To see even more of this new Germany Pressed Penny Set plus a sneak peak at a special new “French” Attraction check out our YouTube video here.
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 presscoins.com 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.
If you are interested in seeing more of HHN at night during the event check out your Youtube Video here.
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!
Are you interested in seeing all 70 of my WDW wish list penny designs, check out our YouTube Channel.
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!
Tag along with my daughter Hanna and myself as we hunt down this new machine at our YouTube Channel here.
This all took place on quite a busy day of traveling around Walt Disney World property checking on pressed penny machines. Earlier in the morning I came across a new machine over at the Art of Animation resort and you can read all about that here. Then I headed home to write all about that new machine and was editing the video for our Youtube Channel when I received a message from one of my penny pals Thelma letting me know about a possible new machine inside Epcot.
I told myself that I would wait until the weekend to go and check it out, but then about 10 minutes later my curiosity got the best of me and I was in my car driving to the park before I knew it.
I was informed that this new machine was located back in the World Showcase inside the Canada Pavilion. There used to be a 3-design machine in the Northwest Mercantile so that’s where I started my search. I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m originally from Ottawa Canada and this pavilion is one of my favorites. I will admit this isn’t a great representation of the entire country but some of the architecture does remind me of home. I always wished they would have a ride here for guests to experience but instead we still have just the circle vision 360 movie. It was recently updated but I personally prefer the older version. One thing that this pavilion does have is one of the best restaurants not just in Epcot but possibly all of WDW property and this the signature steakhouse Les Cellier. It is quite expensive but for special occasions (is pressing pennies a special occasion?) it’s a great experience with wonderful food.
Inside the Northwest Mercantile is plenty of Canadian themed souvenirs, and even some candy that I haven’t seen since I was last visiting the great white north. Along the back wall near a cast member storage room is where I eventually found the new pressed penny machine.
Right off the bat we can see that the previous 3-design machine is no more. I did take a tour around the entire store and confirmed with a cast member that it has been completely removed and those designs we are going to consider now retired. In it’s place is this new 8-design machine that is quickly becoming the norm all over WDW property. The cabinet is a simple wood finish, it does fit pretty well with this store although it would have been perfect if it looks more like a wood cabin but that’s being pretty picky at this point.
Here is a close up of the marquee showing each of the designs in a little more detail. The first design shown on the left is very similar to one that was here in the previous machine. The (c) Disney is now at the top instead of the bottom so it has been slightly altered for this new machine.
The other designs show off many of our favorite Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and even Pooh Bear all partaking in some classic Winter “Canadian” activities like Skiing, Sledding and even Snowboarding.
These are fun a new set of pressed pennies and I’m glad to see Canada getting a bit of an update as well. I do know of a new Pixar moving coming out soon called Turning Red that is supposed to be situation in Toronto Ontario so it would have been cool for them to wait and maybe release new designs around that movie. But again I guess we are trying to stick with the more stereotypical Canadian type of designs and Winter sports fit that scenario better I guess. Will you be picking up these coins for your own collection? Let me know below in the comments, and also when you visit the Epcot World Showcase do you head towards Mexico or Canada?
Be sure to come hang out with me while I ride on the PeopleMover and showcase this unique pressed coin by checking out our YouTube Channel here.
The PeopleMover opened in July 1967 at the Disneyland Resort in California, and then years later at Walt Disney World Florida in July 1975. Guests board small trains that run on elevated tracks for a grand circle tour above Tomorrowland.
It was initially seen as a serious prototype for future intercity public transportation, and it even appears in Walt’s plans for his Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow … EPCOT.
The California attraction closed in August 1995 for various reasons but most assumed was for cost cutting measures due to high maintenance expenses. The track and infrastructure still remain visible out in Anaheim as an unfortunate reminder to park guests of what used to be there. The version here in Florida however is still operating but under a slightly altered name. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
Guests on this popular attraction zoom around the elevated track getting some unique views along the way of Cinderella Castle, inside Star Traders gift shop, blast through Space Mountain, scan past the Carousel of Progress and even take a sneak peak inside Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.
