2019 Nickel Set – Trolley Treats California Adventure, CA

What has been going on over in California with the Disneyland pressed coins this year?

It has just seemed like month after month pass by with no new coins being released.  Then all of a sudden I get word that the 2019 Nickel set in the California Adventure park was released.

2019??…but it’s October and there are only a few months left before 2020.  Are these going to be removed shortly for the Holiday set?  So many questions that unfortunately I just don’t have answers for.

This new set of pressed nickels can be found in the Jolly Trolley Treats store in Disney California Adventure park.  They replace the 2018 versions that you can read about here.

What I would recommend is getting this set as soon as possible.  Their release schedule of coins seems to be all over the place so who knows how long this set will be available. Now we just need to see if / when the 2019 Disneyland set will be released.  At this rate, they may almost be better off skipping 2019 and just go directly for 2020 to get ahead of the game.

D23 Expo 2019 Pressed Pennies

Shortly after I had moved to Florida my Sister gave me a gift membership into D23 (The official Disney Fan Club) which was an amazing gift for a Disney fan like myself.  To be honest, when I first got the membership I wasn’t sure exactly what it was all about or what perks I potentially could get, so I did some research.  The name itself is interesting as the D stands for “Disney, and the 23 is for 1923 the year Walt Disney founded the company.  You do get a very nice magazine each quarter that basically just advertises all the new movies, or theme park attractions soon to be released.  They also have a schedule of events that only members can sign up for, most of them have an additional cost to participate.  One of these events that my wife and I went to last year was a special screening of the animated classic Robin Hood which was celebrating its 45th anniversary.  Not only did we get to watch the movie on the big screen but there was a Q&A with one of the animators Burny Mattinson which was fantastic.  He spoke about his career with Disney and even went through some of the scenes in Robin Hood that he animated.

Photo Credit: D23.com

But the main event that most D23 members wait for is the biennial expo.  For 2019 the event was held on August 23rd – 25th in Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center.  I wish this was something that I could have attended in person, but flying to California for a weekend just wasn’t meant to be this year, however, I’ll be trying my best to make it to the next one.

This huge event has all sorts of things going on for any type of Disney fan.  There is special merchandise available, meet and greets, induction of new Disney Legends, and the most popular are the different panels that go over things like new Movies, or Theme Park Attractions.  This year with Disney acquiring fox they even had a Simpsons panel (whoever would have thought that would happen).

While I sat at home that weekend refreshing the online blogs for all the latest details being released I saw a picture from the official Disney Blog that caught my eye.

Photo Credit: D23.com

There was a special penny press available in the D23 Gold member lounge.  It was free to use but you did need to supply your own penny.  I was almost in a panic trying to figure out how in the world I would be able to get a set of this.  First I tried posting on Facebook in the different pressed penny groups I’m a part of, hoping someone was attending the convention and could get a set.  There was plenty of interest and other collectors jumped on board hoping to get a set for themselves, but unfortunately, it appeared like no one was close enough to try and get them.  Then I took to Instagram and Twitter hoping some friends would be able to get them, but that too didn’t pan out. With the convention only going on for a few days it seemed like it just wasn’t meant to be.

Suddenly I had an idea of one last potential opportunity.  I have an acquaintance in the industry that over the past couple of years I have become friends with and we communicate numerous times via email throughout the year about pressed pennies.  I really went back and forth on whether I should even ask about this set as I never want to take our relationship for granted.  I appreciate everything he shares with me and wouldn’t want to risk that because I was trying to get just a simple set of pennies.  However, his kind nature always gave me the impression that he enjoys helping and sharing info whenever he can so I thought I would simply ask if there was any way he had access to a set of the coins and if so I would be more than happy to pay for them.  I heard back pretty quickly and he was more than happy to see if there was any way to obtain a set.

A few weeks went by and the most magical package arrived at my house with a set of these amazing pennies.

The first design is the D23 logo with the 10 year anniversary added to it for 2019.

Of course, what would a Disney expo be without the famous Mouse himself.

Probably my favorite of the three is the above with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  I remember reading the details of how Walt Disney originally created Oswald and then lost him due to a contract technicality, and then in 2006 Disney traded NFL Play-by-play announcer Al Michaels for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.  It’s an unbelievable story and if you are interested to be sure and check it out online.

