Disney dollar

Disney dollar
Symbol $ or Disney $
 Freq. used 1, 5, 10
 Rarely used 50
Date of introduction May 5, 1987 (1987-05-05)[1]
User(s) Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Castaway Cay, Disney Stores
Central bank The Walt Disney Company
Pegged by US Dollar
This infobox shows the latest status before this currency was rendered obsolete.

Disney dollars are a form of corporate scrip sold by The Walt Disney Company and redeemable for goods or services at many Disney facilities.[2]

Similar in size, shape and design to the paper currency of the United States, most bills bear the image of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Dumbo and/or a drawing of one of the landmarks of the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort. The currency is accepted at the company's United States theme parks, the Disney cruise ships, the Disney Store and at certain parts of Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Caribbean.[3][4]

Disney dollars come in series of A and D, the former created for the Disneyland Resort in southern California and the latter for the Walt Disney World Resort in central Florida. In 2005, both resorts released a $50 bill designed by Disney artist Charles Boyer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. After 2004, they also issued T series for the Disney Stores. Special editions were sometimes sold to Disney cast members as a form of incentive.

The currency was discontinued by Disney on May 14, 2016.[1]

History [ edit ]

Disney Dollars were first used in Disneyland May 5, 1987,[5] while Walt Disney World started with the currency being used at EPCoT Center on October 2.[6] The bills originally came in $1 and $5 denominations. In 1990, Disney added a $10 bill, issued to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland.[citation needed] In 1992, Disney Stores started using the scrip. For Mickey Mouse's 65th birthday in 1993, a special $1 Disney dollar was issued.[7]

Use [ edit ]

The bills are redeemable for goods or services at the Disney theme parks,[5][6] the Disney cruise ships, Disney's Castaway Cay port of call and the Disney Stores,[7] unless indications to the contrary are printed on the individual bills. However, they are not compatible with coin machines, and must be exchanged for U.S. currency if machines are to be used. In addition, if Disney Dollars are used for purchases and change is given, the change is provided in U.S. currency.[8]

They are often kept as souvenirs or collected by Disney memorabilia fans, but at Disney resorts, they can also be exchanged back to U.S. currency.

Disney stopped distributing and printing the currency on May 14, 2016; however, they will still accept them in the future.[1]

Security features [ edit ]

Disney Dollars are created with anti-counterfeiting features such as microprinting, and hard to scan/copy reflective ink and imprinting on the front and back of the bill. In addition, the bills are printed with serial numbers and letters which are unique to each bill. The Dollars have small bits of glitter scattered on them.[9]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c Pimentel, Joseph. "Disney Dollars to be discontinued at Disneyland, Walt Disney World". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Discovering The Magic Kingdom: An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide".
  3. ^ "Using Disney Dollars - Walt Disney World Resort".
  4. ^ "Ordering Disney Dollars - Walt Disney World Resort".
  5. ^ a b Canadian Coin News, July 21, 1987, Volume 25, Number 6. Page 2.
  6. ^ a b Canadian Coin News, October 27, 1987, Volume 25, Number 13. Page 1.
  7. ^ a b Polsson, Ken (February 27, 2015). "Chronology of the Walt Disney Company 1993". Polsson's WebWorld. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  8. ^ " Using Disney Dollars".
  9. ^ " Security Features".

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