To commemorate this fan favorite attraction fellow collector and elongated coin designer Donald Cade has created another amazing coin. In the past we reviewed his Monorail design which you can read about here. This design shows off the original PeopleMover marquee signage but is altered a bit with a fun addition that states Elongated Collectors. It also includes the famous Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow around the edge of the coin.
As with all of Don’s designs he has created another winner here in my option. The PeopleMover has always been one of my favorite attractions, not because of any thrills but more because of the nostalgia. This was one attraction that my entire family would enjoy together usually later on in the afternoon as a break from the crowds and what seems like endless walking throughout the park. We would just sit together, resting our feet and enjoying a bit of a breeze as we toured around in these unique little trains.
Thank you for visiting again this week and I hope you enjoyed Don’s special pressed coin design as much as I do. Be sure to visit The Elongated Collector (TEC) Facebook group as that is a treasure trove of unique pressed coins that are available for your own collection. You never know what may be come available.
Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to Keep on Pressing!
To see more of my shocking discovery of these brand new pressed pennies check out our YouTube Channel here.
For anyone that isn’t aware I created and maintain maps for the different central Florida Theme Parks including Disney and all the resorts. This was something I always wished was available years ago when I used to visit the parks every few years to help expedite my collecting. I’ve received many comments of gratitude for having these available and you can find them here for your own travels. But to ensure these are as up to date as possible I do make frequent trips to all the parks and resorts. This was the case on a recent trip over to Disney’s Art of Animation resort.
A couple weeks ago I visited the machine in the Landscape of Flavor food court that was home to one of the 2021 dated designs.
During this visit a few weeks ago I noticed the machine was missing (image above right). My assumption was that this machine had been removed temporarily so it could receive the new updated payment system we have seen many times in the past. The cost would be $1, and the machine would now supply the penny. I had no reason to think this machine wasn’t coming back especially since it has one of the 2021 dated designs and as of the printing of this article it’s only August so lots more time before the end of the year.
That is why on this quick visit I was completely shocked to see something different in this space. It was a nice surprise but also a bit confusing at the same time.
The new machine is one of the newer 8-design versions that has quickly become very popular at the Disney parks and resorts. It’s hard to tell in the above picture but this machine is quite a bit shorter than the other standard models. I assume this is just due to the recessed area it was being installed in. The machine has all the new payment system upgrades, and also some new designs.
A couple of the designs are the same as before, and also include a few from the second machine located not to far away in this very same food court. Due to this I’m assuming that second machine will be removed very soon. On this most recent visit it was still there and unchanged. But having duplicate designs seems odd and I will be surprised if that machine doesn’t disappear in the near future. Hopefully it will come back with other new designs, but now that they have this 8-design model here they may opt to just have the one machine. I’ll be checking back to see what happens here.
I always enjoy a nice surprise new penny machine, but this was definitely not on my radar of possibilities. With that 2021 dated design now missing I’m thinking we will see it back soon in a different machine. Possibly that second machine still here in the food court, or like they did with the Spaceship Earth 2021 design in Epcot it may get moved to a completely new location. This is what’s fun and at times a bit frustrating for collectors when designs are moved around out of the blue. I’ll make it my mission to continue following up on these changes and if I find out where that 2021 design goes you will be the first to know. Be sure to check out our maps for your future Disney, Universal, Sea World or Busch Gardens visits, I’m a bit biased but I think they will definitely help on your squishin’ missions.
Have a wonderful week and always remember to Keep on Pressing!
Recently I was visiting the Universal Orlando theme parks just checking on all the penny machines to ensure our park penny maps were up to date. In case you are unaware we maintain maps for most of the Central Florida parks to help collectors with their collections. These are completely free and you can find them here. During this visit I headed back over towards the Velocicoaster attraction to check out the gift shop inside the Discovery Center building.
My curiosity on new merchandise has got the best of me so I headed inside, but instead of new merch something else immediately caught my eye.
As you can see from the picture above the cabinet had a pretty cool looking wrap design making it look like it was carved out of stone and had some Dino foot prints going up the side.
Excited for a brand new set of pressed pennies I headed over for a closer look but when I saw the designed they looked very familiar.
The design in the middle is the same as the one we found initially celebrating the Grand Opening of the Velocicoaster attraction.
