Weren’t we just at Epcot? It seems like I’ve been here the last few weeks documenting penny machines. Well that’s okay I’m not going to complain about Disney released new Pressed Penny designs. As you may remember a week ago I had visited the park to find all the penny machines that had been converted to $1, and one of the last machines was at The Seas with Nemo and Friends gift shop. While I was checking out that machine I saw a couple techs working on a new 8-design machine so I knew I had to come back and get more info on it.
Did I mention the front of Epcot is a huge construction site? Yes, it’s a bit of a hot mess to try and get into the park at the time of writing. There is quite a walk from the parking lot into the park even if you take the tram but I keep telling myself it will be great once all is done….in a few years (gulp!). Thankfully I wasn’t going too far into the park as I just need to stay in Future World and headed towards the Seas with Nemo and Friends.
This is a bit of an older attraction but one that kids and adults all seem to like since it’s not too intense for those not interested in roller coasters or space simulators.
Due to this, you can usually get a fast pass pretty easily, or if that’s not available the standby wait time is usually fairly short. I was able to get a Fastpass and headed right in. The attraction has you getting into a sea shell ride vehicle and takes you through the Finding Nemo story. There are some screens projecting Nemo and his friends that are surrounded by coral or other underwater scenery and is just a nice relaxing way to soak up some air conditioning. At the end of the ride, you exit out into the Seabase (large aquarium) area of the building. Eventually, you exit out through a gift shop.
If you would rather not ride on the attraction that is no problem when looking at the front entrance to the ride where you would hop into line just turn to the left and follow the pathway around back. This will bring you directly into that gift shop.
On the far side of the gift shop, you can see the penny machines. the one on the right side is the recently converted 4-design machine that was changed to $1 per penny and I wrote about previously.
However, the machine we were here to see this day was the one on the left. This is the new 8-design penny machine.
Standard (now) touchscreen interface, the cost is $1 per penny or $5 for all 8 designs. The machine accepts cash, credit card or digital payment like ApplePay.
The machine supplies shiny new pennies and they came out really nice. The images are mostly themed around the Pixar movie Finding Dory the sequel to Finding Nemo. But there are also a couple designs from The Little Mermaid including one of Ariel and Ursula’s Moray Eel Minions Flotsam and Jetsam.
What a nice new set of pennies and it fits in really nicely with this area of the park. I’m a sucker for aquariums and when they have a fun ride, manatees, and pressed pennies I’m all in.