Contest – Win a Set of 2020 Walt Disney World Pressed Coins

With all of us cooped up in Home Quarantines, I figured it was a  good time to try and do something fun.  So I’m moving up our annual Contest!!

This is a chance for you to get a complete set of the 2020 Pressed Coins that I had written about in a previous post.   Click here to read all about them and get more details on each coin, or check out our YouTube video on these coins here.

This will include all 16 coins (12 Pennies and 4 Quarters) which also includes the elusive 2020 Spaceship Earth (Epcot) penny that was only available for a short time before being removed.

As stated above this is a FREE contest.  To enter just post a comment below with what your favorite Animated Disney movie is.  Simple right!

Post as many times as you like, and be sure to spread the word.  This is always a lot of fun when there is a lot of participation. The contest will end on April 30th, 2020.  At that time I’ll randomly select a winner and will contact you for your mailing information.

If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by our Youtube channel: davidscointravels and subscribe for videos all about pressed coins including updates on new Walt Disney World pennies.  Your support there helps us offer these types of contests.

Good luck!!

**Please note this is just for entertainment purposes.  This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by The Walt Disney Company.

Stranger Things Pressed Penny Set

With the rise of so many streaming services like Disney+, Hulu and of course Netflix, there is a massive amount of new shows and content available to us.  I will admit that my Netflix binging has gone down with the recent release of Disney+ which just seems to be playing on our TVs 24/7.  But there were still a few shows outside of Disney that I was just drawn into and continued to watch.  The first was Game of Thrones which finished up the services in 2019.  So that only left one show that I truly enjoy, and it just so happens to be on Netflix.

Stranger Things was initially released in 2016.  I was not one of the first people to watch it and actually held off at first worried that it was being overhyped.  Friends were saying it was like Goonies (one of my favorite movies) with a Sci-fi / Horror twist.  I was definitely intrigued but decided I would just hold off for a while to see if the buzz continued.  Eventually, I had run out of other shows to watch so I figured I would give it just a couple of episodes to see if I was drawn in.  Sure enough, it was a hit with me and I quickly binged through the entire first season.

For those of you that may not be familiar with this show I’ll grab a description I found online to try and help explain a general overview of the show.

The series is a mix of investigative drama alongside supernatural elements portrayed with horror, science fiction, and childlike sensibilities. The series is based in the 1980s and infuses references to the pop culture of that decade, and also took inspiration from strange experiments that took place during the Cold War and real-world conspiracy theories involving secret government experiments.

I don’t want to give too much away in case you decide to check it out, or maybe you aren’t up to date on all the episodes.  They currently have completed 3 seasons, and the 4th is scheduled for (hopefully) later in 2020.

As I’m sure most of you are familiar with we get plenty of junk mail and spam each and every day.  I’m on so many mailing lists that some of them I’m pretty sure I didn’t actually sign up for.  But every so often I do get one that piques my interest.  I primarily use the pennycollector.com website for research when I’m visiting new cities or trying to find penny machines in my area.  Every so often I have purchased items from their online store and I guess that’s how I got on their mailing list.  In a recent newsletter, they were offering a special set of pressed pennies themed around Stranger Things.  Unfortunately, these sets they offer are usually in a limited quantity so I headed over to their website as quickly as possible to place my order.

It didn’t take too long for my pennies to arrive in the mail and I was very happy with this fun set.  There are images of the Stranger Things logo, their tag line “One Summer can change Everything”, a silhouette of the main cast on their bikes, and a nice design of the Eleven “El” who is the young girl with telepathic and psychokinetic powers.

Of course, I do have to leave some bad news here.  As I was writing this post I did double-check the pennycollector online store and this set is completely sold out.  You may be able to find a set on eBay or another reseller.  I do not work for pennycollector but do use their site very often and think it’s a great resource for collectors.  My recommendation if you are interested in having the ability to get future limited sets like this would be to visit their site and join their mailing list.  It’s free and they really don’t send out too many emails.  Hopefully, this is something they will continue to offer for popular tv shows or maybe even movies.  Maybe they will be open to some suggestions!

