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Old 07-14-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Disney Vacation Account

I need a little help from the TAs here

I am considering opening a Disney Vacation Account to use for a trip we have planned next year, which I will be booking through my TA. I asked her if she would be able to use my account to make payments on my trip, and her answer was yes. However, I had also emailed DVA guest services regarding that, and their response was that TAs are not able to access clients' accounts.

Can any of you great TAs verify which is true? Has anyone had success with accessing a client's DV account to pay for their trip?

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I can tell you there is so much contradictory information regarding this account, I have been advised by my agency owner not to bring it up to clients, as it is confusing for the agent, the client as well as Disney (as you get a different answer every time you ask etc.)

I do know that if you don't use all the $ in the account you cannot get it back in cash. You can get it in Disney gift card or use towards a future trip.

I would advise against using it and purchase Disney Gift Cards at Target with a discount if you can, or just use a regular bank account.
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I have been able to use it for my clients with no problem! Your TA just needs your account number and to enter the payment as a gift card payment.
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I can tell you there is so much contradictory information regarding this account, I have been advised by my agency owner not to bring it up to clients, as it is confusing for the agent, the client as well as Disney (as you get a different answer every time you ask etc.)

I do know that if you don't use all the $ in the account you cannot get it back in cash. You can get it in Disney gift card or use towards a future trip.

I would advise against using it and purchase Disney Gift Cards at Target with a discount if you can, or just use a regular bank account.
Thank you! I agree, it's very confusing, there is so much contradictory info out there about these accounts. I had planned on buying Disney Gift Cards at my local BJs for a discount, and then entering those into our account to double dip and get the $20 giftcards that they are offering for every $1000 spent. Since we are doing a land/sea trip I could have accrued quite a few of them. In the end, I think I'm just going to do the gift cards and skip the vacation account, I'm just too worried about all of the negative stuff I've been reading about it on various websites.

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I have been able to use it for my clients with no problem! Your TA just needs your account number and to enter the payment as a gift card payment.
Thanks so much! It's frustrating that Disney doesn't seem to have their acts together with this vacation account thing, I've read that some people have had no problems with their TA's using their accounts, and then others have had nightmare problems with trying to do that.
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Thanks so much! It's frustrating that Disney doesn't seem to have their acts together with this vacation account thing, I've read that some people have had no problems with their TA's using their accounts, and then others have had nightmare problems with trying to do that.

You're welcome!
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Thank you! I agree, it's very confusing, there is so much contradictory info out there about these accounts. I had planned on buying Disney Gift Cards at my local BJs for a discount, and then entering those into our account to double dip and get the $20 giftcards that they are offering for every $1000 spent. Since we are doing a land/sea trip I could have accrued quite a few of them. In the end, I think I'm just going to do the gift cards and skip the vacation account, I'm just too worried about all of the negative stuff I've been reading about it on various websites.



Thanks so much! It's frustrating that Disney doesn't seem to have their acts together with this vacation account thing, I've read that some people have had no problems with their TA's using their accounts, and then others have had nightmare problems with trying to do that.
You're welcome and I think that's a great (and safe) saving strategy!
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