I’ve compared them myself and they appear to be identical. I’m kind of surprised they would release two of the same design but this location seems much more appropriate for this penny. It’s so much closer to the actual attraction and most guests will walk right pass this machine as they exit the ride..
The other two designs including the Jurassic World logo and Raptor coins I knew I had seen them somewhere else in property. I took to my online collection and sure enough found that they were available inside the Jurassic Outfitters Gift Shop. The machine is all the way in the back of the store near the exit to the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride. You’ll know you are in the right spot as there will be a bunch of soaking wet people exiting the ride. Above is a picture of that machine and you can see those same two designs.
As much as I was excited to find this machine it was a little disappointing that the penny designs are duplicates and available in other areas of the park. Maybe this means that these duplication ones will be replaced with other new designs in the future. Only time will tell and I’ll be sure to check back on them. Plus since the Grand Opening designs are date as 2021 I would think these also have a limited shelf life before they are replaced.
Have a fantastic week and as always Keep on Pressing!
What to see more details on all the work that went into creating this pressed penny, check out our Youtube Video here.
Way back on March 18th, 2014 I created this blog and made my first post about a visit to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains. I had recently gotten back into the hobby of collecting elongated coins shortly before that and when searching online for stories or information on pressed pennies there really wasn’t much out there. I had found the TEC club and joins, but with newsletters released quarterly that left quite a bit of time in-between issues where I was looking for more stories. So I thought I would go ahead and start documenting my trips in case anyone out there was in a similar situation. When I first was trying to design the blog I didn’t have money to pay an artist or graphic designer so instead I took it upon myself to try and create it from scratch.
I sat at my office desk in the basement of our house trying to come up with an idea and thought about just laying some elongated coins on the desk. Disney is always very popular so I thought by using some Disney coins it would help grab readers attention, plus I figured why not include some TEC coins in case any club members stopped by. Then once I took the picture I though it looked pretty good, and added the black box in the middle to try and help make the text stand out a bit. Boom, there was my first banner for the blog and then in August 2017 when I launched our YouTube channel this same banner was used there as well.
It’s done us well for all these years, but earlier this year I had finally decided that it was time to rebrand a bit. I’ve shared hundreds of stories, shown off thousands of coins, chatted with so many of you fellow collectors and just felt we needed to come up with something new. Now I promise our blog and videos will continue to focus on pressed coins, that will absolutely not change. Below I’m going to review with you the entire process of working on a new official logo and a very special custom pressed penny.
First I needed to work on a new logo. I had tried to make something myself a few times but as I mentioned at the beginning that is just not something I’m good at. I’ll save myself the embarrassment of my designs, and instead will go right to the ones that I had hired professionals to create.
To try and do this on a very reasonable budget I thought I would try using the service Fiverr.com. I’ve heard both good and back experience but it seems that’s pretty common place for online services anywhere. After this entire process I can say that everyone I worked with was very professional and I didn’t have any issues. Above was the first logo design I received back, this was after a few revision requests. Initially the design was a circle and in a more silver color. I asked for it to be elongated so it looked more like a pressed coin and changed the color to a gold/bronze color to try and mimic a penny. This was not a bad initial design, but I wanted to see what else other designers could come up with.
The second logo design I received is pictures above. Similar to the first design I asked for a few revisions and this was the final product. I liked the circle and ring portion of the logo as being a bit unique, but then with the standard text below I felt it would be difficult to implement this eventually into a coin design.
Thirds times the charm. I was open to trying more and more until I found something that just grabbed me, but thankfully that happened with the third logo. I liked that it portrayed a pressed coins, also had the familiar dots within the logo that usually we are used to seeing around the board of our pressed pennies. This just immediately jumped out as the one I liked the best. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this as my profile picture. I was so excited to get it that I immediately put on there as my new profile picture. It’s hard to remember all the different places that this logo will need to be updated without our community, but I’ll be working on that over the next few weeks. But before I get to that I was excited to get into the process of creating our own pressed coin design.
