Walt Disney World (Disney characters)

Disney World confirmed this morning that it will be accepting Apple Pay starting Wednesday, Dec. 24.

Supporting Apple’s mobile payment solution by Disney’s theme park empire in time for the holidays will allow visitors who own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to use it to make contactless payments.

Apple Pay will be accepted in most Disney World stores, quick service restaurants, bars and to purchase tickets.

The company added that any locations that use portable payment terminals, such as table service restaurants, will be added later.

The system uses Disney’s existing RFID infrastructure that launched back in 2012 as part of MyMagic+. It’s designed to support other NFC-based mobile payment solutions like Google Wallet and contactless RFID credit cards.

“The Disneyland Resort is also expected to come online with Apple Pay in 2015,” the company noted.

Payment locations that accept Apple Pay and other NFC-based contactless payment services will be labeled with the EMVCo symbol, which Disney described as a series of curved lines, similar to a WiFi signal strength meter on many devices.

Disney is among early launch partners for Apple Pay, in addition to other big name companies like McDonalds, Subway, Macy’s, Walgreens, Whole Foods and many others.

Apple Pay now accounts for an ITG estimated 1.7 percent of the mobile payments market after its launch on October 20.

The U.S.-only service is thought to be expanding internationally in the coming months as Apple has formed an Apple Pay team in London as it presumably gears up to launch its mobile payments in additional countries.

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  • Byron C Mayes

    Given the very close ties between Apple and Disney (wasn’t Jobs a major shareholder in Disney as a result of the Pixar deal?), I’m only surprised that this didn’t happen sooner.

    • John

      From apple insider: Apple and Disney have a long history of close collaboration, beginning with a film distribution agreement for Toy Story — created by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s Pixar studio — in 1995. Disney then bought Pixar for $7.4 billion in 2006, granting Jobs 138 million shares of Disney stock, or 7.5 percent of the company, in the process.

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I’m at Disney world as i’m reading this! 😀

    • Jason Baroni

      Go enjoy the park, man…

    • Mike

      Google’d Apple Pay and WDW and thought they accepted it starting on the 10th, but I’ve tried it at several places several times over the course of several weeks (I’m an annual pass holder) and it hasn’t worked. I’ll be there on the 24th to try it out! This makes my wife and my’s frequent trips to Disney so convenient!

    • Jonathan

      Great. Now I know you’re not home. *breaks into home*

  • Joonyaboy

    I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy and effortless ApplePay is to use

    • Alberto Espinal

      It’s faster than cash, it’s just unbelievable, take phone out of your pocket, put your thumb in touch ID and that’s it, I was in Panera and the guy behind me said “that’s it you paid already?”

      • Mike

        My experiences exactly!!! The convenience + security is second to none!