WDW 50th Anniversary Medallions NEW Designs

I’ll admit, when we got to 53 total medallions for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Celebration I assumed that was all of them. 50 designs for classic characters and 3 additional for the opening day on property resorts. That seems to wrap it all up nicely. But here we are months after we thought the full set had been released and I was informed by a fellow collector that 4 new designs were just released. Just a quick note on these I have updated our main post so there is an all inclusive place to see the updated information on the medallions that you can see here. But this quick post is just to try and catch your attention about these new coins and an update on an existing set. Let’s take a closer look.

Magic Kingdom

This machine can be found inside the Magic Kingdom right on Main Street inside the Hall of Champions store. This store is connected with the Main Street Emporium towards the far end closed to Casey’s Corner.

If you have been collecting the medallions you may notice that this machine has been here for awhile. The 50th Anniversary designs that were originally in this machine have been moved to the Port Orleans Riverside Resort Arcade (see further below for details).

This set has some really nice designs of Tinker Bell, Donald, Mickey & Minnie and Walt with Mickey all in front of Cinderella Castle. The reverse of each coin has a smiling Mickey face, and says The World’s Most Magical Celebration 50 Walt Disney World which is the same on all the medallions.

Port Orleans Riverside – Lobby Arcade

As mentioned above the 4 designs that were originally available in the Hall of Champions store have been moved into a new machine located at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

Just walk into the main lobby and to the far end you will find the Medicine Show Arcade.

The machines can be found just inside the arcade when you enter from the lobby doors. The new medallion machine has a completely white cabinet to match the two pressed penny machines nearby (these also have 50th anniversary penny designs click here to read all about those).

This set has designs of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Lady and Tinker Bell. The reverse of each coin has a smiling Mickey face, and says The World’s Most Magical Celebration 50 Walt Disney World. Just as a reminder, if you already collected these from the Hall of Champions store in Magic Kingdom they have not changed and the designs are exactly the same.

Will we see any more 50th Anniversary Medallions, to be honest I have no idea. If you had asked me months ago I would have said no, but now it seems like maybe they are going to give us a few more during this second half of the celebration. If they do release any more you can count of us to find them, track them down and post them here so you can keep your collection complete. Thanks for everyone’s help with hunting down all these medallions, it’s been a lot of fun. Keep on Collecting!

Congo River Golf Collectible Chips – Kissimmee FL

For anyone that as followed my adventures you know I’m kind of obsessed with elongated coins, and even have dabbled with the collectible medallions we have seen at the Disney and Universal theme parks. However I’ve come across another collectible item that has piqued my interest poker chips. Now I will say up front that I’m not hit up any local casinos. It started a few years ago when I visited the FUN coin show here in Orlando and they gifted visitors a custom chip with the coin show logo on it, and more recently I ordered a privately designed elongated coin set that included a custom chip with the same design on it and that was the icing on the cake. Stay tuned for those coins in an upcoming post. As my chip collection slowly started to grow I was curious if any local attraction may offer their own. I live in central Florida so I figured if anywhere would have a gimmicky item for sale to collectors and tourists this would be the place, and sure enough I found a potential location.

Over in Kissimmee Florida is a pretty well known attraction called Congo River Golf. I remember years ago when I was much younger on a family vacation to Florida and we loved playing these overly themed courses.

There are quite a few of these located around Orlando and it seemed to look exactly as I remembered from all those years ago. The details and props they have all throughout the course are really fun.

The story of the course is themed around an old archaeological expedition. Before you even start your round of golf you have to cross this bridge that has hungry alligators below it. Yes, this is actually true, but they are just little baby gators and you can pay to feed them, or even get a picture of you holding one if that is something you are interested in.

There are two separate courses available to play, and each course has 18 holes. They do range from fairly easy, to a couple that can be quite challenging.

Keep an eye out as you move between each green, there are so many fun little details and gags you may miss them.

This is really a beautiful place to visit and it can be quite relaxing if you aren’t too intense with your game play. There is a highway nearby that can get a bit noisy but other than that it’s a nice break from the parks.

The courses are quite long and there is a bit of walking between each hole, but we found there was plenty of shaded areas and places to sit for a little break as you play. Towards the end of our course we were up on top of the waterfall which gave a beautiful overview of the entire property.

