This will be a quick post on something I had meant to write about over a year ago and just kind of forgot about it. It’s not a new machine, or anything really major but something I thought was kind of interesting.
One of my favorite attractions at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure parks is The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It actually took me years before I finally decided to try it. It seems that as I’ve gotten older I’m a little more adventurous with rides, and I’m glad I finally tried it because it’s really fantastic.
Once you are done with the ride and just like every other theme park you exit into a gift shop, and if you are a Spider-Man fan this is the place for you. On a quick side note, if you are not a ride person you can still access the shop from outside, it’s located just to the left of the attraction entrance as seen above.
In this gift shop were two penny machines. One was a 4-design hand crank model, and the other machine was the newer 8-design digital touch screen version. When I first used the digital machine was back in 2017. I had then visited Universal numerous times since then and walked past this machine many times without noticing anything different. Then in 2018, I was working on a video for our YouTube channel documenting all the machines throughout Universal Orlando and something caught my eye. The machine cabinet was the same but the marquee at the top was different.
The picture above is my attempt at a comparison. On the left is the picture I took in November 2017, and the one on the right is from July 2018.
The designs were still the same inside the machine, and nothing else really had changed just the marquee. I know the newer marquee design is how most of the machines are displayed now with all the penny designs right at eye level. Again this was nothing overly exciting but I thought it was interesting that they had taken the time to change this part of the machine.