I kind of lucked out with this new set of pressed pennies. Last weekend my two daughters wanted to visit the Magic Kingdom so we could ride their new favorite attraction Peter Pan’s Flight. Thankfully I was able to book us fastpasses so we could avoid the usual 60 plus minute standby wait. After flying with Peter to Never land and saving Wendy from Captain Hook we enjoyed a fun afternoon in the park.
If you have read some of my previous posts about the Magic Kingdom I’m always on the look out for new snacks or food items. One of my all time favorite is the famous Dole Whip floats available over in Adventureland. On this trip I had heard about a new version available at Storybook Treats in Fantasyland. This new snack is called the Peter Pan Float, and consists of Key Lime Soft serve with Sprite soda. There was also a chocolate feather included. This was definitely unique and very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.
Then we wandered over to the Sleepy Hollow quick service for my kids favorite fresh fruit waffle. As we waited in line I saw something else that I just had to try. A churro ice cream sandwich. This was really amazing. The churros were hot and covered with cinnamon and sugar, then the ice cream was nice a cold making for that classic combination. I don’t know how long this will be around but it is worth a try if you are visiting soon.
Now that we had our fill of snacks, we enjoyed a few other attractions before heading out for the day. It always seems to take quite a while to get out of the park, across the lake and then back to our car in the parking lot. My two girls were quickly falling asleep in the back seat while I drove towards home, but just as we got on Western Way near the Coronado Springs resort my phone buzzed with a message. Thankfully my car has Apple CarPlay so Siri read the message out loud. “New Penny Machine reported at the Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa”. At that exact moment I was roughly half way home so I had a moral dilemma. Continue heading home or make a u-turn and get some new pennies.
I asked my girls what they wanted to do, and they responded with some inaudible mumble since they were partially asleep by this time. But I took their response as acknowledgement we should go get some new pennies. I cautiously made the next available u-turn and headed back towards the park and eventually pulled into the Grand Floridian parking lot.
This is a really beautiful hotel and I always love being able to visit. Maybe some day I can actually save up enough to stay here, but for now as I usually do I can continue to pretend I’m an actual guest.
Once inside the main first floor lobby, the check-in area is to your right, but if you turn towards the left you will see a hallway not too far away. Down this short hallway are some restrooms, and also the exit doors for the 1800 Park Fare restaurant.
This is where two previously penny machines used to be located. One was a 3 design electric penny machine, and the second was also a 3 design electric machine but pressed on quarters. These two machines are no longer at this resort (see bottom of post for more info).
In their place now is a new 8-design touch screen penny press machine that is really taking over. This resort already had a machine similar to this with different designs installed back in May that you can read about here. So far the Grand Floridian is the only resort to have the 8-design machine model, and now they have two of them.
The machine pressed penny sized token blanks which are nice and shiny, but we are still waiting to see how they hold up over time. The designs available in this machine include Alice, the Mad Hatter, Jaq & Gus, Cinderella, the White Rabbit, Ariel, Tigger & Pooh, and Princess Jasmine.
Even though this resort now only has 3 machines there are a total of 19 designs available for pressing. This new machine located in the first floor lobby, the second 8-design machine is still on the second floor lobby near the doors to the monorail station, and the third machine is out near the bus stop with 3 designs. Not a bad haul if you have some free time to stop by this resort.
Remember above I mentioned the two machines that used to be in this location. Well I was over at the Yacht & Beach Club Resorts just last night for dinner and afterwards we usually like to walk around the resort to work off our meal.
As we headed around the resort pool we passed by the Lafferty Arcade which is near the Beaches and Cream Ice Cream shop/restaurant. I knew they had two machines here previously but suddenly a third machine caught my eye.
The machine pictures above to the far left is the penny machine that used to be near the exit to 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.
The designs are still the same and have not changed. They still include Jaq & Gus from Cinderella, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and Prince Charming from Cinderella.
There was no sign of the quarter machine from the Grand Floridian but with the above relocation I’m hoping that the quarter machine will show up somewhere else soon.