Report: Disney World to test electronic-only payments at resorts

Disney World is reportedly changing the way they receive payments at one their resorts. According to WDWMagic, Disney World will begin accepting only electronic payments at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House starting on February 12th, 2018.

Based on the report, the Disney World resort will only allow electronic forms of payment, including credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, Magic Bands, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay. Cash, as well as any old Disney Dollars you may still have lying around the house, won’t be accepted. However, you may still use cash to tip for various services.

The transition is currently being labeled as a “pilot” of cash-less transactions, but one has to imagine that the shift will soon become permanent across the many Disney World resorts barring an uproar of guest complaints.

How will this change affect guests? Realistically, most resort guests already use the convenient method of charging everything to their room with their Magic Band. Visitors who aren’t staying at the resorts, or older and international travelers who may feel more comfortable with cash, will likely feel the impact of this change the hardest.

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