I am so excited to be able to share this with everyone. Back when I was young we didn’t have many Disney movies on VHS tape, but one of the ones we did own was the 1973 Animated Classic Robin Hood. It has always held a special place in my heart and is truly one of my absolute favorite Disney movies. The music is fantastic, and I know that it was unfortunately released during what some consider the dark days of Disney Animation history, but to me it really is a great movie.
As with many guests visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland who come across many of the pressed penny machines they want to collect the designs for their favorite attraction, character or even movie. For me however this was a problem since Robin Hood just didn’t have any pressed coin designs available anywhere on property, and trust me I looked exhaustively. As the years past I figured it may be a lost cause as the movie just fell further and further out of date.
Apparently my patience has finally paid off and I was browsing one of my favorite Disney pressed coin resources the presscoins.com website and after over 5 months since Disney has last released any sort of new collectible coin they had announced a brand new machine placed in Epcot and best of all it had designed themed after….wait for it ….. Robin Hood! Bam, finally!!!
This just could not wait any longer. I immediately jumped in my car and drove over to Epcot, weaved my way through the immense crowd that had gathered for the 2021 version of Epcot’s Food and Wine festival. That was tempting as well, but I was on the hunt for these Robin Hood pennies and wanted them before Disney realized they had made a mistake and removed them. As I left Future World and arrived at the World Showcase I turned to the left as if you were heading towards the Mexico Pavilion. Before that there is a fairly large souvenir shop that we have visited on many occasions in the past called Disney Traders.
Inside is your standard Disney gift shop with stuffed animals, t-shirts and so much more. Usually they will also house a lot of the Festival merchandise that take place at different times of the year.
Just to the left side of the store’s check out area is a soda cooler and is also where the new pressed penny machine is located. Previously in this location was a 3-design electronic machine that had some generic Frozen designs of Anna, Elsa and Olaf.
I thought it was interesting to see that this new machine was designed just like that old Frozen machine in a solid blue cabinet. I thought for Robin Hood it may be more of a green color, but trust me I’m not complaining with this sweet new set of designs.
These machine had 8 designs in total including images of Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Robin and Marion Together, Friar Tuck, Little John, Skippy, Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. I do wish they had included a design of Sir Hiss or Alan-A-Dale the Rooster that sings many of the songs. But that’s okay, maybe we can expect another set of Robin Hood designs with some different characters. Maybe that’s asking too much so I’ll just stick with these for now. Another nice thought is that if this movie can still have pressed coins created for it years after its initial release there are hope for many other animated classics still in Disney’s vault. With Walt Disney World about to start celebrating their 50th anniversary I’m looking forward to seeing if any other classic characters get to make their debut as a pressed coin.
Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally, golly, what a day!!
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