Germany Pavilion NEW Pressed Penny Set – Epcot

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Just this past week my family was able to attend a special Passholder preview of the new Remy’s Ratatouille adventure ride in Epcot’s France Pavilion. I’m going to hold off on showing anything about that in this post because I’m crossing my fingers that a new Remy themed penny machine shows up in the future.

Before we were about to head over to Epcot for this preview as I always do, I checked out the website just to see if there were any reports of new machines. Sure enough earlier that day it was announced that a new machine was placed inside the Germany Pavilion.

After our Remy preview (which was amazing by the way, definitely check out that attraction after it opens official October 1st, 2021), we took a nice walk around the World Showcase Lagoon to the Germany Pavilion. This machine is a bit hard to find, as it’s tucked away in the back corner of the pavilion. The easiest way I can describe the location is if you find the Biergarten restaurant entrance it’s directly across from that.

This is also the location that the old 3-design machine used to be but that has been removed and is now considered retired.

The cabinet of the machine has a nice clean natural wood look to it. This reminds me a bit of the fancy coo-coo clocks you can get inside the nearby Der Teddybar shop, but not as intricately detailed.

The penny designs available in this new machine are mostly themed around Snow White. There is one design that is similar to a version in the old retired machine that has Mickey and says Germany on it. The other designs include some fun new images of Snow White, the Magic Mirror, the Wicked Witch, Grumpy, Dopey and even Prince Charming. There is a 8-design set still available inside Hollywood Studios at the Once Upon a Time store but thankfully there are no duplicate designs and this is a completely new set.

We had a really fun day experiencing the new Remy ride and hopefully we can see a new penny machine in the near future so we can review that new section of the pavilion. But I was also so excited to be able to acquire this new set from Germany. Snow White is the original classic Disney Princess and it’s always nice to see her get some new penny designs. Will the other pavilions around Epcot’s World Showcase continue to get more of these new machines? We did just see the one over in Canada get swapped out so maybe there are some more still on the way.

Thanks for joining me again today, and as always Keep on Pressing.

Halloween Horror Nights 2021 Collectible Medallions – Universal Studios Florida

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It has official turned into Halloween season here in Central Florida. Yes i know it’s only just the beginning of September but this is my favorite time of year and I’m excited to start enjoying some park events. Of course the premier event in this area is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. I was lucky enough to be able and attend the very first night and it was amazing.

However I may have been looking forward to it a little too much. The first night was on a Friday and I actually took he day off from work so I could get to the park night and early. The event didn’t start until later that evening, but I just needed to get to the park as soon as possible.

I figured this was a good chance to just walk around the park a bit, take in some of the decorations, make sure I picked up a new HHN t-shirt to wear during the event.

This is the 30th year that Universal has put on their Halloween event, and it seems to get bigger each year. For this special anniversary they were brining back all their iconic characters from years past including the biggest of all Jack the Clown.

This was also a great chance for me to check the new Tribute Store. This is a location that changes seasonally here in the park and is usually themed around the different events that park hosts. Earlier in the year it was themed around Mardi Gras, and more recently it was all about the new Velocicoaster attraction that opened next door at Islands of Adventure. By far the most popular is the Halloween Horror Nights decorations.

Inside the tribute store there are usually four different themed rooms, all filled with all the merchandise you could possibly imagine. This place can get really busy during the actually HHN events, so I would recommend visiting during the day time hours for a calmer shopping experience.

After picked up my new t-shirt I was heading out of the store but stopped in my tracks as I was confronted by an amazing sight, a brand new collectible medallion machine with Horror Nights coins.

The cabinet of this machine had a nice worn wood look to it that fit in perfectly with the theming of the tribute store.

The marquee on the machine was so cool and definitely eye catching as I saw it from a distance. Having the HHN 30 logo on it and the creepy slogan, Never Go Alone.

There were four different medallion designs available, and the price was the same as we have found previously over at Disney with their machines. Each was still $5, or you could get all four medallions for a discounted price of $15.

The designs available included the Tribute Store facade, Jack the Clown, Frankenstein’s Monster, and a spooky Jack-o-lantern. The reverse side of each medallion had the Halloween Horror Nights 2021 logo.

After I had collected my new coins I finished enjoying the daylight hours at the park before taking a break to rest before the big event later that night. Unfortunately Universal Florida does not allow any photography or videography inside the House mazes so not much I can share with you on that except that the houses this year were fantastic. Plenty of scares, the details inside are amazing and just the whole ambiance of the event is so fun I can’t wait to go back for even more scares.

This set of collectible medallions was an amazing find and it was definitely popular. While I was using the machine a line quickly formed behind me. I don’t know how many of these coins they produced or how often the machine will be restocked, but if you are interested in a set I would recommend getting there as soon as possible. I really like that they listed the year on the back of each coin as a commemoration of this years event. Hopefully this means that we can see this again for future events, and if they keep selling like they are now I’m sure that’s almost a guarantee. Thanks for visiting with me again this week, I hope you stay safe and enjoy the Halloween Season!

If I Could Design Disney Pressed Pennies

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In just a few short weeks Walt Disney World will be celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary. This celebration is scheduled to go on for a total of 18 months. There is going to be new attractions, special food, unique merchandise and hopefully some new pressed pennies.

