Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth, has its own currency—the Disney banknotes. These Disney banknotes can also be used in the Disney Store, Disney Resort Hotels, other Disney theme parks, and parts of Castaway Cay, the Disney Cruise Line private island. These notes can be kept as a souvenir or exchanged for their equivalent value. For example, one Disney dollar is equivalent to one US dollar.
Disney World issued recreation coupons before 1987. These recreation coupons were non-refundable coupons that can be used instead of cash in Disney World. However, these coupons were only available to VIPs.
The Disney dollar notes were officially introduced to the public on May 5, 1987. The first Disney dollar notes—the $1 and the $5—were issued in Disneyland Park, California. The concept of Disney Dollars—and consequently Disney banknotes—is often credited to Harry Brice, a silhouette artist in Disneyland. He got his inspiration after visiting a Disney Collectors Convention, also known as Disneyana. An early prototype of the Disney Dollar was used as an advertising tool. The first two Disney Dollar notes were illustrated by Matt Mew, a creative service illustrator. These notes were printed by EPI in Michigan. The Disney dollar comes in four denominations: $1, $5, $10, and $15.The Disney dollar was discontinued on May 12, 2016.
Tokyo Disneyland introduced the Disney yen in 1988. The Disney yen comes in two denominations: the 500 yen and the 1,000 yen. All Disney banknotes feature Tinkerbell as a key element and are signed by Scrooge McDuck, who is the official treasurer of Disneyland. The Disney characters featured on the Disney banknote differ every year. The characters featured are determined by a theme. For example, the characters featured in 2000 were Mickey, Donald, and Goofy. The 2000 Disney Dollar notes also included confetti to celebrate the new millennium.