I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my all time favorite Disney attraction is the Haunted Mansion, but coming in a very close second is Pirates of the Caribbean. In the past there have been pressed coins designed for the ride, and the most recent was in a unique machine that looked like a treasure chest. There is always something special when a new machine is made available in the Magic Kingdom so when I heard a new machine appeared there and was themed around Pirates I had to head over immediately.
With spring break still going on the parks were busier than usual. After making our way down Main Street we headed into Adventureland.
The construction walls on the right side of the pathway are hiding the new Club 33.
For those of you that may not have known, the Pirates ride has been under a refurbishment that extended from mid February to March 2018. Part of this closure was to update part of the ride known as the Auction scene. The famous Redhead was being transformed into a Pirate auctioning off items plundered from the town. The stand by line was over an hour, but I managed to get a fastpass and was on within 10 minutes.
Some people are not happy about the change as this is a classic Disney ride, but I actually was impressed with the changes and really liked the new Pirate Redhead. After the ride was over we exited through the Plaza del Sol Caribe Bazaar also known as the gift shop.
I remember taking home numerous plastic pirate swords from here when I was a kid, and can only imaging how TSA would feel about them now at the airport. This is a pretty big store and has everything you could imagine that is pirate related.
Over near where the restrooms are located is where the new penny machine is found. This is the same place the previous 3 design machine was located but has now been retired.
These new 8-Design machines seem to be the new norm throughout the parks. I’m still a die-hard pre-1982 penny person, but have been getting the hang of these new machines. Being able to get more designs and with the electronic payment available makes collecting these a little more easy not having to carry around a pocket full of change. If they could just figure out a way that I could use my own pennies in these I would be in heaven.
For anyone that hasn’t used one of these machines yet, should you come across one make sure to try it at least once. The inner works of the press is really fun to watch.
The machine pressed all the “pennies” nicely. I did roll a couple sets and a few of them were a little short or off-center but nothing too serious. The designs in this set include Pirate Mickey, Pirate Minnie, Pluto with the Jail cell key as seen in the ride, Pirate Goofy, Pirate Donald on a Cannon, a Skull and Crossbones, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and the Pirate Ship.
I’m not sure why but I just get the feeling that 2018 is going to be a big year for new Disney pressed coins. This new machine is a great theme and I’m glad the Pirate attraction got these great new coins. My fingers are crossed for maybe an 8-Design Haunted Mansion set which would be awesome (hint hint Disney). But whatever comes out next I’ll be sure to get there as soon as possible to check them out.