Fans Reminisce About Rare Disney Currency

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You might have heard of collecting items such as pins, Mickey ears, or Minnie ear headbands at the Disney Parks, but what about money? Did you know that before 2016, there was a special kind of currency you could use at the Parks, called Disney Dollars? With Disney Dollars, you could buy food, merchandise, and other items around the Parks.

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A recent Reddit thread posted by user Ordinary-Bee-6351 asked if others had heard of a certain currency that is no longer given out at Disney Parks:

Has anyone ever heard of or have “Disney Dollars?” Just received these from someone and haven’t researched yet, but figured worth a shot asking on here if anyone knew information about what these are for and if they have any monetary value.

Donald and Minnie Disney Dollars
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One commenter, Mr_Weeble, gave an explanation for what this currency is:

Disney Dollars were a form of currency accepted in Disney Parks and stores. They used to give them out as part of packages (e.g. 7 nights + $200 spending for so much money) or you could buy them to give as gift or as souveneers. Now Gift Cards are used instead

They will still accept them at face value, however I believe that if you ebay them you will get more due to their collectability

Another user, blausueoath, explained that they had used one this year at the Park:

We used one that was accepted in HS in June 🙂 the cast member at the register hadn’t seen one before, but called her manager over and he said he hadn’t seen one in years but accepted it for part of our purchase 🙂

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Other commenters shared stories about how they could get and use them when they were kids, and how the Parks and the Disney Stores would accept them as currency. Some commenters explained that there is an active collector’s market for these as well.

According to D23, this special form of currency began to be offered at the Disney Parks on May 5, 1987, with equivalent value to U.S. currency. Mickey Mouse was on the $1 bill, and Goofy was on the $5 bill. Additionally, Minnie Mouse was added to the $10 bill on November 20, 1989, and Mickey Mouse was added to the $50 bill on July 17, 2005, for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. However, the sale of Disney Dollars ended on May 14, 2016.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in their special outfits for the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company
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Additionally, the FAQ page on Disney World’s website confirms this:

Disney Dollars are accepted at the following Walt Disney World Resort locations:

  • Ticketing locations
  • Food and beverage venues
  • Merchandise locations
  • Recreation areas
  • Your Disney Resort hotel Front Desk
  • Your Disney Resort hotel concierge
  • Guest Relations at Disney theme parks and water parks

Disney Dollars Are No Longer Available for Purchase

While Disney Dollars are no longer available to purchase, Guests may continue to use previously purchased Disney Dollars at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort and select Disney Store locations in the United States.

Have you ever heard of or used Disney Dollars before?

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