Jurassic Outfitters NEW Pressed Pennies | Universal Islands of Adventure

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Sorry I couldn’t help myself, and I feel like that whether you say it out loud or just in your head this saying takes place every time you walk through those large Jurassic Park gates inside Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Just the other day I was enjoying a visit to Universal with a friend of mine that really wanted to just do a bunch of rides and attractions. Many times when I’m at the park I find myself more often than not just walking around, eating snacks and searching for pressed pennies. So the thought of a ride day was almost a foreign thought. Usually with such long wait times I just prefer not to bother, but today was the day for rides only….well maybe just one new pressed penny machine. But we will get to that eventually.

We didn’t start our day inside Jurassic Park, instead we checked out the Harry Potter area for those rides first, then we found ourselves hearing strange noises coming from the nearby bushes and foliage. This was a telltale sign that we had entered the land of Dinosaurs. In a previous post I gave some details on the new Velocicoaster attraction which to this day I still have not actually experienced (maybe some day) but you can read about that ride and the special pressed penny here. One ride in this section of the park that I have ridden in the past is the River Adventure and since it was already raining outside I figured I couldn’t get any more saturated than I already was.

We hopped inside and after a short wait, we climbed aboard our tour boat. Last time I was on a tour boat like this a huge shark jumped out at me over in Universal Studios. So my fingers were crossed that this would turn out better.

Well….I won’t spoil it for you but the tour started out nice and relaxing but quickly escalated when dinos started escaping their confinement’s. Eventually our only way out was down a huge waterfall and as you can see from the above picture we did somehow get even more soaked on this rainy day.

As with all good theme park attractions we exited off our wet boat and directly into a gift shop and for this ride the store is known as Jurassic Outfitters.

By this time of day we had successfully ridden a handful of rides so I think it’s a good time to celebrate with a brand new set of pressed pennies. Thankfully we were in exactly the right place.

In among all the dino plush, t-shirts, pins and other soaking wet guests is the new machine up again one of the walls near the entrance.

Inside this shop used to be two separate 3-design electronic penny press machines. Both of those are now gone and retired. In their place is this new fancy 8-design touch screen model that certainly seems to be taking over everywhere.

The penny designs available at this machine are very similar to the ones that used to be here in those separate machines. There is a new Jurassic World logo design, and then various dinos like a T-Rex, Raptor and Indominus Rex.

Well now that I had successfully taken a bit of a break to press some new pennies, it was time to head back on our adventure to hit up some other attractions before calling it a day. Thank you for tagging along as we spent our afternoon inside Jurassic Park and tracked down a full set of dino…pennies.

Keep on Pressing!

The World’s Most Magical Celebration – WDW 50th Pressed Pennies Series 2

These new pressed penny designs are celebrating the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary. However as you can see from the below images the penny designs are of a different style that the first 53 we tracked down earlier this year and you can read all about here. This is why I’ll be referencing these new coins as Series 2 just to try and distinguish between them. Let’s dive in and I’ll show you where to find them.

Disney Springs – Pin Traders

Just as with the first Series of pennies we are back at the Pin Traders shop which can be found towards the Rainforest Cafe / Earl of Sandwich end of Disney Springs. The other two 50th penny designs are still available here, but this new design can be found in a third machine just between the rack of magic bands a section of collectible pins. This design has Mickey posing in front of a large 50 with Cinderella Castle in the back ground and “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” across the bottom.

POP Century Resort – Everything POPs Dining

If you are not staying at the POP Century Resort getting in here to press the penny can be a bit of a pain. There are pretty strict parking restrictions so most of the time I end up taking either the Skyliner or Disney Bus transportation to get into the resort. Once inside the penny machine can be found inside the Everything POPs Shopping & Dining area of the main building. Just as you past through the gift shop into the food court the machine will be on the left side. This penny design has our favorite pup Pluto, the rest of the design is the same as the others with the 50, Castle and Most Magical Celebration listed.

