Flashback to 2014 when Disney released a new animated movie called Big Hero 6. It is not one of my favorite movies, but the story is interesting and who doesn’t like Baymax. That same year there was a set of pressed pennies placed in the Magic of Disney Animation building at the Hollywood Studios theme park.
I remember years ago there used to be a show where an animator would walk the audience through how to draw certain Disney characters. At the end of each show there was one lucky audience member that would get the drawing from the animator, but I was just never that lucky. More recently this was a meet and greet area where at one point you could meet Baymax and Hiro from Big Hero 6.
Near this meet location was where the original penny press machine was located in a nice wood grace cabinet.
A short time after this machine was made available the Magic of Disney Animation building closed down as it was being redesigned as the Star Wars Launch Bay. During this closure the Big Hero 6 penny machine was nowhere to be found. Then in 2015 the machine showed up.
This time it was back in the Muppet’s Courtyard at the Pizza Planet quick service restaurant. During this time Pizza Planet was a bit of a dumping ground for penny machines and I believe the Big Hero 6 was the fifth or sixth machine there. But that wouldn’t last long as Pizza Planet got closed down not too longer after. This closed down so it could be redesigned as PizzeRizzo’s, and this penny set disappeared again for almost two years.
Flash forward to 2017, and I read online that this missing machine thought to have been retired shows up in Epcot of all places.
In-between Spaceship Earth and the Fountain if you head towards The Land pavilion where Soarin’ is located you pass two Character Spot’s with meet and greets.
Once of these locations is where Innoventions West used to be and is now where you can meet Joy and Sadness from Pixar’s Inside Out. Also in here is Baymax (no Hiro anymore for some reason).
Just inside the doors to this Character Spot is where the penny machine can be found. The cabinet has been repainted.
But the designs are still exactly the same.
The images on these coins include Baymax, Hiro, and Fred all with the BH6 logo on them. It’s took bad they didn’t issue different designs when they brought back this machine. But with all the movement this machine has had I’m sure there are a lot of people who weren’t able to press these coins the first few times it was available.
I hate to mention this but, there are a lot of changes coming to Epcot over the next few years. This character spot is in a location that seems to be unrecognizable in the concept art that Disney has released. This is a nice place for the machine, but who knows how long these designs will be here. Go get them before they disappear again.
Click here to see my YouTube channel video on this move and the designs.