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Today was a sad day, our Disney Vacation Account was closed. If you are always looking for ways to save money in your Disney Vacation, then you probably set up a Disney Vacation Account at some point. Remember when we could receive $20 for every $1000 spent? Well, today you probably received this email…
While many of us are sad to see this feature go, I have to admit the options to claim those funds are great considering that it happened suddenly. Let’s look a the options available:
You can request a Disney Gift Card for the full balance in your account. You will receive a 5% Bonus, which will be added to the E-Gift Card. Once you submit the request, you will confirm your email address and within minutes, you will receive the E-GiftCard. It will have a barcode and pin number, you WILL be able to use this E-GiftCard to pay for your vacation(Whether on your own or with a Travel Agent), you will also be able to buy anything in the parks, Disney Stores, etc.
Book a vacation RIGHT AWAY! And by right away, I mean NOW! Yes, the dates available are scattered throughout the end of this summer, and availability is limited. In order to do this, you will need an offer code that was sent to the email linked to your account. (The email was from “Disney Destinations”)
The offer is good, I’m not going to deny that. But living on the opposite coast, it wasn’t feasible to up-and-go. And yes, I pondered the idea for the last 6 hours!
Do nothing, wait until September 27, 2017 when it will all be refunded to the original form of payment and receive a 2% bonus. Meaning, if you contributed with a Disney Gift Card (or multiples), the funds will be back into that Gift Card. In my case, I had used tens of gift cards, that I don’t have with me anymore. I guess if you used cash to fund the account, and you need the money right now, this would be a good option.
Request refund manually before September 27, 2017 and receive the funds in the original form of payment, without any bonus.
I chose Option 1, having a gift card will allow me to book a vacation anytime now. And I also received a 5% bonus. Considering ALL the gift cards were from either swagbucks, ibotta, couponing or cash back from Checkout51, Savings Star… I’m pretty happy with it. Now, if you need more ideas on how to save money for your next trip, make sure to read this article and this one!
What are your thoughts on Disney closing this program? Which Option will you take? Do you need help planning your next Disney Vacation? I’m happy to help! Find me on Facebook!