Cocoa Beach Pressed Pennies – Florida

Are you tired of Winter yet?

To try and help bring some sun and warmer temperatures this past week I had some family in town that really wanted to visit a Florida beach.  Not wanting to head too far from our home we decided to visit Cocoa Beach.

We arrived early enough in the morning that there were plenty of parking spots in the paid parking lot available near the Pier.  But I was told by some employees that the parking lot does fill up quickly and is not always available if you come later in the day.

As an added perk of paying for parking, we also got vouchers that allowed us access to the Pier for free.  But I’ll review that later on.

I was pretty impressed with this beach.  It appears clean and had plenty of places to set up your beach towel for a fun day.  We opted to pay for a covered canopy that gave us close access to the pier and other available activities nearby.  This is not required, but we liked the option of having the shaded canopy overhead.

Coming from New Jersey I’m used to my beaches having long boardwalks with vendors and food options, but that is not the case here at Cocoa Beach.  As you can see in the above picture after you leave the parking lot you basically are right on the beach.  There are some stores and places to eat and drink up on that long pier in the distance.

But before we headed towards the pier, near the parking lot was a place called Trader Rick’s and was kind of like a general store.

The outside of the building was decorated with all sorts of sea creatures and my favorite some Manatees.

Inside they sell all sorts of things to help with your day at the beach.  They have towels, bathing suits, sunscreen, sunglasses, soda, snacks and tucked away in the back a Penny Pincher machine.

I always think these Penny Pincher machines are unique from the standard machines we usually find at popular attractions.  The design is a little different, and they always seem to run really quiet without the familiar clinking sound you may be used to from other hand-crank versions.

The only issue I have with this type of machine is they almost always roll short for me.  I guess I should try to adjust how I press the pennies to account for this, but on this visit, I actually ended up with some nice final pennies on my first try.

With my pennies pressed and a nice cold soda in hand, I headed back outside and started my tour of the Pier.

The pier is not very wide but does have some fun stores along the one side, and plenty of seating on the opposite side.  The stores have all different souvenirs with Cocoa Beach printed on them.

About halfway down the pier, there was a pretty large bar with some high top tables around.  They did offer food service here along with the full-service bar for all your favorite tropical mixed drinks.  I grabbed a seat along the bar and had a wonderful view of the entire beach.

Once I was done with my food and drink I headed back towards the Pelican Bar & Grill. But just before the main doors to the restaurant there was a hallway off to the left.

This had access to the restrooms and a couple employee-only areas, but of course, this is also the perfect place to have another penny machine.

This machine was in a pretty bad location with people coming and going from all different directions.  It was a little hard to use and even harder to try and take pictures of the machine.

After a few attempts to use the machine, I was able to press a full set and the designs came out really nicely.  I do like that they are labeled with Cocoa Beach on them which always helps make them special in my collection so I can remember my visit and where they came from.

The Pelican Bar and Grill is located about halfway down the pier.  But as you can see from the picture above there is plenty more pier beyond that and something else right at the very end.

This second half of the pier is only available with a small paid admission fee.  Out here you can do some fishing right off the elevated pier.  As I mentioned at the beginning with my paid parking I was given a voucher that gave me access to this part of the pier for free.

All the way at the end of the pier is the Rikki Tiki Tavern.  It’s interesting to be out there as you are way out in the water.

There was live music playing out here, and plenty of seating but it was a very popular place and I had to wander around for quite a while before a seat opened up.

The bar also gave a great view of the beach in both directions and really made for a nice place to enjoy some drinks and wonderful sea air that always just seems to make me feel like I’m on vacation.

After a long day of fun on the beach, in the water, and on the pier it was eventually time to head home.  I had a couple new sets of pressed pennies to catalog once I got home, but for now, the slight sunburn I had and relaxing disposition was just what I needed.  The Central Florida Theme Parks are always near and dear to my heart, but sometimes it’s nice to just get away and put your feet in the sand.