Port Orleans French Quarter Resort – Jackson Square

This is one of my favorite resorts. The theming is great, it has fun music everywhere and of course beignets whenever you want them. As you enter the main building, near the check-in section is the Jackson Square Gift Shop and is where you will find the next 50th Anniversary Series 2 pressed penny. The penny design at this location has Donald Duck with the rest of the design being the same as we have seen with the other pennies.

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Bus Stop

As we head a little closer to the Magic Kingdom we needed to make a quick detour over at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This top tier resort always gives off the essence of elegance and glamour. To be honest sometimes I feel a bit out of place here. This resort does have a few different pressed penny machines but the one we are looking for is out front of the resort at the bus stop where you would get transportation to Disney Springs, Animal Kingdom and other locations around property. So far this is one of my favorite designs at this location with a beautiful image of Mickey and Minnie in front of the Castle with a floating 50 and some of the famous Disney Fireworks in the air.

Animal Kingdom – Discovery Trading Co.

Animal Kingdom always blows me away with all the little details the imagineers included, and it seems like every time I visit I see something new. Whether it’s the hand woven creations inside Pandora the World of Avatar, or the hand carved wooden art work back in Harambe it’s always a fun place to visit. To track down the next pressed penny we didn’t have to go too far inside the park. Right near the Tree of Life is a large gift shop called the Discovery Trading Co. Outside of this store is a beautiful sight a wall of three total pressed penny machines and one of them is where you can get your own Series 2 Chip and Dale 50th Design.

Boardwalk Inn – Lobby

Just outside of Epcot is one of my favorite places to visit during the evening hours the Disney Boardwalk. They have plenty of restaurants, stores, and even entertainment along the water. Plus the Boardwalk Inn is a fun homage to the classic Atlantic City resorts and coastal beaches. Just inside the main Lobby building near the resort gift shop is where you can find the pressed penny machine with our next 50th Series 2 penny design of Minnie Mouse.

Wilderness Lodge – Bus Stop

Our next stop was over at the Wilderness Lodge resort which is another of my favorite resorts. The log cabin vibes once inside is truly amazing and esthetically for me very eye pleasing. I’ve always had great experiences at the different restaurants and their Christmas tree during the holidays is in my option the best on Disney property. The penny machine we were tracking on this visit is a bit of a walk from the main lobby building. You need to walk outside and head towards the Bus Stop for the resort to find the machine and the special 50th penny design of Your Pal Mickey Mouse.

Magic Kingdom – Tony’s Town Square Restaurant

To finish out this Series 2 set of pressed coins we headed into the Magic Kingdom. The first new penny available can be found inside Tony’s Town Square Restaurant which is themed around Lady and the Tramp. This is also the same building where you can meet Mickey and Tinker Bell for some iconic family photos. The machine is just outside the restaurants restrooms and has our favorite Pixie Tinker Bell.

Magic Kingdom – Main Street Firehouse

On this journey we have pressed quite a few great new designs but this last one is my favorite of them all. This design can be found in the machine located inside the Main Street Firehouse. The penny machine is certainly a unique one that appears to be carved out of a historic piece of firefighting equipment. The penny design has the iconic Partners Statue located just in front of Cinderella Castle that showcases Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse holding hands.

I can’t think of a better way to finish up this second set of pressed pennies celebrating Walt Disney Worlds 50th Anniversary Celebration. If anyone has any new information on additional designs, location changes or updates please let us know in the comments below so we can help everyone acquire this great new set of coins. Keep on Pressing!

2022 TEC Member Coin

Not too long ago I received my favorite piece of mail, a small little envelope from the The Elongated Collectors Club (TEC). I’ve mentioned the club in the past many times but that’s just because it took me a long time to finally join the club and once I did I was upset with myself for not joining sooner. The most recent Quarterly Newsletter arrived in my email and I always love reading the articles from our fellow members. They run the gamut of collecting tips, personal penny smashing trips, historical information about our hobby and so much more. But then as an added perk we also receive this small envelope with some very unique elongated coins only available to members. These coins much like the newsletter articles cover a white range of topics and it’s always such a surprise to see what we get. One coin however is always expected and highly prized and that is the annual member coin.

