Electronic Only Payment Program Will be Tested at Walt Disney World

We have more interesting news with possible changes coming to Walt Disney World.  Disney has confirmed that they will test a new program that will allow guests to only pay with electronic currency.  The first phase of the program is set to take place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The test will run from February 12th, 2018 through March 30th, 2018.  During the test of this program, no cash will be used for payments throughout the resort.  Guests will be able to use their credit, debit and Disney gift cards.  They will also be able to use their MagicBands as well as other electronic payments like Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.  We don’t know at this time if other resorts will also go through the test program or if it will just be limited to Animal Kingdom Lodge.


For guests that want to use cash when they travel, they can still do so.  They will just have to make a deposit with their cast at the front desk and then the funds will be added to their account.  They can then use those funds on purchases via their MagicBands.  Guests will still be able to use cash for tips at the restaurant locations, bell stand, etc.

What do you all think of this new program?  Do you prefer electronic or cash purchases when you travel?

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!