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Elongated coins collectors update – mid-November 2015
New pricing policies at eBay make it difficult for smaller dealers like me to
maintain complete inventories on the auction site. My complete inventory
will remain available on my own sales website at lower prices.
Note: I will occasionally use catalog numbers from www.presscoins.com
for Disney coins; that website provides the most complete information about current and former designs at WDW.
CLICK ABOVE FOR NEW DISNEYLAND 60TH ANNIVERSARY COINS
TWO MACHINES ADDED TO CHINA
November 2015 update: Two machines have been added to the China pavilion at Epcot. One is in a store, and one is in an outdoor walkway. This is the first time China has received penny presses.
More details to follow.
ORLANDO AIRPORT GETS DISNEY MACHINE
A new machine was installed on Sept. 30 or Oct. 1 at Disney’s Earport store (yes, it’s “Earport”). It has a Frozen design (Elsa) previously available at the In Character store at Hollywood Studios, and two new designs: pilot Mickey Mouse and pilot Stitch. I have them in stock on my sales page here.
There are two stores at the airport – the once named “Disney’s Earport" is the one with the machine.
Above: Earport machine and faceplate
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DISNEYLAND COINS FOR SALE
FIRST DISNEY SPRINGS COINS APPEAR
In October Downtown Disney was officially renamed Disney Springs. The only machine that had “downtown Disney” as part of the coin design, a machine outside Marketplace Fun Finds (formerly Pooh Corner), has switched its designs. The new designs all mention Disney Springs and became available in the middle of October. The designs feature the Disney Springs logo, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy.
VERANDAH BREEZEWAY ADDS CHANGE MACHINE;
LION KING MACHINE JOINS IT
The two machines at Verandah Breezeway and Island Supply (Lion King) have been reconfigured. They now share a cabinet in the Verandah Breezeway, and a new change machine is placed between them. The change machine also distributes 2 shiny zinc pennies with every dollar redeemed.
The first change machine I noticed distributing pennies with quarters was at the Field Museum in Chicago. This may become a trend, especially in locations where a cashier is not handy to provide change. At this point, though, this is the only change machine I have seen at Disney World that distributes pennies.
Top: Frozen & Heroines machines
Bottom: Frozen 8-die mechanism
HEROINES AND FROZEN MACHINES NOW PROVIDING SHINY PENNIES
One criticism of the new Heroines 12-die machine and the 8-die Frozen machine (Once Upon a Toy) was that it supplied its own pennies, which could be circulated coins. Now both machines are pressing shiny zinc pennies.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL MACHINE NOW OUTSIDE 24/7
In response to customer demand, the Cirque du Soleil machine has been placed outside the gift shop at Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) and is accessible 24/7. It had previously been placed inside the gift shop, which was closed two days a week.
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS: MACHINES DISAPPEARING & APPEARING
Three machines are now gone from Hollywood Studios in recent months: the 4-die In Character store machine (replaced by the 12-die "Heroines" machine); Big Hero 6 (a casualty of the closure of the animation courtyard); and the Alice in Wonderland machine at Legends of Hollywood.
Meanwhile, a new 4-die crank machine has been placed at Prop Shop featuring new designs from Monsters, Inc: Sulley, Mike, Boo and Randall (picture above). This machine was installed in August 2015.
The machine that used to be near the entrance to the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show has moved again. Now it is near the entrance to Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, next to the machine that has always been at that location.
More news from October: There have been rumblings among collectors about the penny presses at Disney World. Beyond the criticism of the price points for the new electronic machines for Frozen and Heroines, there is a deeper problem looming: nearly half the machines I tested in early October are rolling short on copper and zinc coins.
The second-floor snack shop at the Polynesian Village Resort has changed names from Samoa Snacks to Moana Mercantile. Two machines remain outside its entrance. The machine on the first floor (formerly outside the now-closed Wyland Gallery) had moved inside the BouTiki store, but now it is at the main lobby’s rear door.
A quick note about machine locations: machines are often moved across courtyards or within stores. Don’t give up on a machine location until you have checked inside and outside. It may even help to ask a store employee, although they are often uninformed about the location of machines.
Star Wars: New black and grey machine and old red machine
STAR WARS MACHINE STILL THERE
The Star Wars machine has remained at the Prop Shop. In the past, it went off-stage once Star Wars Weekends ended. It has a new black and grey cabinet instead of the old red cabinet found at Darth’s Mall.
SORCERER’S HAT SHOP
PENNY MACHINE COMES BACK
Presscoins.com reports that the Sorcerer’s Hat penny machine has returned to Hollywood Studios and is found at Hollywood Junction (corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd.). I have not confirmed this independently.
