I’m going to do my best and try to not confuse this set of 50th Anniversary coins with either the pressed penniesor collectible medallions that we have already reviewed and you can find those linked above. This is yet another set of Commemorative Coins that Disney has released in celebration of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary, but they come at a much higher cost.
To my knowledge these special coins are only available at The Art of Disney store in Disney Springs, which is located near the Rainforest Cafe restaurant.
First I came across the coin pictures above left. It’s listed as a Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary 24kt Gold Plated Commemorative coin.
Here is a closer look at this coin on the left. But I thought it looked very familiar to the reverse side of the Collectible Medallions (above right) we have seen popping up all over WDW Property. There are some slight differences like the small stars around Mickey’s face, but other than that the design looks almost identical. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to see the reverse side of this coin so I’m not sure what is back there.
There is of course one glaring difference, well actually two of them. First as I mentioned above this coin is coated in 24kt gold, and the second is that it costs $150. Now you do get the nice wooden display case and Certification of Verification (Authenticity?). Plus they are limited to only 4000 minted coins, and each of these are numbered.
Now as cool at that Mickey coin is I think many more guests and collectors have been interested in this 12 coin set.
Each coin in this set is designed around each of the opening day attractions at the Magic Kingdom back in 1971. Here we have pictures The Mickey Mouse Revue, Liberty Square Riverboat, Tropical Serenade and Carousel of Progress.
The middle set of coins showcases Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.
Finishing our the 12 coin set are designs for the Jungle Cruise, Country Bear Jamboree, The Hall of Presidents and the Grand Prix Raceway.
Just to make sure there is no confusion with this set, unlike the Mickey coin we spoke about at the beginning of this post, these 12 coins are made of Solid Bronze. They are NOT coated in 24kt gold like that Mickey coin. The coins are the same size at 39mm, but the mintage number is lower at only 3000 total sets. Each set does have it’s own unique serial number which is listed on the Certificate of Verification.
This full set of 12 coins rings in at $180, and does include the very nice windowed display box and Certification I mentioned above. It is more expensive but you also get 12 coins instead of one, but then these coins are copper not coated in 24kt gold. So the choice is yours if these are calling your name. I will say that the $180 can seem high but per coin that’s only $15 each. They are not sold separately so you do need to get them all at once.
What do you think of these coins? Do you like them or are you more like me and will probably just stick with the Collectible Medallions inside the parks and resorts. Let me know down in the comments below.
Enjoy the rest of your day and as always Keep on Pressing!
Are you interested in seeing more of this quick trip hunting down these new pennies, check out our YouTube video here.
I honestly would have thought Disney may have taken a bit of a break on releasing new pressed pennies after the onslaught we encountered with the 50th Anniversary (53 pennies released), but that was not the case. Thinking I may have a down day and could catch up on some paperwork and blog updates when I suddenly received a message from a friend about some new Zootopia pennies she found. I immediately inquired for more information, then jumped in my car and headed over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Once inside the park I didn’t have too far to walk. Just over the bridge heading towards the Tree of Life I took a left turn and the large gift shop on that side was where I was headed. It’s called the Island Mercantile and if you’ve been tagging along with me lately this place is probably pretty familiar. Earlier this year this was home to the dated 2021 Pluto penny design, which more recently had been removed and replaced with the Dante (from Coco) 50th Anniversary penny design. Well now that has changed once again.
Let’s take a quick side trip before getting back to the Island Mercantile. On the opposite side of this main pathway leading to the Tree of Life is another large souvenir shop called Discovery Island Co. This place already had two existing penny machines, and now that machine from Island Mercantile has been moved over here for a total of three machines. So if you are in the midst of hunting down those really cool 50th Anniversary pennies make sure to visit the Discovery Island Co.
Okay now back to our main story here about the Island Mercantile. If you visit the set of doors which is closest to the Pandora (Avatar) side of the park, that is where this brand new machine has been placed.
The cabinet has a nice wood grain look to it. I thought it would have been more fun to see it themed more around Zootopia (whatever that may be) but I guess the machine itself is not too important rather we are interested in the penny designs.
This brand new set includes pennies with Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Flash, Finnick, Chief Logo, Mayor Lionheart, Gazelle and Yak. I was a little sad to see that there was no design for the little lamb Bellwether, or even one of my favorites Officer Clawhauser. In any case this does cover many of the main characters and I like that they all include the cool Zootopia logo as a nice touch.