Here is the 2022 version of this fantastic member coin. It was designed and rolled by current club President Paul Connor, and was engraved by John Gusmano. The design was rolled on nickels as is the case with most years (there was a special penny version one year). As you can see it includes a very detailed owl the TEC mascot filled with some very intricate geometric shapes. TEC listed across the top, 2022 in the middle and Member along the bottom.

If your interested in learning more about TEC please check out the website www.tecnews.org.  At the website you can find plenty of information about the club, and there is a gallery with all the previously released elongated coins. If you are ready to join you can fill out a membership form directly on the website.  Then once you are a member you can look forward to these annual member coins and so much more.  Keep on Pressing!

Disneyland / California Adventure NEW Pressed Penny Sets

I love Disney, and have loved Disney since I was young. My family was lucky enough to visit both Florid and California parks on numerous occasions during my youth and that obsession has continued into my adulthood. Of course part of that love included all the amazing elongated coins and now that I live in Florida keeping up with my Walt Disney World collection has been much easier. The West Coast collection however is a bit more challenging to maintain. In previous posts I’ve mentioned the different Facebook groups I’m a part of for elongated coin collecting and I can’t state this enough, those communities are fantastic. Not just a wealth of knowledge, but with very kind friends offering to press a set along their travels. This is where my friend Kelly comes into this story. She is an active member of one of these groups and visits the California Disney parks quite often and has become my penny pressing proxy.

Photo Credit: Disney Parks

Since all the park closures a couple years ago Disneyland has been very slow with releasing any new pressed penny designs. I’m not sure why, but it was a long time before anything new was found. Then it seemed like the flood gates opened and within a short period of time there were three new sets of coins. Kelly rose to the occasion and headed out to the parks to press quite a few sets from what I’m told for us desperate collectors, and they all just arrived so let’s take a closer look at them.

Photo Credit: Kelly B.

First up we have a returning machine inside Disneyland at the Pieces of Eight – Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop. These designs were previously released back in 2016 and we posted about them here. From what I was told that original machine and designs were a bit problematic. Inconsistent pressings and maintenance issues forced it to be removed not long after it was released.

With the return of this machine it appears they have fixed the issue and the pennies I received looked in much better shape then the originals I got in 2016. The designs haven’t changed, but it’s nice to see this fun set back for guests and pirates to collect.

Photo Credit: Yesterland

Sticking around Disneyland but on the opposite side of the park in Tomorrowland is where the next set of pressed pennies can be found. The machine is located inside the Star Command Suppliers gift shop for the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction.

Photo Credit: Kelly B.

Inside this shop we have a brand new 8-design digital touch screen machine which replaced a 3-design machine that you can learn about here. These don’t seem to be as prevalent (Yet) in the California parks, but I have a feeling more of these will be appearing before we know it.

This set of new elongated coins primarily focuses on Buzz Lightyear with a few designs of the famous Space Ranger, as well as Zurg and a Little Green Man. But also includes a few Toy Story pennies with Woody and Jessie included.

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The third set we are going to take a look at today takes us across the promenade and into the California Adventure park, and then follow the sound of water towards the Grizzly River Run white water rafting attraction to find Rushin’ River Outfitters.

Photo Credit: ParkPennies

Didn’t I just mention we would be seeing more of these 8-design machines, well here you go. Technically I guess this was cheating since I already knew it was released, but I still hold my belief that many more of these will be showing up soon in the West Coast parks. I do like the cabinet on this machine as it just blends in so nicely to this rustic wood cabin style building.

These pennies are fantastic. I am an absolute fan of the Pixar movie Up! and was so happy to see a full set of 8 new pennies celebrating this movie. That one design with the house and all the balloons is amazing, plus I really like the Wilderness Explorers logo and of course the Grape Soda badge is just perfect.

Well that’s going to do it for new Disneyland pressed coins so far and I’m really impressed with what we have seen so far. Hopefully they don’t take too long before bringing out even more new designs because us collectors have been waiting quite a while and are ready for more. Plus I’ve got my hookup to hopefully making acquiring those new coins a bit easier. As soon as we have more I’ll be sure to share all the details with you my amazing collecting friends and family.

