Walt Disney World is going to take part in a pilot program in cooperation with the US Mint to help introduce the public to $1 coins.
Details have not been released as yet, but it appears that shops and restaurants in the Liberty Square area of the Magic Kingdom will give $1 coins back in change, in lieu of dollar bills. A few locations in Epcot are also believed to be included. The test is slated to begin on October 18th.
Locations listed to be a part of the program are:
- Epcot – American Adventure, Liberty Inn, Fife and Drum, Heritage Manor, Kodak Kiosk and AA Carts
- Magic Kingdom Park – 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 and Yankee Trader
The Mint, for its part, has been trying different things to entice the public to use the dollar coins instead of a dollar bill. It started producing the recent string of golden dollars back in 2000 with the Sacagawea Dollar, which is still being made with rotating designs under the new title “Native American $1 Coins.”
Then in 2007, Presidential Dollars hit the streets. These new coins started with George Washington and feature a new former President of the United States on them four times a year. That particular program is due to end probably in 2016.
The public has been resistant to using dollar coins, but maybe with the power of Disney that will change.
Planned for next year by the Mint is the beginning of a new series of coins known as the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Many may call them Park Quarters, but since the selected sites must be nationally controlled, don’t look for a Disney Park to be a part of them!