There has been rumors swirling for quite awhile that a Zootopia expansion to Animal Kingdom may happen, but so far nothing official for here in Florida. Shanghai Disneyland however is working on this exact project so maybe if it’s successful we may see it here in the future.
Thanks for hanging out with me again today and chatting about pressed pennies. I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and as always Keep on Pressing!
Disney has been releasing so many new pressed coins and even collectible medallions it’s getting a bit hard to keep up. But I promise I’m not complaining. Having too many new machines to write about is definitely a nice problem to have. As I’m sure you have seen recently I’ve been running around collecting the new 50th anniversary pressed pennies and medallions. On one of my stops I visited one of my favorite places the Polynesian Village Resort
There are quite a few buildings that make up this resort and it’s easy to get a little turned around when trying to find a specific guest room. The main lobby area is in the Grand Ceremonial house which is located near the center of the property. Inside is also where you will find the different restaurants, including the Pineapple Lanai should you be interested in cooling off with a delicious dole whip. Up on the second floor of this building is also where you can find ‘Ohana my personal favorite restaurant, and also a store called the Moana Mercantile.
Just outside of this shop used to be two machines, one was a pressed penny machine, and the second was a pressed quarter machine. Both of those machines have been removed and now replaced with a new 8-design touch screen model.
As I posted about previously this set does include four 50th anniversary designs including a really nice one of a retro looking Polynesian Village resort, the Orange Bird, Hei Hei from Moana, and Stitch. Finishing out this set of eight designs are a four more all themed around the Polynesian Village Resort including Mickey and Minnie, Trader Sams, Donald playing a drum and Goofy with a surfboard.
I am still sad to see the pressed quarter machines disappearing, but in there place we have seen a few collectible medallion machines instead. This is one of those locations and if you want to reach about the medallion machine you can check out this post. The medallions are quite a bit more expensive so I feel there is a limit as to how many of those they can release. Hopefully we continue to see more pressed penny machines instead and I think this is a really cool new set.
I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a dole whip. Thanks for visiting the Polynesian Village resort with me today, I hope you have a safe week and as always Keep on Pressing.
I mentioned in a previous post that it has been a long time since Disneyland had released any new pressed penny designs and now they are starting to crank a few of them out. These I think you are really going to enjoy.
This new machine has been a long time guest and collector favorite due to it’s very unique cabinet design. I’ve always wished they would create something like this here in our Florida parks, but I will admit that California gets much more creative with their machines. When visiting Disneyland if you head over to the area near the Port Royal Curios Curiosities Shop and The Pieces of Eight Gift Shop known as the Court des Anges you can find this machine.
Look at this beautiful creation. Such a cool design and I’m happy to see that even though it’s been converted from the previous 3-design Quarter press (read about that version here), they still decided to keep this fun design. How many times have you pressed a penny housed in a coffin?
The designs available in this machine include the Haunted Mansion plaque, each of the three Hitchhiking Ghosts, Jack Skellington, Sally and Zero. Plus a special dated design with 2021 on it commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion Holiday celebration.
Special thank you to our friends at ParkPennies.com for the details on this machines whereabouts. I wish I could get out to the West Coast more often but that’s not in the plans for now. Their website is my main resource to help with my Disneyland press coin collection. If you haven’t checked them out before be sure to head on over there and see the treasure trove of information they have available.
This is a wonderful new set and I’m happy to see Disneyland starting to release some new machine. The Haunted Mansion is my favorite attraction and I always enjoy collecting new designs themed around that ride. You know any time there is a dated design you better pick it up quick before it’s gone and the end of the year will be here before you know it. As we have seen with these 8-design machines, there are actually 2 separate dies inside each with 4-designs on them. So depending on which die has the 20th anniversary design and additional three of these designs may also get the axe come the new year. Stay tuned and we will always keep you updated.
Keep on Pressing, and beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy running all around Walt Disney World Property looking to see if they released any new 50th Anniversary pressed coin designs and spoiler alert they have. If you haven’t seen the post you can check it out here. One of the stops along my travels was to the World Famous Contemporary Resort or as many people just know it as “the one where the monorail goes through the hotel”. I have been fortunate enough to stay here on a couple different family trips and it really is a unique hotel. Some of the rooms are a bit dated, and Chef Mickey’s buffet does not have greatest selection of food, but the California Grill is one of the best places I’ve ever eaten. Did I mention the monorail drives right through the middle of the hotel? Yeah that’s still pretty cool no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
Once inside the resort I headed up to the 4th floor concourse which is where Chef Mickeys, Contempo Cafe, the Outer Rim Bar, the gift shops and arcade are all located.
