Are These Credit Cards Essential when Planning a Trip to Disney?

There are lots of ways to save money on your next Disney vacation, whether it’s using existing memberships like AAA or Disney Vacation Club, your status as an Annual Passholder, or Disney-offered discounts and specials. Today though, we’re going to take a look at the perks of credit cards.

Cinderella Castle

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Checking out a new credit card offer can be a complicated process, and though there are many that offer you some good Disney perks, you’ll want to be aware of your options and the pros and cons of each choice, too.

The good news is, we’re here to help with a comparison of a few of the options you’ll face when picking out a credit card that can enhance your Disney vacation.

Here’s a breakdown of the benefits of different credit cards when it comes to your Disney trip!

Disney Visa Cards

First off, we’re going to talk about the official Disney Visa Cards. These cards are branded with Disney and Visa and are presented by Chase bank. These are pretty common choices for the Disney-goer, and it’s easy to see why.

©Disney Visa

Benefits of both levels of the Disney Visa Card include:

  • No limit on Disney Rewards Dollars and no block-out dates
  • Rewards redeemable at Disney Parks and Resorts, on Disney Cruise Line, on Disney Movies, and at the Disney Store
  • Disney Cardmember Perks
    • Special Disney Vacation Financing
    • Disney Cruise Line Savings
    • 10% on Shopping and Dining
    • Character Experience Exclusives
    • Cardmember Events
Mickey Mouse

Disney Premier Visa Card from Chase

Now the two levels of the card also have some different perks and fees. The higher level card is the Disney Premier Visa Card and comes with an annual fee but more rewards!

Darth Vader Visa ©Disney Visa

The details on the Disney Premier Visa Card include:

    • $49 annual fee
    • $200 Statement Credit after spending $500 within three months of opening your account
    • 2% Disney Rewards Dollars at gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants, and Disney locations
    • 1% Disney Rewards Dollars on all other purchases
    • Rewards are also redeemable on Airline Travel
Spaceship Earth

Disney Visa Card from Chase

The lower level comes with the major benefit (especially for those who are trying to keep their bills to a minimum) of no annual fee. On the other hand, you’ll receive fewer rewards than with the Premier level.

Yoda Visa ©Disney Visa

The details on the Disney Visa Card include:

    • No annual fee
    • $50 statement credit after first purchase
    • 1% Disney Rewards Dollars on all card purchases
Tree of Life

Non-Disney Cards

Even though Disney cards might be the obvious choice when headed on your Disney trip, there are some non-Disney cards that have some pretty good benefits, too. The bonus? You don’t have to limit the rewards to Disney offerings.

Hollywood Studios

We’re going to take a look at a few cards that have some pretty good travel offerings in general. That way, you can get a good idea for more of your options!

Sleeping Beauty Caslte

Chase Freedom Unlimited

Chase actually has a few cards that work pretty well for travel expenses (including Disney). For instance, the Chase Freedom Unlimited card allows you to earn cashback on all purchases and apply that cash to any new purchases.

Germany Pavilion

The details on the Chase Freedom Unlimited card include:

      • 0% APR
      • $150 statement credit with account opening
      • 1.5% cashback on all purchases
      • Cash Back Rewards never expire
China Pavilion

So, book your Disney trip in advance with this card, and you’d have 1.5% of your spendings back in your pocket for use when you make it to your vacation day!


Chase Sapphire Preferred

Another Chase card is the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. This option is going to cost a little more in fees, but it comes with some major rewards. So, if the fees are manageable, it could be an option.

Japan Pavilion

The details on the Chase Sapphire Preferred card include:

      • $550 APR
      • 60,000 bonus points when you spend $4,000 in the first three months of account opening
      • 2 points per dollar spent on travel or dining, 1 point on all other purchases.
      • 25 percent more value on travel purchases booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards.
      • 1:1 point transfer to 13 hotel and airline reward program partners.
Norway Pavilion

As you can see from the info, this card is seriously geared toward getting rewards on travel expenses. Disney vacations are travel (and hello, dining rewards!), so this card will bring in some big rewards.

World Showcase

Capital One Venture Credit Card

Capital One offers a travel option as well called the Capital One Venture Credit Card. This one will run you less in fees than the Chase Sapphire Preferred, but more than many of the other cards on this list.

Orlando International Airport Magic of Disney Store

The details on the Capital One Venture Credit Card include:

      • 0% APR for 1 year $95 afterward
      • 50,000 miles when you spend $3,000 in first 3 months after opening your account
      • 2X miles on every purchase, everyday
      • $100 application fee for TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry
      • Travel Loyalty Programs Transfer, No blackout dates
      • Miles don’t expire, no limits
Orlando International Airport

This card has less general rewards with most of them focused on airline travel. Still, if you usually fly to Disney, the rewards can definitely raise your eyebrows.


What’s the Best Option?

So, what’s the best option? Well, we can’t really answer that question for you since we don’t know your means or needs, but we can give some general advice.

Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure

If you’re a Disney buff who loves the parks more than anything else, we say swing for one of the Disney Visa options. These cards are the only ones that offer uniquely Disney rewards like exclusive experiences that you won’t get any other way.


If you’re a big traveler in general, you might opt for one of the non-Disney Chase card options. These have the best general rewards and could really help you save as you explore the world (including Disney destinations).

Disney’s Aulani Resort ©Disney

And lastly, we say that Capital One card is for the frequent flier. If you spend much of your time on an airplane, headed to Disney or anywhere else, this card may be the one for you.

Soarin' Around the World Queue
Soarin’ Around the World entrance queue 

Now, it is important to remember that many of these cards do have the added fees, and keeping up with a credit card can often be more to handle than it seems. There’s nothing wrong with doing Disney without opening a new credit line, and in many cases, we recommend it!

Disney Cruise Line Disney Wish ©Disney

On top of that, we certainly haven’t looked into all of the good card options that are offered for travelers. Plus, many credit companies have special offers for students, seniors, and etc. So, do your research! We may have missed the card that’s best for you.

Tokyo Disneyland Expansions and Additions Concept Art ©Disney

Is there are credit card you prefer to use during your Disney trips? Tell us in the comments! 

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