I wish I could say that I’m pretty good at predicting when Disney is going to release a new pressed penny machine. But more often that not I’m caught by surprise at not just the designs they release but also the location. This exact situation just happened at the Sir Mickey’s gift shop at the Magic Kingdom.
This cute little shop is located behind Cinderella Castle, and is also where you exit after meeting some of the Princesses at the Fairytale Hall. The items in the shop are primarily Princess and Prince oriented. It’s themed around a couple classic Mickey Mouse cartoon The Brave Little Tailor from 1938 and Mickey and the Beanstalk from 1947. I loved this cartoon as a kid and even thought I had visited this shop many times in the past I don’t think I realized all the details that were here.
Each corner of this shop has some fun scenes from the cartoons including the above of Mickey climbing up the beanstalk, and underneath all sorts of items from his Tailor shop.
Princess Minnie is in the opposite corner looking beautiful in her Purple dress. This is a very popular photo location, but is worth the wait.
This is probably the biggest detail (literally) in this the store that I never noticed until this most recent visit. It’s of the Giant taking the roof off the shop and peeking inside. This is just so cool for them to have included.
So why did Disney catch me by surprise with this new pressed penny machine? Well it’s primarily due to the machine that was previously here. They used to have a 3-design electronic machine that has been home to one of the annual dated designs. I assumed (incorrectly) that the dated designs would continue here, but that was not the case.
Voila, instead of just changing out the dated design the entire machine was swapped out and now was home to a new 8-design machine.
The machine is in the exactly same location within the store as the old machine. The cabinet does have a nice wood grain design that I think would look very nice in any castle.
Unfortunately there were no 2021 designs in this set, but the pennies are still a fun collection of Princesses and Heroines including Cinderella, Elsa, Anna Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and even Tinker Bell is here. To be honest I would have preferred to have a set more themed around this shop with Brave Little Tailor Mickey, Princess Minnie and of course the Giant plus there are plenty of other fun characters from the cartoons to include. But I guess these Princess designs are probably more popular for the majority of guests.
So now my big question is, what happens to the new 2021 penny design that would have gone here? All the other 3-design penny machines have recently been converted over to $1 and those designs have remained the same (upcoming post about this soon). I’m a little concerned that the dated set may be getting slimmed down a bit with these machines being changed around and also the pressed quarter machines seem to be on the way out. But time will tell and I’ll be here to share all the details as soon as I know more. Happy Collecting and Keep on Pressing!!