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.
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.
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.