As I’m sure everyone is already aware of, majority of Hollywood Studios is under construction. Within a few years this place will be completely transformed with Toy Story Land and Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge (Disney confirmed name). But for now there are quite a few attractions still available, but construction scrim are all over the place.
A few weeks ago I visited this park with my family for a quick afternoon visit and hit up a few rides, checked out a few penny existing penny machines and headed back home. The very next day I received a note that a new machine was just released. What terrible timing since I had just been there. While at work I quickly checked the Disney app on my phone and was able to get a Toy Story Midway Mania Fastpass. This was the bribery I used with my daughter to have her accompany me back to the park for a very quick trip.
I barely got the words out of my mouth before my daughter was putting on her sneakers and heading out to the car. We drove over to the park, rode her original favorite ride the Tram to and from the parking lot. After getting into the park we went right back to the Toy Story ride and had a great time on it. My daughter is still trying to master the cannon style thing you use to interact with the midway games. We haven’t broken any point records yet, but it’s still fun to see how excite she gets when we are waiting in the queue and then while on the ride. I was really trying to keep this as a quick trip since Hanna had school the next day and I had work (boo). So we headed back towards the front of the park but still had one quick stop to make.
Located right on Hollywood Boulevard towards the entrance/exit to the park is a store called Celebrity 5 & 10.
Inside is your standard Disney souvenir shop. Mugs, Candy, T-Shirts, etc fill this entire place. Quick tip for the hot Florida summer days, this place (and all other gift shops) offer Free Air Conditioning. I always see people walking around the parks that look like they are about to pass out due to the heat. Make sure to take some time throughout your trip and just walk through the gift shops to cool off. I know the fancy things inside can be tempting, but make sure you keep cool. It will make your trip that much more enjoyable.
Just inside the door that would be closes to the entrance/exit of the park is where the new penny-sized token machine was located. This is another 8-design touch screen model. I’ve mentioned in the past that they do accept, cash, credit cards, and mobile payments like Apple Pay or Google Wallet. You do not get to supply your own coins, but instead the machine will press the designs on tokens.
As you can see from the above the tokens come out very similar to a penny sized pressing. They are also very shiny, but much like my stainless steel microwave, collects fingerprints very easily. The designs available at this machine include: Mickey & Pluto, Goofy, Apprentice Mickey with Fantasia Dragon, Donald with a Parrot, Pluto, Minnie with a long Boa, Chip with a Movie Clapboard, and Movie Director Mickey.
This was a nice unique set of designs that goes back to the initial theming of the Hollywood Studios park. Being a Star Wars fan I love the new coins that have been coming out, but between that and Frozen there are a lot of coins out there that seem very similar to each other. These were nice new designs that make a nice additional to the collection. It’s nice to see new machines still making their way over to Hollywood Studios. I probably wouldn’t spend as much time here if it weren’t for the machines. But that will all change when these new lands start opening up.
Click here to see my YouTube channel video on this new machine.