Category Archives: Hollywood Studios

Last 2018 coin finally on stage

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!



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.



Mid-August WDW updates 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.


New 8-die machine at Celebrity 5 & 10

A new 8-die machine with zinc pennies was placed at the Celebrity 5 & 10 store in July.  The designs feature various classic characters with no particular theme.

There had been a 3-die machine at that location; the 3-die machine was removed during renovations of the adjoining camera shop and never returned.


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.