Category Archives: Disney’s California Adventure

Sales page updated with several Disneyland sets

My sales page has been updated with numerous sets from Disneyland.  This includes all the machines that have been installed since the 60th anniversary celebration ended in 2016.

All pennies are pressed on pre-1982 copper cents, and quarters are pressed on AU and BU quarters. In addition, there is a selection of designs pressed on foreign coins that are the same size as American coins.

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Disneyland replacement of 60th anniversary machines almost complete

All but one machine from the 60th anniversary series at Disneyland has been replaced by new machines with entirely new designs.  The quarter machine that had been placed at the currently-closed Main Street railroad station (and later moved to the Penny Arcade) has been removed but not yet replaced.

The new machines include designs devoted to the upcoming (Thanksgiving) Disney movie Moana, Winnie the Pooh, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast (quarters), Toy Story, Finding Dory, and Indiana Jones.  In addition, the non-60th Tiki Room set in Adventureland has been swapped out for a set of coins with Stitch & Angel from the Lilo & Stitch TV series.

This means 12 new machines (3 coins each) have been introduced in Anaheim in the past couple months, with one more expected to follow.  As always, a reliable up-to-date list of machine locations is found at the ParkPennies website.

Big changes at Disneyland Resort have started

dl60backstampDisneyland had a major pressed coin campaign to celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary – 60 special coins at the parks and World of Disney.  That celebration has ended, and the anniversary coins are starting to be replaced.

Boomer at www.parkpennies.com reports that the machine at the Pieces of Eight gift shop (Pirates of the Caribbean) is the first spotted change. The good news for collectors: the replacement designs are all-new, and not just a return to the set that was in place before the May 2015 anniversary kickoff.

While there is no guarantee that all the 60th machines will get newly-made designs, there is a good chance. This would include two quarter machines and eleven penny presses.

UPDATE

As of the end of September, all 60th anniversary machines have been retired.  They have been replaced with entirely new designs at World of Disney (2 machines); Rajah’s Mint; Pooh Corner; Enchanted Chamber (quarter machine); and Pirates (as noted in the original article).

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?