Disney Vacation Account Gives Guests a New Option to Save for Their Disney Vacations

UPDATE: ON July 25th, 2017 Disney sent out a letter to it's vacation account holders stating "Thank you for your participation in the Disney Vacation Account program. At this time, we are discontinuing the program and no new accounts or contributions are being accepted."

Saving money for a Disney vacation just got a little bit easier with the new Disney Vacation Account that was recently launched by the Walt Disney Travel Company.

Disney Vacation Account is an online savings plan that helps travelers budget and save for their Disney Vacation. Guests can create a personalized budget and savings plan for the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, and Adventures by Disney.

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To get started with a Disney Vacation Account, guests use the Budget Estimator to estimate the cost of their Disney vacation. The Budget Estimator includes links to websites that help estimate the cost of various components including accommodations, cruise fare, theme park tickets, airfare, dining, recreation, and more.

Once guests have created an estimated vacation budget and have a savings goal they can create a savings plan for your Disney vacation and start making contributions.

When guests sign up for a Disney Vacation Account they can scheduled automatic contributions to take place every week, every two weeks, or every month. One-time contributions can also be made at any time.

To create a Disney Vacation Account guests must be a resident of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico and must be 18 years old (residents of Alabama and Nebraska must be 19 years old, and residents of Mississippi and Puerto Rico must be 21 years old).

A Disney Vacation Account can be started with an amount as little as $10 using a debit card, credit card, or Disney Gift Card. Once an account has been created, guests can check their progress using the Manage Your Account, Account Activity, and Recent Transactions sections.

The Disney Vacation Account savings can be applied toward the payment of a Disney Vacation online or by phone. Guests are also eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1,000 they spend on qualified vacation purchases up to a total of $500 in Disney Gift Cards. Once a vacation has been books, any remaining balance from a Disney Vacation Account can be put on a Disney Gift Card.

There are no fees to set up, maintain, or manage a Disney Vacation Account and all funds deposited in the account are fully refundable. A maximum of $25,000 can be saved in a Disney Vacation Account.

To learn more about how the Disney Vacation Account works visit the homepage here.


Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 13:36:

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This is pretty cool!

littlefairylaura wrote on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 00:06:

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Wish they did this for people in uk! We are saving for our disney holiday/wedding n something like this for us would be amazing too!!

Spook wrote on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 01:20:

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Wow! That's awesome!

Mike wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 15:13:

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Hope it's available to Canadians one day..

BAD wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 15:23:

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So Disney have your money and you don't get interest on it. Are they turning into a bank? Surely it would be far better to save in a savings account... For the couple in the UK - set up a tax free ISA and set up regular standing orders to deposit money into it. Far more financially savvy...

kristin wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 15:26:

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Is there something like this to save for disney wedding?

Karen M wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 15:49:

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I love this idea.

Diane wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:03:

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For UK visitors, Virgin holidays give you the opportunity to pay for your holiday by direct debit every month, I did it a couple of years ago and found it useful. Check to see if TravelcityDirect do it too as they are part of the Virgin group.

Suzanne wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:33:

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I am searching Disney.com and the related Disney travel pages on the official Disney website and cannot find ANY information on this, or the page to open the account. THIS IS A HUGE RED FLAG!!! Is this real? Where did you get the link to this? I will not enter my info on a site that is not FROM Disney. The ONLY way I can see what you're talking about is through the link you posted, which could very well be fake! I urge people NOT to do ANYTHING until we know for sure this is a real, Disney offering and can access the page from Disney directly!

Sheree wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:44:

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It will be cool if it can be made international.

Terri Madore wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 16:58:

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I wish you had a Canadian version of this as eel.We have been to disneyWorld twice and want to come back again !!

Emily Carter wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:23:

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We are spoiled in new Pa. We have a store chain called Giant Eagle. For every $50 you spend you get .10 off a gallon of gas. This includes gift cards which never expire or lose value. And yes they carry Disney gift cards. I think I got 8 tanks of gas free last year.

Marie wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 17:31:

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And where do we find this

Scott AK wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 19:24:

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Does it earn interest ?

Scott AK wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 19:28:

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Could I use Tito pay for Disney vacation NOT booked through Disney? I have cruise in May and final payment is due in March.

Annette wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 21:36:

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Once again international guest discrimination. Can't use from Australia.

Donna wrote on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 22:50:

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Just think about it though...you don't collect any interest on this money, Disney does. They will put it in their bank account and draw interest. You would be better off opening a savings account of your own at your bank and making deposits to it weekly or monthly. I know banks don't pay a lot for interest anymore, but anything is better than nothing!

Laura L wrote on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 02:15:

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Can I use this to pay my DVC dues? Or would that be too good to be true?! :)

James Costin wrote on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 14:17:

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So...they want to make money off of people saving for their trips to Disney? Think about it...they will have thousands of people using this to save for a vacation instead of using their own bank. Disney stands to make the interest off of this money sitting in an account in their bank. A $20 gift card for every $1000 you spend with them...please. That's a 2% discount on already over priced stuff.

Kelly Gray wrote on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 02:45:

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Why not Canada?

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:38:

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For all the folks who couldn't find the link in the article here is the URL

Suzanne - The link that we posted does go directly to the Disney.com website. "Disney.go.com" is the official URL that Disney sites use. Where did we get our information? We got it right there off of the Disney.com website, I'm not sure how much more of an official we could get. :-)

Kristen - Check out the the program at the Disney website and read the fine print. There are not a lot of restrictions on what you can pay for. Though you may not be able to use it specifically to pay for the wedding, you could surely use it for the events surrounding the wedding.

Scott AK - No, this is not an interest bearing account. From what I understand (and this part is just rumor) Disney wanted it to be, and the bank that they are using to facilitate the program, JPMorgan Chase Bank, said no. That is why Disney is offering the $20 gift card for every $1000 saves - it is their way of making sure the accounts bear some sort of interest for people using the program.

Laura L - I do not think that you can use this for your DVC Dues, but DVC has its own program to take dues directly out of a bank account every month. I pay mine that way. If it interests you, give member services a call and talk to them about it, I know that it is a huge help to us!

Kelly Gray - Disney is restricted with this program by some rules from the bank they are using. This may be one of them.

Sharon wrote on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 18:34:

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I love this idea! I think it's a perfect way to save for your trip and you can certainly plan several years ahead of time.

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