Everyone is pretty familiar with all the Disney owned resorts in Florida like the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, POP Century and so many more. However there are also some non-Disney resorts on property that are known as Good Neighbor resorts. They have a lot of the same benefits as a Disney resort but usually without the Disney price tag attached. For years to my knowledge there has never been pressed penny machines at these Good Neighbor resorts but that has started to change.
As you drive on Buena Vista Drive towards Disney Springs there is a sign for Bonnet Creek Resorts. Then there is a long winding road that takes you past a Wyndham Home, and then a slight turn for the Waldorf Astoria, and Hilton of Bonnet Creek.
In between these two hotels is a parking garage. There is a fee for parking however on my trip I was in and out in less than a half hour and there was no charge. Just be aware that this fee does depending on your length of stay.
This is a very nice hotel. The grounds are well-kept as you would expect. I’m sure Disney keeps a close tab on things like that for appearance. Out back there is a large pool, and even a lazy river which on this hot day did seem like a nice idea. Too bad I was only visiting and not actually staying here.
When you enter through the main entrance you are on the second floor of the hotel. This is where the registration area is located, as well as bar / lounge, a few restaurants, part of the conference center as the Disney store.
The Disney store is actually down a long hallway just off of the main lobby but not too hard to find. If you look closely at the above picture you can see the penny machine just to the left inside the door to the gift shop.
As with most hotel gift shops on Disney property the items inside are pretty standard. Soda, juice, beer, snacks, t-shirts, mugs, plush toys, pins, etc.
Then just to the left of the checkout area and inside the main entrance is where the penny machine can be found.
The machine is in a plain black cabinet and has just three designs. It’s almost strange to see this type of machine since lately the fancy touch screen 8 design models have been popping up everywhere.
The designs on these pennies are of Mickey & Minnie with two Mickey Balloons, the Mad Hatter, and Simba from the Lion King. I really like this set and that first design of Mickey and Minnie is really cute and during my visit was the popular design most people were pressing.
So far this is the only hotel at Bonnet Creek that has a pressed penny machine but hopefully that will change in the near future. There are some other Good Neighbor Hotels on Resort Boulevard that have new penny machines that I’ll be reviewing very soon. There has been a lot of new releases and I’m still trying to get caught up after being out-of-town a few weeks ago. Happy pressing and make sure to try some of these non-Disney resorts they are becoming a nice alternative for your vacation stay.