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Walt Disney World to test a cash-less resort payment system

Walt Disney World to test a cash-less resort payment system

Coming soon, Walt Disney World will test a cash-less resort program at one of it’s Deluxe resorts during a limited-time pilot program.

Beginning February 12, 2018 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House will be the first resort to test a system that will not allow guests to make purchases with cash.  Only electronic payments will be received at this resort during the test.

You will be allowed to make payment at the resort, gift shops and dining locations by using only the following methods:  MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay or Google Pay.

Guests will still be allowed to tip for service using cash.  No cutoff date has been announced for the test period at this time.

What do you think of this test program?

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Friday 9th of March 2018

Horrible idea- I’m here now and it is making me mad. Doesn’t not accepting the American dollar devalue it?


Thursday 22nd of February 2018

My Disney trips are a mix of cash (small purchase, tips), gift cards (QS meals) and credit cards (big stuff because I don’t want to take big amounts of cash) but I would not want to be forced into going cashless for everything. First because it is my choice how I pay, second because I recently had a minor bad incident with Disney tacking a charge on my card without notifying me first which makes me not want them to have access to my card anymore than necessary and I had my card stolen from an online site unrelated to Disney which had me without my card for several days. Imagine that on a vacation where all you have is a card that is now no longer valid. How do you pay for the rest of your meals, souvneiers etc in that situation if cash is no good? Cash can’t get hacked and if you are responsible, it won’t get lost either. Saying a card, credit or debit, can just be replaced over simplifies because they will mail it to your home, not your hotel. Nor do I want to come home to a big credit card bill or waste time sitting in TS restaurants waiting for the bill, waiting for them to come get my card, waiting for them to return with endless slips to sign and then finally getting out. I hand them cash and get gone. No, I do not want to be bullied into charging and if my upcoming stay was at AKL, I would be swithcing hotels asap.


Saturday 20th of January 2018

I think people should have a choice on how they pay, I think restricting people to only electronic payment is a downward move. That said, I rarely use cash..the only annoyance I can see is small purchases, soda, candy a beer..etc...sometimes you just want to use cash.


Thursday 18th of January 2018

The chances of us ever having cash is pretty rare except for rummage or garage sales. I just don't see the problem here. When you lose your cash, it's gone. If you lose your debit or credit card you can call to have it replaced. Carrying a lot of cash in the Orlando area is definately NOT a good idea. I know, I live in Central Florida.

Debbie Coleman

Wednesday 17th of January 2018

Not a fan !!! I bring a cash allotment for each day and do not spend over that Much harder to track using a credit card I want to come home and have no bills from my trips/vacations

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