Once you are done playing you go back to the front desk to turn in your borrowed clubs. Then you can opt to feed the gators, or play in the nearby arcade if you like. Plus they have plenty of refrigerated drink machines around to try and help you cool off after your intense round of mini-golf.

While my family sat in the shade to cool off I wanted into the little gift shop area and found a display with the collectible chips I had heard about. They offered four different designs on different colored chips. The reverse side of each chip had the same image which was the Congo River Golf logo.

Unfortunately these didn’t specify they were from the Kissimmee location which would have been great. After this visit I did head over to a second location in Orlando just to double check if they had different designs but they were exactly the same. The employee didn’t know if these will be changed or updated in the future, but I guess that just means I’ll have to come back for another found to keep an eye on them. The cost was $2.99 per chip and if you buy 3 you get the fourth one free. So they are a bit more expensive than a pressed penny, but cheaper than the collectible medallions. I really love these and hope to find more places along our travels that offer this type of souvenir.

Keep on Collecting!

Pressed Penny in a Bottle | Parkpennies.com

Today we are back with another really cool unique pressed penny related item. Have you ever heard of something called an impossible bottle?

Real simple this is a bottle that contains an object that does not appear to fit through the bottles mouth. There are many different objects placed inside but a common one you may recognize is a ship in a bottle.

Some other objects that have appeared inside an impossible bottle include matchboxes, Rubik’s cubes, scissors, padlocks and one of my favorites decks of playing cards. It really seems like anything can be placed in one of these bottles and that includes our lovable penny.

More commonly called a Penny in a Bottle, this popular souvenir finds a US one-cent coin sealed inside a small bottle. Some of these bottles are left blank, while others have printed text or a logo of the location the souvenir was created for. I’ve seen versions created for various bank promotions, and also theme parks like Disneyland. Now this is pretty cool but I think you and I would both agree that having one of these with a pressed penny inside would be even an even better treasure. Thankfully there are some out there that you do have to really search for, but just recently I received a very special package in the mail from our friend Boomer over at Parkpennies.com.

We have shown off the special Parkpennies.com penny in a previous post, but this is truly such a special item and I’ve been at a loss for words since I received this. I have no idea how they get these items inside, but that’s just par of the fun and mystique of this amazing souvenir.

A huge thank you to Boomer and his family over a ParkPennies.com. If you are a Disneyland elongated coin collector I’m sure you already know all about their website, but in case you are one of the few not familiar go take a look. They have compiled a massive amount of information about all the Disneyland pressed coins both past and present, plus many unique items like Cast Member only designs, one of a kind retiree sets and even a section all about Pennies in Bottles. Their site has been my go to source for my Disneyland pressed coin collection and I can’t speak highly enough about it.

Have a fantastic rest of your week, and make sure to keep your eyes open for more fun and unique penny related items. Keep on Pressing!

TECNews 2022 Design Contest Winner

Earlier this year The Elongated Collectors (TEC) club opened up their annual design contest to all active members. Each year there is a theme and members can let their imaginations run wild when submitting their own designs for a chance to be picked the winning entry. Winners are awarded by having their design engraved and rolled for all members to receive, and they also will be a judge in the following years contest. For 2022 the contest theme was “My Dream Vacation”, and as soon as I read this an image popped in my head so I went to work trying to create my entry.

Try not too laugh too hard. I’ve mentioned in the past that I always wished I had at least some artistic talent, but alas I do not. To help me with my design I googled some clip art images of a large RX with trailer that I then traced and attempted to add a few extra details. My idea of a dream vacation was hoping in a big RV with my family to drive across the country with a trailer filled with pennies to press along the way. Now my wife may have something to say about this trip, but a penny collector can dream can’t he.

The following TECNews issue was released and the winners were announced which we will get to shortly, but I was shocked to see that my design actually came in Third place. I think the judges may have been taking pity on this collector.

First we have the Junior Division winner. This wonderful design was created by Jackson Hancock, it was engraved by John Gusmano and rolled by Paul Conner. This very creative design shows off the TEC owl observing the Earth and Moon from space.

Next we have the Adult Division winning design that was created by Dana Breyer, also engraved by John Gusmano and rolled by Paul Conner. This coin shows off a stunning desert scene with a Volkswagen beetle cruising along the road. The details in this coin are really beautiful and Dana did a great job. Congratulations!