WDW 50th Pressed Pennies – Privately Designed

Currently we are smack dab in the middle of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration which is going on for a total of 18 months. We have already posted about the initial set of 53 pressed pennies, and collectible medallions. Plus here’s a quick insider tip, they have started to release a smaller Series 2 of pressed coins so be sure you are subscribed to learn all about those very soon.

Today however I wanted to share with you a very special “Unofficial” set of pressed pennies also celebrating WDW’s 50th Anniversary that has been created by our friends over at ThePennyDepot.com.

First we have this really nice classic design with just WDW Established 1971 on it. This is fairly simplistic overall, but I still really like it.

Second is another simple design of an outline of the center piece of the Magic Kingdom Cinderella Castle.

The following design is not necessarily for the 50th, but I included it hear as part of “Disney History” as it includes our favorite Pixie Tinker Bell with what I’m going to say is her famous pixie dust. Plus a wonderful quote from Peter Pan “All you need is faith trust and a little pixie dust.”

This last design is my absolute favorite. The details in this one are really unbelievable with Cinderella Castle and a big 50th in the middle, plus plenty of stars above and the famous Disney fireworks celebrating in the sky. I liked this one so much I actually picked up a couple copies for my collection.

The Penny Depot has really done another great job with these new designs they have available at their online store. Be sure to pick these up as I know they will make a great addition to your WDW 50th Pressed Penny collection.

That’s it for this week, thank you for visiting and please be sure to always Keep On Pressing!

Waterloo Region Museum Pressed Pennies – Canada

Not too long ago my cousin Joel had visited me from Canada for a week here in Florida and we spent a good amount of time at the theme parks. It’s pretty easy to convince your family to visit when you have some world class parks near your house. While Joel was visiting he helped me with some of our pressed penny missions including the Mickey & Minnie Runaway Railroad YouTube video you can check out here. He even filmed an outro for that video so be sure to let him know he did a great job! Of course most of our days at the park were spent waiting in long lines for the marquee attractions and during one of those times I thought we should see if there were any pressed penny machines located near his home and of course we found some.

Once he was back home and he found himself with a weekend off from work his first stop was the Waterloo Region Museum. Notice the snow? While he was visiting Florida his home town was hit with quite a snow storm that caused some issues with his return trip. Gotta love Canada!

Photo Credit: Waterloo Region Museum

The museum is also known as the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and is a campus of historical attractions and preservation facilities including a Heritage Village, Waterloo Region Hall of Fame, and Curatorial Centre. There are two exhibit galleries. The long term exhibit explores 12,000 years of history and development of the Waterloo Region. The short term exhibit gallery showcases its own collection and traveling exhibits from other museums on a variety of topics.

I was informed that the pressed penny machine can be found just outside the main gift shop that is at the front of the museum. Admission is not required to access the machine so if you prefer to just stop in and press a set you can.

The designs on these pennies were themed around some of the permanent exhibits within the museum. The machine pressed them all very nicely (be sure to use US Cents only!) and I’m so happy to have these join my Canadian collection of pressed coins. Plus I’m excited to have recruited yet another family member into our pressed penny community. Hopefully I can convince Joel to keep tracking down more machines near his home, or maybe I’ll just have to make a trek back up to the Great White North for a family reunion and squishing’ mission.

Super Nintendo Pressed Medallions – Universal Studios Japan

I live in Orlando Florida which his known as the Theme Park capital of the world. Within a pretty short drive from my home I can be at either Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, and a little longer of a drive at Busch Gardens Tampa. Along my previous travels I’ve visited Disneyland and Universal out in California and many Six Flags all along the East and West Coats. However there are still so many more parks that are on my Bucket List including Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disney and maybe more than even those would be Universal Studios Japan.

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Much of my spare time has me watching all sorts of videos on Youtube about Universal Japan which just looks fantastic. Some of the attractions are similar to ones we have here in the US, but there are plenty that we do not have. Plus their HHN event seems pretty intense. However the biggest draw for me would be the Super Nintendo Land.

