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Monday, October 19, 2009

$1 coins begin circulation at Walt Disney World today

When it comes to creating new experiences, Walt Disney World often takes the lead, even with something so simple as pocket change.
Today, Disney announced on the official Disney Blog that new $1 coins have been placed into circulation at Walt Disney World. Disney worked with the U.S. Mint to pilot new 2009 Native American dollar coins. The coin’s design is based on the theme of agriculture.
The coin features a Native American woman planting seeds in a field and the inscriptions UNITED STATE OF AMERICA and $1 on the reverse side. Disney says their participation in the circulation pilot is part of the company's continued commitment to environmentality.
"The coin is an environmentally responsible choice – it’s recyclable and lasts decades longer than paper bills," said Thomas Smith, Disney Parks Social Media Director in the blog post.
Only certain locations at Epcot and Magic Kingdom Park will be offering the coins through Dec. 13, 2009.
At Epcot's American Adventure Pavilion:
  • Liberty Inn
  • Fife and Drum
  • Heritage Manor
  • Kodak Kiosk
  • AA Carts
At the Magic Kingdom:
  • Columbia Harbor House
  • Liberty Square Market
  • Liberty Square Popcorn
  • Liberty Square Hot Dog
  • Liberty Square Turkey
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe
  • Haunted Mansion Cart
  • Heritage House
  • Yankee Trader
It will be interesting to see how well this pilot catches on. The U.S. Mint has been working for many years to get the public interested in using dollar coins (remember the Sacagawea dollar coin?). In fact, the coin being piloted at Walt Disney World is just one of a series of new dollar coins being offered this year by the U.S. Mint.


Paul Anderson said...
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Paul Anderson said...

This is wonderful news! Hopefully Disney World will use dollar coins instead of dollar bills in change in every transaction instead of treating them as a novelty or collectible as in previous efforts to circulate dollar coins.

Simply by discontinuing dollar bills, taxpayers would save over $600 million every year!


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