I am a lover of all things Disney, when I signed up for the Disney Visa Card my hubby wasn't thrilled as he said Disney would just find more ways to get my money through marketing to me via "card benefits". Well, I guess he was right because not too long ago I received a "card benefit" to sign up for the Disney Movie Club to receive 5 movies for only $1 and I did it.
When you search to find more information on the Disney Movie Club you get hit with a lot of negative reviews, more on that later. First I want to share my experience thus far with the program and explain how it works (and why people are angry).
The sign up deal I received from being a Disney Visa Card holder was as follows; 5 movies for $1 with free shipping and a FREE LIGHTNING MCQUEEN FLEECE BLANKET. I also ended up receiving a FREE lithograph from the movie, The Good Dinosaur. If you aren't a cardholder, I can get you a deal through the refer a friend program. Sign up through me and not only will I be gifted 2 FREE MOVIES but you will receive 5 movies for $5. Then, once you sign up you can refer your friends and receive free movies too.
This almost sounds too good to be true right? Like, there's gotta be a catch, right? There sort of is, when you sign up for the Disney Movie Club you get your initial movies for the deal presented to you and then you need to purchase 4 movies over the next two years at full price through the Club. For DMC (Disney Movie Club) purposes, "full price" is any DVD or Blu-Ray priced at $19.99 or above. This is the "commitment" you agree to when signing up and it really isn't even that big of a commitment. If you think it is feasible that you would purchase 4 Disney movies in the next two years, this commitment is easy to obtain.
What happens if you don't fulfill your commitment? The card you provided when signing up will be charged full price of your initial order. The DMC makes it REALLY easy to meet your commitment (and this is where a lot of the complaints come in) because each month they offer a "Featured Title" and this "Featured Title" will be sent to you unless you actively DECLINE the title. You'll see online complaints of people saying DMC sent them a movie they didn't order or didn't like or that they charged their card without authorization for a purchase they didn't make.
DMC makes it abundantly clear that you will be charged for the "Featured Title" unless you decline it. How do you decline it? Super simple, log into your DMC account each month, then click "respond" and then click "decline". They send you an email telling you what the "Feature Title" is and tell you the date you need to respond by and they also send you a reminder snail mail and tell you the date you need to respond by. They aren't trying to pull one over on you. I've held off on posting my review just to make sure there was not an issue with me declining February's "Featured Title" and to the surprise of no one, there wasn't.
The Club offers DVDs and Blu-Rays for most features, I say most because the few Disney Jr. selections I've made have defaulted to DVD, but mostly there are Blu-Rays available and when selecting your original 5 titles picking Blu-Rays will definitely get you the most bang for your buck. What kind of movies can you get?
If you or your children love the Cars trilogy you can select all three movies and have two picks left. How about Toy Story? Go ahead and add one, two and three, for good measure add on the Halloween feature, Toy Story of Terror and Toy Story That Time Forgot! Have a little princess in your life? Select both the cartoon and live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast plus Tangled, live-action Cinderella and a Sofia the First feature for good measure. They have Marvel features and even non-Disney movies too!
An added perk to the perk of the Disney Movie Club? Disney Movie Rewards. This program gives you points for (almost) every film you purchase via the Disney Movie Club. These points then translate to merchandise, gift cards and even more movies. You also get points for purchasing movie tickets and bonus items when purchasing certain features. Recently they offered a special that gave you a free Disney Jr. DVD when you purchased Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember.
This is where you can get yourself into some trouble though because Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember is not $19.99 or more and it would not count towards the commitment. It is important to keep that in mind when making purchases because suddenly you can have purchased upwards of 10 titles yet none of them counted due to their price.
Do I like being a part of the Disney Movie Club and Disney Movie Reward program? Yes. Will I continue it after I fulfill my commitment? Most likely no and I will say it is mostly due to the monthly "Featured Title", that is NOT something you want to forget. I have heard though that once you leave the club you are able to rejoin to get the promotional movies when signing up. I have not ended my membership yet so therefore I have not tried this out for myself, but if/when I do, I will let you know how it goes!
Until then though, I have had a very positive experience with the Disney Movie Club and I think the poor reviews are unwarranted. So far I've purchased 1 movie toward my commitment and I've declined two "Featured Titles".