James Trexen

Published: August 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Man, I forgot there even was a Disney dollar! It was like regular money, but err fun. Too bad no one accepted mine. :(
Robert Niles

Published: August 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

The transition to a mostly cashless society eliminated demand for Disney Dollars, but some remain in circulation and, as Jack alluded, many are sitting around in drawers out there -- free loans to the Walt Disney Company.

There's a great story in the book about Jack negotiating with American Express to become the first credit card accepted in Disney theme parks -- around 1980 or so. People forget that for its first 25 years or so, Disneyland was an all-cash operation. (As was Walt Disney World for its first decade.)

Themed currency still has its fans, though. I know I've heard several people know wish that Universal would do something similar in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, creating Wizarding Galleons for use in Universal theme parks.

Kelly Muggleton

Published: August 8, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Mr Lindquist is to blame for the $70 or so worth of Disney Dollars that I have sitting in my collection!
I buy a few every time there's a new version (if I make it to the parks), a $1, $5 and a $10 is actually a pretty reasonable souvenir.
Money for nothing as Dire Straits would say.

This is a great interview of a real pioneer in the industry. Hoping to buy the book!

Published: August 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I loved the New year's Eve parties at Disneyland!! That was my father's brithday and when I had enough allowance saved upped I would put that aside to buy us al tickets for his brithday to go there. I remember buying the tickets at Sears. My parents weren't much for crowds or theme parks but with the limited attendance for New Year's Eve they enjoyed going to the park.
As for Disney Dollars, I have a few sitting in my drawer at home and I will probably keep them. My husband's family visited Calif. about 6 years ago and we gave their daughters Disnay Dollars to spend at the park; it was their 1st and only trip to a Disney park adn they loved it.
Thank You Mr. Lindquist