Well that’s another years contest in the books, and again we came out with some really amazing designs. The members of TEC really are a wonderful group of people and are certainly talented. I’m honestly very happy with my third place showing, but one of these years I’m going to figure out the winning design. Have a wonderful week, keep tracking down those pennies and I’ll check in with you next time.

Summer Tribute Store Medallions | Universal Studios

Originally Universal Studios starting creating their Tribute Store during Halloween Horror Nights. Over time however, they have really gone above and beyond turning this into a season store that guests look forward to. The theming inside is always top notch and I find myself really trying to take my time and soak it all in. Not too long ago we checked out their Mardi Gras edition which you can check out here.

Now for the summer season they have reopened The Tribute Store as a retro Movie Theater. The outside facade fits that theme perfectly and even has the classic movie posters on the wall.

Some guests fly through the store just to check out the merchandise, but if you take your time there are so many little details and easter eggs throughout you can really find some things like these Reeses pieces from E.T.

The first theater room we enter is themed around Elliot’s room from E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.

There are family pictures on the walls, toys everywhere, plus all different kinds of merchandise including a Speak & Spell should you need to contact your home planet.

Theater #2 can be summed up by just a few notes. Dah-dum, Dah-dum…..it’s Jaws.

This room was probably my favorite and the details just continue. On this desk in the corner of the room were flyers to elect Mayor Larry Vaughn, and even had Chief Brody’s business cards.

The last theater was featuring another one of my favorite movies Back to the Future. Inside this room we are immediately greeted by Doc’s huge speaker ready for Marty’s guitar solo.

There was a cabinet with all sorts of famous items from the movies including the Sports Almanac, Doc’s letter to Marty that he was in the old west. The Enchantment Under the Sea Dance poster, and even the clock tower model. So much cool stuff in here.

Before heading out we found ourselves at the movie theater concession stand.

From E.T. moon Macaron’s and Basket Dessert Cakes, to a Jaws Fishbowl cake there are plenty of fun sweets and treats for you to try.

Just before you leave the tribute store there is one last little scene that seems like we are exiting through a storage room with film reel canisters stacked all over the place.

Tucked away in the corner is the Collectible Medallion machine with some new coins available.

There is a coin for each movie including E.T., Jaws and Back to the Future with a fun Save the Clock Tower design. The fourth coin has Kong the 8th Wonder of the World who made a small cameo in the concession stand room we just left. The reverse side of all the coins is the same and has the retro looking Universal Studios Florida logo.

On the desk near the medallion machine was this news clipping that caught my eye. Is this Tribute Theater haunted? Maybe this is a nod to their upcoming Halloween Horror Nights which I cannot wait for, and my fingers are crossed for some new HHN medallion again this year. Universal Creative really goes above and beyond with these Tribute Stores, they could just toss up some shelves and sell the merchandise, but creating these really detailed environments has become an attraction of itself. Keep up the great work Universal and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Pirates of the Caribbean 55th Anniversary Medallion | Disneyland, CA

Here on the east cost in Walt Disney World we have seen quite a few collectible medallion machines released over the last few years. Initially I tried to stay away from collecting them, but the designs were just too intriguing and after picking up a few for an Epcot Festival I just had to have them all. Disneyland however out on the West Coast seemed like it was immune to getting these collectible medallions at least for awhile, but that has recently changed.

Earlier in 2022 the first collectible medallion machine was released in the Pieces of Eight gift shop. This is not the larger main gift shop for Pirates of the Caribbean but instead is a much smaller shop located in New Orleans Squares. in between the Blue Bayou restaurant and Port Royal Curios and Curiosities store.

When this news was released I immediately started inquiring around with other collectors trying to see what these new medallion designs looked like. Eventually our friends over at Parkpennies.com did release pictures and I was a little upset that they were exactly the same Pirates of the Caribbean designs that we had here in Walt Disney World. Even the reverse image on each coin was the same. I thought at least it would have the Disneyland logo instead but that was not the case. If you would like to see pictures of these medallions you can check out our WDW post on them here.

Now just a few months later we have received news that one of the designs out in Disneyland has been replaced with a new design.

