On a recent trip to Epcot, I was primarily looking for the new Mission Space penny machine. If you haven’t read about that trip you can check it out here. After finding that machine the rest of our day was set aside to try some of the Food and Wine Festival food booths, and we also did a Ratatouille Scavenger Hunt.
As we made our way around the World Showcase the crowd level was higher than I had anticipated and many of the food booths had very long lines. That mixed with the hot Florida sun made waiting in those lines seem very unappealing.
We did periodically come across a booth with either a short or no line and we took advantage of those. Above was from the Africa booth and was the Piri Piri Skewered Shrimp with Citrus-scented Couscous. This was really good, the shrimp were a little overcooked but the flavors were great with just a little spice to them.
A little further along our travels, we visited the Spain booth and tried a couple items. First, we tried the Charcuterie which was a selection of imported Spanish Meats, Cheeses, and Olives with an Herb Vinaigrette. My wife absolutely loved this one. I did try a bit of it and the meats and cheeses were really flavorful, but olives are just not my thing. The second item we got was the Spanish-style Paella with Chorizo and Shrimp. This was probably my favorite so far of the festival with lots of flavors.
By this time we were getting a bit tired and in need of a break. The American Adventure pavilion just nearby so we headed in that direction for some downtime in the shade.
While we sat under the shaded pavilion rehydrating with some much-needed water, I spied something across the patio.
I quickly headed over to investigate and sure enough, it was a brand new penny machine.
It is a newer version of the 4-design hand-crank machine. Each design costs $1 and you can use either cash, credit card, or digital payment like ApplePay. The machine supplies the penny to be pressed so you are not able to use your own preferred pennies, unfortunately.
Here they are the pressed penny set. I really think this is a cute set and love the design of the Mickey-American Flag, but they are all great new designs. I did walk around the rest of the pavilion just to check on the old machine but it was nowhere to be found and I’m going to assume it’s been retired.
We eventually finished our visit to Epcot and had a great time. I did check the other Pavilion penny machines but didn’t see any other new ones so far. This is an interesting change since it’s one of the first times we have seen a 3-design ($0.50 per penny) machine completely replaced by these new 4-design ($1.00 per penny) machines. Fellow collectors have been anticipating this change and it may be finally coming to fruition. This would be a huge overhaul of machines since most of Disney property has those older 3-design machines. This change over could take years and I’ll be very interested to see if we get all new designs or if they will just install the old designs back into the new cabinets. Only time will tell but I’ll be sure to document them as quickly as I can. Keep on Pressing!!