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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.

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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.

2017 coins coming to Disney World

Although I do not have confirmation that all the coins are on-stage yet, the vendor who handles pressed coins at Disney World (CTM Group) has included new 2017 designs on its maps of machine locations.  Here are the details:

There will be 15 coins, as in 2015 and 2016.  The locations will be the same as where the 2016 machines ended up (remember – there were some moves during construction at Hollywood Studios) with one exception.

Again, there will be 8 pennies, which includes a numbered series of 4.  There will also be 7 quarters.

The exception: One of the 2016 pennies had ended up at Island Supply Co./Verandah Breezeway in Adventureland.  Two machines at that location have been removed, according to the maps (I will confirm their status in mid-January when I visit).  To replace the 2016 design, a 2017 design has been placed at the 3-die machine at Rock Around the Shop, the coaster gift shop at Hollywood Studios.

I have adapted the artwork from the CTM Group’s website to create these images:

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2017-quartersThe new coin at Rock Around the Shop replaces the old Walt Disney Studios design with a silhouette Mickey and camera.  Hollywood Studios has struggled with name and icon changes over the year –  the Earful Tower was once the symbol of the Studios, replaced by the Sorcerer’s Hat.  Now it appears the Tower of Terror is the icon representing the Studios, at least on three of these coins.

January 2 update:  Not all the coins were on-stage as of January 1. It appears (as in years past) it might take a few days for all to be ready.

Miscellaneous 2016 updates

I was unable to visit Disney World for most of the year, so I have a lot of catching up to do.  Here are the smaller stories:

The Conservation Station building at Rafiki’s Planet Watch (Animal Kingdom) received a new 3-die machine in January 2016.  There had been machines in the outdoor gift shop area a few years ago, but they were removed.  This is the first machine in that area since.  All three designs have “Worldwide Conservation Fund” on them, helping distinguish a similar Donald Duck found at Duka la Filimu.  Keep in mind that this area must be reached via the Harambe railroad and closes earlier than the rest of the park.  Sets are available for purchase here.

Change machines are undergoing change.  At Hollywood Studios, there are no longer change machines at Mickey’s of Hollywood, Pizza Planet, or Prop Shop (the latter two closed now for new construction).  The only machine I have found at Studios is the change machine in the photo preview area at Tower of Terror (a particularly temperamental machine).  At The Land in Epcot, the change machine now dispenses shiny zinc pennies at no extra charge with the quarters, and takes $1 and $b bills.  Not all change machines dispense pennies, though.

Honey I Shrunk the Audience closed in 2010, but its pressed coin at Journey Into Imagination remained available until this year.  It looks like the replacement was made around July 2016.  It was replaced with an Epcot logo coin that had been retired from Mouse Gear (see below).

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A common problem with the new vendor handling Disney World machines is that the machines routinely rolled very short.  On my last visit in August, many of these had been corrected to roll properly. Some exceptions remain – notably the new machine at Tower of Terror, where the “HTH” logo and the bottom border is cut off (see below).

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Closings and rumored closings that may affect coin collecting: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Featuring Aerosmith is dropping the Aerosmith connection.  The band’s merchandise was removed from the gift shop in August just as a large photo of the band (with Steven Tyler giving an allegedly dirty sign with his fingers) was being modified.  Although the coins at this attraction do not include the Aerosmith name or images, there is talk the coaster will lose its rock and roll connection, which would affect the designs.

Innoventions has been losing more of its resident attractions – two bigger ones will be closing permanently on September 14.  Plans for the building are uncertain, but both buildings (East and West) have remained open so far, even though the machines have been playing hopscotch every few months.

Pizza Planet at Hollywood Studios is closed and will re-open later this fall as PizzaRizzo, with a Muppets theme.  It wouldn’t surprise me if we see more Muppets coin designs as Disney plans to dedicate that entire area to the underutilized Muppets asset.

The water parks start closing in October for annual refurbishment.  Only one closes at any given time.

In addition, while there has been a lot of talk about Tower of Terror at California Adventure closing or being re-themed, there has been no talk about similar activity at Florida.

Date night: Just a quick reminder that the 15 2016-dated coins should start disappearing in late December.  Will there be a 2017 series?