My family got back from a Wedding in October that was held at the Grand Floridian hotel on Walt Disney World properly in Florida. We took the opportunity to extend this trip into a week-long vacation. As you can probably imagine I took every opportunity I could to visit the parks and collect some pressed coins. Mostly I was updating my picture collection of the machines, also updating some coins that I had collected years ago and were in need of a fresh pressing. I’ll go over all of my adventures in some upcoming posts, but for now I wanted to review some of the new machines that were recently made available. First up let’s check out the Magic Kingdom.
We visited the Magic Kingdom twice on this visit, and one of those times was to attend the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Above is the Castle all lit up for the party.
Back on our non-party visit we started bright and early with Splash Mountain. I’m sure most of you know about this ride whether you love it or hate it the adventures of Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear and Br’er Fox is definitely a classic.
This is not usually a ride I enjoy as the stomach in my throat feeling is not my favorite sensation. But this year my daughter Hanna was old enough and wanted to try it out so I obliged. I’ll spare her the embarrassment of posting our ride photo here but needless to say she wasn’t a fan this time around. Once your ride is over you walk by the Splashdown Photo Preview area where you can get a glimpse of your ride photo. While we waited for our photo to show up I took the opportunity to use the penny machine located right next to the preview screens.
On a side note for those of you that don’t want to ride Splash Mountain you can still access this machine. You just have to walk back through the gift shop and will find it near the large crowd looking at their ride pictures.
Earlier this year this machine had one of the 2016 yearly design pennies available, but recently this coin has been removed. The above designs are what you will find there for now: Mickey/Pluto/Donald/Goofy riding Splash Mountain, Minnie splashing water on Mickey, and Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox, and Br’er Bear riding Splash Mountain.
Now you remember me just talking about a gift shop? That’s right what Disney ride would be complete without forcing you to exit through a gift shop full of wonderful souvenirs you just can’t live without. In my case this wasn’t a t-shirt or snow globe but instead a new 8-Design penny machine.
I was amazed at how many of these new touch screen machines there were throughout all the parks. The price has gone up a bit, and you can’t supply your own pennies but I still think the tokens these machines use are pretty nice and make for a nice finished product.
The pressed coins here were of Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland Mickey/Donald/Goofy, Splash Mountain Donald/Goofy/Pluto/Mickey, Br’er Bear, Br’er Rabbit, Mickey & Goofy riding Splash Mountain, Br’er Fox, and Mr. Bluebird. When you exit the gift shop with your pocket jingling with new pressed coins there is a large set of restrooms nearby and just a short walk back towards the entrance to Splash Mountain takes you underneath the Frontierland Railroad Station.
On this trip was the first time I was actually able to use this machine as it always seems to be broken for some reason. I always loved this machine’s cabinet design.
The designs are sticking with our friends in the briar patch: Br’er Vulture, Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Bear. With our clothes soaking wet we met up with the rest of our family to see where we were off to next. Check back often as there are many more pressed penny machines to visit.