BACKSTORY (July 17, 1955—Present): When the park opened, Disneyland actually had a functioning bank on Main Street, operated by The Bank of America. Walt located an original bank vault, circa 1904, and had it installed inside. Guests at Disneyland could purchase special souvenir money orders with a picture of the Disneyland Branch of BOA. Daveland reader Cox Pilot remembers: “All the employees (not Cast Members in those days) were allowed to cash their checks at the B of A, regardless of having an account or not. It was really nice to have an old style home town bank you could really use, not just a false front.”
By 1993, ATM’s removed the necessity of a bank at Disneyland, and this location became The Bank of Main Street, a name that required special permission from the state banking commission since it no longer operated as bank. Mainly, it was used as the Annual Pass Center until it was converted into the Disney Gallery in September 2009, serving as a replacement for the Disney Gallery that formerly was located in New Orleans Square.
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