This has been a busy weekend. Saturday night I was getting myself prepared for a Epcot’s 35th anniversary the following day, hoping the crowds would be light, but knowing deep down they would be crazy. During my prep for what march I wanted to pick up, or what ride I wanted to visit for nostalgia purposes when I suddenly got notification of not just one but two new penny machines. It’s been a slow few weeks with no new pressed coins being released so when I found out about these new designs I hopped in my car to press some pennies.
My destination was the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. When I showed up at the resort it was early evening but the Florida sky had opened up and was raining down some of the biggest drops I’ve ever seen. I parked in the guest lot right outside the main lobby building, and once inside headed towards the registration area.
On the opposite wall from where you would check-in as a guest of the resort (and also next to the bell service desk) was the first machine.
This was a three design electric machine with images of Princes Tiana, Prince Naveen, and Ray the Firefly. After pressing my set I walked across the lobby, past the water fountain and towards the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory (cafeteria).
As mentioned above this is the main cafeteria / food court for this resort. It’s always a busy place, and the smell of beignets floating through the air is intoxicating. Just as you enter this area the second penny machine is just around the corner.
To change things up a bit this is a four design hand crank machine. The set available here is a continuation of the set I had just collected.
The designs are of Princess Tiana, Tiana & Naveen as Frogs, Louis the Alligator, and a couple Mardi Gras Masks. I really enjoyed these new Princess and the Frog pennies as this is a movie that I think is a little underrated. Being released back in 2009 right in the middle of all the fancy CG Pixar movies, this was a refreshing change back to my childhood and the old hand drawn animation.
As I sit here thinking about any other coins from this movie there is only one that comes to mind from Castle Couture in the Magic Kingdom of Tiana. It’s about time some more designs showed up for this entertaining movie. Before leaving I fell for the siren song of beignets and picket up a few for the road. My Princess and the Frog experience was complete for tonight with mouth full of powdered sugar.
Click here to see my YouTube channel video on these new designs.