This past week we had some friends in town. They are Disney Vacation Club members so this is an annual trip they look forward to each year and gives us a chance to visit and catch up while they are here. I had asked for their schedule of which parks they would be visiting each day so I could try and book off from work and jumped on the day they were going to Hollywood Studios. I knew they would be trying to get on the new Star Wars Rise of the Resistance ride and any chance I can get to go on that I’m there.
Disney had tested out a new process for getting a virtual queue spot to ride the attraction and you can now book it the same day in advance from anywhere. In the past, I had to get to the park hours in advance to try and get one of those coveted queue spots and it just made for a very long day. This time around we got the queue when it opened at 7am and I was able to more calmly head over to the park.
I had arrived a little early and decided to wander around while I waited to hear from our friends so we could meet up. My first stop was back in the animation courtyard because I had heard from a friendly follower of this blog that a new penny machine had been spotted.
As soon as I walked through the Hollywood Studios archway into the courtyard I was greeted by Ariel and The Little Mermaid stage which is not currently open. However, if you look closely in the above picture you can see a penny machine.
Unfortunately, when I walked closer I noticed that this was the 12-penny Heroines machine that has been available here for a few years. To the right of this machine, you can see some security gates that are housing the In Character Shop. Previously this machine was inside this shop and unavailable since the shop has been closed. It was nice to see Disney decided to move this machine outside those gates so guests can pick up a set.
I was a little discouraged as I thought this may have been the machine thought to be new, but my penny machine senses were in high gear and I kept investigating the area. Sure enough on the opposite side of the (Closed) In Character Shop, I saw another penny machine tucked away in the corner.
It turned out to be an 8-penny design touch screen machine. The cabinet had a nice wood finish to it but other than that no special theme to it. I feel this was a bit of a lost opportunity, can’t you see this themed after Doc McStuffins, wrapped in pink and covered in large band-aids.
The set of pennies are all themed around Disney Junion television characters like Mickey, Minnie, Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I do wish they had included Vampirina she’s currently one of my daughter’s favorites or even the new Princess Mira.
With the pennies all pressed I headed back out in front of the Chinese Theater to meet up with our friends. It was perfect timing as I was able to watch the Disney Junior cavalcade and I’m pretty sure Doc McStuffins waved directly at me. We did eventually get on Rise of the Resistance and it was as fantastic as ever. We had a great day and with our friends and of course finding new pennies to press just tops things off.
Keep on Pressing!