Best Friends Forever (BFF) Pennies – Disneyland, CA

West Coast Disney is certainly on a roll of late with releasing new pressed pennies designs and this past week added two new machines.  The first machine is in Disneyland in the Main Street Penny Arcade.

The unfortunate consequence of this new machine is that it replaced the Electric Light Parade penny set which was a really cool collection of designs.  But I will admit that these new pennies are not too shabby.

This first set has image of Miguel & Dante from Coco, Linguine & Remy, and Buzz & Woody from Toy Story.  Another interesting thing to notice about these coins is that they all have 2018 listed on them.  So you know this means that they have a limited shelf life.

The second machine released at roughly the same time is found over at the Bonanza Outfitters on the sidewalk.

The pennies at this new machine include Edna & Jack-Jack from The Incredibles 2, Russel & Doug from Up!, and Dory & Nemo from Finding Nemo / Dory.  The images also include BBF, Best Friends and Swim Buddies making for a fun set.  Just like the first set above these pennies also list 2018.

All six of these pennies have the same backstamp that says Pixar Fest which is going on throughout the West coast parks this summer.  These pennies are a cute set of designs and from what I’ve heard they are becoming very popular.  Make sure to get a set before they disappear.

NEW Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff Pressed Pennies – Disney California Adventure

It didn’t take too long for the second rumors pressed penny set to make its appearance at the new Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure park.  I recently posted about the first set available at Knick’s Knacks, and was able to just get a set of the new pennies.

This new machine can be found in the newly opened Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff candy store.

In side there is a quite the selection of Pixar merchandise like t-shirts, plush toys and all the other standard items.  But the main draw for this new store was all the candy and snack items themed around your favorite Pixar characters.

After you have indulged in your sugar fix with the cute Bing Bong candy apples, or Wall-E and Eve cake pops make sure to head over and press a set of these new pennies.  The set is themed around the Inside Out movie and has images of Joy, Bing Bong and Anger.

The back of each coin also has the same backstamp with the Pixar Lamp and Ball.  This is the same design that is on the back of the other Pixar Pier pennies at Knick’s Knacks.

Inside Out was a movie that I enjoyed when I first saw it, and seems to get better each time I watch it.  I’m glad to see these new fun designs around this movie.  There are still quite a few other Pixar movies that haven’t been given the pressed penny treatment so hopefully this is a new area of the park that can help solve that problem.

NEW Pixar Pier Pressed Pennies – Disney California Adventure

You know what we haven’t talked about in a while?  New pressed coins at Disneyland.  They don’t usually have as many new coins as the parks in Florida, but so far there have only been the two 2018 dates sets that were released months ago.  I’m not sure the reasoning behind so few new designs coming out, but thankfully that came to an end late last week.

On June 23rd, 2018 was the grand opening of the new Pixar Pier over at Disney California Adventure.  This area was previously knows as Paradise Pier, but has been given a facelift.

As you walk into Pixar Pier you will find a gift shop called Knick’s Knacks.

It contains all things Pixar, and has a lot of new unique items.  Most of the Pixar characters are represented here and the theming is really cute inside.

Also found inside is the new pressed penny machine.  The designs on these new pennies include Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Violet with Dash.  Almost as if they timed it with the release of the new Incredibles 2 movie….hmmm coincidence?

If you have been following the new Disneyland pressed coins over the last few years you know they have really pushed the backstamp designs on all new coins.  These make sure a nice added image on each of the coins, and helps theme the new coins together in mini sets.  These new coins have the Pixar Lamp (Luxo Jr) and the Pixar ball.

It has definitely been longer than we would like for new pennies to be made available, but these were a nice surprise.  Hopefully more new coins are on the way.  There is a rumor of another new machine that is supposed to be in another gift shop that has yet to open in Pixar Pier.  Let’s hope it doesn’t take too much longer.

2018 Nickel Set – Trolley Treats California Adventure, CA

Ask and you shall receive.  I had just finished writing the previous post about the Main Disneyland 2018 nickels and I received a message that the California Adventure nickels came out.  Unfortunately I can’t fly out to California as often as I would like so instead I called in a favor and was able to have a work associate stop by and press a set.

Photo credit: Disney Parks

The machine is located over at the Jolly Trolley Treats candy store which is the same location these coins were found last year.

As you can see from the picture above the designs on this second set of dates coins includes Mickey, the Trolley, and Grizzly Peak.

