Category Archives: Hollywood Studios

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.

January 2017 updates from Disney World

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

2017

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.

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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.

Epcot

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.

Miscellaneous

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

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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:

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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.

Quick November updates

In reviewing the Disney World penny press maps, it appears the 4-die machine Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster machine at the coaster’s Courtyard is off-stage and possibly retired.  Only the “Cars” themed machine (which had been moved here from the Luigi’s Garage meet-and-greet) is shown for this location.  The 3-die machine in the store remains.

The Toy Story 2 4-die machine located at the Buzz Lightyear souvenir kiosk remains off stage.

As noted in an earlier post, a gun purge is underway at Disney (no toy gun sales in the gift shops; no toy guns with children’s costumes).  Ironically, among all the new Star Wars machines are several designs with various guns.

Another Star Wars machine installed – this time at Studios

launch-bayAnother zinc-laden 8-die machine was added in early November.  This new Star Wars machine is found at the Launch Bay area (a Star Wars preview/memorabilia exhibit/shop) in the Animation Courtyard at Hollywood Studios.  An earlier announcement from the vendor that runs the penny press operation (CTM Group/The Pennymen) stated that the machine was installed at Disney Springs, but their own maps show the Hollywood Studios location.

This marks the fourth current Star Wars machine (three 8-die, one 3-die).  Two are located at Hollywood Studios, and two at Disney Springs.

There also are ten electronic zinc machines: four at Disney Springs, two at Magic Kingdom, three at Studios (one is the 12-die Heroines machine, the first electronic machine at Disney), and one at Epcot (the “Frozen” set moved from Disney Springs).

On their Facebook page, The Pennymen addressed the criticism of their use of zinc pennies, stating that it is too difficult to obtain copper cents.  Thus, they are aware of collector concerns but are defending their setup.  This sad trend only appears to be intensifying.