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When I was young I didn’t have an original Nintendo but my neighborhood friends did. Then when the Super Nintendo was released I somehow convinced my parents I needed one and was surprised to find it under our Christmas tree that year. It became my obsession for quite awhile and my all time favorites of course were any of the Mario adventures, and of course Donkey Kong. When I first saw images of this themed land it completely blew me away. Then I hear there were special elongated medallions available and that was just the icing on the cake.

Hopefully sometime in the future my family will take a massive trip oversees to experience some of these parks, but for now it’s just on my wish list and I kind of forgot about the medallions until recently. I’m a member of a few different elongated collector clubs on Facebook and friends are always posting about their upcoming trips. In one of these posts a wonderful lady named Betty mentioned she was heading to Universal Japan offering to pickup some coins for anyone interested. I of course was interested and immediately reached out to her with my shopping list for her. It did take a little while to arrive in the mail but the coins finally arrived and they are amazing.

First was a set of three pressed coins (medallions) that were celebrating the Grand Opening of the Super Nintendo Land dated for 2021. The designs on these coins are so detailed and just so beautiful. They shine super bright and I was just blown away by them.

The second set (yes I only opted to get two this time) was themed for MarioKart. This was another game I remember playing as a child and loved playing against all my friends. Nothing more fun that dropping a banana peel and having my friend spin out when they drove over top of it. Plus in Super Nintendo Land they have an Augmented Reality attraction where you can actually join in a “Real” MarioKart race. Again with this set the designs are super details, I love the images they have of Toad, Mario and my favorite Yoshi. There is a section of a checkered flag at the top, and Universal Studios Japan at the bottom.

Betty was truly so sweet with her offer to get these and I’m just so impressed with their quality. I’m definitely going through the lists of other designs at that park so that the next time she heads over there I’ll be placing another order with her. I saw some Anime themed sets that I would love to get next time.

Quick side note, I wanted to give a special thank you to our friends over at Summers Raceway for the props used in our glamor shots above of the coins. They have a really fun and family friend Youtube Channel all about Hot Wheels collecting and racing. If you or anyone you know is interested be sure to check them out here.

Have you visited any international theme parks? Did they have any pressed or elongated coin machines? Be sure to let me know down in the comments below, I’d be interested to hear all about it and then I can add them to my future collecting list. Thanks for visiting and Keep on Pressing!

“Unofficial” Disney Pressed Coin Collector 2022 Penny

As many of you may know I’ve been collecting elongated coins for a long time, and it really all started with a trip to Walt Disney World when I was young. There have been some times during my collecting career when it’s slowed down, or even stopped for a period of time, but that itch always shows up eventually and I’m sucked back in.

Out of all the coins I’ve collected throughout the years I still maintain that the heart of my collection are the ones I’ve pressed at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. I’ve collected hundreds maybe even thousands of Disney pressed coins with designs running the gamut of classic characters, attractions, and even some depicting Disney historical themes. As an avid collector of course I have my options about designs I would love to see made available in the parks and even made a post about my wish list that you can read about here.

There is one design however that I didn’t even think of. Thankfully our friend, fellow collector and elongated coin designer Don Cade has created an “Unofficial” Disneyland and Walt Disney World Pressed Coin Collector penny. He has created variations of this design over the past few years and as soon as I found out about this fantastic design I picked up each version I could get. Some are also available pressed on different denominations but those tend to go pretty quickly.

If you are interested in one of these special coins, or any of Don’s other unique designs he makes them available through the TEC Elongated Collector Club Facebook Group. It would be nice to see Disney release an Official version in one of the machines as I think it would be very popular, but to be honest I’m extremely happy with Don’s version and may need to pick up some extras so I can hand them out to other collectors at the parks.

Have a fantastic week, stay safe and as always Keep on Pressing!

One Fat Frog Food Trucks – Orlando FL

Years ago I used to live in New Jersey and we had quite a few pressed penny machines available throughout the state but they rarely changed. Even at our local Six Flags theme park those machines had the same designs available for years and years. Now that I’m located in Central Florida, obviously the theme parks we have around here release new designs on a nice regular basis. In my mind however finding a new brand new machine at a never before known location outside of the parks doesn’t happen to often. Recently however this exact situation happened and it was certainly an interesting experience. Let me explain.