Flipping these coins over you can find a really nice backstamp of Walt and Mickey.  It seems that these will be the only two sets of 2018 dated coins this year which follows the same trend as the last few years.  The designs on all these coins are really amazing and each year seem to get better and more detailed.  Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long before some more new designs are released at the Disneyland parks.

2018 Nickel Set – Main Street Opera House Disneyland, CA

Will all the new 2018 pressed coins released at Walt Disney World in Florida I knew that the new dates coins would be coming soon to the west coast parks.  Thankfully that day has finally arrived.

Just released in the Disneyland Park is the first set of 2018 pressed nickels.  The machine was located at the exit to the Main Street Opera House which is the same location it’s been at for the last few years.

The designs included in this years dated set are of The Walt Disney Store, Main Street Penny Arcade and the Main Street Cinema.

The backstamp on each of these coins is the Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. logo.  Having these dated coins pressed on nickels is really cool and I look forward to them each year.  Hopefully the second set of dated coins over at California Adventure will be available very soon.

Hitchhiking Ghosts – Disneyland, CA

Foolish Mortals.

Ahh some of my favorite words from the Disney theme parks.  They have really created some fantastic attractions and things to do in all the different parks, but The Haunted Mansion has always been my favorite.

One of my favorite ghosts in the mansion is the Hat Box Ghost and I’m crossing my fingers that some day he makes his way over to Florida.  But for now he makes for something different when visited Disneyland in California.

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But my all-time favorite ghosts found among the 999 happy haunts are Gus, Ezra and Phineas better known as the Hitchhiking Ghosts.

If you have ever been to a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party and seen the parade it starts with the headless horseman which is really cool, but I think the effects for the parade float with these ghosts is pretty amazing.

I’m not sure exactly why I like them so much but they I think as a kid I actually liked the idea that they may follow me home.  Unfortunately they seem pretty happy where they are inside the mansion so instead I’ve filled my home office with as much memorabilia as I can get my hands on.

A year or so ago they came out with Tsum Tsums of the trio which I scooped up immediately.

I’m also obsessed with Magic Bands and have quite the collection but my favorite and most used band is the Haunted Mansion version featuring the hitchhikers.

Just this past Christmas my family gave me this Disney Traditions collectible designed by Jim Shore which is really amazing.  So why am I brining all of this up?  Well as you can guess it probably has something to do with pressed coins, and you would be absolutely correct.  However this is just slightly different than the release of a new set of coins.  The eagle eyed fellow collectors over at parkpennies.com figured something out that I just couldn’t resist sharing with everyone.

Photo Credit: Parkpennies.com

This is the story about a set of pressed quarters located in the New Orleans Square area in Disneyland.  As you can see in the above picture from Parkpennies is themed like a large coffin.  The first set of coins was made available in early 2012.

The designs on the front include the Haunted Mansion Banner, the Haunted Mansion Logo, and the Haunted Mansion Ride.  These front designs are really detailed and would be a great set all its own but they each have a special backstamp with some familiar ghosts.

I’m going to reference each coin by the catalogue number that parkpennies.com uses to try and keep everything organized.  The coin on the left is DL0518 has the HM Banner on the front and Phineas on the back.  The middle coin is DL0519 with the HM Logo on the front and Gus on the back.  The third coin on the right is DL0520 with the HM ride on the front and Ezra on the back.

When this set first became available I immediately contacted a friend of mine that lives near Disneyland and grabbed a set as soon as possible.  Then a few months later the machine disappears and returned with the same designs.  I didn’t think anything of it and figured I already had these coins and assumed the machine was just taken away for maintenance.  Little did I know the hitchhiking ghosts were up to their usual tricks and had hitchhiked onto different coins.  What do I mean by that?

Here is the set of coins that were available if you pressed them after the machine had returned in late 2012.  The coin on the left is DL0525 has the HM Banner but now had Guz.  The middle coin DL0526 with the HM Logo now had Ezra, and the coin on the right was DL0527 had Phineas on the back.  The ghosts seemed happy with these locations as they stayed this way for quite a few years until January 2018 when they were on the move again.

The ghosts had one last design to attach to.  The coin on the left was DL0678 with the HM Banner currently has Ezra.  The coin in the middle DL0679 with the HM Logo has Phineas, and finally on the right is DL0680 had Gus riding along.