If you head over near where the monorail security check point is you will find the resort arcade and along the outside wall used to be the most amazing vision that could almost seem like a mirage to pressed coin collectors.
This has one of the biggest selections off pressed coin machines I’ve ever found all in one place. It consisted of 3 separate 3-design pressed penny machines, and then 3 separate 3-design pressed quarter machines which you can see pictured above.
Now however that wall of amazingness has been removed and retired. In it’s place are two new 8-design machines and a collectible medallion machine which you can read about in a separate post here.
The first machine actually includes some special 50th Anniversary penny designs which I had been searching for but also a few other nice new images. The set includes a 50th Contemporary with Mickey & Minnie, 50th Donald Duck, 50th Gus mouse from Cinderella, and 50th Bambi. The non-50th designs include a Classic Mickey, Ariel and Prince Eric, the Contemporary Resort with Monorail and the Chef Mickey logo.
Side stepping about 12 inches to the right you come to the second brand new machine. There are no 50th designs in this one, but instead some updated designs including Chef Mickey with a large Fork and Spoon, Carl and Russel from Up, Mickey and Minnie, Timothy Mouse from Dumbo, a Broom from Fantastia, Stitch, Mulan and Aladdin.
It is a very sad day to see that wall of pressed coin machines finally kick the bucket, but at least we got something in its place. You can’t get quite as many coins all in one location anymore, but it’s pretty close. As we have assumed it looks like the pressed quarter machines are certainly disappearing and there are only few left on property. Thanks for tagging along as I visited one of my favorite resorts the Contemporary. Now it’s time for me to hop back on the monorail and keep looking for more new machines. Have a fantastic weekend and Keep on Pressing!
To watch me actually drink the dreaded Beverly on camera check out the video at our YouTube Channel here.
We have spoken in the past about all the changes going on over at Epcot, and after what seems like years some of the construction has started to end. Now I will say there is still a lot, and I mean a lot of construction happening all over this park, but some of the projects have started to wrap up. One of those is the infamous Club Cool that has been closed for almost 2 years.
I’m sure many of you are familiar with club cool, but for those that may not know it’s a very interesting place. It’s sponsored by Coca-Cola and allows guests to cool off by sampling complimentary Coca-Cola soft drinks from around the world. Plus there is a ton of Coke merchandise inside, but in all seriousness it’s really about drinking those…interesting sodas.
Some of you eagle eyed readers may notice that many of the soda offerings have changed. One of the old flavors I really liked was Inca Cola but I disappointed to see it was no longer available. I did go through and try all of these flavors and most of them were pretty good. The plumb flavored soda from China was not my favorite but the Viva Raspberry from Moldova was one I would see myself going back and getting again. It’s always fun to try these with your family and friends because almost everyone will have a different favor. That is until you get all the way to that last one on the left.
I did go ahead and try it again, I mean it had been over two years since I last had Beverly and who knows maybe my tastebuds had matured since then. Spoiler, that was not the case and in my personal opinion it is completely disgusting and barely palatable. I grabbed and extra cup of that Viva Raspberry as a chaser to try and help rinse out my mouth but that Beverly flavor just lingers way too long on your tongue. There is a companion video to this post on our YouTube channel which I linked at the top of this post and you can watch me drink this entire cup of Beverly to your enjoyment. Hopefully you feel at least a little bit bad for me.
As I’m sure you can guess this place is pretty popular and gets very busy from time to time. With all the soda you can drink it’s a fun way to cool off from the Florida sun. There is a one draw back that can happen from time to time and that is you may come across a sticker placed on one or more of the soda nozzles that says “Please Try Another Flavor”. As with so many things in Disney this sticker has become an icon among funs and due to its association with Beverly I’ve seen it on stickers, t-shirts, button and now a pressed penny.
This design is from our friend Don Cade who has created so many wonderful Disney and non-Disney themed elongated coins. When I saw this in his catalogue of designs I recognized it immediately and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect with the reopening of Club Cool to share this coin and adventure with all of you. Don makes his designs available through The Elongated Collector’s Facebook page. I’ve mentioned in the past that the group is a great resource for not just elongated coin collecting information, but also for unique pressed coin designs just like this one that you won’t find anywhere else.