I took quite a bit of time chatting with some pressed coin designers, and also chatted with friends in our community that have had their own coins created to try and get some recommendations. That did help narrow my list down quite a bit and then I took more time to review the other designs they each have created to see what grabbed my attention. After all of that I chose to work with Paul Connor at Paul Conner Studios and I’ve included a link to his website in case you would like to see his other work. After a quick email over to Paul with a copy of my brand new logo I basically gave him carte blanche to come up with some ideas. To my surprise Paul got back to me within an hour or so with the above three initial designs. Just like with the new logo, when I saw these options one immediately jumped out at me. But I wanted to get some additional feedback so I showed some friends and family to see what they liked and it was almost unanimous.
I sent Paul an email confirming the design we wanted to proceed with, and placed the order. It took a few weeks for him to get the die created and then the coins pressed.
Waiting for the package of coins to arrive in the mail seemed like forever, but in reality I think it was only a couple of days. When it arrived I dropped what I was doing to tear into the box and see it in all it’s bright shiny glory, and I absolutely love it.
Now for the exciting part. This new logo and special pressed penny is all because of you. Without all your support and kind comments I wouldn’t have been able to do this. I have chatted with so many of you over the years about your own collections and am so happy to be able to share this penny with you my penny pals.
The penny is completely free if you would like one for your very own collection. I’ll just ask that you cover the postage cost to get it back to your home. So all you need to do is send me a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to our new P.O. Box address listed below. Once I receive it I’ll put your penny in the envelope and shipped back to you as soon as possible.
Then if you want to share pictures on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook of your new penny be sure to tag us so we can share it with everyone. Also, I have had some penny pals ask if they can send me mail and with this new P.O. Box you can absolutely do so. I would love to hear from all of you, and just let me know if it’s okay to share your letters with everyone and I’ll create a special section on our blog where we can see all the letters or postcards that come in. It will be so much fun to see where everyone is from, and maybe include some pictures of your own collections.
I do want to say once again from the bottom of my heart that this is all because of your wonderful support that I’m able to make these improvements to the blog and our community. Hopefully this is the first of many special pressed coin designs we can release. Have a wonderful week and as always Keep on Pressing!
Check out more of my hunt for these brand new Fast & Furious pressed pennies by watching our YouTube Video.
On a recent visit to Universal Orlando Resort, I was just checking in on all the machines to see if anything had changed or if any where missing. Plus I had received a tip about a possible new machine at one of the attractions.
For most of my trip around the park everything appears normal and as it had been on previous visit. Then I entered the San Francisco area of the park and decided to jump on a ride that has become almost a joke within the park. It replaced a guest favorite attraction called Disaster and there were high hopes for this new attraction based on the movie fanchise it was to be based on.
Fast & Furious Supercharged is not one of my favorite attractions, but it does have a few things going for it. The queue is almost entirely inside with plenty of nice crisp air conditioning.
While you are waiting in the queue which usually is not very long (another plus) has plenty of interesting props from the Fast and Furious movie franchise including plenty of cars.
Eventually you get to the actual attraction where you start out by boarding a large “party bus”. Then things get a bit disappointing. Basically your bus drives into a large room where it is surrounded by a large movie screen dome that completely surrounds your vehicle. This is to try and give the illusion that you are in the middle of the movie. But the effects are pretty bad, the story is strange and I know that the F&F movies are a bit out there when it comes to the stunts but it’s taken to a whole new level of weird in this one. After a few minutes of the attraction your party bus heads back into the loading station where you exit and then walk into a themed gift shop. Unfortunately Universal doesn’t allow any video or photos to be taken on their attractions including this one, but if you want to see more of it I’m sure you can google a few secretly filmed videos on Youtube.
The gift shop is called Custom Gear and you can access it without having to endure this attraction. Just outside the store are a few more cars on display and is also where I found the new pressed penny machine.
The design of the machine cabinet is pretty cool. I like the diamond plate trim around the edge kind of like a large mechanic’s toolbox. The red and black colors are pretty inline with the Fast and Furious franchise colors. You may also notice that this machine was released at the now standard $1 price point, and the machine will supply the penny to be pressed. You no long need to bring your own pennies.
The set of designs includes images of the Fast & Furious Supercharged logo, the F&F Family Forever shield logo, F&F Lightning Bolt and Wrench log, and lastly a cool looking exotic car.
