The weekends in our house is usually what we call our park days. Usually by Wednesday or Thursday I try to come up with a plan of what parks we will visit that coming weekend, but there are always asterisks with those selections. The options can change depending on weather, special events, or more often than not due to a new penny machine. That was the situation that happened this past weekend. I had everything setup to check out Universal Studios so we could see some of the Halloween Horror Nights areas in the safety of day light. But then I heard about a new penny machine and I dropped that plan like a bad habit and instead we headed into the Magic Kingdom.
After a quick trip on the run down Monorail (hopefully new ones are on the way according to rumors), we were found ourselves surrounded by pumpkins and other really cute Halloween decorations.
I was told this new penny machine was in a store down Main Street USA. My fingers were crossed that this wasn’t mistaken for the machine recently released in the Disney Clothiers store. Thankfully this was not the case.
Instead this new machine was just a few doors down at the Hall of Champions store. This place used to house sports themed clothing and merchandise with the usual Disney spin, but now it just seems to be another extension of the Main Street Emporium with pretty standard shirts and clothing.
In this store kind of jammed into a corner between two racks of merchandise were two 3-design penny machines. Those have been removed and replaced with a new 8-design touch screen machine (the new Standard).
This new machine is literally in the exact same location as the other 2 machines but now has a little more room to stretch out. This is over against the wall closest to Casey’s Corner the famous hot dog quick service restaurant.
The machine cabinet is a plain wood grain, that looks nice but I do miss some of the fancy cabinet designs or theming that the old 3-design machines would sometimes have.
I pressed a few sets for some fellow collectors, but found that a few of the designs rolled a bit short. The images in this set are of your favorite Disney character playing various sports. Baseball Mickey, Tennis Minnie, Golfer Goofy, Golfer Daisy, Mickey & Donald playing Basketball, Baseball Tigger, Soccer Mickey and Football Donald.
This side of Main Street USA currently has a total of 5 pressed coin machines which is great, but these stores from the Emporium to the Hall of Champions gets extremely busy. It makes trying to use these machines a little difficult from time to time. After we finished using this new machine and headed outside I glanced across the street and realized that there are a lot of stores over there with no penny machines. There is the Confectionary, Uptown Jewelers, the Main Street Bakery, Crystal Arts, and the Chapeau store. These would all make for great locations and hopefully some fun themed designs for store. I’m crossing my fingers this may be part of their plan.
It’s always fun to have an excuse to visit one of the Disney parks. This is something I never want to take for granted and feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to visit as often as I do.