This really was a great set of pressed pennies from an event that had pretty limited availability.  I had barely got these coins out of the package before I was sending my friend a thank you email and trying to portray how appreciative I was of his efforts to get this set for my collection.  I’m hoping someday in the future he may need my help for something and I will be jumping at the opportunity to return the favor.

Mary Poppins Pressed Pennies – Disneyland, CA

You know what we haven’t talked about it a while?  Disneyland pressed pennies.  I know they have few parks, few resorts and overall fewer penny press machines than the Florida parks.  But in the past it was still pretty common for them to release quite a few new penny designs throughout the year.  Recently this seems to have changed, and there just aren’t as many new designs coming out.  However I have good news!  Just released a week ago was a new set of pennies over at the Main Street Penny Arcade.

I may have mentioned this in the past but my last visit to Disneyland was in 2008 and I remember walking into the Penny Arcade and was amazed with the number of penny machines.  There must have been 10 or 12 at least all in this one place.  It was a pressed penny collectors dream.  Another unfortunately change recently at the parks is most of those machines have been moved out and required.  Now there are usually two machines here all the time, and then a third machine with the annual holiday designs shows up for a few weeks around Christmas and New Years before it’s removed again.

These designs are in one of those two machines so not a brand new machine, but the designs are really nice.  As you can see from the picture above they are all of everyone’s favorite Nanny Mary Poppins.  One with her famous Umbrella, another where she is floating, and the third has her penguin friends.

The back design on each of these coins is the Mary Poppins logo and her famous shoes. This is something I wish the Florida parks would do as I think it really adds a nice addition to the pennies to have these special back images / logos.

With the theatrical release of Mary Poppins Returns taking place December 19th, 2019 and I’m sure it’s just recently been available on Blu-ray and Digital services so it makes sense these designs were released.  There are so many new Disney movies coming out this year like the Avengers Endgame, Toy Story 4, live action versions of Aladdin and the Lion King, plus Star Wars episode IX the possibilities for new penny designs could be very interesting.

2018 Holiday Nickels – Disneyland and California Adventure

This is going to be a quick post because well the holiday’s are over and we have a  lot of other things to see and do with the new year upon us.  But these coins were part of a strange situation that we don’t know much about and made them a bit of a hot commodity this year.

On December 21st it was reported that the pressed nickel set was released in the California Adventure park at Jolly Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street.

As always they have a nice backstamp on each of the pressed coins with a bit of holiday decoration.  I only noticed after taking the above pictures of this set that the Mickey and Minnie designs go together with Mickey holding some Mistletoe and Minnie leaning in to give him a kiss.  Kind of a cute set within the set.

Then Christmas came and went with no Disneyland set.  Followed shortly after by New Years coming and going and still no Disneyland set.

Then on January 2nd the Disneyland Holiday Nickel set finally appears in the Main Street Penny Arcade.

Similar backstamp for the Disneyland coins, and to be honest even the front designs are very similar with the characters just in different positions.

The strange thing is that these coins were then pulled off-stage only a week later on January 8th.  So these sets were only available for a very short time, especially the Disneyland set which was only a week.  Luckily I was able to get a set from a friend in California, but just be aware that if you are looking for these on eBay or another aftermarket merchant the cost may be higher than usually due to this limited availability.  I’m not sure if there was a problem getting the designs made, or if they had to scrap other designs and that’s why we got similar ones.  Either way it was still nice to keep this annual tradition going and hopefully next year the machines will be available for just a bit longer allowing more people to press a set.

Nightmare Before Christmas Quarter Set – Disneyland, CA

This new pressed Quarter set actually came out a couple of weeks before Halloween but I was having some difficulty getting my hands on it.  Usually I can reach out to some fellow collectors in California but everyone seemed to be on vacation or out-of-town all at the same time.  However after some patience and perseverance I was finally able to get a set shipped to my home.

I haven’t been to Disneyland in quite a few years and am looking forward to going back hopefully in the next couple years.  Due to this I’m not as familiar with the park layout as my home parks in Florida.  This new machine is in New Orleans Square at the Port Royal Curios and Curiosities gift shop.

As previously mentioned this is a set of pressed quarters which is a nice change from all the pennies we usually find throughout the parks.  The images on these coins are of Jack Skellington, Zero and Oogie Boogie all with the Nightmare Before Christmas logo.

Keep in mine these are not part of the usually Holiday dates coin sets that Disneyland and California Adventure release.  Those are still to come (and hopefully soon).  This is a really fun set of coins from a great movie that has definitely been getting more attention within the parks.

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.