We’re delving into the Disney Food Blog mailbag today for another reader question. You guys ask some thoughtful things, and we figure if one person is asking about it, a lot of others may be looking for the answer as well!
Today, our question is all about giving the gift of good food!
Our reader asks:
How do I purchase a gift card for dining for my sister and brother-in-law when they go to Disney World?
What a completely amazing gift to give somebody! Just imagine, having a meal at your favorite Disney Signature restaurant, and it’s paid for in full! Awesome!
There are actually a couple of different ways that you can pay for someone’s meal at Walt Disney World. Let’s talk about both.
Purchasing Disney Gift Cards for Dining (And Everything Else)
If you’re looking to treat someone to a special dining experience — or to at least pick up the tab — the easiest way is to purchase a Disney Gift Card.
These versatile little tools are very handy when it comes to paying for things within the Disney Universe. You can use them just about anywhere within Disney — including most Disney restaurants.
There are exclusions, however. For instance, Disney gift cards are not accepted at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, and you can only use them for Disney locations in the U.S. Be sure to inquire before assuming that they’ll be an acceptable form of payment at the spot that your loved ones plan to dine.
Our suggestion? Find out where your sister is planning to book an advance dining reservation, check out the menu, and then purchase and load your gift card accordingly for what you think they might spend.
Gift cards come in a wide array of styles, so you can find just the right one to commemorate the special occasion. If you order them online, they can be loaded with amounts ranging from $25 to $500. Purchase them at a store or within Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, and they can be loaded and reloaded with amounts of $5 to $1000. You can even personalize your gift card with your own photo!
Paying in Advance for Dinner
We have also heard from several readers (Thanks, Readers!) that you should actually be able to pre-pay for someone’s meal by calling the Disney restaurant directly where they are dining, ahead of time, and giving them your credit card information. While this has been known to work at various Disney Signature restaurants, we don’t have an official word from Disney on it. Be aware that it may work for you, however.
Do you think gifting someone with a meal at their favorite Disney restaurant is a terrific way to celebrate their special occasion? Leave a comment and let us know!