Happy New Year!! Ok sorry I know it’s February but I have some great news, all the 2020 pressed coins have been released at Walt Disney World. Well, most of them are available…but we will get to that in a bit. This year was a bit chaotic, we came out of the gate early in January with a hand full of new coins, then it took some time for the rest to appear.
Just recently the last few 2019 designs were finally removed and replaced with old retired designs, not new 2020 ones. I was trying to hold out as long as I could before writing this to keep all this information in one post. I’ve spoken with some fellow collectors and we believe that the 2020 dated designs have all been released. As always if anything changes I’ll be sure to update everyone.
We will star over in Epcot at the Mouse Gear store. This is the main gift shop just behind Spaceship Earth and has been home to a dated penny design for quite a few years.
The penny machine can be found along a wall covered in the 2020 merchandise like t-shirts, sweaters, snow globs, picture frames and so much more. The penny available here was of Spaceship Earth.
Remember at the beginning when I said most of the designs are available well this is the one exception for now. I was at Epcot the day this design was released. But for some reason about a week, later this store was closed up for a lengthy refurbishment. As of the date, I’m writing this penny machine has not been moved and is currently unavailable. There is a new “Temporary” Mouse Gear store behind the Electric Umbrella quick service restaurant, but the machine hasn’t been placed there yet. This design has become a highly sought after design for now since it was only available for a few days not many people were able to get one. Rumors are that the machine cabinet is being rethemed and will then return. I’ll be sure to post an update if it shows up again.
Epcot also had a second penny design available back in the World Showcase at the Disney Trader’s gift shop. The design is of Chip and Dale carrying what I think is Donald’s hat. After pressing this penny I headed over to the International Gateway and grabbed the new Skyliner over to Hollywood Studios.
The first new design is back in the Rock Around the Shop the gift shop for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I really like the design of this machine’s cabinet and hope they don’t change it. It just really fits in well here. The penny design here was of Chip and Dale in 2020.
Not too far away was the next coin in the Tower Hotel Gifts which is the store for the Tower of Terror attraction. This pressed quarter has a similar design from previous years of the Tower of Terror.
With Hollywood Studios completed we headed over to the Animal Kingdom. Back in Dinoland USA at the Chester and Hester Dino Treasures gift shop is where the penny machine is located.
The penny in this store is of the Tree of Life the icon of the park also with 2020 at the bottom. Animal Kingdom used to have a dated pressed quarter located at the Harambe Train Station but this machine did not get a 2020 design.
Now we were off to check out some of the resorts for new coins. First, we stopped at the All-Star Sports resort.
The machines are located in the main lobby building just outside the Arcade. There is one-quarter machine available and the design here is of 2020 Goofy.
A little further down the road, we visited the All-Star Music resort. These machines are also located in the main building just outside the Note’ Able Arcade.
The pressed quarter design at this resort is of Pluto with 2020 on it.
The last All-Star resort is Movies and ended strong with two pressed coin designs.
These machines are found in the World Premier Food Court and can be a busy place if you visit during common mealtime. The pressed quarter design is of Donald Duck.
Just a few steps to the right is the penny machine with the new 2020 design of Pluto. This completed the All-Star resorts so we jumped back in our car and headed over to the Art of Animation resort.
This resort has one of my favorite food courts called the Landscape of Flavors. When you first walk in there is a pretty big gift shop, then the food court is just beyond that. The penny machines are just past the gift shop.
The design available at this machine is another horizontal image of Donald Duck in 2020. There was just one more resort we needed to visit and it probably my all-time favorite.
I love the theming at the Polynesian Village Resort, and the food options are great. Inside the main lobby building called the Grand Ceremonial House, up on the second floor is the Moana Mercantile and the penny machine is right outside the store.
Of all the designs this year I think this one is my favorite, 2020 Minnie Mouse.
After a quick ride on the Monorail, we were inside the Magic Kingdom. I headed right down Main Street, through the Castle and into Fantasyland.
Near the carousel is a store called Sir Mickey’s. This is also the store you exit into after you experience a Princess Meet and Greet.
In previous years this machine has been my archnemesis. I think in 2019 I had to visit this machine about 3-4 times before it was finally working to press the penny. This year I lucked out and it was working without any issue. This is another cute design of 2020 Mickey Mouse.
In previous years the Main Street Emporium had a dated penny and quarter, but not in 2020. This year those old designs were replaced with previously retired designs from other locations. But I did find another machine at the Main Street Train Station.
This was a new machine placed here in 2019 and all four of the designs were replaced with new 2020 penny designs. This set has images of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Cinderella’s Castle. We had just one more place to visit to finalize all the 2020 coins, we grabbed a bus over to Disney Springs.
In the Pin Traders store, there is a collectible medallion machine. This has moved around a bit over the last year, but this seems to be it’s new “permanent” location. There was a 2019 design here and it has been replaced with a new 2020 medallion.
Wow, I don’t know about you but that was quite a trek around WDW property.
This year there are only 4 pressed quarter designs. It does seem like these pressed quarter machines are slowly being removed as quite a few of them were taken away last year and have not returned. There were 12 pennies and 1 collectible medallion, making for a grand total of 17 dated coins.
Keep in mind that penny from Epcot’s Mouse Gear is not currently available, and is also a prime example of making sure you try to get these coins as soon as you can. With so many things changing around Walt Disney World property these machines seem to come and go periodically which can leave holes in your collection.
Have a great 2020 and I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any changes to this setup or if that pesky Mouse Gear penny shows up somewhere. I think this is going to be another big year at WDW with new coin released so we will definitely be busy.
Keep on Smashing!!