With only a couple weeks left before the new live-action version of The Lion King is released in movie theaters, it appears Disney is starting to Celebrate. I recently took a trip over to the Animal Kingdom park to see what was going on.
Before I even got near the Tree of Life I noticed banners and signage all over the place about Celebrating the Lion King.
They even had quite a detailed photo op with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa. There were some special food items like cupcakes and slush drinks themed around the Lion King but I was on the hunt for pennies.
Back and to the left of the Tree of Life is the African area of the park with lots of great live music, or shows always going on throughout the day.
In that area is an interesting store called Mombasa Marketplace. On previous trips into this store, I’ve seen African musical instruments for sale or some really fantastic artwork. But for now, it seems to have been taken over by the Lion King.
There were plush animals, t-shirts, and artwork.
This extended pretty much through the entire store.
There were a few of the musical instruments still around but far less than they usually have in stock. There were quite a few Hakuna Matata t-shirts available as well.
I will admit I almost had to give in and ask a Cast member where the penny machine was located as I just couldn’t find it. But eventually, I did spot it all the way in the back corner.
The machine was an 8-design pre-loaded penny machine with a touch screen. The now standard payment options of cash, credit card or Apple Pay are available.
There cost of these machines has not changed (yet…fingers crossed) and is still $1 each or $5 for the entire set of 8 pennies.
The set includes images from both the original Lion King animated movie and a few from the newer Lion Guard tv series.
This is another great set of pennies and I’m glad to see Disney releasing some new designs from their older movies and even a tv series which is very unusual. I’m getting used to these new machines and even though I would prefer to have the option to use my own pennies I think we can assume by now that is not going to happen. Disneyland out on the West Coast is in a bit of a dry spell with new penny machines, so I’m not going to complain too much as we have definitely been getting a lot of new and fun designs at the Walt Disney World parks even if they do press on zinc pennies.