NEW MACHINE AT ONCE UPON A TOY
On the heels of a new electronic machine at In Character store (see below), www.presscoins.com reports that an 8-die machine has been installed at the Once Upon a Toy store at Downtown Disney. This new machine features a numbered series of 8 Frozen designs. After all, you can never have too much Frozen.
12-DIE MACHINE AT STUDIOS
Although it was announced on April 1, it is not a hoax: a 12-die machine has been added at the In Character Shop at Hollywood Studios. The machine costs $1 (or all 12 for $10).
The prior machine at this location has been retired, but the Frozen design later reappeared at Disney’s Earport store at Orlando International Airport.
A brief commentary: I do not like the idea that the machine supplies a penny, nor do I like the $1 price point. The Field Museum in Chicago charged $1 when it installed similar machines, but the price eventually dropped to 50 cents. I hope that happened because they figured out that sales drop when prices rise that much.
MACHINE MOVES AT PORT ORLEANS
The music theme machine at Port Orleans Riverside lobby has been moved to French Quarter, another part of the hotel complex.
DISNEYLAND 60TH ANNIVERSARY
Disneyland will celebrate its 60th year. In talking to DL employees, I have learned that the plan is to have 60 coins. The coins will not correspond to particular events from each year (unlike the 50th anniversary coins). There is a special penny book for these coins, and Guest Relations has a handout showing the machine locations and coin descriptions.
Some coins will be available during the entire celebration. One of the machines at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney will have rotating coins – each set of 3 available for about 60 days.
Since I don’t normally cover Disneyland news, check with www.parkpennies.com for up-to-date information as this program rolls out.
NEW MACHINES AT DTD
Two 4-die hand-crank machines were added to Downtown Disney in late February.
The first machine is placed inside Marketplace Fun Finds (which used to be known as Pooh Corner, and still has a machine outside its doors). Its designs feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Goofy and Donald.
A second machine was placed in the gift shop at Cirque du Soleil on Downtown Disney’s West Side. The designs do not include Disney characters or wording.
DISNEY QUEST UPDATES
As noted earlier, the two Wreck-It Ralph machines were sent to Disney Quest, where they can be found on the 3rd floor along with 7 “Fix-It Felix Jr.” video games.
Other changes at Disney Quest: one machine remains in the gift shop (although it has been moved adjacent to the cashiers). The other machine has been moved to the 2nd floor – it is no longer near the first-floor exit.
Disney Quest is slated to close in 2016. I am confident the machines will be retired at that point.
2015 YEAR SETS
The 2014 coins started being replaced, beginning January 1. The 2014 coins had two designs (one for the penny, one for the quarter), with each design on seven machines for a total of 14 locations (get it? for 2014).
Those 2014 coins were replaced by seven quarters and seven pennies. Some designs appear on both denominations; others appear on a single coin only.
Here are the locations of the new coins and their designs:
Magic Kingdom castle: quarter: Main Street Railroad Station; penny: Emporium front door (Magic Kingdom)
Mickey Mouse: quarter: Contemporary Resort; penny: Sir Mickey’s (Magic Kingdom)
Donald Duck: quarter: All Star Sports resort; penny: Mouse Gear (Epcot)
Nemo: quarter: The Land (Epcot); penny: Chester & Hester’s (Animal Kingdom)
Tinker Bell: quarter: Mickey’s of Hollywood (Hollywood Studios); penny: Contemporary Resort
Pluto: quarter only: Harambe Railroad station (Animal Kingdom)
Daisy Duck: quarter only: All Star Music resort
Minnie Mouse: penny only: Prop Shop (Hollywood Studios)
Goofy: penny only: Grand Floridian resort
Sticker on machines
In addition, to recognize the “15” in 2015, there is a fifteenth coin – a Chip & Dale 2015 coin at the Splash Mountain store. That coin does not have a quarter counterpart. The Chip & Dale die replaced the design that showed Brer Rabbit with the Splash Mountain logo. This new design has Chip & Dale riding in a log.
All these new coins feature the “2015” year prominently as part of their designs.
BIG CHANGES AT ARCADES
According to local media reports (Orlando Sentinel story here), Disney feels its arcade program might run into trouble under Florida’s tightened internet café laws. As a result, the Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. arcade adjacent to Space Mountain is being slated for closure in February. In addition, arcades at hotels are losing their claw machines and their redemption counters, due to limits on the value of prizes that can be awarded. The law will also require the arcades to switch to all-cash payments into the machines, making the arcade cards obsolete.
While hotel arcades will operate within new guidelines, the fate of the Tomorrowland building – and its penny presses – is not certain at this time.
