TEC Recruiter Coin 2021

Recently I received a special envelope in my mail from our friends at TEC The Elongated Collectors Club. I was pretty sure all my club dues were up to date so I wasn’t sure exactly what may have arrives. To my surprise the envelope inlcuded this beautiful card and a nice message letting me know I had earned a couple recruiter coins. This was thanks to a couple of our readers joining TEC and mentioned my name.

Here is a closer look at the 2021 recruiter coins a penny and nickel. ┬áIt was designed by current TEC Secretary Terri V, she also worked on the included card and mailing these all out. These are always fun coins of appreciation from our club and I’m honored to receive them. Thank you to our latest TEC members that mentioned my name, I hope you are enjoying the TEC newsletters and special coins throughout the year.

My passion for the hobby has always been about sharing experiencing and connecting with fellow collectors.  May times I’ve submitted questions to the club about collecting processes or suggestions on specific topics and our fellow members are always so eager to share their experiences and knowledge. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the club website at TECNews.org to find out more.

Thank you all for helping to create and maintain our wonderful community we have, I love reading all your comments, and please feel free to leave me any questions about pressed coins and I will be more than happy to help.  Take care and Keep on Pressing!

Galactic Starcruiser Halcyon Collectible Coin

If you are like me and always following the latest Disney parks news I’m sure you have been inundated lately with videos and blog posts about the Galactic Starcruiser or what some were just calling the Star Wars Hotel. Before we get too into this post I will just say up front that I have not personally experienced this, but from what I have seen I would love to it sometime in the future. For now let’s just take a little bit of a look inside and then I’ll share with you something very special that some friends of mine send over.

Photo Credit: Disney D23

From the outside the building looks like a pretty unassuming terminal. This is where you would park your vehicle, get checked in, take some special photos infant of the Galactic Starcruiser logo wall. Then you head inside for a virtual transport trip up to the Halcyon ship situated above our planet just waiting for guests to arrive.

Photo Credit: Disney D23

Once aboard your experience begins. This is something that I think is a bit hard for some people to grasp with this place. It really is not just a Star Wars themed hotel, but instead a fully immersive Star Wars experience. You will find yourself in the middle of various different story lines that include characters for the First Order, Rebels, Resistance, Jedi and more. During your stay there are different tasks you will be asked to participate in like keeping Chewbacca hidden from the First Order, or smuggling some Coaxiom back from Batuu (in Hollywood Studios).

Photo Credit: Disney D23

At some time during your trip you will go through training on the Halcyon’s bridge utilizing the shields and other defense systems which may come in handy later on during your voyage. Plus there is the ever popular Lightsaber training and so much more.

Photo Credit: WESH News

The voyages are three day and two night adventures so of course you will have a cabin to yourself, and their design really does look like you are on a Star Wars movie. The details I have seen on the Halcyon ship are really amazing, and I can only imagine are so much better in person.

Of course this is Disney so you know there is a ton of special merchandise available for Halcyon passengers only. As I mentioned above I have not experienced this myself yet, but I did have some friends attend one of the first adventures after the grand opening. During their stay they received this special collectible coin / medallion and were nice enough to send it over my way knowing how much I enjoy collecting coins.

They mentioned that this coin was left for them in their cabin, but that only one was given per group / cabin. They had four people in their group and hoped they could get one for each person, but were told that was not the case. I have heard that these were only given out to each cabin during those first few cruises, but now are only available for those lucky enough to upgrade to a Captain’s Table dining experience. One side of the coin has the Halcyon Starcruiser logo, and the reverse side has a profile design of the Halcyon ship.

As you can see from the picture above, this coin is very large. I included a US penny and quarter for scale. I’m not sure of the type of medal it’s comprised of, but it definitely is quite heavy. I absolutely love this and am so thankful for my friends who offered to gift this to my collection. Now I just have to figure out how to safely store and protect this.

