Category Archives: Resorts/Hotels

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.

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

Presscoins.com 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.

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.

dtd27-walkway2

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.

dsc06573

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-seriesof4

2017-seriesunnumbered

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.

Polynesian Resort gets 3-die quarter press

RES68.Poly2016Q2

The quarter machine at the Polynesian switched from one die to three in early August. The three designs all come from the Lilo & Stitch movie and TV series: Lilo dancing; Stitch leaning on Lilo; and Stitch and Lilo sitting eating ice cream.

The dancing Lilo design is very similar to the former design from the single-die machine. The most notable difference is that the old coin did not have a beaded border, but all three new coins do.

2016 coins are here!

The 2016 dated coins started being installed in the last couple days of December and carried into the first week of January. There are 7 quarters and 8 pennies, and they are exact replacements for the 2015 dated coins.

The locations and descriptions are:

Pennies: Magic Kingdom: Emporium front door (castle); Sir Mickey’s (Sorcerer Mickey holding hands out); Splash Mountain store (large 2016 surrounded by four characters).

Epcot: Mouse Gear (Sorcerer Mickey guiding waves of water).

Hollywood Studios: Prop Shop (horizontal large 2016 with sorcerer’s hat on the zero).

Animal Kingdom: Chester & Hester’s (Sorcerer Mickey with wand).

Hotels: Contemporary Resort: (horizontal, 6 characters).  Grand Floridian second-floor lobby: (Goofy playing drum).

Quarters: Magic Kingdom: under Main Street Railroad Station (castle).

Epcot: The Land – outside Garden Grill (Donald Duck with tuba).

Hollywood Studios: Pizza Planet (machine formerly located in Mickey’s of Hollywood) (2016 design with sorcerer’s hat on the zero).

Animal Kingdom: Harambe Railroad Station/Wildlife Express (Pluto with saxophone).

Hotels: Contemporary Resort (horizontal ornate 2016 design).  All Star Sports arcade (Minnie Mouse with cello).  All Star Music arcade (Daisy Duck with violin).