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 covered over to The Dream Boutique.

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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.

Main Street Electrical Parade – Disneyland, CA

Over the years I’ve seen a lot of fireworks shows and parades.  Some have been fairly entertaining, others really disappointing, but one has stuck with me for years.  Out in Disneyland years ago I was about to leave the park early but was convinced by a friend to stick around for the parade.  Wow and I ever glad I decided to stay, as I witnessed a really amazing show.

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is an experience you shouldn’t miss.  With the lights in the park turned off and the floats coming down the street lit up like your crazy neighbor’s house for Christmas mixed with a fantastic Disney soundtrack just blew me away.

There are of course your standard Disney characters, and iconic images from your favorite movies.

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It even includes one of my childhood favorites, Elliott from Pete’s Dragon.  The unique look to these floats with all the individual bulbs just makes them familiar but different at the same time.  Now what does this have to do with pressed coins?  Well just recently a new pressed penny machine was located in the Main Street Penny Arcade celebrating this parade.

When I saw a photo of these coins I just had to have them.  The detail of each design if really amazing and the use of the individual dots recreates that unique bulb look of the floats.  The designs include the iconic Mushroom with Butterfly, Elliott from Pete’s Dragon, and To Honor America.

How could I not include a picture of the backstamp which are becoming a Disneyland standard.  The designs include the Main Street Electrical Parade font, with some nice surrounding trim.

I know all the Disneyland enthusiasts will hunt me down for this, but I hope that some day the Electrical Parade gets packed up and transported over to Florida so I can see it in the Magic Kingdom.  Sorry I’m selfish and really want to see this parade again as it’s just that great, and unfortunately I don’t know when my next trip to California will take place.  For now I’ll have to settle for these new pennies, which as you can see from the pictures isn’t a bad trade-off.

2017 Nickel Set – Main Street Opera House Disneyland, CA

Has it been a year already?  Where has the time gone.

It’s been a little while since a new set of press coins was released in the Disneyland park.  But with the new Guardians of the Galaxy released in California Adventure a couple of weeks ago I’m hoping this is the beginning of a bunch of new sets.  These new coins are a nice surprise as they are pressed on Nickels which don’t happen to often, and are also the dates designs for 2017.

The location of this machine is the same as it’s been all year.  Located at the exit to the Main Street Opera House where you can see Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  Technically you can get in the exit (naughty naughty) and just use the machine, but if you have the time it’s always great to see one of the original attractions that started it all for Disneyland.

For 2017 this new set of coins has images of all our Main Street favorite snacks.  The Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs, Gibson Girl Ice Cream, and Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.

The backstamp features a nice nostalgic Disneyland Main Street U.S.A. Logo.  This is really a feature I wish the Florida parks would get into as the backstamps really make the finished product stand out.

Since these are the latest dates coins I’m pretty sure you have about 12 months to collect it but you never know.  I wouldn’t delay as you never know what may happen or when these machines will go down and not come back.  These dates coins are really becoming popular and are always exciting to see what designs are released each year.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout – California Adventure, CA

With Disney’s acquisition of Marvel they have been pumping out blockbuster after blockbuster racking in mega bucks for the company, and entertaining a few fans along the way.  Some characters have started to appear in the theme parks, but due to some licensing issues with Universal Studios (Pre-Disney Marvel) the theme parks in Florida have some restraints on which characters they can have in the parks.  However this is not the case in sunny California, and just recently they have completely revamped a beloved ride you may have heard of called the Tower of Terror.  The new them is based on a very popular set of movies called the Guardians of the Galaxy and the ride is now known as Mission Breakout.

Being on the east coast I haven’t actually seen this attraction in person yet, and to be honest I’ve never actually ridden the original drop attraction.  Falling through an elevator shaft just wasn’t my type of entertainment.  But from some pictures and videos I’ve seen online Disney has really out done themselves with this new attraction. I would almost be willing to risk the multiple falls just to experience this Guardians of the Galaxy story that unfolds during the ride.  Of course once you are done with the ride you always exit through a gift shop.  This gift shop has also been re-themed and is now known as The Collector’s Warehouse.  Inside is a brand new penny machine with some of your favorite Guardian characters.