I wish I had a better way to show both sides at the same time but I guess you will just have to trust me and more importantly Boomer over at parkpennies.com.  This makes for a very cool little subset of coins and one that I think most collectors probably didn’t even realize was available.  Now I’m not sure if they will continue to switch these designs around periodically which I think would be cool, but for now you may be stuck checking eBay for the original sets.

This is a good reminder to always take the time to really inspect your pressed coins and take in the details of the designs you just never know what you may find.  Oh and always remember to “Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts”.

2017 Holiday Nickels – Disneyland and California Adventure

It’s that time of year again and as Christmas is  almost here, Disneyland has released their annual Holiday Nickel sets.  As with previous years the first set of nickels released were available at the Main Street Penny Arcade.

The images are of Mickey & Minnie Seasons Greetings 2017, Donald Duck Happy Holidays 2017, and Tinker Bell Happy New Year! 2018.

The backstamp on each of these nickels is the Disneyland Park logo with a snowflake and mistletoe.

Walking across the promenade over to California Adventure you can find the second set of holiday nickels.

The machine can be found in the Kingswell Camera shop.  The designs are of a Toy Story Alien Ornament Seasons Greetings 2017, Tow Mater Holiday Cheer 2017, and Lightning McQueen Happy New Year 2018.

Similar to the other backstamp this one has the California Adventure logo with snowflake and mistletoe.

I say this every year but these really are a cool little set and looking forward to them has become an annual event that lots of collectors enjoy.  Make sure you get a set of each before they disappear for another year.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and Holiday season!!

The Dream Boutique – Downtown Disney, CA

It seems like quite a while since there has been a new pressed coin machine over on the west coast.  Back in October the Anna and Elsa Boutique in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney converted over to The Dream Boutique.

Photo credit: LaughingPlace.com

This changed the theming and merchandise from Frozen to all things Princess.  The store was open for a bit when the penny machine inside also changed from a set of Frozen pennies to a set of three princesses.  Then just as quickly as the machine showed up, it was taken away and didn’t come back until just recently.

The designs were the same as the pennies before the quick removal, but the machine has been covered to press on nickels.  This was really a cool upgrade as there are not many machines that press nickels and they make for a nice big canvas for these new detailed designs Disneyland has been releasing.

Each coin also has a Disney Princess Disneyland logo which is always a cool feature of the machine.  I wish they did this at the Florida Disney machines.

I wasn’t quick enough to get a set of this set pressed on pennies as it disappeared before I could get a set.  They are probably pretty rare at this point, but these new nickel pressings are a nice tradeoff.

Gone Hollywood Gifts (Marvel & Star Wars Sets) – California Adventure, CA

Back over on the west coast in Disney California Adventure there are two new pressed quarter machines.  In the Gone Hollywood Gift shop there was originally one machine that had a fairly new set of Star Wars designs which you can read about here.  I thought they may replace that initial machine, but these two are in additional to it making this quite the hot spot.

The first set is of a few popular Marvel Characters.  The images on these coins include Spiderman, Captain American and Black Widow.

The backstamp on these coins has the California Adventure logo, and the slogan Summer of Heroes.

The second set of new designs are a collection of Star Wars silhouettes.  The images include Yoda, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker & Dark Vader.

This one image of Luke and Vader is really cool and has one of the most iconic phrases in all of cinematic history.  “I am your Father”.

The backstamp on these coins is o the Star Wars logo with stars all around it, which is similar to the other Star Wars coins here.

Another fantastic addition to your collection and I like the addition of some Marvels designs.  There has been a bit of a lull in new coins coming to the California parks but I’m hoping this is the calm before the storm.  I always find new coins come in batches out here.  Keep checking back for more updates.

2017 Nickel Set – Trolley Treats California Adventure, CA

Just this past week the second set of 2017 dated Nickels was made available at Disney California Adventure Park.  I have heard rumors that California will be soon dropped from the name of this park which seems a little strange, but I don’t get paid the big bucks to make those decisions.

Located over at the Trolley Treats Candy store is where you will be able to access this new machine, and while you’re there may as well pick up a candy apple or other sweet treat.

As I mentioned above this machine has 3 nickel designs available for pressing.  California Screamin’, Paradise Pier, and A Bug’s Land.  All of the coins also include 2017 which means these will only be around for a limited time.