So first off lets just revisit the attraction for a moment. I have plenty of friends ask if they should ride it and I always say they should at least ride once and make their own decision. I don’t completely hate it, as I mentioned it’s a nice way to get a break from the hot Florida sun. The movie you experience is pretty far fetched but to be honest that pretty much the same as the Fast & Furious movies. If you like the movies I’m sure you will enjoy this ride at least a little bit. Some friends I know do get a bit of motion sickness from the attraction since your “party bus” is sitting still, but the movie around you makes it seem like you are moving so your equilibrium can be thrown off a bit. If you are subject to this from time to time you may want to just skip the ride.
Now for those new pressed pennies. I do think this is a great new set and I’m happy that we finally got some for this attraction. It opened quite a few years ago and I was surprised back then when no new machine was released but this situation seems to be pretty common for Universal. Look how long it took for us to finally get some Harry Potter pressed coins. Better late than never I always say.
Have a fantastic week and be sure to visit back with us again soon. Thanks for visiting and as always make sure to Keep on Pressing!
I will start out by saying that I am by no means a Nascar expert, but I’ve always enjoyed cars in general. I’ve never been to a Nascar race in person but have watched a few races on television. It’s hard to comprehend exactly how fast they are going around that track, and the knowledge that any little error can cause a major wreck just gives me so much respect for the drivers in those vehicles.
For even casual or non-racing fans I think everyone is aware of the Daytona 500. Living in Orlando I’m not too far way from the Daytona International Speedway but have never made the trip over until just recently. A friend of mine was interested in visiting the Buc-ee’s in Daytona Beach that I wrote about here. After that visit I’m always looking for an excuse to head back out for some Beaver Nuggets so we hit the road bright and early. Then after filling up on Buc-ee’s products we still had the whole day ahead of us with nothing planned so I thought it may be a great opportunity to visit the speedway.
It was pretty easy to find and after parking in the visitors lot we walked along the outside of the Speedway and I was completely taken back by how huge it was. There were no races going on so most of it was deserted outside, but we could hear the familiar sounds of cars flying around the track which I think was part of a tour you could take.
Even though there was no race going on during our visit, there is still some areas of the speedway property that we were able to explore.
Inside was an information area, as well as a fun gift shop which we will get to shortly, but where we spent most of our time was in the Motorsports Hall of Fame and museum. It was incredible.
This was a self guided tour, but they had people around to answer questions if you had any. One thing they were sure to let us know was that the museum wasn’t just about Nascar but all Motorsports. We definitely saw that inside with all different types of vehicles and other race vehicles throughout. I even found this cool Fabulous Hudson Hornet car from one of my favorite Pixar animated movies Cars.
One area of the museum that was really cool is where they have the current Daytona 500 Champion car. There is a whole section with pictures of the winning driver, the humongous trophy and the actual car. One of the guides told us that after the race this car is literally just driven off the track and right into this spot.
They even told us to go around the back of the car and look on the opposite side where there is quite a bit of damage from early in the race when the car got a bit too close to the wall.
After we finished with the museum it was time to head into the gift shop. As with many of the other places we visit they had an amazing assortment of items for sale. Plenty of t-shirts, but even die-cast models, seat covers, posters, artwork and so much more.
Out of the back of the gift shop is a little cafe where you can get some drinks and snacks. This is also where I found a pressed penny machine.
The machine cabinet was fun with the checkered pattern along the sides. It was a classic 3-design electric model so it saved my arms from having to crank our my pennies manually.
The designs on the pennies were really great as well. They include the Daytona International Speedway Logo, The Coke 200 Logo, and of course the Daytona 500 Logo. Special thanks to Summers Raceway for supplying some of the props I used in the above picture. If you like Hot Wheels racing be sure to head over to their YouTube channel and check out a race.
I really had a great time at the Daytona International Speedway, and am actually very interested in going back to see a race in person. I’m sure it would definitely be a unique experience. Even if you aren’t a Nascar fan I still think the speedway has a lot of fun things to do and explore, plus you’ll need to pickup a set of these cool pressed pennies.