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Disney World updates – January 2018

I have returned from a quick visit to Disney World. Here are some updates:

Fourteen out of fifteen dated 2018 coins are available in the same locations as last year.  The Stage 1 Company store quarter machine at Hollywood Studios is the only one not available. Although the back half of the store is open (and the Muppets penny press is accessible), the front half of the store (which includes the quarter machine once found at Mickey’s of Hollywood) is closed for renovation. No word on when that machine will become available.


The PizzeRizzo restaurant at Hollywood Studios (it replaced Pizza Planet) is only open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Plan accordingly if you want to hit the two penny presses (one on the first floor, one on the second floor). I was able to gain access after hours, but be aware the doors may be locked when you arrive!

The Run Disney penny press will be hard to get to. Its location at ESPN Wide World of Sports is open only periodically, and the on-line schedule of events at that building is unreliable (an event for this week had a link to a 2016 event).  The building is now called the Visa Athletic Center; it was recently changed from Jostens Center and J Center.


New signs at the Magic Kingdom tell guests they can get change at cashiers.

The new 8-die zinc-dispensing machines at Hollywood Studios (two at Once Upon a Time, Tower of Terror, Celebrity 5 & 10) are not pressing well.  The vast majority of coins roll slightly short, cutting the design off at or before the border dots.  A fair number of coins are also pressing off center, although the full design remains visible.

The Cirque du Soleil machine is retired.  The building will be used again for a new show with more of a Disney theme (date uncertain), but Disney Security tells me the interior has been completely gutted to prepare for the new show.  Nearby, DisneyQuest was demolished in late 2017 and its two DQ machines retired. The Wreck-It Ralph machines were transferred to the Art of Animation Resort.

The two Port Orleans presses added in 2017 are easy to access. One is in the French Quarter lobby; the other is adjacent to the lobby outside Scat Cat’s Club (it’s not at the food court).  Both are accessible 24/7.


For those who like to bend the rules, I was able to manipulate the dime press at Space Mountain/Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. to accept pennies. I’m selling a couple sets pressed on zinc pennies on the website.

Penny books update: Although I have seen Ebay listings for a new Disneyland book, all the merchandise locations at Disney World were still selling the 2016 version and the Pixie book.  For samples (as well as other Disney penny books) see the link here.

The store at Test Track (Epcot) is now called SIMporium.




Both Innoventions machines now back is reporting that both Innoventions machines have been placed at the Pin Station store at Epcot in repainted cabinets.  CTM Group has not included these on its map, and continues to show only one machine in service (at Innoventions).

Quick July Updates


June 16: still there

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, 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.





One Star Wars machine moved; Caribbean Beach closure

The 8-die Star Wars machine at Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs has been moved to Mouse Gear at Epcot.

The food court area at Caribbean Beach Resort is undergoing renovations.  The three machines outside the arcade are currently unavailable.  While other dining options are available for guests, construction will be ongoing for a year – we can only hope that the machines will be relocated.  The machine in the check-in lobby is unaffected by this project.

Cirque du Soleil will commence a new show in January.  Its four pennies devoted to the current show (La Nouba) will likely change.


Pioneer Hall, Innoventions changes was able to follow up on a couple things we spotted in January.  First, they believe the Pioneer Hall walkway machine at Fort Wilderness has indeed been retired – and they think the machine itself is the new one at Disney Springs outside World of Disney (with new dies, of course).

Presscoins also reports that the Innoventions West machine is gone, but the East machine remains.


January 2017 updates from Disney World

There are a lot of updates this month, so I’ll just rattle them off quickly.


The 2017 coins have been in place since the first week, but machines have been out of order so it is difficult to build complete sets.  During my visit, three machines (out of 15 with dated designs) were broken.

Disney Springs

A new 4-die machine was installed at the walkway outside the World of Disney Store with new designs.  They are available for sale on my website.


Magic Kingdom

The two machines at Verandah Breezeway connecting Frontierland with Adventureland were removed in December.  The Adventureland designs came back in January.  The change machine also returned.  The Island Supply machine with Lion King designs did not return.

There are no longer change machines at the Tomorrowland Power & Light location; the arcade has closed.  The penny, dime and quarter machines are still there.

The 8-die Toy Story machine in Tomorrowland is located inside the photo pickup area of the Buzz Lightyear ride.  The 4-die machine at the Buzz Lightyear kiosk has returned.


Innoventions once again has machines in both the East and West buildings.

Hollywood Studios

The official maps don’t show this, but the 4-die Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster machine in the courtyard is still at that location.

The Tower of Terror courtyard machine (4 dies) continues to roll short for copper pennies.  One contributor to my Facebook page reports that he had better luck with zinc coins.

Although Pizza Planet once housed numerous penny presses, its replacement PizzeRizzo has none.

The Celebrity 5 & 10 machine is inaccessible during renovations of the neighboring photo shop.


The price of penny books has gone up to $11.99.  The new design and the Tinkerbell design are both available at most locations.


The two Wreck-It Ralph machines have been moved from inside Disney Quest to the store.

The machine outside Pioneer Hall at Fort Wilderness was not found on my mid-January visit, and cast members did not know what happened to it.





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:



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.