On a quick side note before we got, my friends did mention that they did not see any pressed penny machine onboard the Halcyon or in the terminal where they checked in. I was kind of hoping maybe there would be a very special machine released for this adventure, but as of right now that is not the case.

Have you taken a trip aboard the Galactic Starcruiser Halcyon? What did you think and was it worth the price. Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear all about it.

Have a fantastic week and Keep on Pressing!

Disney Cruise Line Pressed Pennies – Port Canaveral FL

I wish I could say that my family just got off of a wonderful Disney cruise to the Caribbean but that is unfortunately not the case. My wife and I did go on the Disney Dream a few years ago for our Anniversary and you read about that adventure here. To be honest we have really just been waiting for our kids to get a little older before we embark on another cruise and I can’t wait for that trip.

Photo Credit: USAToday

Disney does have their fifth ship the Wish about the start its inaugural sailings later this year. Then they have their sixth and seventh ships scheduled in the near future as well. There are certainly lots of new things happening with Disney Cruise Line and I’m happy to also report that they have released some brand new pressed pennies as well here in the Port Canaveral Terminal.

Now before you hop in your car and try to press a set of these at the terminal I want to state that this machine is not available to the general public. It is located beyond the terminal security checkpoint meaning that only Disney Cruise Line passengers about to board their ship will have access to the machine. This has always been the case here at Port Canaveral and makes these pressed pennies very sought after by collectors.

As I mentioned above my family doesn’t have any Cruise trips scheduled so I was a little worried about how I could get a set of these new pennies. Thankfully I was able to cruise some very nice friends online who offered to pick up a set on their next cruise. Previously there were two separate 3-design machines in the terminal but those have both been removed and replaced with a new touchscreen 8-design model instead.

This is a great new set of pennies with images of the Disney Cruise Line logo, Captain Mickey, Captain Minnie, and their friends. Now the only thing I was sad to see is that there are no longer penny designs for each of the Disney Ships. Those designs were always very popular with cruisers to commemorate each ship they had cruised on. Maybe once Disney has all their new ships in active service we will see some updated designs or maybe even a second machine for just those pennies. I know those would be extremely popular.

Do you have an upcoming Disney Cruise? Be sure to leave me a commend down below, I’d love to hear all about it. Happy Cruising and Keep on Pressing!

Disney’s All-Star Resorts NEW Pressed Pennies

I have visited and stayed at Disney’s All-Star Resorts many times in the past. During some of my impromptu vacations (ahem…penny pressing trips) I would stay here due to their lower cost. I always figured since I wasn’t going to be spending much time in my room why pay more. They may not have a Spa, or a table service restaurant but these resorts still have all the Disney charm and plenty of amenities to keep you and your family busy. Of course for us elongated coin collectors these resorts also were a treasure trove of machine having 3 or 4 machines at each resort. Unfortunately just recently that has changed, thankfully there are still pressed penny machines available, but the numbers have been trimmed down a bit. Let’s take a trip over to the All-Star Resorts to see what has changed.

After passing through the security checkpoint the first resort we come to is All-Star Sports which at the time of this post has only recently reopened after all the shut downs. It was the last Disney run resort to reopen.

As soon as I walked inside the resort I could tell the cast members were so happy and excited to be back. I must have been greeted about a dozen times during my quick visit on this day, and they were really trying to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves.

Once you are inside the main resort building all you need to do is head straight down the big long hallway towards the Foodcourt and just outside the Game Point Arcade you will find the new lone pressed penny machine.

I do like that the new machine has kept the same color scheme the old machines had and this changes with each of the All-Star Resorts.

Keeping with the sports theme of the resort you can see that the pressed penny designs have all our favorite Disney characters participating in various sports from Basketball Mickey, to Volleyball Donald. Plus I love that these designs include All-Star Sports on each of the designs.

Once back in my car it was only a short drive to our next destination theAll-Star Music resort.

As you may notice from these pictures these resorts are all designed very similarly. Once I walked inside All-Star Music I just headed straight down the main hallway towards the Food Court and same as at the Sports resort just outside the Note’Able Arcade was where we found the new machine.

