Our fears have been confirmed. It seems like Disney is not the only place converting their pressed penny machines to $1. A very kind friend had sent me a message online that they saw some penny machines in Orlando had the new price rate. I almost couldn’t believe it so I made sure to head on over as soon as I had a free afternoon to confirm it…and it turns out to be 100% true.
The attraction in question has gone through quite a few name changes over the past couple of years. Currently, it’s called Icon Park over on International Drive. I had written about this place previously as the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and you can read about Madame Tussauds here and the Sealife Aquarium here.
The large Ferris wheel can be seen from all over Orlando, but when you park right beneath it in the lot the actual size can be a bit overwhelming. It’s very difficult to get it all in one picture.
You can head inside to where the main building is located right behind the giant wheel. This is where you can get your tickets to ride the Icon (Ferris wheel), or visit the other attractions here.
One of the first places you will come across is Madame Tussauds the famous wax museum. I didn’t go inside this time, but it is definitely a fun place to experience. Just outside the exit to the gift shop is where the penny machine is located. Just as a reminder you do NOT need to pay for admission to use this machine.
You can see the machine has some updated decals on the outside.
This machine accepts dollar bills and supplies a pre-loaded zinc penny.
Even though the machine was removed temporarily to perform the conversion, just like most of the Disney machines, the designs available have not changed.
Located directly across from the wax museum is the Sea Life Aquarium which is really a hidden gem. I have gone back to this aquarium a few times over the last couple of years and I really enjoy it each and every time.
As much as I do encourage you to buy a ticket and experience this unique aquarium if you are stopping by just for a quick visit to use the penny machine you do not need to pay for admission. Just to the left of the ticket counter is the entrance to the gift shop.
Just inside the gift shop near the soda cooler and ice cream freezer is where you can find the machine.
The dreaded $1.00 signage and instructions on how to use the machine. No penny, No problem!
These designs have also remained unchanged. I did press a new set and they did come out pretty nicely even though they are on pre-loaded zinc pennies. I will be curious to continue to monitor how they look as the years go by. Using zinc pennies has always been something long-time collectors have tried to avoid. I’m crossing my fingers they don’t deteriorate too quickly but I guess we will just have to wait and see.