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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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2018 coins already appearing at WDW

Presscoins.com is reporting that as of December 27 the new 2018 coins have already been placed at the All Star Resorts and Animal Kingdom. It is expected there will be 15 coins again (8 pennies, 7 quarters) in the same locations, but the quarter machine found in 2017 at the Stage One store (near the Muppets show) is currently unavailable due to construction.  Since Disney did a good job with the dated coins in the past, we expect the machine will be moved somewhere else.

Meanwhile, in California the holiday nickel sets are on stage at Disneyland and California Adventure, reports Parkpennies.com.

UPDATE: Presscoins.com reports that, as of January 2, three 2018 coins were not yet on-stage: the Grand Floridian 2nd-floor lobby (penny), the Rock Around the Shop store at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (penny), and the quarter machine at Stage 1 Company Store (the “Muppets” store), which is closed off behind a construction wall.

 

 

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.

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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.

Cars & Incredibles designs return at Once Upon a Toy

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The hand-crank machine at Once Upon a Toy had disappeared when the store underwent refurbishment in November 2015, but it has returned now that refurbishment is long completed.

Due to other retirements, the numbered sets of Incredibles coins and Pixar’s Cars are still not complete, but this move restores two designs to each set.

Still retired: CARS: Doc Hudson from Oscar’s Super Service, Guido from Pizza Planet; INCREDIBLES: Syndrome, Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible from Mickey’s of Hollywood, and Violet from Pizza Planet.  Could they return? It’s possible, considering an Incredibles sequel is in the works for 2019 and Cars 3 is slated for 2017.

Big changes at Disneyland Resort have started

dl60backstampDisneyland had a major pressed coin campaign to celebrate the park’s 60th anniversary – 60 special coins at the parks and World of Disney.  That celebration has ended, and the anniversary coins are starting to be replaced.

Boomer at www.parkpennies.com reports that the machine at the Pieces of Eight gift shop (Pirates of the Caribbean) is the first spotted change. The good news for collectors: the replacement designs are all-new, and not just a return to the set that was in place before the May 2015 anniversary kickoff.

While there is no guarantee that all the 60th machines will get newly-made designs, there is a good chance. This would include two quarter machines and eleven penny presses.

UPDATE

As of the end of September, all 60th anniversary machines have been retired.  They have been replaced with entirely new designs at World of Disney (2 machines); Rajah’s Mint; Pooh Corner; Enchanted Chamber (quarter machine); and Pirates (as noted in the original article).

Miscellaneous 2016 updates

I was unable to visit Disney World for most of the year, so I have a lot of catching up to do.  Here are the smaller stories:

The Conservation Station building at Rafiki’s Planet Watch (Animal Kingdom) received a new 3-die machine in January 2016.  There had been machines in the outdoor gift shop area a few years ago, but they were removed.  This is the first machine in that area since.  All three designs have “Worldwide Conservation Fund” on them, helping distinguish a similar Donald Duck found at Duka la Filimu.  Keep in mind that this area must be reached via the Harambe railroad and closes earlier than the rest of the park.  Sets are available for purchase here.

Change machines are undergoing change.  At Hollywood Studios, there are no longer change machines at Mickey’s of Hollywood, Pizza Planet, or Prop Shop (the latter two closed now for new construction).  The only machine I have found at Studios is the change machine in the photo preview area at Tower of Terror (a particularly temperamental machine).  At The Land in Epcot, the change machine now dispenses shiny zinc pennies at no extra charge with the quarters, and takes $1 and $b bills.  Not all change machines dispense pennies, though.

Honey I Shrunk the Audience closed in 2010, but its pressed coin at Journey Into Imagination remained available until this year.  It looks like the replacement was made around July 2016.  It was replaced with an Epcot logo coin that had been retired from Mouse Gear (see below).

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A common problem with the new vendor handling Disney World machines is that the machines routinely rolled very short.  On my last visit in August, many of these had been corrected to roll properly. Some exceptions remain – notably the new machine at Tower of Terror, where the “HTH” logo and the bottom border is cut off (see below).

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Closings and rumored closings that may affect coin collecting: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Featuring Aerosmith is dropping the Aerosmith connection.  The band’s merchandise was removed from the gift shop in August just as a large photo of the band (with Steven Tyler giving an allegedly dirty sign with his fingers) was being modified.  Although the coins at this attraction do not include the Aerosmith name or images, there is talk the coaster will lose its rock and roll connection, which would affect the designs.

Innoventions has been losing more of its resident attractions – two bigger ones will be closing permanently on September 14.  Plans for the building are uncertain, but both buildings (East and West) have remained open so far, even though the machines have been playing hopscotch every few months.

Pizza Planet at Hollywood Studios is closed and will re-open later this fall as PizzaRizzo, with a Muppets theme.  It wouldn’t surprise me if we see more Muppets coin designs as Disney plans to dedicate that entire area to the underutilized Muppets asset.

The water parks start closing in October for annual refurbishment.  Only one closes at any given time.

In addition, while there has been a lot of talk about Tower of Terror at California Adventure closing or being re-themed, there has been no talk about similar activity at Florida.

Date night: Just a quick reminder that the 15 2016-dated coins should start disappearing in late December.  Will there be a 2017 series?