Just as we saw previously the multiple machines that used to be here are now gone and instead replaced with one of the new 8-design versions. The cabinet is painted a bluish green and red color to match the old machines as well as the collectible medallion machine just to the side.

Here you will be able to press another fun set of themed pennies. Since we are at the Music resort it makes perfect sense to find our Disney Friends either making music or listening to it. I love seeing the design with Animal and his drum sticks, plus Chip and Dale sharing a pair of headphones is just too cute.

All the way down at the end of the road is where we found the last resort on this trip the All-Star Movies resort. Out of all the All-Star resorts this is probably the one I have stayed at the most. I’m a movie buff and this just had some really fun theming from the Mighty Ducks pool to the Herbie the Love Bug rooms.

This resort however had the pressed penny machine in a different location. Instead of outside the arcade this one is inside the World Premier Food Court.

I used to love coming in here and seeing this wall just stacked with pressed penny machines, but now we are down to just one. Plus you do have another collectible medallion machine if you are obsessed with those as well like I am.

This new set of pressed pennies is my absolutely favorite. I love the idea of showcasing these classic Disney Animated movies and including the release year for each of them right on the design. Aladdin is my favorite..holy cow 1992 am I that old?!? Hopefully they come out with more designs following these with other movies that would make for such a fantastic mega-set of pennies.

Have you visited any of the All-Star Resorts? Do you have a favorite? Let me know if the comments below. Thanks for tagging along as we did our quick visit to each of the All-Star Resorts and tracked down these new sets of pressed pennies. 24 new designs all acquired in one day, that’s not too bad!

Keep on Pressing!

Universal’s Mardi Gras 2022 | Collectible Medallions

Let the Good Times Roll!

It’s that time of year again for one of my favorite events at Universal their Mardi Gras Celebration.

The festivities can be found since the Universal Studios theme park and includes some great food, concerts, a scavenger hunt, decorations, a parade and a brand new set of collectible medallions. But before we get to those new coins let’s take a stroll around the park first.

I’ve visited Universal’s Mardi Gras the last few years and always have a great time. There are decorations all throughout the park, but the heart of the festival for some reason is in the New York section of the park.

Be on the look out for the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. I usually find them riding their marquee float during the parade.

Of course any good festival will have a lot of food trucks and food booths to experience and this was no different.

My recommendation is to go during the week to help avoid some of the crowds. When the food booths first open is usually a great time to jump in short lines and enjoy the hot fresh food.

This year one of the tag lines for the festival was that it was “Spicier” and that was certainly the case. Many times at the theme parks they tend to tone down the spice just due to the wide range of guests tastes. But I can attest that a few of the items this year definitely brought the spice. The Nashville Hot Chicken Mac & Cheese was amazing, and the Blackend Chicken Po-Boy was also a great option. The different varieties of Arepas we tried were very flavorful and one of my favorites was the Pressed Garlic Bread Meatball slider. So many great options, there are almost too many to try in just one visit.

After indulging in some great food it was time to explore the latest version of the Tribute Store. This time around it was themed around a Float Factory. The facades they create for these stores are always so details and really gave me some Horror Nights vibes (soon my precious…soon).

As with the other Tribute Stores we have experience in the past there are multiple rooms each telling a different part of a larger story. Inside this Float Factory each room took us through the process of designing and creating a parade float. Above was the second room we encountered and showed how they start carving in foam the details for the float.

The next room detailed the paint and decoration process for a float. Plus did I mention all the merchandise we’ve encountered. There were scented candles, masks, beads, t-shirts, sweaters, hats, Christmas ornaments and so much more.

The last room which always contains a lot of amazing themed snacks and desserts was also where we found the finished Space Gator float. Now I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see the actual parade floats but I guess that would have been just way too big to fit inside this store. Still the details of the entire float creation process was very unique and definitely interesting to see all the steps involved.

On the way out of the Tribute Store there is one last scene before you head back out into the park and this is where we found the new Collectible Medallions machine.