As of the date I’m writing this there is nothing announced officially from Disney about any new pressed pennies, and to be honest they have so much going on I’m sure this is not top on their list of priorities. But for us collectors we are anxiously waiting for any news of new coin designs. Most of what I’m hearing is all just hopes and wishes from fellow collectors, and my instincts tell me that the designs (if any) will just suddenly appear in existing machines at the different parks and resorts as we get a bit closer to the October 1st date.

However all this talk of possible new designs has got my creative juices flowing and I thought it may be fun this week to put together some designs that I would like to see released. Not just for the 50th Celebration but anytime in the future. This is kind of like my Wish List of future pennies I hope we can see in the parks. Now I’m sure this is obvious but just to make sure, this is all for fun and I don’t think any of these designs will actually be produced. But Disney if you are out there reading this I don’t need any credit for these, instead maybe just some advance notice so I can race in and be the first to press a set! Ok with all that behind us let’s take a look at some of the designs I came up with.

Of course have to assume there will be some special 50th anniversary design. Cinderella castle has been recently repainted and covered with beautiful new accents for the celebration. I would also love to see special designs for all the original opening day attractions and resorts making for a fun mini-set of designs.

This next batch of designs I thought would fit perfectly in the new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge area of Hollywood Studios. I was there opening day here in the Florida park and thought it would have been amazing to find a new pressed penny machine themed to this new land, but unfortunately that was not the case but here we are a few years later and maybe a new machine is on the way. It could include designs like the above with the Batuu logo and skyline, or how about one with my personal favorite meal item the Classic Ronto Wrap. Plus we definitely need one to celebrate finally being able to indulge in the famous Blue Milk.

Also, how it is it we don’t have any Manadolian penny designs yet? Have you watched that show on Disney+, it’s amazing and I know that designs around that show would be incredibly popular. I don’t know about you, but I want a Grogu penny for my collection.

Here are a few that would be tough to acquire for some collectors. I’ve mentioned in the past that Disney Cast Members are truly amazing and really are the ones to make the magic within the parks. My family has become friends with quite a few cast members over the years and we appreciate them so very much. They should have a special design available just for Cast Members.

Or how about a Club 33 design available only to members or maybe guests of members. For those that may not know, Club 33 is an exclusive club where members are able to enter private dining and lounge areas in almost every Disney park around the world. The original Club 33 in Disneyland California was conceived by Walt as a place to host dignitaries, celebrities and family members of Disney executives.

I am a current Walt Disney World Passholder and am very proud of that fact as many other pass holders are. We love to show off our Passholder exclusive t-shirts and and hats, we get early access to new attractions and even get invited to special after hours events. I know that we are extremely lucky to be able to have an annual pass to our favorite parks, but I still think we need our own pressed penny. This may be a bit difficult to have available only for pass holders, maybe it could be in a special machine only brought out during pass holder only events. They did experiment recently with a pass holder only store in Epcot and that would have been a perfect place for this penny machine to be placed.

Currently I am not a Disney Vacation Club member but I do know quite few members, and they are really proud of being DVC members and especially are all about their home resort. Similar to pass holders they hav ea ton of merchandise specifically themed for DVC members, but no pressed pennies.

Next let’s hop over to Epcot and this is another theme that I am shocked they have not taken advantage of already. Now I will admit we have seen collectible medallions released in the last few years for some of the festivals, and they are pretty popular. The drawback is the much higher cost of $5 per medallion, and I would think the more inexpensive pressed penny option even at $1 per penny would be ever more popular as these festivals bring in some of the largest crowds I’ve ever seen in Epcot.

Continuing with some special events let’s visit the Magic Kingdom and their holiday parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween or even the Very Merry Christmas parties. These may be a little more difficult to keep exclusive for party attendees, but I’m sure having a special machine that can just be rolled out into the Main Street Emporium during party hours would be a simple solution. The other more common party merchandise is extremely popular during these events and a pressed penny would be highly sought after.

I’ve saved the best for last. As much as I love all the park attractions, shows, parades and characters one of my favorite things to do at the parks is indulge in all the amazing snacks. Here is a mini-set of 9 designs I put together showcasing all my favorite treats. These first three include the classic Churro, Dole Whip and of course a Mickey Premium Bar.

Then we have the big soft Mickey Pretzel, my personal favorite a Dole Whip Float, and something no Disney breakfast would be complete without a Mickey Waffle.

Lastly we have the always popular Disney (pop secret) Popcorn, or a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich and of course a newer option the huge Mickey Donuts. How many of these have you had on your trips to the park? I only showed 9 designs here but I know of quite a few more that could be added in subsequent sets.

Well there you have it those are my wish list pressed penny designs. In this post I only showed off about 28 of my designs, but I was on such a roll doing this that I actually came up with about 70 in total. I didn’t want this post to go on too long so at the very top I’ve included a link to our Youtube Channel video where I show off all 70 designs in case you want to see what else I came up with. Just a hint there are other mini-sets including some Haunted Mansion tombstones you may recognize from your time in the attraction queue, plus some fun designs of the famous Disney Trash cans and even a few for some special occasions like getting engaged.

This was a fun little project to play around with and who knows maybe we will see something similar in the near future. Collectors are hoping for 50 new designs to celebrate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary which would be amazing, just remember at this time nothing has been confirmed but we should hopefully find out soon in the upcoming weeks. Once thing I can promise is that if any new designs are released I’ll be out there hunting them down so I can share all the designs of what they look like and where you can find them for your own collection.

I can’t wait to celebrate with Disney on this special milestone. Thanks for visiting and as always Keep on Pressing!