll be eligible for an awesome bonus! Get a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1000 you spend on qualified vacation purchases prior to December 31, 2017! You can earn up to a total $500 in Disney Gift Cards per household.
Whoa! That’s free money for simply saving your money!!
To be eligible for the bonus, your Disney Vacation Account must be active for a minimum of 120 days at the time of spending. Be sure to request your Disney Gift Cards 4-6 weeks before your vacation date to allow time for delivery to your mailing address 😉
2. Purchase Discounted Disney Gift Cards at Target
Discounted anything helps when you are trying to save for your Disney vacation, right?
Did you know that you can use Disney gift cards to pay for just about any part of your vacation, including your hotel, park tickets, and dining plan? And did you know you can purchase those Disney gift cards at Target and save 5% when you pay with your RedCard? It’s true!
To make things super easy you can even purchase your discounted Disney gift cards online…and since you’ll be using your RedCard you’ll also get FREE shipping. Pretty sweet, huh?
Don’t have a RedCard? Apply here! You can choose from a debit card which links right to your checking account or a traditional store credit card. Both give you the same exact benefits of saving 5% , FREE shipping from Target.com, and 30 extra days for returns!
Randomly grabbing a gift card here and there can definitely help you save for your upcoming vacation. You can also take things to a more strategic level and purchase your gift cards according to a savings plan that works for your budget.
Either way, you’ll be getting more Disney for your dollars!
3. Earn FREE Gift Cards with Swagbucks
There’s nothing better than FREE cash for your Disney vacation, right? Swagbucks can help with that!
Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you’re probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, or PayPal cash.
That’s it. It’s super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I’ve earned $185 in Amazon gift cards!
Stack Your Savings
To really grab some super savings double or even triple up on the tips above!
For example, use Swagbucks earn free PayPal cash, then use that cash to purchase a discounted Disney gift card at Target with your RedCard debit card. Finally, add your Disney gift card to your Disney Vacation Account where you’ll get bonus Disney gift cards for every $1000 you save and then spend to pay for your vacation.
Wow! If you do that you’ll actually be making money on your Disney vacation!! 🙂
Of course saving money is even easier when you have less to save! Be sure to enlist the help of a Disney travel agent (their services are completely FREE!) who will save you money by finding the best promotions and help you figure out what you need and don’t need to have the vacation of your dreams.
I highly recommend Melissa from Mickey Adventures who has helped us plan our Disney vacations. For the past two years, our family has gone to Disney for less than $3,000 with her help! That includes hotel, park tickets, and dining!
Melissa will recommend fantastic places to stay, great places to eat (even if you text her for the best quick-service restaurant on the way to Disney Springs like I did 🙂 ), and types of rides and attractions for all ages at each of the Disney Parks. She’ll help with your My Disney Experience account, book your dining for you, and assist you with your FastPass+ selections months before you arrive! She constantly monitors your vacation and if a less expensive price or special is announced for your travel dates and resort, it will be applied to your trip, saving you money!
So what do you think? Which of these tips will you be using to save for your vacation?
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