Disney has shut down its Disney Vacation Account program this week. The program worked similarly to a Christmas Club account, in which it allowed families to save for Disney vacations directly via Disney’s website.
Disney said in a statement that the program was shut down due to a lack of participation. Many families honestly bank money for Disney vacations in a savings account with interest or pay via a credit card that offers points, so it’s likely there just wasn’t much of an incentive to use Disney’s own program.
The program also had its share of glitches, like a reported bug that would “double dip” into users’ bank accounts.
People who were enrolled in the program were given 4 options to choose from as to how to receive their funds, one of which offers a 5% bonus from Disney should you choose a Disney gift card. Other options include waiting for a refund or applying the credit toward a Disney vacation destination of your choice.
There Are Other Ways to Save For Disney…
We highlighted some other ways to save for Disney a few months ago. Among some of the methods we recommended include using cards with points, taking on a side hustle, etc. You can read that article here.
Another way to plan for a trip is to use an Authorized Disney Travel Agency. They’ll know what you need and don’t need, as well as make you aware of special deals like free dining that could save you thousands.
We personally recommend only booking a Disney vacation through an agent, as they’re all about getting you the most magic for your money.
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