Child hugging cast member at store in Magic Kingdom
  • On Nov 6, 2017
    Cassandra from ON Asked

    Hello, We’re traveling to Disney next week from Canada. We’d prefer to use our VISA debit card for everything instead of just a regular credit card. We’ve previously booked our ADRs with this card. Is this possible to do? Thanks!

    Hi, Cassandra! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I am so excited about your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort! I don’t know whereabouts in Ontario you are, but in my neck of the woods it is getting a little chilly and some Orlando sun and heat sounds mighty nice right about now!

    The answer to your question is “maybe”. Allow me to elaborate. In the past, I have tried to link my Canadian Visa Debit card for room charges upon Check-In at my Disney Resort hotel and it did not go through, therefore, I had to use an actual credit card to be able to make room charges through my MagicBand. That being said, it never hurts to ask a Cast Member upon Check-In. However, I brought my Visa Debit card with me and used it at several locations throughout the Disney Theme Parks and Disney Springs and used it for purchases without any issues. For some reason, a few merchandise locations declined the card (World of Disney was one of them when I attempted to purchase a new Alex and Ani bracelet). I would suggest carrying an alternate form of payment if possible. 

    Another option would be to purchase a Disney Gift Card to use throughout your vacation, this way, you will not be charged the regular currency exchange fee that you would get with most credit cards. You can now purchase Disney Gift cards at multiple locations (yes, even in Canada), or even online. You would purchase the Disney Gift Card in CDN funds, and when you make a transaction, it will be charged at the previous day’s USD closing exchange rate.

    Happy planning and be sure to come and visit us again soon!

    Jen
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Ontario

Hi! I’m Jen from Ottawa, Canada! I am a high school librarian and French teacher who also happens to be a Walt Disney World Resort enthusiast! My first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort was during my honeymoon. Now, a wife and mom of two girls, my family has since been on many memorable Disney vacations together! Learn More About Jennifer

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