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.
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.
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.
Marketplace Fun Finds will close July 24 for renovation for one week. It is expected to have a new name and merchandise selection when it re-opens.
Once Upon a Toy will close July 31 for renovation. Its Star Wars merchandise will be moved to Marketplace Fun Finds while Toy is being refurbished.
This will affect several penny presses, but we don’t know which ones might become unavailable long-term. None of the machines bear the stores’ names, so they will not become obsolete. Three are hand-crank machines that could be quickly placed anywhere.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: The Marvel 8-die machine has been placed inside World of Disney (in an area devoted to Marvel merchandise) during the renovation.
June 16: still there
The two penny presses that had been moved to the ticket area at DisneyQuest are gone, and likely retired. The Wreck-It Ralph machines are also gone, and may be retired.
When I visited on June 16, Inoventions was down to one machine – the one that includes Figment was located in Innoventions East. By July 7, though, Presscoins.com was reporting that the Figment machine was retired, and the other Innoventions machine had been brought back from retirement and placed at the Epcot Pin Trading station (a new location for a penny press). The official CTM Group maps still show a machine at Innoventions and none at Pin Trading, though. (Those maps are not necessarily accurate)
The D23 convention in Anaheim had lots of news. There was, however, no penny press at this year’s show.
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)
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.