Life has been pretty busy, so I have not regularly updated this blog. I will have more information about the Disney Springs-area hotel machines (5 machines) and a new machine at the Hilton in the Bonnet Creek area.
In the meantime, our Facebook page (zzzcoins) stays more up-to-date and also features nearly daily posts highlighting a day in Disney history as illustrated by an elongated coin. Like that page to receive those updates.
Six new penny designs have been placed to commemorate Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary. They also jointly promote the Disney Conservation Fund.
All three coins at the Conservation Station machine (in the Rafiki’s Planet Watch area of the park) have been replaced. In addition, at the Outpost shop at the AK entrance,
one coin in one machine and two in another have been replaced. Update: the 3 coins were originally distributed in 2 Outpost Shop machines, but were rearranged a few days later and now are found in a single machine
Conservation Station: adult Simba; Timon; Pumbaa
Outpost Shop (all from Up movie): Russell; Dug; Kevin the bird
Conservation Station: Donald with map; Goofy & giraffe; Simba & friends
Outpost Shop: Safari Minnie Mouse; Shere Khan; Safari Pluto
Will the old designs re-appear after the anniversary year? It seems Disney has changed the name of the conservation fund, so I’m not sure they’ll bring back the Conservation Station designs.
You may be aware that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World was recently altered to remove the wench auction, turn the women into pirates, and have them auctioning off the townspeople’s goods. (Disneyland’s version will be changed this summer.)
Another change when the attraction re-opened this week: the 3-die machine was replaced by an 8-die zinc machine. All the designs are based on the Pirates theme, and more than half feature classic animated characters in Pirates garb.
We can only assume that the rapid expansion of 8-die machines means the guests have welcomed (financially) the higher price point and zinc cents, even if the collector community continues to grumble. If nothing else, we’re sure the merchandising department at Disney appreciates not giving change.
Boomer at Parkpennies.com has reported new nickel machines at Jolly Trolly Treats (DCA) and the Main Street Opera House exit (DL). In addition, the Finding Dory machine, which was removed from DCA’s Kingswell Camera for a holiday nickel machine, is back.
There’s a new machine at Disney Springs. A hand-crank 4-die machine was added to the food trucks location. The food trucks are on the West Side area, between Bongo’s Cuban Cafe and Starbucks (near the giant balloon you can ride).
The designs feature Minnie Mouse, Mickey, Goofy and Dopey enjoying snacks and desserts.
New penny books have arrived at Disney World and are appearing on Ebay. The design is similar to Disneyland books that were released about a month ago.