Fact Check

Is Walt Disney Replacing Ben Franklin on the $100 Bill?

According to a report, the bill change was happening "in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the inception of The Walt Disney Company."

Published Jan 24, 2023

American film producer and studio executive Walt Disney (1901-1966) stands with a group of boys and others as they wait for a parade on Main Street, USA at Disneyland in Anaheim, California in August 1962. (Photo by Tom Nebbia/Corbis via Getty Images) (Tom Nebbia/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Claim:
Walt Disney is replacing Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill.

On Jan. 21, 2023, the Disney Dining fan blog published an article with the headline, "Walt Disney to Replace Benjamin Franklin on the $100 Bill: Report." Readers asked us by email if this was really happening, with Google users searching for the phrase, "Walt Disney 100 dollar bill."

However, this story cited reporting from Mouse Trap News, which is a website that publishes Disney-themed satire for fun. In other words, this rumor isn't true.

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The story from Disney Dining began by saying that the change to the $100 bill was supposedly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company, which was founded on Oct. 16, 1923.

The article began, "In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the inception of The Walt Disney Company, the image of Walter Elias Disney will reportedly be printed on U.S. currency through June 2024."

As previously mentioned, the blog linked to a story on the satirical website known as Mouse Trap News. That original article had been published months earlier on Oct. 20, 2022. The headline was, "Walt Disney Taking Over The $100 Bill In 2023."

The satirical story began as follows:

It was just announced that Walt Disney will be taking over the $100 bill in 2023. The Walt Disney Company will be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2023. Disney will be selling special merchandise, decorating their theme parks, and apparently take over U.S. currency as a way to celebrate this platinum milestone.

It is no surprise Walt Disney is being honored by having his face put on $100 bills. After all, he started one of the most successful companies in America, which continues to grow and thrive every year. As mentioned in The Carousel of Progress, Walt was as American as anyone could possibly be. He stood for everything America and progress and building towards a brighter future. The U.S. could not have picked a better person to be featured on the $100 bill.

On the Mouse Trap News website, the About page features a disclaimer that says "anything you read here is not true, real, or accurate, but it is fun":

Mouse Trap News is the world's best satire site. We write fake stories about Disney Parks stuff. From Disney Park announcements to Disney Hotel and resort news to made up Disney partnerships, you can be assured that anything you read here is not true, real, or accurate, but it is fun. So technically our slogan The Moused Trusted Name in Disney News isn't true, but we thought it was creative and funny, so we are running with it.

Mouse Trap News was created on a whim to have some fun and write stories about Disney we wish were true. Some Disney sites write deceptive stories for clicks. We write 100% made up stories for your enjoyment. We also hope that Disney sees how much people like some of our stories and decide to actually make one of our stories a reality!

While you read our articles, be sure to keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the vehicle at all times and remember these are strictly fictional for your enjoyment. Please share any articles you enjoy reading with your Disney friends and on social media to help us grow and continue to put out fun articles

A TikTok video published by Mouse Trap News showed a picture of Walt Disney's image on a $100 bill, which may have fooled some readers into thinking it was really happening.

We previously published other fact checks about other satirical stories from Mouse Trap News. For example, one of the more popular stories that readers asked us about said that a man lost his hands while riding Space Mountain, and that from that point forward the lights would remain permanently on for the indoor roller coaster. The good news for Disney parks guests was that this was just another bit of fun satire. 

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

Sources

Burkett, Becky. Walt Disney to Replace Benjamin Franklin on the $100 Bill: Report - Disney Dining. 21 Jan. 2023, https://www.disneydining.com/walt-disney-100-bill-bb1/.

Liles, Jordan. "Did a Man Lose His Hands on Space Mountain?" Snopes, 9 Jan. 2023, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/man-loses-hands-on-space-mountain/.

---. "Did Disney File a Patent for Roller Coaster That Jumps Tracks?" Snopes, 17 Nov. 2022, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/disney-coaster-jumps-track/.

@mousetrapnews. "This Is INSANE News! Walt Disney Is Perfect for the $100 Bill!" TikTok, 20 Oct. 2022, https://www.tiktok.com/@mousetrapnews/video/7156763932693155114.

"Walt Disney Company Is Founded." History.com, https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/walt-disney-company-founded.

"Walt Disney Taking Over The $100 Bill In 2023." Mouse Trap News, 20 Oct. 2022, https://mousetrapnews.com/walt-disney-taking-over-the-100-bill-in-2023/.

Jordan Liles is a Snopes reporter with expertise in investigating misinformation, inauthentic social media activity, and scams.

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