Thanks for hanging out with me today at Club Cool. Have you visited this place on one of your own visits to Epcot? Did you try the dreaded Beverly? Let me know in the comments I’d love to hear all about it. Stay safe and as always Keep on Pressing!
No changes as of today. We are still anxiously awaiting the last few medallion machines to be placed. I visited the rumored locations over the last couple days with no changes so far.
We have found a total of 43 medallions in 9 machines (see below for details). Some of those were temporarily made available due to some of the designs quickly selling out. From information I have heard there is scheduled to be another 4 or maybe 5 medallions machines to be released before the end of October. Here is a picture I received from a list a Cast Member referred to when a guest inquired about other available medallions.
If this list is accurate we should be seeing a second machine in EPCOT at the Disney Traders store, Hollywood Studios in the Tower Hotel Gift Shop, Fort Wilderness Resort Campground at the Meadows Trading Post, and Disney Springs at the World of Disney Store. This list also references a mysterious 5th machine at Port Orleans (doesn’t specify Riverside or French Quarter) and also lists only one design for Dante from Coco. Not sure if this will be a special one medallion machine, or maybe Dante will be the only unique medallion available here with other designs already released elsewhere. As of this past weekend I checked a few of these locations with no new medallions released yet. If any comes across these new machines or medallion designs please feel free to let us know and I’ll keep this post updated so we can know what is available and where to find them.
Thank you to everyone who has been keeping an eye out during their travels for these medallions, it’s been so much fun helping everyone collect these really awesome souvenirs. -DCT
I’m sure you have all been anxiously following along in the related article to this one where I’ve documented all the 50th Anniversary Pressed coins that I have been hunting down. If you haven’t be sure to check it out here. Something I’ve been hearing along my travels for those coins is that not only will we be seeing 50 special pressed coins, but also 50 collectible medallions. I don’t know for sure if this will be true or not, but just in case I figured why not keep this search in a separate post to keep things nice and organized. Here is what we have found so far.
This first medallions machine was found inside the Magic Kingdom right on Main Street inside the Hall of Champions store.
** Updated 10/13/2021. The below designs have been restocked at this location **
This set has some really nice designs of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lady and Tinkerbell. The reverse of each coin has a smiling Mickey face, and says The World’s Most Magical Celebration 50 Walt Disney World which I really love.
The next set of medallions to be released was over at Epcot inside the Port of Entry store which is located just as you enter the World Showcase if you are coming from the Spaceship earth area of the park. There are two gift shops in this area that are almost identical and this is the one closes to the Canada Pavilion side.
This machine has been in this location for quite a while. In the past we have seen medallions for some of the different Festivals, but then it went stale for quite awhile with some Winter character designs that stuck around for much longer than we anticipated. I was happy to see these have finally been updated with some nice new 50th Anniversary designs of Figment, Miguel from Coco, the Genie from Aladdin and Jimmy Cricket.
Special thank you to Stephanie E,Matthew and Zizzy who all came across the newly released medallion machine at Hollywood Studios. This machine can be found in the Celebrity 5 & 10 store located near the front of the park as you walk down Hollywood Boulevard. The designs available her include Lumber, Woody, R2-D2 and Hei Hei from Moana.
Next up we took a headed into the jungle over at one of the most beautiful Disney parks Animal Kingdom. There was only one medallion machine I knew about in this park so that’s where I was headed first before exploring the rest of the park. Thankfully may assumption was correct and this existing machine had the old Lion King designs removed and replaced with the new 50th versions.
This machine is located in the Ziwani Traders store which is back near the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction entrance. The medallions available here include Simba, Bambi, Timon and Pumbaa.
Before we start our pilgrimage to all the different resorts looking for medallions I was pretty sure we would find some a Disney Springs. More specifically in the Pin Trader store where there was currently a machine with some 2021 designs.
Sure enough my hunch was right and the machine was just recently loaded with these brand new 50th designs Donald, Daisy, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet too.
The first set of collectible medallions I have come across at a resort was found in a brand new machine over at the Contemporary Resort. It can be found on the 4th floor concourse just outside the arcade near the monorail security check point.
These medallions were nice quality, bright and shiny. Plus they were really heavy, even more heavy than I think the standard medallions we have found around property were but I may have to double check on that. Could have been I was just more used to the penny weight lately instead. The designs are of similar characters we have found on the pressed pennies including Tramp, Bo Peep, Pinocchio and even a Contemporary Resort image. They are not exactly the same designs that are on the pennies but similar. I’m hoping this is not going to be the case where the medallions and pennies all have the same / similar designs but I’m sure we will find out before too long.
