Just a few days ago I had to make a trip over to the Orlando International Airport so I could pick up some family. Their flight was due in around 7pm and never really knowing how traffic will be on I-4 I left a bit early to make sure I had plenty of time to get there. But as luck would have it traffic wasn’t too bad so I had quite a bit of time to wander around the airport. Thankfully I remembered that some of the Theme Park stores in the airport had recently gone through some refurbishments. Years ago they all used to have penny machines but most have disappeared, and the only one that was available was in the Disney Earport store but that is now closed for renovations. Go figure!
First I stopped by the Seaworld store. I always liked that Seaworld blue color and it was all over the store. The stuff here is the same as you will find in the theme park but I’m sure probably has an airport premium on the price.
I did notice that there was an abundance of Sesame Street merch in the store which would be thanks to the new Sesame Street land that opened earlier this year in Seaworld. As I wandered through the store I kept an eye open for a penny machine but there wasn’t one to be found.
Next up I headed to the recently opened Magic of Disney store. This was one of two Disney stores in the airport which are at opposite ends of the main terminal building from each other. I always felt a bit claustrophobic in this store as it was just small, and not very open but that has completely changed now. It looks like most of the walls were removed and it’s very nice and open.
I really liked this illuminated Mickey head behind the check out area with the castle silhouette.
Lots of pictures from the theme parks inside and the store was split into areas for all the different Disney properties like Star Wars, Pixar, and classic Disney items.
There was a bit of Halloween merch already in here but that’s not too surprised. They are already hosting Halloween parties in the Magic Kingdom and it’s only September. Unfortunately, this store didn’t have a penny machine either which I thought at the very least the Earport machine would have been relocated here temporarily. But that was not the case.
The last store that was open for me to check out was the Universal Orlando store.
Of course, there was a big section of the store dedicated to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. All the different school houses, more wands that you can imagine and plenty of other fun souvenirs to take home.
The rest of the store was a big mashup of their other theme park icons like The Simpsons, Fast and Furious, and Jurassic Park.
Just like the other stores, there was no pressed penny machine. But something that did catch my eye is this 2019 Universal Coin. It was encased in this thin acrylic case with a large cardboard mat around it. The coin itself just had the Universal Studios globe logo surrounded by reels of film.
The back of the coin has more of the film reels and says “The EPIC Adventures at Universal Studios 2019”. It’s nice that it was dated so I’m assuming it will only be available through the end of the year. Although to be honest there were a LOT of these in the store. Did you see the price tag? $24.99 for this one coin. I was really interested in picking one of these up but wow that price was a bit steep and even I couldn’t justify spending that amount. Maybe if I hold out until the end of the year they will be discounted, fingers crossed.
Located near that big coin I did find a basket with some new Universal Pressed Penny booklets.
The price wasn’t too bad at only $8.00. Plus you do get one pressed penny embedded on the front cover.
It’s just the classic Universal Studios globe logo but still a fun penny to have in your collection. I didn’t pick this booklet up at the airport as I’m sure they have them back in the parks so I’ll double-check the next time I’m there.
That was about the closest I got to a new pressed penny at the Orlando International Airport. As I mentioned at the beginning there is one other Disney store called the Earport that is being renovated right now. It is due to open again in a few months I believe so I’ll be sure to go back and see if the old machine is back or if maybe we can expect some new designs. Safe travels!!