Life has been pretty busy, so I have not regularly updated this blog. I will have more information about the Disney Springs-area hotel machines (5 machines) and a new machine at the Hilton in the Bonnet Creek area.
In the meantime, our Facebook page (zzzcoins) stays more up-to-date and also features nearly daily posts highlighting a day in Disney history as illustrated by an elongated coin. Like that page to receive those updates.
The final 2018 quarter has been placed on-stage at the All Star Movies resort. This completes the set of 15 dated coins for 2018.
The coin was to be placed at Stage 1 Company Store (the Muppets store) in Hollywood Studios, but part of that store is being renovated. This leaves Hollywood Studios as the only park without a dated quarter – but we’ll accept it!
We have the concept art from Disney World’s coin vendor for this new machine placed at Disney’s Days of Christmas store, a year-round location at Disney Springs. The 8-die machine was placed there last week. As with similar machines, it dispenses its own zinc pennies. The Days of Christmas store is located in the Marketplace near Rainforest Cafe.
While Splash Mountain is being refurnished (an annual event), its 8-die machine has been relocated to the Briar Patch gift shop. The CTM Group map shows its original location and its new location, but there is only one machine.
Splash will reopen in mid-November.
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.
All six presses at the Contemporary have been moved inside the arcade. This means there will no longer be 24-hour access to these machines.
. . . and that means the conversion of the 2016 to possible 2017 dies.
When the dated coin program started at the Emporium, January 1 was the conversion date. As the program expanded to other locations (now 15 machines in the four main parks plus many hotel/resorts), the conversion took longer. For the 2014 series (14 coins), it took five weeks. In 2015 and 2016, it took about four days – the 2016 coins started appearing a couple days before New Year’s Eve.
If you go to the parks, start watching – even before January 1.
Machine locations in 2016:
Penny machines: Magic Kingdom: Emporium, Sir Mickey’s, Splashdown Photos; Epcot: Mouse Gear, Disney Traders; Hollywood Studios: none – machine was moved to Epcot; Animal Kingdom: Chester & Hester’s; Hotels: Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort
Quarter machines: Magic Kingdom: Main Street railroad station; Epcot: The Land; Hollywood Studios: Stage 1 Company Store (Muppets); Animal Kingdom: Harambe Railroad station; Hotels: Contemporary Resort, All Star Sports, All Star Music
So, if you collect only pennies, you would need to visit 3 parks and 2 hotels (both on the monorail loop) if the locations remain the same. If you also collect quarters, you need to add one park and 2 hotels (both in the All Star area near Animal Kingdom).