The Pluto design has been removed maybe temporarily, once this anniversary design is removed. In its place is this beautiful design of the skull and crossbones with 55th across the brim. On the reverse side is the Pirates of the Caribbean logo also stating the 55th Anniversary of this fan favorite attraction.

We don’t know how long this design will be available, I would anticipate at least through the end of this year once the anniversary of the attraction would be over. But as we have seem with these medallions it seems like quantities can sometimes be limited and once gone they do not return. If you are interested in learning more about the Disneyland Collectible Medallions be sure to visit ParkPennies.com for their full guide and pictures. They are always my main source of information when it comes to Disney coins.

Have you fallen prey to collecting these medallions? Or are you still on the fence about starting? Let me know down in the comments below.

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

Cast Member Exclusive 50th Anniversary Medallion

It is no secret that I appreciate all that the amazing Disney Cast Members do for us guests during our visits to the parks, resorts and every place in-between. There are more than a few Cast Members that I have run into numerous times during my trips that I would consider friends now and my family seek them out each time we are there. Disney has put in place a few different ways that guests can recognize an outstanding Cast Member with a Cast Compliment and I would highly recommend you do so as it really does go a long away. It’s easy for people to make a fuss then there is a problem, but not many go out of their way when they have a fantastic experience. What is also nice to see if that Disney as a company puts on special events just for their Cast Members as a special thank you. I’m sure there are many other things they can do better, but this is a nice gesture by putting on what they call EARidescent Evenings.

I have a neighbor that works for Walt Disney World and was nice enough to share with us some of the things that went on. There are free snacks, short lines for attractions, and plenty of characters to meet and take pictures with. But a big part of these events is just celebrating each other, and they all seem to be having the time of their lives.

At this most recent EARidescent Evenings which took place in the Magic Kingdom as Cast Members were leaving they were gifted a special 50th Anniversary Medallion.

The coin is sealed in a plastic capsule and attached to a card stating “WE are the MAGIC”. The front of the medallion has Mickey and Minnie in front of Cinderella Castle with fireworks in the sky. The reverse side of this coin is the same as all the others we have reviewed above with Mickey stating “The World’s Most Magical Celebration”.

The back of the card just has the Cast Member EARidescent Evenings logo with a few hash tags to be used when posting all their wonderful photos on social media.

There are a few more of these special Cast Member events through the summer (2022) but it is unknown whether these coins will continue to be gifted out. There are some currently available on eBay but due to their rarity the costs are pretty high so just be aware of that. Hopefully you may know a Cast Member that has an extra they don’t want so you can add this special medallion to your collection.

Now I just need to try and convince my neighbor to let me keep this beautiful coin. He certainly has earned it so it’s probably better off in his possession. Thanks for visiting and as always Keep on Collecting!

Cats in the Hat NEW Pressed Pennies | Universal’s Islands of Adventure

I visit Universal’s Islands of Adventure quite often, and one of the “islands” is Seuss Landing which more often than not I find myself just passing through. It’s very color and does indeed give the feeling of hopping right inside a Dr. Seuss book, but if certainly designed more for younger guests.

In the past I have taken my daughters here and they of course love this area of the park. My youngest prefers the carousel, while my oldest is more info the High in the Sky Seuss Trolly ride. I however am usually the only one interested in going on the Cat in the Hat ride which do enjoy more just out of nostalgia. It’s a classic dark ride that certainly is in need of some updating. The animatronics inside are a bit rough around the edges and don’t seem to work as well as they used to. I also remember a lot more spinning of the ride vehicle from past visits, but now it only spins a couple times right near the end.

When you finish your ride through the Cat in the Hat attraction you exit down a hallway towards the Cats, Hats and Things gift shop. Just before you enter the gift shop we came across a brand new pressed penny machine.

This machine cabinet is really fun, and that is something that many of the penny machines throughout Seuss Landing have in common. They all seem to have been designed by Dr. Seuss with no straight angles and some even seem to look like they shouldn’t be able to stand up straight.

The penny designs here are all themed around the Cat in the Hat story including the Cat himself, Thing one and Thing two, Fish and of course the kids whose house the Cat visits.

Now this ride is not very thrilling, other than a few spins towards the end. But if you are someone that is not interested in riding that is no issue at all you can still access the penny machine just by visiting the Cats Hats and Things gift shop.

