It’s 2020 and Disney has started released their dated pennies and quarters so I’ve been focused on that for the last couple weeks. Then all of a sudden in the middle of that they decide to release a brand new penny machine in Epcot. We are in between festivals so I was intrigued about what designs could be in this machine. Then I got a message from a fellow collector on Instagram about the new Norway machine. Uh oh, I think I know what this new set is going to be themed. Wasn’t there just a new Frozen movie released?
Over in the Norway Pavilion, there are two separate sections. If you are coming from the Mexico Pavilion, the first area has the Anna and Elsa Royal Sommerhus which is a meet and greet area. Then if you go a bit further the second area is where the Frozen Ever After ride is located along with some shopping and the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. I, of course, headed to that main section near the Ride with all the shops but couldn’t find this new machine. Eventually, I checked the first section and remember there was a gift shop at the exit to the Anna and Elsa meet and greet. This store is called The Wandering Reindeer.
They even have a cute cross-stitch of a reindeer up on the wall. Not for sale that I could tell, but give them time.
Inside is all Frozen all the time. I don’t think I saw one piece of merchandise that wasn’t Frozen related. But I guess that’s to be expected as you would normally just be finishing your visit with Anna and Else before exiting in here. Please note that you do not actually need to do the meet and greet to get in here, there is a door right from the outside as I pictured above. Once you walk inside all the way in the back left is where I found the machine.
I apologize for the picture, the lighting inside was terrible and with parts of the machine backlit it made getting a good picture very difficult. As you can see the machine is our new standard 8-design machine.
The machine does still supply new shiny pennies for you and these came out pretty nicely. The designs include Else, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Hans and some of the characters together. After I got home I took a further look at these and honestly couldn’t tell if these if there were technically a Frozen II set or not. I didn’t think Hans was in the second movie, but my daughters said otherwise so I’m not sure what to call them other than just a new set of Frozen pressed pennies. As a collector, I’m surprised for more Frozen designs, but again with the popularity of the new movie, I guess this does make sense. Kids will be looking for souvenirs with their favorite Frozen characters, and the parents will be happy to only drop $5 for a souvenir. Not too bad in my book.