The cabinet looked to be the exact same machine we have found here recently for the Holiday Tribute Store and last years Halloween Horror Nights. But I’m certainly happy to see they have kept up the trend of releasing new medallions for each of their big events throughout the year. The cost was $5 per Medallion or $15 for all four designs.

Each design has a nice Mardi Gras theme to it including the tag line I mentioned for this year “Louder, Wilder and Spicier”, a Fleur-De-Lis, a classic Mardi Gras mask, and an interesting Voodoo design. The reverse of each coin all had the same Mardi Gras at Universal 2022 design.

I had so much fun again this year at Universal’s Mardi Gras and thankfully there is still plenty of time to go back and experience more food and more fun. The parade is always one of my highlights to watch and if you are lucky enough you may also get to ride on the float and toss those highly sought after beads at all the gusts along the parade route. Then before you jump back in your car you can toss a few of your beads onto the famous Mardi Gras bead tree.

I am so happy to see another set of collectible medallions released and can’t wait to see what’s next. Will this be it until Horror Nights? Who knows, I’m kind of hoping we see something new in-between these two marquee events. Only time will tell, but I’ll make sure and let you know as soon as I find out.

Disney Skyway Pressed Coin – Privately Designed

Disney fans are always talking about the monorail as their favorite way to get into the parks. I agree that it’s a unique way to get around property, and I have some very fond memories of vacations from my youth where hoping on the monorail was how I knew we were on vacation.

It will always have a special place in my heart, but not too long ago in 2019 Walt Disney World opened their latest mode of Transportation the Skyliner.

The Disney Skyliner connects Hollywood Studios, Epcot and a few resorts in between. This has quickly become my new favorite way to move around property and gives an amazing birds eye view along the way. But this is not the first time Disney has installed a gondola type system in their parks.

Not long after the opening of Disneyland California a similar gondola system called the Skyway debuted in 1956. In was built by Von Roll Limited based in Bern Switzerland. Then when the Magic Kingdom here in Florida opened the same gondola system was implemented and a third was build in Tokyo Disneyland. The attraction took riders back and forth between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland

Then after many years of operation the California version of the Skyway closed in late 1994 and was attributed to metal fatigue in the supporting structures. In 1998 Tokyo Disneyland closed its Skyway.

Shortly after in 1999 the Skyway here in Florida’s Magic Kingdom closed, with the Tomorrowland station demolished in 2009 and the Fantasyland station was removed a few years later in 2012 was then replaced with a new Tangled-themed restroom area that has become a fan favorite area.

Even though its been many years since the Skyway has been removed from all Disney parks, it is still fondly remembered by many guests. To celebrate this classic attraction our friend Don Cade has designed another wonderful pressed coin. The design shows the familiar Skyway buckets hanging from the transport cable, soaring overtop of the Disneyland Autopia and Astro Orbiter attractions. Don made this design available on various coin denominations but he was gracious to send me one on a very unique coin. As you can see in the above picture of the coin it has an eye catching edge to it.

This was pressed on not our usual US coin, but instead an Israeli One Agora coin. This is really amazing and I’m so happy to share it all with you. Thank you for stopping by and checking out some more privately designs elongated coins. There are so many more out there and I can’t wait to see what we find next. Keep on Pressing!

Hard Rock Cafe Pressed Pennies | Universal’s CityWalk Florida

We have spent a lot of time in the past reviewing all the different CityWalk pressed penny machines, and even the more recent collectible medallions. I’ve eaten at pretty much every restaurant in CityWalk, and that includes Hard Rock Cafe. But one thing that never really crossed paths were pressed pennies and the Hard Rock until now.

I last visited this Hard Rock Cafe a few years ago with friends. Since it’s a chain I find the menu options nothing extraordinary so we really just used it as a last resort when we couldn’t get into any other CityWalk restaurant. During that last visit however I can confirm that there was no pressed penny machine. Just recently however I received a message from our friend and fellow collector Joe W who informed me that there was a pressed penny machine inside. So you know what that means we had to head over and investigate.

