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More June updates

The machine at Celebrity 5 & 10 (Hollywood Studios) remains off stage and may be retired.

Although the official map from penny press vendor CTM Group does not include it, the original 4-die machine in the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster courtyard with Coaster designs is still available.

I don’t normally comment on broken machines.  Most machines are fixed within 24 hours, and you can expect between 5% and 10% to need repair by the end of any given day.  Broken machines are a fact of life with penny presses, especially given the apparent the propensity of children to pound on buttons and turn cranks.  There is a machine that has gone unresolved for a while, though: the quarter machine in the Stage 1 Company Store at Hollywood Studios.  You expect when you press button A (the 2017 dated design) that the machine will press the designated design.  In two visits 10 days apart, though, about 40% of the time the machine will instead press the design associated with Button C.  I have brought this to the vendor’s attention twice via their text message reporting system.  If you encounter the same problem, let them know specifically what problem you encounter (I never simply report the machine number – I try to include details).

Reminder/update: DisneyQuest closes at the end of business on July 2.  The Wreck-It Ralph machines are currently in the store lobby.  The other two machines are outside, near the ticket windows.  As a result, those two machines should be available even after DQ closes each day.

Pandora: No machines

I confirmed visually and by talking with a manager that there are no penny presses in Pandora – the World of Avatar.

The manager mentioned I was the second person that day to inquire about penny presses, and he promised to inform the merchandising department that there seems to be interest among collectors.

Disney World update – June 2017

I visited Disney World this week and have many small items to report:

Despite its inclusion on the “official” maps, the Pioneer Hall machine is gone.

The arcade machines at the Yacht & Beach Club and Animal Kingdom Lodge have been moved outside the doors from inside the arcades, offering 24-hour access.

The reason the Contemporary Resort machines were moved inside the arcade: the lobby where they used to reside has been taken over by Disney Security to screen bags and people before they get on the monorail.  The other resorts on the monorail line have also introduced screening at the monorail entrances.

Although the camera shop and Celebrity 5 & 10 have fully reopened at Hollywood Studios, the machine that used to occupy the corridor between those two stores is gone.

The “official” maps fail to disclose the two machines at Animal Kingdom’s Outpost Shop, but they’re still there.

The Legends of Hollywood machine featuring Cinderella designs is gone, and has been for some time.

The Port Orleans machines have been moving around.  Here’s the current status:

  • the music themed machine is inside the Jackson Square store at the French Quarter
  • the Winnie the Pooh machine is still in Fulton’s General Store at Riverside
  • the machine with Steamboat Willie is in the Riverside lobby
  • the machine with Grumpy is at the other end of the Riverside lobby
  • the machine with Sleepy is at the back of Fulton’s General Store next to the package delivery service counter
  • there are no machines in the food courts at either Riverside or French Quarter

At Caribbean Beach Resort, the food court area is being renovated.  All machines located in that area (outside Goombay Games arcade) are inaccessible.

Disney’s own penny press maps = Inadequate

Disney has included coin press locations on its website (disneyworld.com/coinpresses), which is also advertised on the machines.  The list is terrible.  It puts Epcot pavilions in the wrong location, and appears to be missing some machines (I will check next week to see if the two machines at the Outpost shop outside Animal Kingdom are really gone).

The vendor who operates the machines, CTM Group, has more reliable maps on their website (http://www.ctmgroupinc.com/disney/), which is also offered as a phone app.  Even they miss a few, though.

Guest services keeps maps and lists, too, but these have never been reliable.  The best source remains Presscoins.com.

 

Differences between Nala Magic Kingdom coins

I like to catalog the differences between coins, using the Presscoins numbering system.  I will chronicle my findings here if they are not already on the Presscoins website.

Here, I compare the Nala pennies from the Magic Kingdom using Presscoins.com’s photos. MK0014, retired from the Seven Dwarfs Mine shop, uses squares and parallelograms in the upper left ring pattern.  MK0058, from the Zanzibar/Island Supply shop in Adventureland, has a sawtooth pattern with triangles and a gap between.