EDIT – 8/3/2017:
Unfortunately I have to share that the Disney Vacation Account has been discontinued. I am very disappointed by this news as I am sure some of you are as well. I sincerely hope that Disney decides to offer something similar in the future. I plan to research some other vacation savings options to help those of you who want a place to save other than a simple savings account connected to your regular bank. Hopefully I’ll have that up soon!
Do you have trouble budgeting for vacation? Do you want help setting money aside where it can’t be used for other things?
Then the Disney Vacation Account is for you! I used it when saving for our first trip and it was truly a blessing!
Basically, this is a program through Disney that allows you to set aside money specifically for your Disney trip.
You can find the details at https://disneyvacationaccount.disney.go.com/ but I will give you an short overview below.
Once you sign up for the site, you can log in and create your account. You will pick your destination and name your account. Then enter when you would like to take your vacation, which will auto-populate the fields for when you want to reach your goal. Then enter how much you want to save and how often you want to contribute. At this point a “Calculate” button will appear. Once you click that, you will see what your contribution will be.
In the sample below, I chose a vacation date of December 2017 and weekly contributions, which makes my weekly contribution $28.58
On the next screen, it will ask for all of your personal information and you will find the user agreement, which you will need to read through prior to continuing.
After you read through the user agreement, check off the box and click “Continue”. This will take you to the screen to enter your contribution method. You will see a summary of the account with your weekly contribution and payment and billing information.
Keep in mind, you can update this information or stop automatic contributions at any time. You can also request a refund at any time, but keep in mind it will be refunded in your original form of payment.
I believe this is a great tool to use when saving for a Disney vacation.
For me, it makes it so much easier to budget and once the money is in my vacation account, I see it as gone. And there are several other great perks!
For every $1000 you spend towards Disney vacation purchases from your account, you can earn a $20 Disney Gift Card!
If you end up saving too much once your trip is paid off, you can request your remaining balance as a Disney Gift Card….perfect for souvenir money for your trip!
You can utilize the Disney Vacation Account if you are using a travel agent like House of Mouse Travel by Jessica (https://www.facebook.com/HouseofMouseTravelByJessica/)!
This is a pretty basic overview, so make sure you check out the website or feel free to post a question in the comments!