Category Archives: Hollywood Studios

Mid-August WDW updates

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.

Three more 8-die machines added, all at Hollywood Studios

More 8-die machines have been added (with zinc pennies supplied by the machines).

Two machines at Once Upon a Time were added.  One has Beauty & the Beast theme, and replaces a 3-die Beauty & the Beast machine.  The second machine has Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs as a numbered set; it replaces a machine with 3 princes.

Meanwhile, at the end of Sunset Boulevard a new 8-die machine has been placed in the photo preview area of Tower of Terror (adjacent to the gift shop).  It has coins with a Tower theme, including several with popular Disney characters.

PizzeRizzo gets two machines

PizzeRizzo – the Hollywood Studios pizza shop that replaced Pizza Planet – has two new penny presses.  Of the six featured coins, three are new coins and three are retired coins brought back.

The first machine has a new coin with a PizzeRizzo theme, a Frozen design with Anna and Elsa, and Syndrome from The Incredibles.  Inclusion of Syndrome means all seven Incredibles coins are available once again.

The second machine has a new Tinkerbell design and a new Stitch penny, and also brings back the old Walt Disney Studios coin with Mickey’s silhouette and a movie camera.

(Photo from CTM Group)

More June updates

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.

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.

Disney Quest closing date set: July 3

Disney has announced that July 3 will be the last day of operation for Disney Quest.  After that date, it will be renovated for eventual reopening as The NBA Experience.

Four penny press machines are at this location.  Two have Disney Quest themes and will undoubtedly be retired.  Two are Wreck-It Ralph machines (transplants from Hollywood Studios) that may find a new home – particularly since a Wreck-It Ralph sequel is in the works for 2018 release.