UPDATED! 6 new designs for Animal Kingdom 20th

8138Six 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 replacedUpdate: 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

New:

Conservation Station: adult Simba; Timon; Pumbaa

Outpost Shop (all from Up movie): Russell; Dug; Kevin the bird

Old, replaced:

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.

 

 

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Pirates update includes new machine

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.

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Last 2018 coin finally on stage

The final 2018 quarter has been placed on-stage at the All Star Movies resort.  This completes the set of 15 dated coins for 2018.

The coin was to be placed at Stage 1 Company Store (the Muppets store) in Hollywood Studios, but part of that store is being renovated.  This leaves Hollywood Studios as the only park without a dated quarter – but we’ll accept it!

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