Brother Bear Pressed Pennies – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

A few days ago I was doing a tour of all the Disney parks and resorts looking for new coins or machines that may have moved.  I do this periodically to try and ensure that our Park Maps are up to date for other collectors.

After a long day of traveling around the property, I made it over to one of my favorite resorts the Wilderness Lodge.

The lobby of this resort is breathtaking and I enjoy going up a few floors to try and take it all in.  The log cabin style, huge fireplace, and gigantic windows filling the place with natural sunlight is just an amazing sight to see.

Back down on ground level I was getting a bit hungry and figured I would try and grab something to eat.

They do have the famous Whispering Canyon Cafe where you ask for Ketchup at your own risk.  They have family-style skillets of BBQ meats and sides plus plenty of shenanigans from the wait staff makes for a unique experience.  Unfortunately on this visit, I was a bit early and they were not open yet.  As I turned around to head towards another dining option I noticed something in the corner.

Located in this dark corner was a new 8-design pressed penny machine.

The cabinet was made to look like it was built out of wood planks.  It would have been fun to see this made to look like it was created out of logs like the rest of the resort, but this was still a nice looking new machine.

I went ahead and pressed a set of pennies for my collection.  To my surprise, the set was all designed around the 2003 animated Disney movie Brother Bear.  The theme matches well with the Lodge but I didn’t think this was that popular of a movie.  I guess I’m just a little bitter as I’m still waiting to see a Robin Hood set of pennies available somewhere!!

With the pennies stored away I was ready to find something to eat, but then just as I found something I received a message on Instagram about another new machine available in the Magic Kingdom.  I grabbed something quick to eat and headed out back of the Wilderness Lodge to grab one of the boats to the park.  Stay tuned to read about that machine soon!  Happy Collecting.

(More) Frozen Pressed Pennies – Epcot Norway Pavilion

It’s 2020 and Disney has started released their dated pennies and quarters so I’ve been focused on that for the last couple weeks.  Then all of a sudden in the middle of that they decide to release a brand new penny machine in Epcot.  We are in between festivals so I was intrigued about what designs could be in this machine.  Then I got a message from a fellow collector on Instagram about the new Norway machine.  Uh oh, I think I know what this new set is going to be themed.  Wasn’t there just a new Frozen movie released?

Over in the Norway Pavilion, there are two separate sections.  If you are coming from the Mexico Pavilion, the first area has the Anna and Elsa Royal Sommerhus which is a meet and greet area.  Then if you go a bit further the second area is where the Frozen Ever After ride is located along with some shopping and the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall.  I, of course, headed to that main section near the Ride with all the shops but couldn’t find this new machine.  Eventually, I checked the first section and remember there was a gift shop at the exit to the Anna and Elsa meet and greet.  This store is called The Wandering Reindeer.

They even have a cute cross-stitch of a reindeer up on the wall.  Not for sale that I could tell, but give them time.

Inside is all Frozen all the time.  I don’t think I saw one piece of merchandise that wasn’t Frozen related.  But I guess that’s to be expected as you would normally just be finishing your visit with Anna and Else before exiting in here.  Please note that you do not actually need to do the meet and greet to get in here, there is a door right from the outside as I pictured above.  Once you walk inside all the way in the back left is where I found the machine.

I apologize for the picture, the lighting inside was terrible and with parts of the machine backlit it made getting a good picture very difficult.  As you can see the machine is our new standard 8-design machine.

The machine does still supply new shiny pennies for you and these came out pretty nicely.  The designs include Else, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Hans and some of the characters together.  After I got home I took a further look at these and honestly couldn’t tell if these if there were technically a Frozen II set or not.  I didn’t think Hans was in the second movie, but my daughters said otherwise so I’m not sure what to call them other than just a new set of Frozen pressed pennies.  As a collector, I’m surprised for more Frozen designs, but again with the popularity of the new movie, I guess this does make sense. Kids will be looking for souvenirs with their favorite Frozen characters, and the parents will be happy to only drop $5 for a souvenir.  Not too bad in my book.

Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!