Word was released throughout some of the online collecting communities about this new machine and it shortly after showed up on one our main resources pennycollector.com. When I read up on it, this certainly seemed like it was a strange place to have a machine but I was intrigued and headed over as soon as I could. The company is called One Fat Frog and they are known as the Nation’s Largest Food Truck Manufacturer.

The address I had for this machine was out towards the Orlando Airport, near the Florida mall and maybe 15 minutes from Universal Studios. When I drove into their parking lot I was confronted with a fairly plain building. There were a few food trucks along the sides that looked like they were waiting for their new owners to pick up and put into service. Other than that there wasn’t much from the outside that would let you know what they did here.

I walked inside and could tell immediately that this was their main sales office. There was quite a few staff members on the phones with clients, and I checked in with their receptionist to let her know I was interested in using their pressed penny machine. She was extremely sweet and said that a few other people had been in recently to use the machine as well. It did seem like they were surprised how quickly word got out.

She pointed me towards the machine which was located in the back of their office next to a large video screen. Just behind the machine was a window that gave a little glimpse into their manufacturing warehouse. They definitely seemed to have a lot of food trucks in various stages of production.

The machine worked really nicely, and pressed great. I loved the cabinet design, and color plus the fun Frog logos were a nice touch. Another plus of this machine is that it only cost $0.50 per press and I was able to use my own preferred copper pennies. Not too many of these versions available anymore unfortunately.

The designs in this set were also really cool in my opinion and certainly unique. They included their fun Frog mascot and also promoted the company as the Nation’s Largest Food Truck Manufacturer. One design stated Food Truck Owner which I think is such a cool collectible for anyone having their own Food Truck created here. The last design included the year 2022 so I’ll be curious to see what happens at the end of this year. Will we get new designs? Or will this machine just be retired and removed? Only time will tell.

As I mentioned this was a very unique place to go and press a set of coins. I fell a bit strange just walking into their company office during working hours to use the machine, but everyone I encountered during my visit was extremely friendly and so happy to see us collectors enjoying their machine.

Lucky Penny #13 – Pressed Penny Mafia

In my collection I have thousands of different elongated coins. Many are from big name Theme Parks, aquariums, zooms, museums and then some road side attractions during my travels. I love them all, but I do have a very special spot in my collection for privately designed pressed coins. These are something that I have only really recently gotten into and just fell in love with because of their uniqueness and also to help support our community of very talented designers. One of these designers has become a close friend and we chat about our collections together quite often. Her name is Amy and she is the Boss Lady over at the Facebook group called the Pressed Penny Mafia – PPM.

As you can see I am an official card carrying member of the PPM club and since joining I’ve been able to acquire the entire set of custom elongated coins Amy has created for the club. We helped create a fun little film-noir style video on our Youtube Channel showcasing all the available designs at that time. Since then however Amy has continued to release a few new coins each year and I’m so thankful that I was able to get copies of her latest coin and #13 in the series.

This is such a fantastic designs I really love it. PPM Lucky Penny #13 with the large Shamrock in the middle. I also gave a sneak peek at some of her other designs in the above picture, but you can check out more on her other designs in one of our previous posts here.

Something I was not expecting in my package with Lucky #13 was a special additional Amy had sent my way. It was wrapped separately and marked as “Surprise” which I absolutely was. There was a second elongated coin included with Amy herself on the coin, and her name in beautiful script. This turned out really great and I’m happy to have this included in my collection.

Thank you as always to my friend Amy for continuing to release all these new privately designed elongated coins. Each one is better than the last, and I’m always excited to see what she comes up with next. If you are not already beside to visit the Pressed Penny Mafia PPM Facebook group which I have linked at the top of this post. Membership is completely free, and the community we have there of fellow collectors and enthusiasts are really great and lots of fun. Plus you get the inside tip on any of Amy’s brand new designs and my understanding is she still has some inventory of her other pennies available.

Stay safe friends and as always Keep on Pressing!