** Updated 10/25/2021**
No changes as of today. We are still anxiously awaiting the last few medallion machines to be placed. I visited the rumored locations over the last couple days with no changes so far.
We have found a total of 43 medallions in 9 machines (see below for details). Some of those were temporarily made available due to some of the designs quickly selling out. From information I have heard there is scheduled to be another 4 or maybe 5 medallions machines to be released before the end of October. Here is a picture I received from a list a Cast Member referred to when a guest inquired about other available medallions.
If this list is accurate we should be seeing a second machine in EPCOT at the Disney Traders store, Hollywood Studios in the Tower Hotel Gift Shop, Fort Wilderness Resort Campground at the Meadows Trading Post, and Disney Springs at the World of Disney Store. This list also references a mysterious 5th machine at Port Orleans (doesn’t specify Riverside or French Quarter) and also lists only one design for Dante from Coco. Not sure if this will be a special one medallion machine, or maybe Dante will be the only unique medallion available here with other designs already released elsewhere. As of this past weekend I checked a few of these locations with no new medallions released yet. If any comes across these new machines or medallion designs please feel free to let us know and I’ll keep this post updated so we can know what is available and where to find them.
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping an eye out during their travels for these medallions, it’s been so much fun helping everyone collect these really awesome souvenirs. -DCT
I’m sure you have all been anxiously following along in the related article to this one where I’ve documented all the 50th Anniversary Pressed coins that I have been hunting down. If you haven’t be sure to check it out here. Something I’ve been hearing along my travels for those coins is that not only will we be seeing 50 special pressed coins, but also 50 collectible medallions. I don’t know for sure if this will be true or not, but just in case I figured why not keep this search in a separate post to keep things nice and organized. Here is what we have found so far.
This first medallions machine was found inside the Magic Kingdom right on Main Street inside the Hall of Champions store.
** Updated 10/13/2021. The below designs have been restocked at this location **
This set has some really nice designs of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lady and Tinkerbell. The reverse of each coin has a smiling Mickey face, and says The World’s Most Magical Celebration 50 Walt Disney World which I really love.
The next set of medallions to be released was over at Epcot inside the Port of Entry store which is located just as you enter the World Showcase if you are coming from the Spaceship earth area of the park. There are two gift shops in this area that are almost identical and this is the one closes to the Canada Pavilion side.
This machine has been in this location for quite a while. In the past we have seen medallions for some of the different Festivals, but then it went stale for quite awhile with some Winter character designs that stuck around for much longer than we anticipated. I was happy to see these have finally been updated with some nice new 50th Anniversary designs of Figment, Miguel from Coco, the Genie from Aladdin and Jimmy Cricket.
Special thank you to Stephanie E, Matthew and Zizzy who all came across the newly released medallion machine at Hollywood Studios. This machine can be found in the Celebrity 5 & 10 store located near the front of the park as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard. The designs available her include Lumber, Woody, R2-D2 and Hei Hei from Moana.
Next up we took a headed into the jungle over at one of the most beautiful Disney parks Animal Kingdom. There was only one medallion machine I knew about in this park so that’s where I was headed first before exploring the rest of the park. Thankfully may assumption was correct and this existing machine had the old Lion King designs removed and replaced with the new 50th versions.
This machine is located in the Ziwani Traders store which is back near the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction entrance. The medallions available here include Simba, Bambi, Timon and Pumbaa.
Before we start our pilgrimage to all the different resorts looking for medallions I was pretty sure we would find some a Disney Springs. More specifically in the Pin Trader store where there was currently a machine with some 2021 designs.
Sure enough my hunch was right and the machine was just recently loaded with these brand new 50th designs Donald, Daisy, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet too.
The first set of collectible medallions I have come across at a resort was found in a brand new machine over at the Contemporary Resort. It can be found on the 4th floor concourse just outside the arcade near the monorail security check point.
These medallions were nice quality, bright and shiny. Plus they were really heavy, even more heavy than I think the standard medallions we have found around property were but I may have to double check on that. Could have been I was just more used to the penny weight lately instead. The designs are of similar characters we have found on the pressed pennies including Tramp, Bo Peep, Pinocchio and even a Contemporary Resort image. They are not exactly the same designs that are on the pennies but similar. I’m hoping this is not going to be the case where the medallions and pennies all have the same / similar designs but I’m sure we will find out before too long.
Polynesian Village Resort
The Polynesian Village resort is one of my favorites. Unfortunately I’ve never actually stayed here, but have visited many times either to collect some pressed coins or in most situations to eat at ‘Ohana which is my all time favorite restaurant on WDW Property. On the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House across from ‘Ohana is a shop called the Moana Mercantile and just outside this store is where the next medallion machine can be found.
** Updated 10/13/2021. The below designs have been restocked at this location **
Adding to this ever growing set of 50th Anniversary Medallions we found designs celebrating the Polynesian Village Resort, the Orange Bird, Stitch and Pua from Moana. The reverse image is the same as all the other medallions we have found so far.
All-Star Movies Resort
A very special thank you to Kathleen B. who submitted a tip on the next two sets of medallions.
This machine is found in the World Premier Food Court and has replaced the pressed quarter machine that used to be here. The cabinet matches the pressed penny machines which I think is a nice touch. The medallion designs here are of the Mad Hatter, Joe Gardner, Frozone and Edna Mode.
All-Star Music Resort
Thankfully this next resort was not too far away, and I just walked over to the All-Star Music resort. The new medallion machine has also replaced the pressed quarter machines that was outside the Note’able Games Arcade.
This is an other great set of medallions with designs of Dumbo, Timothy Mouse, Pluto and Abu.
Below are seven medallions that were made available for a short time while some other designs were out of stock. Since then these coins have been removed and are currently unavailable. But that should only be temporary as they are scheduled to appear in new machines by the end of October 2021. I have them listed here just so everyone can see what they look like and I’ve also included the rumored location that they may eventually be placed.
These four medallions were first seen at the Polynesian Village Resort for only a few days. Once the original designs at the Polynesian were restocked the above were removed. These are listed to be placed in a new machine inside EPCOT at the Disney Traders store at the entrance to World Showcase.
The above three medallions where also available for only a short while at the Hall of Champions store in the Magic Kingdom. The accompanied the Mickey Mouse design which is still available at this location. These are rumored to be headed to Disney Springs in the World of Disney store along with a medallion of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.