I hope you have a wonderful day with your friends and Family. This is such a fun and festive time of year that we look forward to it all year long and once it’s over we start looking to next year. Enjoy the day and make sure to always be safe.

Thanks for being such a great community and group of friends to us here. We truly appreciate you visiting each week and love hearing from you. Happy Holidays!!

Living with the Land NEW Pressed Penny Set – Epcot

So we are halfway through the month of December.   This is the time of year that I begin to try and prepare myself for the chaos that ensues when Disney starts releasing the new dated coins all over property.  I assumed those would be the next “new” coins, but then they tried to sneak a new machine over at The Land Pavilion in Epcot.

My family was heading into Epcot for the Candlelight Processional the day after I had heard about this new machine.  So things couldn’t have worked out better.  After we had dinner there was a little time to spare before the show was to start, which gave me the opportunity to visit The Land.

When you walk into this pavilion you are on the second floor.  Directly across is the Garden grill revolving restaurant and just to the right of that is where the coin press machines were located.

There used to a 3 design penny machine and a 3 design quarter machine (see above) here but both have now been removed.  The quarter machine had one of the 2019 dated designs so this may be the beginning of those being retired.

Above is a picture I took to show that both of those old machines are gone and only the new 8-design machine is there along with a dog-tag engraving machine.

Here is a close up of the machine.  It has a similar cabinet design to the previous machines and blends in nicely with The Land Pavilion theme.

The internal working of the press is always very mesmerizing to me.  I enjoy getting down close and watching as it presses my coins.

Here is a picture of the marquee on the top of the machine with the designs available in this set.  Same price as the other similar machines, $1 per penny or all 8 for $5.

Finally above is pictured my complete set after pressing.  There are some fun designs in this set and some characters we don’t see very often like Bambi and Jiminy Cricket.

The entire set has the works “Living with the Land” on them which are in reference to the classic slow movie boat ride that takes you through The Land Pavilion greenhouse.  It’s not a very thrilling ride but has some fun information along the way and you get to see where they grow some of the produce used in the restaurants all over property.

Will this be the last new set before those 2020 coins start showing up.  I’ll be sure to keep you all up to date on where and when that all starts happening.

Happy Thanksgiving 2019!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already time to start the Holiday season.  This past year has really been amazing and being able to chat with so many of you about our hobby has been something I never thought possible.  The support and interest I hear about on a daily basis from readers is truly something to be thankful for and just fuels my passion for these funny little souvenirs.  Did you know we were selected as one of the top 75 Coin Blogs for 2019?  We were a bit down the list (#45) but still what a fantastic achievement and it’s all thanks to you for visiting and sharing the hobby.

I started this all back in 2014 as just a way to document my penny collection and family vacations, but here we are going into the 6th year and we are stronger than ever.  I’ve tried to expand where you can find us through Social Media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and even on YouTube where we make fun videos about all the different pressed pennies we collect.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check these out as they help expand on some of the blog posts I make here.

There are so many more places to visit and new coins to find that I have no plans to slow down.  I’m always thankful for all of you that come back week after week.  Please keep all those comments and messages coming I love hearing from all of you and always enjoy answering any questions you may have about the hobby.

The above pictured pressed penny is from the Bass Pro Shop in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.  I actually thought it would have been easier to find a pressed penny with a Turkey but apparently, they are not very common.  At least in my collection.

Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Hontoon Island State Park – DeLand, FL

Recently I was doing some research for places to find pressed pennies.  Don’t worry we have plenty of places to visit.  But I wanted to take a bit of a break from the theme parks and thought some unique locations around Florida might be a nice change.  Something jumped out at me as I noticed a large number of State Parks have pressed pennies.  So I created a new to-do list and figured we would start checking them out.  Just this past weekend my youngest daughter tagged along as we visited our first park.

We drove north to Hontoon Island State Park which took us on quite a drive on some back roads and through a residential neighborhood before we finally found it.

The parking lot is a bit strange as it’s just located between a couple houses, and the property wasn’t very big.

