Category Archives: Retired/removed

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.




Comparison of Rainforest Cafe retired coins

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 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

compare AK0061 vs DTD0021 RF gorillacompare AK0063 vs DTD0022 RF frogcompare AK0066 vs DTD0018 RF butterflycompare AK0067 vs DTD0019 RF frogcompare AK0068 vs DTD0029 RF goldfish

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


Port Orleans adds 7 Princess & The Frog designs

Two new machines were added in late September to Port Orleans.  With a total of seven designs, the new machines are dedicated to the New Orleans-based cartoon The Princess & The Frog.

The website for CTM Group, the vendor responsible for penny presses at Disney World, had shown the old Celebrity 5 & 10 machine at Port Orleans, but in early October the site was updated to show the 3-die Frog machine instead.



8-die machine comes to Space Mountain

Another 8-die zinc-dispensing machine has been added – this time at the Tomorrowland Power & Light store adjacent to Space Mountain.  All 8 coins have space or Space Mountain themes and bear the attraction’s name.

The machine is toward the back of the store and replaces the 3-die quarter press. That machine may be retired, or it may make a comeback.


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.


Once Upon a Toy gets replacement

The Once Upon a Toy store at Disney Springs has replaced the four dies in its hand-crank machine with four new designs.  Gone are two pennies from The Incredibles and two from Cars.  The new dies feature Buzz Lightyear, a little green man alien, Mickey Mouse with arms outstretched, and Nemo with Dory.


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.