Head straight back through the store and you will see the hallway where the ride guests are exiting and the machine is right there. The team members working in this store are always so friendly that if you have any difficulty finding the machine just ask them and they will point you in the right directly. There used to be a 3-design penny machine in this store up near the front entrance but that has been removed and assumed to be retired.

There are quite a few other penny press machines throughout Seuss Landing and most have had the same designs for quite a few years now. I’m hoping maybe this means we will see some other new machines in the near future and of course plenty of new designs. With so many great Dr. Seuss books they have plenty of characters that deserve their own penny designs. Keep on Pressing!

Pressed Penny Stickers on Etsy

As much as I love tracking down and pressing new pennies, I’m also always on the look out for any sort of unique pressed penny related items. In the past I’ve shown jewelry, art work, porcelain figures and many more. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time perusing the online marketplace Etsy and have found some really interesting items.

First I came across the seller Vickidi Bobbidi Boo‘s store who was offering these cute little stickers designed to look like a couple pressed pennies with “The Mouse” listed on both. I think we all know who these are designed after, but obviously due to copyright concerns these have been slightly tweaked. They are a bit larger than an actual pressed penny but I thought these were a fun idea and I’m hoping they come out with some other new designs in the future.

A similar online seller named Core Memory Creations‘s offered the above sticker designed to look like those classic 3-design electric pressed penny machine. I love this one. It would have been nice if it was a little bit larger, as when it came I was surprised at how small it was. But this still makes a fun way to decorate one of your binders or booklets that contains your penny collection, or if you are like me I’ve got them stuck to my laptop that I’m currently using to write this post and edit our YouTube videos.

If you are interested in checking out either of these items I have the Etsy Shops linked above. I love to see how our little elongated coins are starting to spread out into the crafting and art worlds. Hopefully this is just the beginning and I’ll be on the look out for more of these unique items to share. If you have come across any unique items like these please let me know down in the comments below because I would love to check it out.

Keep on Pressing!

Universal Studios Store NEW Pressed Pennies

With so many theme parks here in central Florida they are always updating their offerings to complete with each other. Some guests who have been coming for many years are always the first to complain when one of their favorite attractions is replaced. Disney still has quite a few classic attractions in their parks, but Universal is one that doesn’t seem to hesitate when removing some of their most loved attractions. I remember visiting when I was young and riding taking a trip back in time with Back to the Future, or a nice leisurely boat tour on Jaws, but one of my all time favorites was Kongfrontation. Some people say this is for the best and we now have much more advanced attractions to enjoy but there is 1still that nostalgia that I do miss when thinking about those rides.

One thing Universal does do very well is have call backs to those long gone attractions either as an easter egg in their seasonal tribute store, or in the queue for the new attraction. But more than anything else they will inundate us with merchandise and most of it can be found right at the entrance to the park in the Universal Studios Store.

We have gone through this store numerous times in the past documenting new merchandise for more recent movies and attractions, to those classic oldies we loved so much.

I found this fancy button up shirt that had most of my favorites all together in quite the mashup. All it was missing was Kongfrontation and I probably would have picked it up.

Along this pathway down the middle of the store used to be the location of a couple old 3-design penny machines. These machines had designs available for some of these classic attractions. They had also been the last remaining machines to only cost $0.50 and allowed you to use your own penny. However on this recent trip as you can see in the above picture those machines are now erased from existence.

Thankfully all is not lost and Universal did replace it with a new 8-design digital touchscreen machine. I really like the wood cabinet of this machine, that fits in nicely with the nearby store fixtures and the fun little details along the bottom that remind me of an old movie theater marquee.

The penny designs available at this new machine are a mixture of old and new attractions within the Universal parks. Included is Jaws, the famous Back to the Future Delorean license plate to represent the historical park attractions, then we have E.T., MIB, Spider-man and Velocicoaster as currently available attractions. Does this mean we are getting a new Iron Man attraction soon? If Disney has anything to do with things, I highly doubt it and does seem like a strange design to include with this set. Too bad we couldn’t have a Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure design instead. Oh well maybe some day.

Thanks for tagging along as we took a quick visit into the ever changing Universal Studios Store. Like the merchandise you just never know what you may find inside. Stay tuned for some other upcoming Universal posts, there is plenty more new stuff still on the way. Have a fantastic week and as always Keep on Pressing!