The below was all documented prior to the closing of the theme parks. With the recent announcement that Disney Springs will have a limited reopening on May 20th only time will tell if the machines are still available or if using them will change due to new health concerns. When I feel it’s safe to revisit I’ll go back and post an update. Enjoy!
With all the Disney Theme parks changed over the conversion finally made it’s way to Disney Springs and the Disney Resorts. This did seem to be a much longer transition for some reason, but I was keeping a close eye on them and was able to document the last few machines before all the park closures.
Let’s start this tour over at Disney Springs which is really one of my favorite places to visit on property. Mostly because I love food and there are so many great restaurants there, but they do also have plenty of penny machines.
I parked my car in the Orange Parking garage since it’s closest to the Westside of Disney Springs near the AMC Movie Theater. Not too far from the parking garage is the Food Truck Pavilion where the first machine was located.
I usually mention this at some point in each of the conversion blogs but wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to mention that all these machines were converted to $1 per design. The machine supplies a shiny zinc penny, however, the designs have not changed and are the same as they were before the change.
Next, I headed towards the Town Center area which is where you can find Planet Hollywood, the Coca-cola Store, Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy, and one of my favorites Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill.
In between the Coke store and Wolfgang Puck is the Fire House Restrooms and a Pressed Penny Machine is just outside.
I had a bit of a walk to the next machine which is outside the big World of Disney store at the Marketplace Stage.
Not much changed with the machine other than maybe a fresh coat of paint, and new signage for how to use the machine and the updated payment system.
Continuing through Disney Springs I miraculously passed by the Ghiradelli’s store without buying any ice cream, pass the Dockside Margarita stand, and instead over to the Once Upon a Toy store. Wow, I have very interesting priorities!
This was a machine I thought would need more work to have converted just due to its different shape and design. But the vendor somehow figured out a way to do it while keeping the overall look of the machine pretty similar.
After leaving the toy store I cut through the Pin Trader store, and then through the Star Wars Trading Post. It does surprise me this store doesn’t have a penny machine, but exiting out this store I could see the next machine up against the outside wall of Goofy’s Candy Co near a Winnie the Pooh photo spot.
These machines do accept cash and credit cards or digital payments like Apple Pay. Please note that if you are only looking to press one coin the only option is to use cash. If you opt for a credit card or Apple Pay you are automatically charged $4 and get the entire set. This does cause confusion for some people and I’ve seen them leave after only pressing one penny and I always call them back to try and help ensure they get their full set.
Right around the corner is the main entrance for Goofy’s Candy Co. I try to avoid this place whenever possible as it’s just too tempting when you walk inside.
But on this trip, I needed to face my candy enemy and head inside to check on the penny machine and maybe buy a piece of Cookies and Cream fudge..or maybe two pieces I can’t help myself.
That finishes up all the machines at Disney Springs, but next, I wanted to check out the machines at the Resorts. Thankfully there are only two 4-design machines on property. Since my car was all the way on the other side of Disney Springs I decided to grab a Bus over to the first resort.
My first stop was at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. This is one of my favorite resorts. My wife and I spent a week here years ago and really enjoyed the resort plus we made sure to pick up beignets each day after visiting the parks so we had a snack in our room. I’m sure housekeeping wasn’t happy with the excessive amount of powdered sugar we managed to get all over the floor.
Inside the main Lobby of the Resort just outside the Scat Cat’s Club near the restrooms is the penny machine I was looking for. Since my two pieces of fudge at Disney Springs didn’t satisfy my sweet tooth I headed to the food court and picked up an order of beignets for the road. I waited for the Resort bus to Epcot to arrive and enjoyed my snack on the bus.
Once at Epcot, I cut through the park and over to the International Gateway where I headed towards the Boardwalk Inn.
During the day the Boardwalk by the water doesn’t have a lot of entertainment going on, but this is a fun place to be after the sun sets. There are buskers doing all sorts of shows for passersby. The penny machine is located near the dock where you get the Friendship boats back to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or a couple of the other resorts along the waterway.
That was the last 4-design machine on property and they have now all been converted to $1 pre-loaded machines. This was a fun day trip, but I always enjoy checking out the penny machines and just enjoying the resorts and parks. Will they decide to change the 3-design electronic machines I truly don’t know but kind of think it may be inevitable. It will be very interesting to see what happens with all the machines once the parks open up again after this longer than anticipated closure.
Stay safe and Happy Collecting!