Polynesian Village Resort
The Polynesian Village resort is one of my favorites. Unfortunately I’ve never actually stayed here, but have visited many times either to collect some pressed coins or in most situations to eat at ‘Ohana which is my all time favorite restaurant on WDW Property. On the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House across from ‘Ohana is a shop called the Moana Mercantile and just outside this store is where the next medallion machine can be found.
** Updated 10/13/2021. The below designs have been restocked at this location **
Adding to this ever growing set of 50th Anniversary Medallions we found designs celebrating the Polynesian Village Resort, the Orange Bird, Stitch and Pua from Moana. The reverse image is the same as all the other medallions we have found so far.
All-Star Movies Resort
A very special thank you to Kathleen B. who submitted a tip on the next two sets of medallions.
This machine is found in the World Premier Food Court and has replaced the pressed quarter machine that used to be here. The cabinet matches the pressed penny machines which I think is a nice touch. The medallion designs here are of the Mad Hatter, Joe Gardner, Frozone and Edna Mode.
All-Star Music Resort
Thankfully this next resort was not too far away, and I just walked over to the All-Star Music resort. The new medallion machine has also replaced the pressed quarter machines that was outside the Note’able Games Arcade.
This is an other great set of medallions with designs of Dumbo, Timothy Mouse, Pluto and Abu.
Below are seven medallions that were made available for a short time while some other designs were out of stock. Since then these coins have been removed and are currently unavailable. But that should only be temporary as they are scheduled to appear in new machines by the end of October 2021. I have them listed here just so everyone can see what they look like and I’ve also included the rumored location that they may eventually be placed.
These four medallions were first seen at the Polynesian Village Resort for only a few days. Once the original designs at the Polynesian were restocked the above were removed. These are listed to be placed in a new machine inside EPCOT at the Disney Traders store at the entrance to World Showcase.
The above three medallions where also available for only a short while at the Hall of Champions store in the Magic Kingdom. The accompanied the Mickey Mouse design which is still available at this location. These are rumored to be headed to Disney Springs in the World of Disney store along with a medallion of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland.
This was a short but sweet visit back to the resort and if you would like to see even more about this new machine check out our YouTube Channel here.
I’m sure you are thinking didn’t we just find a new pressed penny machine at the Art of Animation resort and you would be absolutely correct. If you didn’t read about that machine you can check it out here.
From that last trip to the resort we found out that the 3-design machine that had the 2021 dated design available was removed and replaced with a new 8-design machine. I was in the area recently and thought I would head back over because I was sure that 2021 design would just be moved over to the second machine in the food court.
But once I walked inside I quickly realized that wasn’t the case. The above image shows the first new machine we found a couple weeks ago on the bottom right side.
As I walked a little further into the food court I noticed that second machine was gone and replaced with yet another 8-design machine.
This machine’s cabinet was custom formed for this tight space in the wall. It actually fits in there perfectly and even the color matches the surrounding walls pretty well.
The designs available here continue with the theme of this resort that focuses on The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars. There are some nice new designs available here that really stood out to me like the Ursula one and even King Triton. I was sad to see that 2021 design did not return but here is a bit of spoiler, lately I’ve found that quite a few of the other 2021 designs have started disappearing around property and replaced with some fun new designs which you can follow along here on those conversions.
Thanks for visiting this week. Have a fantastic day and Keep on Pressing!
This is a bit of a strange situation that has recently taken place out in Disneyland California. So back in 2018 the California parks held a special event called Pixar Fest that ran through most of the spring into the fall season. To celebrate this Fest there were two special pressed penny sets released and you can read our original article about that here.
Now it’s been about 3 years and such a long time since Disneyland had any new pressed coin designs which changed just this past week. But these designs were only slightly new-ish.
First thing we notice that that these are part of the BFFs Forever collection, with very similar designs to what we found back in 2018. This set is available in a machine outside of the Bonanza Outfitters store which is actually where it was located back in 2018.
Above I put together a comparison so you can see them more clearly. The top row are the original released versions. They were pressed on copper pennies. The bottom set is from the newly returned machine which has been updated with the newer style payment system we have been finding everyone, plus the machine now supplies the penny to be pressed. The set I received do appear to be pressed on some shiny zinc pennies. Some obvious differences is the size of the actual characters has been reduced, the new set now has a dotted boarder and even the BFF Forever text is much smaller.
