As many of you might know, for much of Disneyland's life, the Town Square Bank was the home of a real live bank...the Bank Of America, Disneyland Branch!
This was a real working bank and branch of the Bank of America empire (same bank that also provided most of the loans for Walt's movies and Disneyland). The full range of bank services was available to the public and to Bank of America customers.
With one noticeable exception: Only Disneyland Cast Members and Lessees (or their family members) could actually open an account at that branch. Though if you later left Park employment you could keep your account there if you wished.
If you were lucky enough to be able to have your checking account at the Disneyland Branch...you could also enjoy a very special perk: Disneyland checks!
So what's the big deal some of you may ask today? Well, back then there were no vanity checks. Checks just came in a small sampling of boring colors and patterns. Photo image checks simply were not common or even seen in personal checks like they are today.
So when you presented one of these colorful checks to a merchant, you not only got oohs and aahs from it being from Disneyland...but most had never even seen a photo check like that before. Many merchants actually hesitated to accept them as they weren't sure they were legit!
Anyway, I just came across a few unused pads of mine in the vaults of the Opus Archives, and thought I would share it with you.
And here's a shot of the outside of the Bank of America, Disneyland Branch:
Also, in case you might be wondering, later after Walt Disney World opened, they had similar but with Sun Bank of Florida (banks were restricted largely to operations in only one state back in those days, so B of A couldn't operate in Florida back then) at their Town Square branch called the "Main Street Office-Walt Disney World." And here's some checks of mine from that long-ago era as well:
I'm not sure if you had to be a Cast Member or Lessee with Florida's version, however. Just don't recall that.
It was great fun banking at those branches. Wish some other financial institution would come back and sponsor and operate a full service branch in the Parks again.
And to answer the inevitable question...NO...having an account at either of these branches did not entitle you to admission to the Park for purposes of doing some banking!