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!!

Main Street Penny Arcade – Disneyland, CA

On a recent trip to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando my family was walking down Main Street heading for one of our first fast passes of the day.  Even though the street was crowded with families heading in all various directions and take thousands of pictures I was suddenly overwhelmed with emotion.  This magical place was the host to many of my most treasured memories, both when I was a child and also now that I’m older and taking my own children.  This was all thanks to one truly imaginative individual Mr. Walter Elias Disney.

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As I’ve gotten older my interest in the behind the scenes story of the theme parks has become an obsession all its own.  But the biographies of Walt Disney are something I just can’t get enough of.  From his childhood all the way up to his all too early death it’s a true Disney fairytale with lots of ups and downs.  What is truly remarkable is how many times Walt was confronted with failure but instead of giving up it only made him stronger, and learn from his mistakes.  Each time I read about these failures it seems that most people would have given up.  This seemed to be the emotion that took over as I strolled down main street trying to image what life would have been like without Disney.  Too be honest that’s almost too painful to even try to contemplate, but thankfully Walt would not be dissuaded from seeing his dreams come true.  He was a man full of imagination and was always capable of sharing some amazing words of wisdom some of which we will review shortly.

I could go on and on about my admiration for Walt Disney but this is all leading towards a brand new set of pressed quarters that was made available at the Disneyland theme park.  Located in the Main Street Penny Arcade which used to be home to a large assortment of penny press machines.

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Over the last few years all the machines were removed due to some renovations and unfortunately were never replaced.  With this first new machine hopefully many more will be on the way.

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This pressed quarter set is being unofficially called the Walt’s Quotes set.  Each coin has one of Walt’s famous which I think is really a special addition to any collection.

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“Here you leave today and visit the worlds of yesterday, tomorrow & fantasy.”

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

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Finally my personal favorite “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

The next time you visit one of the Disney theme parks beside to take a moment to remember this real world wonderland that millions of people enjoy each year was all thanks to one remarkable person and his team of visionaries and imagineers.  Summer vacations, family movies and yes pressed coin collection would all be very different without him.

Kingswell Camera / Humphrey’s Service / Sideshow Shirts NEW Pressed Pennies – California Adventure, CA

Disney has been quickly replacing all the 60th Anniversary Pressed Coins it has made available during their celebration last year.  Which is good for us collectors as it keeps us busy trying to keep up with all the changes and new coins.  This week there was quite a few new coins placed on stage over at California Adventure.

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This is a park I have only visited a couple of times but really enjoy it, and the new Pixar Cars Land is truly amazing.  But on this trip we were all about getting the new pennies.  First up was a quick stop in the Kingswell Camera Shop.

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The machine located here has three new designs which to me were a very cool find.

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My wife actually took our daughter to see Finding Dory in the theaters but I stayed home with our youngest so I didn’t get to see the movie until just recently.  These coins are really nicely detailed and I love the movie characters they picked: Dory, Hank the Octopus (Septopus technically), and Destiny the Whale Shark.

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The back of each of these coins has the movie logo which is also a nice touch to these coins.

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The next stop on our trip is over to Humphrey’s Service near the Soarin’ attraction which is another family favorite of ours.

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Being that this store is so close to Soarin’ it should come as no surprise that these are all themed around that ride.  The designs show the Soarin’ Logo over Mickey, Pilot Mickey Waving, and Pilot Mickey in a Porthole.

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Another great back design has the Soarin’ logo on each of the pennies.

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The final stop on this quick tour takes us over to the Pier and the Sideshow Shirts store.

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This last set (for now) of coins has images of Stitch, Angel, and Stitch / Angel inside a Heart.

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The back design on these pennies says “We Love Stitch” and has the California Adventure logo.  Not a bad haul for a short trip to the park.  I always wish I have more time to enjoy the parks but it was nice to be able to collect some new coins before having to head back to the resort.  I’m crossing my fingers for more new coins, but they have certainly outdid themselves lately with all these new designs and I wouldn’t blame them for taking a short break.  If that changes I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Adventureland / Frontierland / Tomorrowland / Downtown Disney NEW Pressed Pennies – Disneyland, CA

It’s been hard to keep up with all the new pressed coins being made available throughout the Disneyland park.  These past few days have seen five new machines (15 coins) put on stage and I figured it would be easiest to go over them all in one post.

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First over in Adventureland is the Bazaar souvenir shop.  Inside this location is 3 machines in total but on this visit we are just focusing on two of them.

