Sharon and I have been Disney fans for most of our lives. That being said, it should be no surprise that we each have the Disney Rewards Visa credit card offered by Chase.
Back when it was introduced, you can bet I had my application in even before the card was released. In fact, my card still says Cardmember since DAY 1. It’s not the first Disney card that I’ve had in my life. As you see, I’ve had several.
I still have my account open and use it sporadically, just to make sure that Chase doesn’t close my account for inactivity. Why keep a card that I don’t use? There are several reasons:
- The card has valuable benefits for someone who visits Disney Theme Parks
- The card has no annual fee
- I’ve had the card for a long time so it helps my credit score
- I like having a Disney card
The Disney® Visa® card has no annual fee.
The Disney® Visa® Card offers a $200 statement credit if you spend $1,000 in the first 3 months after opening your account with this link.
We do receive a referral bonus if you sign up with our link, which is always appreciated.
Foreign Transaction Fee
If you use this card internationally, you will pay a 3% foreign transaction fee. It’s best to leave this card home when traveling outside the U.S. and use a card that doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee.
Earning Disney Reward Dollars
The Disney Visa Card earns Disney Reward Dollars. You’ll earn 1% in Disney Rewards Dollars on everyday card purchases.
Additional Card Benefits
- 10% savings on purchases at Disney Store or ShopDisney.com
- 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at select locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland
- Disney Character Experiences and Star Wars Character Experiences at our private Cardmember locations at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. You’ll receive downloads of your photos to mark your visit
- 10% off select dining locations most days at Disneyland and Walt Disney World
- 15% off the non-discounted price of select guided tours at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts
- Receive 15% off the non-discounted price of any salon treatment valued at $45 or greater, or any 50-minute or longer spa service most days at the spas and salons at Walt Disney World® Resort when you use your Disney Visa
- 0% promo APR for the first six months following the purchase date on select Disney vacation packages or purchase of a real estate interest, including a Member Add On, in a Disney Vacation Club Resort, provided your account is not past due on the purchase date
That’s a bunch of benefits but what are they worth and should you use the card for everyday spending?
The 1% in reward dollars on purchases is really poor. If you had a different card from Chase, like the Citi DoubleCash card, you would earn 2% cashback on all purchases, so earning only 1% back is disappointing in comparison. I look back at the time when I used a $200 credit I earned by using this card for a Disney Cruise. That means I put $20,000 of charges on this card over a period of several years. That spending could have been placed on a card that would have earned me so much more if I knew better back then. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
10% savings on Disney purchases might be a great value to you but we don’t buy many things at Disney anymore. If we do, it’s rarely over $50. YMMV.
Disney and Star Wars Character Experiences. This is a perk that can save you a bunch of time. When we went, the line for the Star Wars Experience was around 45 minutes. By showing my Disney Visa, we were escorted to a special line and waited 5 minutes before our audience with Darth Vader. I’m keeping the card for this benefit alone.
The 10% off dining overlaps with a discount that I get from my Disney Vacation Club membership and from being an Annual Passholder so I don’t get any additional value from it.
We’ve done all the Disney tours we’ve wanted to see so the 15% off the non-discounted price of tours isn’t helpful to us.
I have used the 0% interest when paying for a cruise one time since I’ve had the card.
I do value some of the perks the card offers and I end up keeping it because it has no annual fee. You see, keeping cards that cost you nothing can be a good thing. This is because one of the things that go into determining your credit score is your average account age. Holding a card for a long time increases the average age of your accounts (and when getting started in this hobby, you can open several cards quickly. If you have a thin credit history, that average account age can drop fast). I’ve had this card since 2003 and have no intention of getting rid of it.
Finally, I really do like having a Disney Credit Card. It’s something I think I’ve had as long as I’ve had credit. Now, I’m not totally thrilled of the card design I currently have (Sharon and I both have cards on the account and I picked the design with her in mind – she was a huge Tinker Bell fan at the time). I don’t use it much so it’s fine. I have a Tinker Bell card. I’m totally OK with that.
So for me, I’m going to keep my no annual fee Disney card with Tinker Bell on it. If you’re a Disney fan, it’s a worthwhile thing to think about…it’s just not a great card to put spending on.
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