I did make a reservation for lunch just in case it was busy, but since my friend and I were there mid-week for lunch the place was pretty much empty. Once inside I remembered just how much memorabilia they have on display there. This place is basically a big music history museum. After we were seated at our table our server said we were free to wonder around and check out everything they had on display.

Being the Bloggers / Vloggers we are you didn’t need to tell us twice. We first headed upstairs for our self guided tour and it’s truly amazing what they have there.

Items from The Clut, to The Cure and even Smashing Pumpkins.

I found some clothing from Slash with Guns n’ Roses and even Joe Perry’s jacket from Aerosmith.

These few wall displays I showcased here is only a small smidgen of the things you can find here. Now I will say that we were lucky it wasn’t busy inside and that allowed us to really be able to see these things up close. The only issue would be if it’s busy inside, these items hang along the walls where all the booths are located and would have patrons sitting there eating their meals while you are trying to snap a picture of Eric Clapton’s guitar. Could be a bit awkward, but wanted to mention this so you can plan your visit accordingly.

After we were done exploring it was perfect timing as our food had just arrived back at our table. I started with the “One Night in Bangkok Spicy Shrimp” which were crispy shrimp tossed in a creamy spicy sauce and topped with scallions and served on a bed of coleslaw. These were nice a fresh, big shrimp that were perfectly crunchy. The sauce was not to spicy but had a nice kick. These are very similar to versions I’ve had at other chain restaurants but I was pleasantly surprised with this version. For my main entree I had the “Original Legendary Burger” which is labeled as a steak burger with applewood bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy onion ring, leaf lettuce and vine-ripened tomato. Similar to the shrimp this was a nicely prepared burger, the patty was fresh and cooked perfectly to my liking, the veggies were crisp and the bacon was crunchy. Overall it wasn’t anything I hadn’t had before, but I really enjoyed it and would order this again.

Since we were planning to head into the parks after our lunch we decided to skip dessert (I had a Crepe in mind for my sweet snack later on). We paid our tab and headed back towards the front of the restaurant where the Rock Shop was located. The pressed penny machine is just outside the shop actually very near where you would check in to eat at the restaurant. Due to it’s location you do not need to actually eat here to use the machine, you can just inside the doors to press your pennies.

Quick note on this machine, it is $1.00 to press your penny but the machine takes four quarters instead of a dollar bill. Thankfully I always bring extra change just in case.

This was a pretty standard machine, and the cabinet had a black and chrome looking style around the bottom which I guess is kind of “Rock-like”, but that could just be me grasping for some type of theming.

The penny designs available here include the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando logo, the Building Facade, a Guitar and a T-Shirt. I always love when these types of designs are created for a specific location and makes for a fun little sub-set to collect when visiting other locations.

Our experience at the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando was really great. The atmosphere inside is really amazing and if you love music history or maybe even just have a favorite band or performer they probably have something inside for you to check out. The meal was much better than I remember having the last time and I would put this on my list of places to visit again soon. Of course the pressed pennies were a great find and thank you again to Joe W for letting us know about them. I will say I’m a bit embraced that it took so long to find these, and we may need to explore a little more thoroughly in some other places in CityWalk. The Chocolate Emporium is another spot that I’m amazed does not have any pennies but maybe we will find them soon, or who knows they may already have one there and I’ll have to go check it out. Have a great week, Keep on Pressing and Rock On!

Pressed Penny Machine Model

If you’ve been hanging out here with us for any length of time you may notice that periodically I post about some unique items. I’m obsessed with anything even remotely related to pressed pennies or elongated coins. In the past we have reviewed jewelry, art work, videos games and most recently a pressed penny Christmas tree ornament. Just recently I came across another item we can add to this unique list.