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As you can see in the above picture this first new set is all inspired by one of my personal favorite movie franchises (and a great ride in Disneyland by the way) Indiana Jones.  The designs on these coins are the Indiana Jones Logo, Indy’s Hat and Whip, and Indy’s Hat and Whip with Crossed Swords.

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Here’s a shot of the backstamp which is also pretty cool.  The Disneyland parks always have really nice designs on the back of most of their pressed coins.

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The second machine at the Bazaar was kind of surprising since they are available before the movie has been released.  These designs are all about the new Disney animated movie Moana and include images of the star Moana, Maui, and Pau.

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Another really great backstamp.  Wish they would do this more over in the Florida parks.

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With Adventureland behind us we head over toward Frontierland where we find the Bonanza Outfitters store.  This is where the next new set of pennies can be found.

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Unfortunately the pennies I received were a little worse for wear and are kind of hard to see.  These designs include images of Cowboy Donald, Cowboy Mickey and Cowboy Goofy.

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Before leaving this park we had one last stop over in Tomorrowland at the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster attraction.

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The machine is actually located at the exit to the ride so you don’t necessarily have to go on the ride to use this machine.

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These designs are updated images of similar coins that used to be available here.  These definitely have more detail and press really nicely.  You can also see the attraction logo below which is on the back of each coin.

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The last two machine (for now) takes us out of the Disneyland Park and over to Downtown Disney and more specifically the World of Disney Store.  This is the same location that has seen a lot of new pennies come and go over the last year.

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The first set here has images of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in some nice new designs.

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The second new machine here has designs of Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Pinocchio.  Both of these sets have the same backstamp shown below.

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Whew, always fun but a little hectic when this many new coins show up.  But I’m not complaining and am always up for the challenge.  Stay tuned as I already heard of a few more machines that will be out very soon.

Pieces of Eight Gift Shop – Disneyland, CA

It was only a matter of time before the fantastic 60th Diamond Celebration at Disneyland came to and end.  I’m sad to say I was unable to actually visit during the celebration but from everything I have seen it looked really amazing.  Now that the decorations have started to come down in the parks it also means the special 60th pressed coin designs are beginning to disappear.

The first machine to have a brand new set of designs is located in the Pieces of Eight Gift Shop.  As you may guess this is where you end up after riding Pirates of the Caribbean and is a store filled with all your Pirating needs.  Towards the end of the store is where this machine is located and has some really detailed new images.

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The coins pressed a little long in this set but the images still came out really nicely.  As you can see they have a lot of detail and are a great new set.

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The first penny has an Anchor and says “Dead Men Tell No Tales” which for you Pirates of the Caribbean fans is a familiar warning you hear before boarding the ride.

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The second penny displays a pirate skull with hat and crossed swords in the background.

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The final available design is another skull with a banner saying Pirates of the Caribbean.  I was really impressed with these designs and am exited to have even more new coins to collect.  I don’t know if all the 60th coins machines will be replaced with brand new images and would assume some will be old designs brought back.  But I’ll keep my fingers crossed and will keep you posted.

2016 MLB All-Star Game – San Diego, CA

For those baseball fans out there we are fully into the second half of the season and getting ready for the mad dash to the playoffs that will be here before we know it.  But before all that we got to enjoy the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.  This year the events were held in San Diego California at the Padre’s home field Petco Park.

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The last few years the fantastic people over at pennycollector.com have issued a special pressed coin.  Usually the machine is only available at the All-Star weekend events and a very limited number are available for purchase from their online store which is how I was able to acquire this years version.

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The pressed penny has a nice design of the 2016 All-Star Game Logo.  In the past there have been additional designs for the Fan Fest but I was unable to find out whether they were also available this year or not.

It’s been awhile since the game played so this should hopefully not be a spoiler for anyone.  The home run derby winner was Giancarlo Stanton who plays for the Miami Marlins.  The actual All-Star Game was won by the American League with a final score of 4-2.

Also included in this purchase was the new 2016 Baseball Booklet.

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The booklet includes a special pressed penny as part of the cover and I have a close up view of it below.  I don’t actually store my penny collection in these booklets but have just continued to collect the booklets regardless.  I always enjoy the great cover art work.

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These made a great addition to my baseball coin collection and always enjoy getting these special All-Star coins each year.  Make sure you pick yours up as they are in very limited supply.  Good luck collecting!!