|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (August 2015)|
|Central bank||The Walt Disney Company|
|User(s)||Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Castaway Cay, Disney Stores|
|Pegged by||US Dollar|
|Symbol||$ or Disney $|
|Nickname||Disney Money, Mickey Dollars|
|Freq. used||1, 5, 10|
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 or a drawing of one of the landmarks of the Disneyland Resort or the Walt Disney World Resort and are accepted at the company's theme parks, the Disney cruise ships, the Disney Store and at certain parts of Castaway Cay, Disney's private island in the Caribbean.
Disney dollars come in series of A and D, the former created for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and the latter for the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. In 2005, both resorts released a $50 bill designed by Disney artist Charles Boyer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Since 2005, they also have issued T series for the Disney Stores.
Special editions are sometimes sold to Disney cast members as a form of incentive.
Disney Dollars were first used in Disneyland May 5, 1987, while Disney World parks started with Epcot on October 2. The bills originally came in $1 and $5 denominations. In 1990, Disney added a $10 bill. In 1992, Disney Stores started using the scrip. For Mickey Mouse's 65th birthday in 1993, a special one Disney Dollar is issued.
The bills are redeemable for goods or services at the Disney theme parks, the Disney cruise ships, Disney's Castaway Cay port of call and the Disney Stores, unless indications to the contrary are printed on the individual bills. However, they are not compatible with the 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.
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 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.
The concept behind the Disney dollar was mocked on The Simpsons episode "Itchy & Scratchy Land". At the episode's titular park, Homer converts $1,100 to "Itchy & Scratchy Money", advertised by the ticket-taker as similar to regular money, but "fun". When the family heads to the merchants within the park, they discover that none of them take Itchy & Scratchy Money.
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