In 2017, Walt Disney World started phasing out the old Mickey design on the MagicBand readers for merchandise, food and beverage, and front desk areas. Basically anything that a guest would be able to touch their MagicBand to for payment was replaced with an industry standard device. Then in 2018, credit card chip readers were installed at resort front desks.
However, for being the premier place for spending money, they’re certainly behind on using chip readers, but it appears they’ve finally activated the feature at the Art of Disney store in Disney Springs.
The chip readers are currently testing at the location, with the hopes of being activated at World of Disney if testing proves successful. If you’ve used chip readers at other Disney Springs locations, it’s because they’re probably third-party or non-Disney locations.
Eventually, the goal is to activate these across property and transition all points of sale to chip readers for credit card transactions, with a swipe option remaining for Disney Gift Card, Disney Visa Rewards cards, and the like.
We’ll keep you updated on the status of the chip reader activation across merchandise, resort, and food locations across property.