Then it dawned on me that this was actually just the parking lot, you actually needed to find a way over to the Island.  For some reason when I saw Hontoon ISLAND State Park, I didn’t realize it was actually on an island.

They do offer a free ferry that will take you over to the island, but please note the ferry is not very large and can only hold about 6 people at a time.  Also, the ferry stops running at a specific time each afternoon.  Make sure you don’t miss that last ferry or you may need to try and convince a nearby fisherman to take you back across in their boat.  The last ferry time is posted near the Ranger Station on the island, so take note.

Once we were on the island it has plenty of picnic tables, a large playground for the kids, and quite a few barbeques available should you want to make some lunch.

My daughter just loved the large open areas so she could run around and the playground had plenty of kids to play with.  There was a birthday party going on under a covered patio area which I guess you would book at the ranger station if interested.

There were a few benches located along the waterfront which made for a nice place to just sit and enjoy the view.  I’m not sure if Manatees frequent this area during the winter months but this does seem like the perfect place for them.

Back near where the ferry drops you off on the island is the Ranger Station and a few other inside areas.

At the far end, opposite from the Ranger Station is the Visitor Center.

Inside is a small museum with lots of information about the Island and the State Park which is really interesting.  My daughter was not so intrigued and started asking for some ice cream.

To try and find her some ice cream we headed next door to the Island Store.

This was a cute little general store with a decent selection of items you may need while visiting the island.  They had charcoal for the barbeques, or snacks like chips and candy, plus plenty of cold drinks.  Thankfully they also had a cooler in the corner with plenty of ice cream bars.

Near the ice cream cooler and drink fridge was the penny press machine tucked away in the opposite corner.

The machine was on wheels which were interesting but I’m sure it’s just so they can more easily move it around the store as they change things around.  The wheels were locked firmly so when I used the machine it didn’t move around and was easily to use.

The penny designs included a Snake, a Bear, an Alligator, and the Owl Totem which is located in the park.

Quick side note, here is a picture of the Owl Totem from out in the park.

After we pressed our pennies we headed up to the cash register to pay for our ice cream and I noticed in the glass case they had some pressed penny books and extra pressed pennies from the machine.

We went back over near the playground to enjoy our ice cream.  My daughter then continued to play on the playground for while until the birthday party (we were not invited to) started to dispurse.  I figured that was a good time to try and ensure we get back to the main land before the ferry stops running.  This was definitely a unique state park to visit and we had a lot of fun.  The pressed pennies are a great memento I have of this great afternoon we had and can’t wait to check out our next state park.

2019 TEC Member Coin

My apologies for the short post this week.  We were out of town on vacation last week and I’m playing a bit of catch up this week.  Stay tuned for future posts on our vacation and all the pressed penny machines we encountered along the way.  Have a great week!

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I always enjoy getting my latest edition of The Elongated Collectors (TEC) newsletter when it arrives in my email inbox.  The only downside to the digital version is that I get to see the coins that will eventually be mailed to my home.  Those coins do arrive pretty quickly but the anticipation is always a pain.  This latest issue included the always anticipated Member coin

The artwork was done by Paul Conner, and the original design and concept were by Tyler Tyson both TEC members.  Tyler also rolled the design on nickels.  This year’s design is a new twist on a classic 1904 elongated known as “On the Pike”.  The TEC mascot is the always knowledgeable Owl, so Tyler decided to have the Own on the Pike.

I’ve mentioned this in the past but if you are even a casual collector of elongated (pressed) coins this is a club you need to join.  The membership fee is very reasonable.  You can opt for a digital version of the quarterly newsletter that arrives in your email which saves you a few dollars on your membership but you still get the coins in the mail.  The members are fantastic and always there to assist with any questions or inquiries you may have.  There is a lot of coin trading and special member meet-ups throughout the year that I would encourage you to take advantage of.

If your interested in learning more about TEC please check out the website www.tecnews.org.  You can even fill out a membership form directly on the website.  Feel free to list that you were referred by TEC Member #4237.  This won’t get you any special treatment (sorry) but TEC always likes to keep track of how all the members find out about the club.  Happy Collecting!