February 2015 update: the arcade at Tomorrowland Power & Light is closed. The three Space Mountain pressed coin machines remain available. The quarter machine, which was placed at times in the arcade, is toward the back of the gift shop. Hotel arcades remain in operation and are still using arcade cards instead of coins.
SORCERER’S HAT CLOSED
Hat store closed on January 6. The
hat has been removed.
are considered retired. July 2015
update: the penny machine has come back to Hollywood Studios.
WANDERING OAKEN’S SHOP CLOSED
The Frozen-themed attraction at Hollywood Studios also closed the first week of January. Its machine has been moved to the Prop Shop.
The Prop Shop machine with classic characters has moved to the Settlement Trading Post at Fort Wilderness. Those dies had previously appeared in two separate machines at Cap’n Jack’s restaurant at Downtown Disney.
DECEMBER 2014 UPDATE
The following changes were noted during my visit from December 6 through December 10:
Animal Kingdom’s machine at Dawa Bar is back in service after nearly a year off stage during construction of the entryway to the new theatre for the Festival of the Lion King.
Heritage House at Magic Kingdom; Zanzibar/Island Supply Co. at Magic
Kingdom; all 3 machines at Settlement Trading Post (Fort Wilderness Resort);
African Outpost at Epcot. January update: the 3 Settlement
machines are temporarily relocated to the bus stop at Wilderness Lodge. February
2015 update: The 3 machines were still at Wilderness Lodge’s bus stop as of
February 26. All other listed machines
were back on-stage as of late February. October
2015 update: Those machines at the bus stop are still there.
The name of the Polynesian Resort has changed slightly to Polynesian Village Resort. The machine formerly outside the now-closed Wyland Gallery has been moved inside the store across the hall, BouTiki.
All the Frozen designs are active and available. Bring your patience, as lines of girls (young and old) are flocking to these coins.
Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post at Hollywood Studios has moved into the space once used by the AFI exhibit at the Backlot Tour exit. The Backlot Tour has ceased operations.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be sponsoring the Great Movie Ride. As part of the deal, the Chinese Theatre will be restored to its original iconic role at the end of Hollywood Boulevard with the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat. It is not known what will happen to the store under that hat and the 2 machines at that location, but there’s a good chance the Prop Shop will continue to serve as a holding area for machines without a home.
New resource: CTM Group maintains the machines at Disney World. They have maps of machine locations at their website (www.ctmgroupinc.com/disney). The machines are numbered for maintenance purposes, and now you can text that machine’s number to CTM when it is broken. These signs are being added to machines throughout the property. I think it’s just a matter of time before we will start referring to the machines by their numbers, helping us track them when they’re off-stage or relocated.
NEW COIN BOOK FOR 2014
A new penny book was issued in the last half of 2014. It has 4 pages, and holds 48 pennies and 9 quarters. The retail price is $8.95. It is the same size as the 2012 book – the cover is 7” x 4”.
MACHINE RETURNS TO
The rapid deployment of “Frozen” coins, coupled with the introduction of 7 pennies and 7 quarters commemorating the year 2014 back in January, means a lot of coins went into apparent retirement status this year. As we expected, some of those coins have slipped back into machines later.
Now comes word that a penny machine has been reintroduced to the mini-golf attraction, Fantasia Gardens. This location near the Boardwalk resort lost its machine in 2012, and its coins made a brief re-appearance at Hollywood Studios in February.
The new machine has been restocked with dies that had been "retired" during 2014: Sorcerer Mickey (an original Fantasia Gardens design that moved to two different machines at Hollywood Studios during the year); the wicked stepmother and step sisters (Cinderella #5 of 5) (a Legends of Hollywood design that was replaced by Frozen in September 2014); and the White Rabbit from the Alice in Wonderland series (#3 of 6) (also from Legends of Hollywood, and replaced by Frozen).
BIG HERO 6 DESIGNS
Three designs from the new Disney movie “Big Hero 6” were placed in a new machine at the Hollywood Studios meet-and-greet area in the Magic of Disney Animation building. Characters depicted are Baymax, Hiro, and Fred. October 2015 update: This machine is now retired.
RALPH MOVES DOWNTOWN
The two Wreck-it Ralph machines at Prop Shop
have moved to Disney Quest in Downtown Disney.
Given the movie’s video-game theme, this is a good fit for Ralph and
I do not yet know whether
the machines are accessible without paying admission. March update: admission payment required.