The reverse design has returned but is also altered slightly. The text is much smaller, and the surrounding stars and balls are a bit scarce now. Plus what I find very strange about this is that I’m pretty sure the parks are not currently celebrating a new Pixar Fest. So they just recreated new dies for this revamped machine. Trying to look on the bright side I guess it’s fun to have a variant set for my collection, but I’m a bit at a loss as to why Disney would have returned this set 3 years after they were considered retired.
Hopefully this is not something we will see happen more often. As much as I would love to fill in some gaps in my collection with old retired designs, this is not the way I would want to do that. Hopefully this is the only occurrence we will encounter like this, and I’m crossing my fingers for some beautiful brand NEW designs in the near future.
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always be sure to Keep on Pressing.
To see a my complete tour around WDW Property searching for all 53 pressed pennies check out our YouTube video here.
We all knew deep down in our hearts that Disney would release some special pressed penny designs to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, but with nothing official I was getting a bit worried. Thankfully Disney didn’t let us know and even though the 50th Celebration doesn’t start for a few more days, they have started releasing the new designs throughout the parks and this will be our official post that you can follow along as I find each one. I will continue to add to this post so everything is all in one place for you to use as your guide. Also quick plug for our Penny Maps, I’ve created a special one just for these 50th Anniversary Designs and you can find it here. So put on your Mickey’s ears and let’s head on over to the parks.
First up we visited the Magic Kingdom and thankfully didn’t have to trek too far into the parks. Once you scan your ticket or magic band at the gate take a look to the left side and you will see the Newsstand. Currently it’s closed, and hopefully will reopen in the near future as this was a great place to pick up a last minute drink or snack before leaving the park. Thankfully the pressed penny machine is located outside the store so it can still be accessed.
The 50th design available at this machine has the Mad Matter which I think is another great penny. It seems like a bit of a strange location for this design, but I think with so many of the newer style touch screen machines they probably have limited places to put these individual designs. Next we up we just needed to head a bit further into the park and onto Main Street USA the pulled a u-turn and headed underneath the Train Station.
This set includes some fun new designs of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Gus from Cinderella, and Olaf from Frozen. Each design also includes a “50” overtop of each character. With these pennies stately stored away, I headed down towards Cinderella Castle we took a quick detour into the Main Street Emporium.
At a quick glance it appears that the Emporium takes up the entire left side of Main Street as you head towards the castle but it is in fact a few different stores that are all interconnected. The first section closed to the front of the park is the Emporium and has two machines. The first is just inside the doors and is a machine we have visited in the past. In total this machine has 8 designs, but 4 have been kept the same as before and only the 2021 dated designs were removed and replaced with these new 50th designs of Pooh Bear, Tramp, Tinker Bell and Bo Peep.
The second machine is further back in the Emporium just before you enter the Disney Clothiers store. Similar to the first machine 4 of these designs are unchanged but the 2021 dated designs are gone with new 50th pennies available for Dumbo, Lady, Woody and Piglet.
We were done with the Emporium and could have headed back out to main street but there was more more machine in this long interconnected set of shops so I opted to stay in the A/C and cut through Disney Clothiers and into the Hall of Champions store for the next machine. This machine had designs of Disney character playing different sports and 4 of the designs are also the same, but the other 4 were replaced with 50th anniversary pennies of Thumper, Frozone, Pluto and Pinocchio.
I made to sure to visit each and every machine inside all the parks hunting down these 50th designs and I will admit that the machine at the exit to Splash Mountain here the ride photo preview area would have been one of the last I thought would have received a 50th design. But sure enough one was placed here with a design of Timothy Mouse from Dumbo. I’ve mentioned this in the past but you do not need to ride Splash Mountain to access this machine, you can just walk through the gift shop towards the photo preview area to use the machine with no issue. That wraps up all the machines at Magic Kingdom now time to grab a Disney Bus and head to our next park.
Day two of our search took us over to Hollywood Studios. As much as I wanted to jump on the Rise of the Resistance attraction we had more important things to look for here. No too far into the park we found the first machine at Oscar’s Super Service.
As a continuing theme we have noticed so far this new Lumiere 50th design has replaced the 2021 dated design in this machine. The other two designs here have not changed.
