According to the CTM Group website, the two Wreck-It Ralph machines have been placed in the arcade at the Art of Animation resort. They had most recently been found at DisneyQuest in Disney Springs, but went missing for a while after the attraction’s closure in July.
Presscoins.com is reporting that the quarter machine at Tower of Terror – which was off-stage for a couple weeks – has returned with an updated cabinet that matches the new 8-die penny press recently installed.
They are also reporting that the Marketplace Fund Finds store at Disney Springs still has its outdoor machine, but the indoor machine has been removed now that the store has been rethemed as a Star Wars shop. There is no reason the indoor machine wouldn’t pop up elsewhere in Disney Springs, so keep an eye out.
The Once Upon a Toy store at Disney Springs has replaced the four dies in its hand-crank machine with four new designs. Gone are two pennies from The Incredibles and two from Cars. The new dies feature Buzz Lightyear, a little green man alien, Mickey Mouse with arms outstretched, and Nemo with Dory.
The two penny presses that had been moved to the ticket area at DisneyQuest are gone, and likely retired. The Wreck-It Ralph machines are also gone, and may be retired.
When I visited on June 16, Inoventions was down to one machine – the one that includes Figment was located in Innoventions East. By July 7, though, Presscoins.com was reporting that the Figment machine was retired, and the other Innoventions machine had been brought back from retirement and placed at the Epcot Pin Trading station (a new location for a penny press). The official CTM Group maps still show a machine at Innoventions and none at Pin Trading, though. (Those maps are not necessarily accurate)
The D23 convention in Anaheim had lots of news. There was, however, no penny press at this year’s show.
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.
As a reminder, DQ will close July 3. The two penny presses with Disney Quest designs will undoubtedly be retired. Who knows what will happen with the two Wreck-It Ralph machines, though? They have seen a lot of locations, so a move is not out of the question. A new Ralph movie is scheduled for release in November 2018 – which is a long way off.