One of my daily routines is scrolling through my Facebook pressed penny group pages to see what people have posted throughout the day. One post that caught my eye was from fellow collector Florian from Germany. He had designed and crated a 3-D printed model of a pressed penny machine. The pictures he posted looked pretty cool but I was certainly intrigued and wanted one for myself. I reached out to Florida, placed my order and a few weeks later my package arrived.

As you can see it’s pretty large and stands a little under 7 inches tall. I love the elongated coins that are attached to the “cabinet” of the machine.

The details of the internal mechanics are pretty impressive as well with the coin slider, die and gears. The hand crank does turn but obviously this does not actually press anything. I have this sitting on my desk next to my computer and just love seeing it there. Maybe future versions will have some of the internal parts like the gears actually turn, but for now I’m really happy with this model. I don’t know anything about 3-D printing but I’m sure designing this took quite awhile and many prototypes. A huge thank you to Floridan for putting this together and making it available.

If you know of or come across any unique items related to pressed coins or the machines please be sure to leave me a comment below I’d love to hear all about it. Have a fantastic week and as always Keep on Pressing!

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway NEW Pressed Pennies | Hollywood Studios

One of the latest attractions to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Now for those of you that have been visiting the parks for awhile may remember the previous ride known as the Great Movie Ride. Many guests were hoping that original attraction would just get a bit of TLC and a bit of updating. Instead Disney decided to just close it down completely and replace it with Mickey Mouse’s first ever attraction.

Back in March 2020 I was there on opening day when this brand new attraction had it’s grand opening. I had to get to the park very early in the morning along with thousands of other fans all with similar ideas. The wait time for the ride immediately skyrockets to multiple hours once the park opened, but everyone was in high spirits and how could you not be when there was a new ride to experience. It was a long day, but we had lots of fun, the ride was amazing, the merchandise was great but something was missing. There were no new pressed pennies!

Well here we are about two years later and that is all about to change. Disney has finally released a new set of pressed pennies themed for this new attraction and we are here at Hollywood Studios to “track” them down.

But first I thought maybe we needed to set the stage and get into the proper frame of mind. What better way then to hop aboard this crazy train for a refresher then we will work on those pennies afterwards. Please note there will be some spoilers below about the attraction but I’ll try to keep them brief. Once you enter the park, basically you just need to head straight down Hollywood Boulevard towards the large theater looming in the background. If you are lucky enough to be here at night, just follow the mesmerizing neon lights that just seem to drawn you inside.

After you wait in line which usually starts outside, then winds inside past various movie posters along the walls showcasing different Mickey cartoon shorts you will find yourself in one of two movie theaters to watch the latest cartoon Perfect Picnic. Be warned that the music is very catchy and even as I’m sitting in my office writing this I have the song playing in my head. The cartoon is cute and had Mickey and Minnie packing their car for a picnic at the park. After some unforeseen events Goofy crashes his train into the barn which tears a hole into the movie screen. We are prompted to head on into the cartoon for a very special tour.

We load into train cars led by Engineer Goofy as he attempts to take us on a guided tour of a nature park. We come across Mickey and Minnie on their way to their picnic when we hit the track switch and Goofy goes one way while the rest of us head out of control through various scenes including the Wild West, a Carnival, Daisy’s dance studio and eventually in a large factory where we narrowly space the smasher thanks to Mickey and Minnie saving the day.

Miraculously we are reconnect with Goofy who is none the wiser that anything was amiss, and we get to see Mickey, Minnie and Pluto finally able to enjoy their picnic. Now it may be hard to tell from the above pictures but Disney toted this attraction as having 3 1/2-D basically it is a 3D effect but with no need for those crazy glasses. It’s a mixture of projected effects and a really great paint design that really makes you feel like you are moving through a Mickey cartoon. I think they did a fantastic job.

Once you exit the train, and head outside you will come across a small little souvenir booth. There are some attraction themed shirts, sweaters, ornaments and plush toys. When I was here on opening day there was a lot more items available but now it seems pretty scarce. More importantly however note that the pressed penny machine is nowhere to be found. You would think that it should be right here or at least near the theater but that is not the case.