This second machine is just a little stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and you will see a nice water fountain on the right side. There is a small building there called Hollywood Junction and this machine can be found around back of this building right beside an ATM. This set of designs so far is my favorite. I love the Joe Gardner one from the movie Soul and hope we see more designs from that movie. Plus everyone’s favorite droids R2-D2 and BB-8 have returned, and we couldn’t be without Cogsworth.
Next it was time to head over to Epcot and so far this park has received quite a few new designs. First we headed behind Spaceship Earth towards the World Showcase and visited the two gift shops on either side.
Disney Traders was my first stop but this was in no particular order. The machine is located near the set of doors closed to the Mexico Pavilion side of the store. This design has replaced the 2021 design that used to be here. The new design of everyones favorite Conscience Jimmy Cricket is a great addition to this set.
Just across the open area that is usually reserved for special Fireworks viewing, we came to the Port of Entry store. The machine is on the opposite side of the store, near the doors that would be closed to the Canada Pavilion side. This new design of Genie from Aladdin replaces an old Duffy the Disney Bear design that was here previously.
Now we needed to take a bit of a walk past Canada, and the United Kingdom pavilions, but not quite to France. Instead we headed towards the International Gateway which is kind of a back entrance to Epcot and would lead you to the Skyliner station, Yacht / Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn Resorts. You don’t need to exit the park for this next instead it’s inside the World Travelers store near the exit. This design will definitely be a fan favorite as it features Figment the “un-official” mascot of Epcot. Maybe he is official at this point, it’s hard to say he does show up for most of the Festivals.
We next headed around the World Showcase lagoon skipping by most of the pavilions (for now?) and headed inside Norway. The main gift shop is also the exit for the Frozen Ever After ride, but you don’t need to go on the ride to access this machine. It can be found just inside the back set of doors. The new design is of Bruni a character you may recognize from Frozen 2. He replaces the 2021 Spaceship Earth design that was available here earlier in the year.
There was one last stop in Epcot before we headed out and that was back up towards the front of the park in the Living Seas Pavilion. Or you may know it better as the building with the Finding Nemo attraction. The gift shop at the end of the ride is where this machine is located. The designs are some more great new images including Flounder, Sebastian, Nemo and Dory.
Once inside Animal Kingdom we just headed straight back towards the Tree of Life and our first stop was the Discovery Trading Co gift shop.
I always love these really cool looking machine cabinets and get a kick out of the crab on the top holding on tight to her penny. The new 50th design at this machine is of Simba from The Lion King.
**Updated 10/14/2021** The above machine was initially located at the Island Mercantile store but has been moved to make way for a new penny machine. This machine is now available right next to the 50th Simba machine at the Discovery Trading Co. You may notice that this machine used to have the 2021 Pluto design but that is now retired and replaced with this awesome new 50th design of Dante from the movie Coco.
It was now time to head over towards Dinoland USA and into the Chester & Hester Dino Treasures store which has been home to a dated coin for quite a few years now. This did previously have the 2021 Tree of Life design, but that is now gone and in its place is this new 50th Pua from Moana design.
Leaving Dinoland behind we now had a bit of a walk through the Asian and then into the African section of the park. Back near the Kilamanjaro Safari is a cart/tent called Curiosity Tourism and just behind that is the penny machine we were looking for. The new design here has the world famous meerkat Timon from The Lion King.
We couldn’t leave Timon all by himself, and thankfully not too far away at the Dawa Bar was another penny press machine with a 50th design of Pumbaa.
There were a few places I thought may get 50th designs here in Disney Springs but they seem to have kept them just in one place with has recently become a dumping group for a lot of machines with no where to go and that’s the Pin Trader store. Currently this store has a grand total of 6 pressed penny machines so if you only have one place to go and want to get a lot of pennies this would be a great place to check out.
This store is setup like an octagon and the machines can be found in between the pin walls that are the main focus in this store. Basically just walk around in a circle and you will find them pretty easily. This first machine has one new design of Miguel from Coco.
Just a few steps away is another machine with the second design available in this store. This may now have become my favorite design showing off the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely love this design.
That finished up all the designs currently available at the theme parks and Disney Springs, but we still had Resorts to visit so lets head over to those now.
Boardwalk Inn Resort
I’ve visited the Boardwalk area on Disney Property and just love the atmosphere especially at night. Maybe it’s because of my younger years hanging out at the Jersey Shore, but I’m always happy to have an excuse to go and visit. This resort does have quite a few machines scattered both inside and outside. The machine we were hunting down today can be found in the Main Lobby near the little gift shop.
