New Hampshire’s Story Land is the Latest Attraction to Go Cashless
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A big change is coming to Story Land, the amusement park In the White Mountains of New Hampshire "where fantasy lives."
Story Land originally opened in Glen New Hampshire in 1954 and for generations has been the destination where children walked into a fairy tale land of wonder with characters right out of their storybooks. Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, The Old Woman in a Shoe, Little Miss Muffet, and the list goes on and on.
For the 2022 season, Story Land is taking a step to make things more efficient when it comes to ticket sales and purchases in the park. Cash will no longer be accepted but guests can pay for anything at Story Land or the Living Shores Aquarium through other methods.
A lot of people have cried foul about recent changes to venues that have stopped taking cash, including Fenway Park which made the same move for the 2022 season as Story Land has.
The biggest thing that people claim is that businesses are required by law to take cash as legal tender, but it turns out that isn't true. At least according to federalreserve.gov, who knows what they're talking about:
There is no federal statute mandating that a private business, a person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law that says otherwise.
New Hampshire is not one of the states that require businesses to accept cash.
There are all sorts of ways you can pay at Story Land when you go. They accept all major credit, debit, and prepaid debit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. You can also pay using Apple Pay and Google Pay with your smartphone or smartwatch.
If you do have cash, you're not out of luck. You can transfer your cash onto a card using a kiosk and then use it anywhere in the park. If you have money left over after your day at Story Land, you can use it anywhere else that the card is accepted.
As someone who never carries cash unless he needs to get quarters for the arcade, I realize this is the way we are going. According to the website SpendMeNot.com, cash accounted for just 19% of all transactions in 2020, so like it or not, we're well on our way to a cashless society.
If you want to learn more about Story Land's new cashless system, just go to storylandnh.com/cashless
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