Instead we need to head down Sunset Boulevard which is the pathway you would take heading towards the Tower of Terror. You only need to go about halfway down when you will see a little side street that dead ends.

At the back of this side street you will find a set of Restrooms and as we know Disney loves putting pressed penny machines near Restrooms which honestly drives me a bit crazy.

This machine has been in this location for quite a while, but used to have different designs that were pretty outdated at this point. Thankfully they have now been updated with this fun new set of designs. The machine does supply each penny to be pressed, and will cost $1 each.

The designs on each penny include Mickey & Minnie, Engineer Goofy, Angry looking Donald and Grumpy Pete. All are designed to look just like the attraction and the newer style of Mickey Cartoons found on Disney+. When I first started watching these new cartoons I wasn’t a big fan of this new style, but it has grown on me and now I really like it.

I’ll forever wonder why Disney takes so long to come out with new pressed penny designs for their movies and even new attractions. I guess two years isn’t bad from when the ride opened until we got these new pennies. It could have been like one of my favorite Disney movies Robin Hood which came out in 1973 and we only just got penny designs for that one last year. I’m still crossing my fingers that we will see Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge pennies some time soon, or how about Encanto? I mean common Disney what’s the hold up. With all that said I guess it’s better late than never and these are great new pressed pennies for a really fantastic family attraction and I’m very happy to have these in my collection.

Disney’s Viewliner Pressed Penny | Privately Designed

I’ve said it before but the Monorail is an iconic mode of transportation at the Disney parks and it seems like it’s always been around. But in actuality there was a time out in California when there was no monorail, and for a short period of time instead there was a different attraction based on another form of futuristic transportation.

One thing Walt Disney was proud of was his collection of miniature trains. He even had a miniature train installed in his backyard called the Carolwood Pacific. This passion eventually led to the Disneyland Railroad and one other lesser known Disneyland train, the Viewliner.

Legendary Imagineer Bob Gurr came up with the initial concept designs for the attraction’s sleek aluminum siding and super-sized windows.

It was based on the design of General Motor’s full-scale Aerotrain, a failed experiment to reduce costs and help keep passenger train service alive as highways and car ownership were surging.

Dubbed the fastest miniature train i the world, the Viewliner debuted in Disneyland on June 10th, 1957. It was capable of a top speed of 60 miles per hour, but would zip around the park at a more comfortable speed of 30 miles per hour. The attraction would move guests between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.

The Viewliner had two separate tracks that intertwined and even traveled alongside the Disneyland Railroad at points. Each track had its own train with the Red Tomorrowland cars being named after planets Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and Saturn, and the Blue Fantasyland cars named after Disney characters Pinocchio, Cinderella, Bambi, Alice and Tinker Bell.

Unfortunately it was always designed as a placeholder attraction and was never planned to stick around forever. But while it was there Walt used the train to showcase what he thought could be the future for rail travel. Of course things have not worked out quite that way, but it was still a novel idea. Its time eventually came to a close on September 30th, 1958 making it one of the shortest-lived non-season attractions ever in the Disney Parks. On the bright side things worked about because as a perk of its closure we eventually got the Matterhorn, Submarine Voyage and of course the Monorail.

This coin was commissioned by collector Jim McNally. It was designed by Don Cade and features a beautiful image of the Disney Viewliner train, and has an exclusive backstamp advertising Jim’s website which you can check out here.

The website has a large selection of elongated coins available for purchase including many active and retired designs from Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. Currently you can receive a free Viewliner pressed copper penny with any order placed through his website. You can also purchase additional copies of the penny for $2.99 each, or $10 for a full denomination set that includes a penny, nickel, dime and quarter.

A huge thank you to Jim and Don for creating yet another fantastic elongated coin, and of course a big thank you to all of you out there for taking this fun little trip down Disney memory lane. Were any of you lucky enough to take a ride on the Viewliner? Be sure to let me know down in the comments below I’d love to hear all about it. Have a fantastic week and as always Keep on Pressing!