Over the past year or so we have reviewed how Walt Disney World (and some other theme parks around Central Florida) have begun converting their penny machines over to $1. The machines being convered were the 4-design hand crank models and we were hoping it would stop there.
But unfortunately on a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom I found what a lot of collectors had been worried about.
I didn’t even make it very far into the park before noticing the very first machine over near the Newsstand looked different.
Above on the left is how the machine looked only a few weeks before. The picture on the right is how it looked after coming back. When I noticed the credit card payment system I knew what had happened.
The marquee at the top is a bit different as well, with added information on the new increased cost and they also announce proudly that “We provide the penny”.
Here is a close up of the payment system and information on how it works. Please note that if you chose to use a credit card or digital payment like ApplePay you will automatically be charge the full $3 and will get all 3 pennies. You cannot use this type of payment for only one design. For that you need to use cash and it must be exact the machine does not give change. So make sure you have your dollar bills ready. After you insert your dollar, the button will light up and you can chose your design to press.
Here is a picture of the penny set. They are exactly the same as before the machine was converted. No variances that I can see like the Frontierland Railroad Station machine we reviewed last week. The pennies the machine supplied were not great and I’ve definitely seen better with other machines. But I’ll try cleaning them up a bit and hopefully that will help.
I’ve mentioned this numerous times in the past that many collectors aren’t happy about not being able to use their own preferred pennies. I do like to use my own whenever possible, but I just enjoy this hobby too much for this small detail to deter me from collecting. It’s more about the adventure and just simple enjoyment of watching a penny get squished into a fun souvenir.
We are anticipating that since this machine has been changed over the rest of the 3-design electronic machines will soon follow. On this most recent visit to Magic Kingdom I did check on the other machines but no others had been convered as of yet. As always we will keep you up to date on the changes. I don’t think I’ll review each machine individually as they are converted and may instead wait for all of them to be done and write one large article about all of them. Let me know what you think. Will you continue to collect these pressed pennies?
Stay safe and Keep on Pressing!