There’s a new machine at Disney Springs. A hand-crank 4-die machine was added to the food trucks location. The food trucks are on the West Side area, between Bongo’s Cuban Cafe and Starbucks (near the giant balloon you can ride).
The designs feature Minnie Mouse, Mickey, Goofy and Dopey enjoying snacks and desserts.
New penny books have arrived at Disney World and are appearing on Ebay. The design is similar to Disneyland books that were released about a month ago.
The final 2018 quarter has been placed on-stage at the All Star Movies resort. This completes the set of 15 dated coins for 2018.
The coin was to be placed at Stage 1 Company Store (the Muppets store) in Hollywood Studios, but part of that store is being renovated. This leaves Hollywood Studios as the only park without a dated quarter – but we’ll accept it!
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.
An Ebay post has a new penny book for Disneyland. I expect Disney World will get a similar design.
It’s always a challenge to determine the appropriate catalog numbers for designs that have been repeated many times in the parks. We don’t always know which machine created the coins unless we pressed them ourselves and kept track.
I have been sorting through the Disney World Rainforest Cafe pennies lately, trying to make sense of the similar designs. What follows is a set of identifiers for 5 of the retired penny designs. It is important to develop identifiers that do not require you have samples of competing coins in hand. I relied on the photos (and catalog numbers) from Presscoins.com to make comparisons and then examined the known examples in my collection. The down side: For every two coins, I had only one of the pair. Therefore I was entirely dependent on the attributions made at the Presscoins website.
When analyzing photos, it is important to take into account different lighting, focus, and die wear. In addition, coins can roll short, so we have to avoid relying too much on details along the edges. Sometimes we have no choice, though .
With that in mind, here are my comparisons for:
- The gorilla coin, AK0061 & DTD0021
- The jumping frog coin, AK0063 & DTD0022
- The butterfly coin, AK0066 & DTD0018
- The reclining frog coin, AK0067 & DTD0019
- The goldfish coin, AK0068 & DTD0020
Some other coins are proving more difficult to analyze:
- The frog logo coin with the head beyond the border, AK0064 & DTD0024
- The frog logo coin with the head inside the border, AK0065 & DTD0017
- The parrot coin, AK0062 & DTD0023