When I had originally heard about this machine being released it seems a bit strange. I’m all for getting new pressed penny machines but the designs on this one were from a movie released back in 2015. Why were new designs just being released now? Well, spoiler I don’t have any idea and no one seems to know. I guess we should just be happy they arrived at all.
To investigate I headed over to Epcot on the weekend to find the machine and see what else was new.
One thing that I found was new was at the front of the park the Leave a Legacy monuments were removed from the right side. For those that may not know, back in 1995-96 the park offered you the chance to Leave a Legacy which was basically a picture of yourself engraved on a metal sheet with thousands of other people. They placed these images on large marble monuments that were located on the left and right sides as you enter the park heading towards Spaceship Earth. I will admit I was one of the people that bought a location and my picture is currently still up there somewhere. Their removal is the beginning of the Epcot transformation that will be taking place over the next few years that includes new attractions, restaurants, maybe a new world pavilion and plenty more things they have yet to announce. I will admit that with these monuments gone the front of the park is much more wide open and easier to walk through.
First, we decided to meet some characters and my daughters latest favorites are Joy and Sadness from Inside Out which works perfectly for this post.
The characters are very cute and do a great job with the kids and adults too. They always make for a fun photo op.
After that, it was time to get down to business. We headed across future world and into the main gift shop called Mouse Gear.
I tried to find some Inside Out merchandise but there really wasn’t much available. I asked a few cast members and was pointed towards only a small area with some Joy and Anger plush dolls.
We continued to walk around the store looking for the new penny machine I had heard about and found it located around the middle of the store near the dressing rooms.
The machine is an 8-design touch screen model that supplies pre-loaded zinc pennies.
I will admit this is a really cute set of pennies. The images include Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, Fear, Bing Bong and then a few more with various characters together. Even though this is an “older” movie it’s definitely popular. There were quite a few people ahead of me and then waiting behind me for this machine.
Before we left I did see some “Farewell to Illuminations” merchandise around the check out areas. Illuminations is the long-running nighttime fireworks show that happens at Epcot every night. Disney announced they are retiring it and will be replaced with an all-new show. Disney fans are obsessed with this type of merch and buy it up as quickly as it’s released.
I do still find it a little interesting that they decided to release some pennies for a movie that came out a few years ago, but people really like it so that’s probably a good move on their end. Hopefully, this is the start of a new series where they release more machines with designs themed around older movies. I’m still holding out hope that someday I can get some Robin Hood pennies, which is one of my favorite Disney animated movies.