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 in favor of generic black RFID readers. Then in 2018, credit card chip readers were installed at resort front desks. However, for being the premier place for spending money, they’ve certainly been behind on using chip readers. We recently saw these chip readers being tested at the Art of Disney store in Disney Springs, but now it seems they’re in regular use at EPCOT.
We spotted the credit card chip reader now active at Pin Central, where we were prompted to insert and not slide the card as usual. Over at World Traveler, the credit card chip readers have also been activated. Cast Members informed us that the feature had been activated just yesterday.
If you’ve used chip readers at other on-property retail locations prior to this, 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 Cards, 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.