JAPAN GETS 2 MACHINES;
Two machines were added to Japan in October. Each is a 4-die machine. One of the coins depicts Duffy in Japanese dress. This makes 9 current Duffy coins available at Disney World (Animal Kingdom, Sailor, China, Canada, UK, US, Germany, and Mexico), plus one retired (France). Each machine has a design similar – but not identical – to retired Japan-themed coins that had been removed from other machines (Minnie Mouse in a kimono , and Mickey Mouse in front of a Torii gate).
OSCAR’S GOES BIG TIME –
GETS 3-DIE MACHINE
Oscar’s Super Service at Hollywood Studios was the only single-die penny machine in the parks. All that changed in September, when the machine was replaced with a three-die unit.
Doc Hudson – the former resident of the machine – is off stage, leaving a gap in the Cars numbered series. The three dies are all designs that had been replaced during the summer:
Snow White – from In Character store
Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey – from Prop Shop (formerly at Fantasia Gardens) November update: this coin has moved to a new machine at Fantasia Gardens; the Cheshire Cat [Alice in Wonderland #2 of 6] has replaced it.
Aladdin - from Prop Shop (formerly at Fantasia Gardens)
The only single-die penny machine left at Disney World is the machine at House of Blues (Downtown Disney). There are still a few single-die quarter machines at Disney World, too.
PROP SHOP/FANTASIA GARDENS
The machine that had been at Fantasia Gardens
until 2012, but returned in February 2014 to Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios, is
Two of its coins are now
in the Oscar’s machine discussed above.
November update: One of its coins is at Oscar’s, and one is in the new
machine at Fantasia Gardens.
FROZEN – THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
- 17 COINS!
The movie “Frozen” has been a massive hit, with lines to meet the characters extending as long as 4 hours first at Norway, and now Fantasyland. Even Voices of Liberty at Epcot’s American Adventure are including “Let It Go” in their repertoire of patriotic songs (a sacrilege, if you ask me). It is no surprise, then, that characters from the film are now being featured on pressed coins.
Three penny designs were added in April:
Olaf – Disney Traders - replaced tourist Mickey Mouse/Japan
Elsa – International Gateway – replaced Minnie Mouse in kimono
Anna – Mouse Gear – replaced road crossing sign (ex-Test Track)
Five more designs were added in June:
Olaf – Mickey’s of Hollywood – replacing Syndrome (Incredibles)
Elsa - In Character Shop – replacing Snow White
Elsa & Anna – Emporium – replacing “Celebrating 40 Years of Magic”
Elsa - Sir Mickey’s – replacing Grumpy
Kristoff & Sven – Island Mercantile – replacing safari Pooh
In July, an area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios was converted to a “Frozen”-themed multiplex called Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland. This area started where Darth’s Mall was found in May/June, just past Toy Story Midway Mania. As part of this new attraction, a new penny press machine was added. The machine (shown below) contains three dies that also appear elsewhere – so nothing new. Those designs are:
Anna – same design as Mouse Gear
Elsa – same design as Sir Mickey’s
Olaf – same design as Mickey’s of Hollywood
At the end of September the attraction was
moved to the former AFI exhibit at the end of the Backlot
December update: the machine is
in the former Backlot Tour exit area. February 2015 update: the machine was moved
to Prop Shop.
Also in July, Epcot’s Puffin’s Roost Shop in Norway caught up with the theme, and added another repeat design:
Anna & Elsa – same design as Main Street Emporium – replaced Mickey Mouse holding flags
In September, five new designs were added. The entire machine at Legends of Hollywood was replaced with Frozen:
Anna – machine in Legends of Hollywood replaces the machine with Alice in Wonderland/Cinderella designs
Anna & Elsa – at Legends of Hollywood machine
Olaf – at Legends of Hollywood machine
Kristoff – Mouse Gear at Epcot, replaces Epcot logo coin
Olaf – Verandah Breezeway at Magic Kingdom, replaces Adventureland logo
If you doubted the Frozen overkill, we now have 13 different Frozen designs represented by 17 different coins in 13 machines. There are no reported Frozen designs at Downtown Disney or the resorts (yet?). Note these are not a numbered series. The sky’s the limit.
OLDER ARTICLES HAVE NOW BEEN ARCHIVED.
ADDITIONAL ARTICLES ON SPECIFIC SUBJECTS WERE ARCHIVED PREVIOUSLY:
Thanks for buying pressed coins from me. I sell sporadically on eBay and through my own website. For the latest updates to Disney World coins, please check www.presscoins.com. For updates to other coins throughout the world, check www.pennycollector.com. I do not own those websites, but frequently contribute information to each.
Disney has its own official maps and lists, but they are out of date. The official Disney maps and lists form the basis for the guide you can receive at Guest Relations, so beware of these limitations!
I am looking for trading partners who have access to Disneyland penny press machines – copper cents preferred.
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