We’ve spent some time in the reopened Disney World parks and we’re working hard to try to get answers to all of your big questions.
With contactless pay and Mobile Order being SO encouraged in a reopened Disney World, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether your cash will do you any good. These touchless methods are a big part of the measures to limit person-to-person contact, but CAN we still pay with cash if we NEED to or WANT to?
In short, the answer is yes. If you end up without a method of payment other than your dolla dolla billz, you’ll be a-ok. Disney is definitely still accepting cash, but that doesn’t change the fact that contactless payment is heavily encouraged.
For instance, we’ve checked out a TON of quick-service restaurants in the reopened parks and most of these HEAVILY encourage Mobile Order — to the point that you may get the feeling that you won’t be able to dine there if all you have is cash. When you arrive at a quick-service spot, you’ll likely see plenty of signage encouraging Mobile Order and a Cast Member stationed outside who will only let guests into the restaurant once their order is ready.
Now, if you DO want to pay with cash, you can talk to that Cast Member. If you have a specific allergy, no smartphone, or need to pay with cash, you can go in and head up to the counter. The same applies to guests looking for just a cup of free ice water (those are still totally available, guys!). So, it’s still an option even if it is heavily discouraged. Just ask a Cast Member if you’d prefer to pay with cash and they will help you.
In merchandise locations, things are a little less regulated. When you get up to the cash register, you’ll likely notice plexiglass barriers and signage encouraging the use of contactless pay. But you CAN still use cash. No one will give you any dirty looks if you pull out a $20 to pay for that Minnie keychain your little one just HAS to have.
So, yes, cash is still very much a thing in Disney World. We’ve seen plenty of guests pay with cash and we still get asked if we’re paying with cash or card from time to time. Keep in mind that contactless options are encouraged to protect you, other guests, and the Cast Members, so if you can go contactless — Disney really wants you to. If you can’t, don’t worry! Your dollar is just as good in Disney as it’s always been.
Have any more BIG (or little!) questions about the reopened parks? Ask them in the comments!