Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is famous for their unique atmosphere complete with an African Savana and real, live animals and their delicious African dining, but the lodge is now going to be known for something else. Animal Kingdom Lodge will begin testing out a cashless system at their Jambo House section.
The pilot program will start on February 12th, and there is no end date announced.
Guests will only be able to use MagicBands, credit cards, debit cards, Disney Gift Cards, Disney Rewards Redemption Cards, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay to pay for food, beverages, and merchandise purchases.
Jambo House will still accept cash for gratuities for bell services, valets, bartenders, and wait staff, and guests can deposit cash at the front desk to activate charging privileges on their MagicBands.
If you have existing reservations, Disney will notify you of the change. If you planned to pay cash and don’t have access to one of the other methods of payment, talk to a Cast Member for assistance. If you need cash and don’t have any, there will still be an ATM in the lobby of the resort.
Jambo House will be the only area of Animal Kingdom Lodge affect, and No other Disney resort hotels will be changed at this time. However, if this test goes well Disney might roll it out to other resort hotels.