POP Century Resort
In the past we have seen dated designs at the Art of Animation resort, but recently that resort has replaced their older 3-design machines with new 8-design touch screen versions which you can read about here. So I wasn’t surprised to see no new 50th design at that resort, but a quick walk across the Generation Gap bridge I headed into the POP Century resort and found what I was looking for.
POP Century currently has a total of 4 machines and all are located in the Everything POPs Food Court. This machine is the very first one you will encounter just near one of the check out areas for the gift shop before entering the food court. I was wondering when we would find the design for Daisy Duck and here is where she was hiding.
I spent always a whole day using different modes of Disney Transportation checking out all the different resorts looking for more new pennies with not much success. But eventually after checking at the Magic Kingdom which you already read about above, I took a quick stop into the Contemporary Resort and found some new machines. This used to be home to the more glorious wall of pressed coin machines with a total of 6 all in one place. Now however those are all gone and in their place are two new 8-design machines. I’ll be reviewing the other non-50th designs in an upcoming post but for this article I wanted to just show off the 50th designs of Donald, Gus, Bambi and a great one of the Contemporary Resort. For those eagled eyed readers you may notice a new medallion machine just to the left in the above picture and you would be spot on. It contains 50th Medallions designs, and I’ve heard rumors that there may be a total of 50 medallions coming out as well so I’m going to be creating a separate post to track the medallions which you can check out here.
Polynesian Village Resort
Heading through the security checkpoint I headed up one floor to the Monorail station and took a quick ride on the Highway in the Sky over to the Polynesian Village Resort. On the second floor of the Grand Ceremonial House just outside the Moana Mercantile shop used to be a pressed penny and pressed quarter machines, but they have both been removed and replaced with a new 8-design pressed penny machine.
Only four of these designs are part of the 50th Anniversary set and include a great penny with a retro design of the Polynesian Village resort another of the opening day resorts. Then there are additional designs of the Orange Bird, Hei Her from Moana, and Stitch. The other four designs are also new but since they aren’t part of the 50th set I’ll leave them out of this post. If you want to read more about then check out this separate post. I was getting pretty tired from all this running around and there was no better place to be for a nice cool Dole Whip break downstairs at the Pineapple Lanai.
Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
Once I was done with my quick snack it was off to one last resort and it was going to be a doozy. I had to take the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom, then hopped on a boat that took me over to Bay Lake and eventually let me out at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground. For anyone that has not visited this part of property it’s a fun place to visit, but it is huge. So big in fact that they have their own internal bus routes to help campers get to different areas of the campsite. We were headed to about the middle of the property where the Meadow Outpost is situated.
This building is setup almost like an old general store which I absolutely love. Plenty of snacks, camping necessities, souvenirs and this sweet pressed penny machine near the back set of doors. The designs here include the Fort Wilderness logo celebrating the last of the original opening day resorts, and then of course 50th designs for Chip and Dale.
Port Orleans Riverside Resort
The last few special pressed pennies took a little longer to be released just to due them being available at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort which wasn’t scheduled to reopen until October 14th, 2021.
As soon as the resort reopened we headed over to search for these last few pennies that were located in the main Lobby. There are two machines in this area along the back wall. The first machine has the 50th Design of Edna Mode from The Incredibles movies.
The second machine has the last 50th design of Abu from one of my favorite Disney movies Aladdin. Phew, this has been quite an adventure with lots of running all around Walt Disney World property hunting all of these pennies down. We initially thought only 50 would be available, but Disney surprised us with the additional 3 designs celebrating the opening day resorts Contemporary, Polynesian and Fort Wilderness for a grand total of 53 pennies. We are not anticipating any of these designs being changed our or having new designs released during the 50th celebration, but if that does happen I’ll be sure to keep this post updated so be sure to check back for any changes.
Pressed Penny Booklet
For those of you that like a quick an easy way to store your collection Disney has you covered with a brand new Booklet you can use.
This has that really striking purpose color and the iridescent lettering used for Walt Disney World 50. Plus a fun new design of Cinderella Castle with that 50th medallion front and center, and of course Mickey and Minnie celebrating in their new costumes. I found the above in the Magic Kingdom Main Street Emporium but would assume these will be showing up in all the different parks and resorts very soon.