The images include: Flora Colossus Groot, Peter Quill Star Lord, and my favorite Pet Rodent Rocket.

All three coins also have a very cool backstamp with the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Logo.  Based on some articles I’ve read of wait times exceeding 6-7 hours just to try to get on this ride I don’t see this going away anytime soon.  With that said you just never know what will happen to the penny machines as some stick around for years while others are only available for a short time.  Makes sure to pick these up as they are a really nicely detailed set.  I am Groot!

Gone Hollywood Gifts (Star Wars Set) – California Adventure, CA

Just as short walk from Disneyland over in California Adventure there is a new set of pressed quarters that just appeared on stage.  New quarter designs are always fun and a little unique since they aren’t too common, plus I like the added size for extra design space.  This new set can be found over at the Gone Hollywood Gifts store.  Now before I show you the coins, as I mentioned above this is a new Star Wars set which is fantastic, but another cool new feature is the machine cabinet has a digital screen.  I will admit I have not been able to see this in person yet, but was able to find a video that you can see here.  This video is courtesy of Anastasia Sousa from the Facebook group “Souvenir Penny (Elongated Coin)”, be sure to join if you haven’t already.

As you could see from the above video there are three coin designs.  The full set includes images of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and C-3PO & R2-D2.

There is also a backstamp on each of these coins with the classic Star Wars logo.  I’m definitely into all these new Star Wars designs we are seeing, but hope they start to expand the characters available at these machines.  That universe is huge and there are a lot of other characters they could be putting onto these coins.  Some are obviously a little more unfamiliar to the casual fan, but I still think it would be great to have a Boba Fett or AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport – Look it up you’ll know it as soon as you see it) design on a pressed penny or quarter.  Keep ’em coming Disney I’ve got room for many more.

Astro Blaster (Buzz Lightyear) Exit – Disneyland, CA

Disneyland has been taking a little time off since the last set of new press coin designs were released.  But just a short while ago this has changed and a couple new sets have made an appearance.  First up is at the Astro Blaster Exit also known as the Buzz Lightyear ride/attraction.

This is a really cool set.  You can see there is the famous Disneyland Monorail, an Astro Orbitor and the Space Mountain Logo.

As with most of the new coins at Disneyland these have a nice backstamp.  The design on the back of these coins represents their location within the park Tomorrowland.

Ever since I was young the Monorail was one of my favorite attractions.  Just for that one design alone this was a must have set I couldn’t wait to get.  Hopefully there will be more on the way.  Disney has a lot of different transportation and ride vehicles throughout their parks and resorts and I always thought that may be a fun mini-set of pressed coin designs.  I’ll keep dreaming and hope someone can make that happen.  Happy collecting!

2016 Holiday Nickels – Disneyland and California Adventure

We are just a few days away from Christmas and as luck would have it my brand new set of pressed nickels showed up from Anaheim.  These annual tradition at the Disneyland and California Adventure have become something collectors look forward to each year.  Thankfully I had a friend in the area that was able to press me a set and ship them back so I could share them with everyone.

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First up is the set available at Disneyland.  The machine can be found at the Main Street Penny Arcade.  The images include Season’s Greetings Mickey 2016, Season’s Greetings Olaf 2016, and Happy New Year Mickey Ornament 2017. Each coin also says Disneyland Park.

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The back of these coins has a nice backstamp with Snowflakes and Disneyland Park printed in the middle.

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The second set is available over at California Adventure and can be found in the Los Feliz Five & Dime Store.  These coins include images of Happy New Year Carthay Circle 2017, Season’s Greetings Lighting McQueen 2016, and Season’s Greetings Frozen’s Anna and Elsa 2016.  Each coin also says Disney California Adventure.

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the backstamp for these coins is very similar to the other set.  Snowflakes surround the Disney California Adventure logo.

Another year has (almost) come and gone and these new Holiday coins were definitely worth the wait.  Nice detail, and being pressed on Nickels makes them just a little more unique.  These are only available for a limited time so make sure you pick up a set, and get ready for another great year of pressed coin collecting.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and Holiday season!!