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Why I Keep My Disney Rewards Visa Card But Hardly Ever Use It

by joeheg

Sharon and I have been Disney fans for most of our lives. That being said, it should be no surprise that we 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 and use it sporadically to ensure 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

Annual Fee

The Disney Visa card has no annual fee.

Sign-Up Bonus

The Disney Visa Card offers a $150 statement credit after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening 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 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 the Walt Disney World Resort
  • 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 abysmal. If you had a different card from Chase, like the Freedom Unlimited card, you would earn a least 1.5% cashback on all purchases, so earning only 1% back is disappointing in comparison. I look back when I used a $200 credit I earned with this card for a Disney Cruise. That means I put $20,000 of charges on this card over a period of several years. I could have placed that spending 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. (Whenever they bring character experiences back.)


Darth Vader was not happy with Sharon’s photobomb

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 value some perks the card offers, and I keep it because it has no annual fee. You see, keeping cards that cost you nothing is a good thing. This is because one part of determining your credit score is your average account age. Holding a card for a long time increases your accounts’ average age (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. I’m not totally thrilled with the card design I currently have (Sharon and I both have cards on the account and I picked the design with her in mind – at the time she was a huge Tinker Bell fan).

So for me, I’m keeping 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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Don February 10, 2017 - 5:58 pm

Since most Wag pharmacists have Fidelity accounts, their Visa card rewards get turned into dollars, which Re automatically deposited into your account quarterly.

joeheg February 10, 2017 - 6:15 pm

The Fidelity Rewards Visa is another example of a card, like the Citi Double Cash, that earns 2% back on all purchases with no annual fee. It’s a solid option for those looking for a cash back card. As you mentioned, it does work best for those who already have Fidelity accounts since that is the only way to deposit your earnings.

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Jhc February 14, 2020 - 4:27 pm

Correction: At Disney Stores outside of the parks it’s a 10% discount on all purchases regardless of the amount. Our mall has a Disney store with excellent sales all the time, like 7 t-shirts and we get the discount on all of our purchases. This is the only time we use this card (except once on an AirBnb when there was a chase offer).

joeheg February 15, 2020 - 10:29 am

Thanks for catching that. I’ve corrected the post.

askmrlee (@askmrlee) February 15, 2020 - 7:05 pm

Or you can save the credit pull if you’re a Chase checking account holder by changing your debit card to a Disney Debit card and you get the character experience, Disney Store discounts and same or similar park benefits. They also offer a choice of card designs too.


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