2016 Holiday Nickels – Disneyland and California Adventure

We are just a few days away from Christmas and as luck would have it my brand new set of pressed nickels showed up from Anaheim.  These annual tradition at the Disneyland and California Adventure have become something collectors look forward to each year.  Thankfully I had a friend in the area that was able to press me a set and ship them back so I could share them with everyone.

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First up is the set available at Disneyland.  The machine can be found at the Main Street Penny Arcade.  The images include Season’s Greetings Mickey 2016, Season’s Greetings Olaf 2016, and Happy New Year Mickey Ornament 2017. Each coin also says Disneyland Park.

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The back of these coins has a nice backstamp with Snowflakes and Disneyland Park printed in the middle.

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The second set is available over at California Adventure and can be found in the Los Feliz Five & Dime Store.  These coins include images of Happy New Year Carthay Circle 2017, Season’s Greetings Lighting McQueen 2016, and Season’s Greetings Frozen’s Anna and Elsa 2016.  Each coin also says Disney California Adventure.

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the backstamp for these coins is very similar to the other set.  Snowflakes surround the Disney California Adventure logo.

Another year has (almost) come and gone and these new Holiday coins were definitely worth the wait.  Nice detail, and being pressed on Nickels makes them just a little more unique.  These are only available for a limited time so make sure you pick up a set, and get ready for another great year of pressed coin collecting.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and Holiday season!!

Kingswell Camera / Humphrey’s Service / Sideshow Shirts NEW Pressed Pennies – California Adventure, CA

Disney has been quickly replacing all the 60th Anniversary Pressed Coins it has made available during their celebration last year.  Which is good for us collectors as it keeps us busy trying to keep up with all the changes and new coins.  This week there was quite a few new coins placed on stage over at California Adventure.

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This is a park I have only visited a couple of times but really enjoy it, and the new Pixar Cars Land is truly amazing.  But on this trip we were all about getting the new pennies.  First up was a quick stop in the Kingswell Camera Shop.

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The machine located here has three new designs which to me were a very cool find.

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My wife actually took our daughter to see Finding Dory in the theaters but I stayed home with our youngest so I didn’t get to see the movie until just recently.  These coins are really nicely detailed and I love the movie characters they picked: Dory, Hank the Octopus (Septopus technically), and Destiny the Whale Shark.

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The back of each of these coins has the movie logo which is also a nice touch to these coins.

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The next stop on our trip is over to Humphrey’s Service near the Soarin’ attraction which is another family favorite of ours.

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Being that this store is so close to Soarin’ it should come as no surprise that these are all themed around that ride.  The designs show the Soarin’ Logo over Mickey, Pilot Mickey Waving, and Pilot Mickey in a Porthole.

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Another great back design has the Soarin’ logo on each of the pennies.

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The final stop on this quick tour takes us over to the Pier and the Sideshow Shirts store.

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This last set (for now) of coins has images of Stitch, Angel, and Stitch / Angel inside a Heart.

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The back design on these pennies says “We Love Stitch” and has the California Adventure logo.  Not a bad haul for a short trip to the park.  I always wish I have more time to enjoy the parks but it was nice to be able to collect some new coins before having to head back to the resort.  I’m crossing my fingers for more new coins, but they have certainly outdid themselves lately with all these new designs and I wouldn’t blame them for taking a short break.  If that changes I’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Five and Dime Store – Disney California Adventure

For collectors on the west coast be on the look out for a new pressed penny design available at the Disney California Adventure park.  The machine is located in the Five and Dime store.  Note I said pressed penny (singular) meaning only one of the designs has changed.  The original design that was located here was of Luigi’s Flying Tires which was a ride located in Car’s Land.

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This ride was like a huge air hockey table, you would ride in oversized tires floating on a cushion of air bumping into each other.  The attraction originally opened back in 2012 but recently closed in 2015 to make way for a new attraction Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

The back story of this ride goes as follows.  Luigi has invited his cousins from Italy to Radiator Springs for a dance festival being held in the tire yard behind his Casa Della Tire Shop.  This ride has guests loaded into various vehicles (Luigi’s cousins) who all have a unique look and dance moves.  The vehicles then move and spin to Italian music but due to the magic of Disney Imagineering the cars never crash into each other.

Now back to the penny.  So when the Luigi’s Flying Tire design was removed it only made sense to replace it with a new Rollickin’ Roadster design and that’s exactly what happened.

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Above are all three of the designs available at this machine.  The two designs on the left are the same as they were previously: Radiator Springs Racers, and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.  The new penny is located on the right.

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Here’s a close up of the new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadster image.  I would have loved to see three brand new designs, but shouldn’t be greedy we did just get 60 new coins over the last year because of the Diamond Celebration.  But this is a nice new addition to the collection, and on a side note if you haven’t visited Car’s Land do yourself a favor and check it out.

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This is definitely a place that transforms you right into the movie.  Remember to keep your eyes open for penny machines you never know where they will pop up.  Keep on Collecting!!

Disney California Adventure Holiday Nickels 2015

As a special after Christmas gift I received a small envelope in the mail today and was surprised to find the second set of Holiday nickels from California.  These pressed coins became available just a short while ago in the Disney California Adventure park, and the machine can be found in the Los Feliz Five & Dime on Buena Vista Street.

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The designs on these nickels include Mickey wishing everyone a Happy Holiday’s 2015, Minnie saying Season’s Greetings, and Mickey with a top happy New Years 2016.

This should complete the holiday nickel sets for this year, unless Disney decides to surprise us with another machine which is potentially possible.  But if the last few years are any indication this should be it, just one machine (3 designs) for each of the California parks.

Now I just have the painstaking task of waiting another 365 days before I can try to get next years coins.  But I’m sure I’ll find a lot of other coins between now and then which should keep me busy.  Happy Holidays!!

Disneyland 60th Diamond Celebration Coins

Way back on July 17th, 1955 Disneyland in Anaheim California had its grand opening day celebration.  Who other than Walt Disney himself could have predicted the huge success and amazing accomplishments his vision would have.  Here it is 2015 and the original Disneyland is celebrating its 60th Diamond Celebration.

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The park has undergone quite the transformation to help guests celebrate, and enjoy the parks in yet another unique way.  I really wish I could make it for a visit to see everything in person but unfortunately that just wasn’t in the cards this year.  So like a lot of people I have to celebrate from a distance.  However a few months ago some rumors began popping up online about special pressed coins that would be available during the celebration.  As the weeks went on more and more information began to surface and finally it all came true.

An announcement was made that there would be 60 (yes SIXTY) new pressed coins available during the celebration, and would only be around for a limited time.  On May 21st, 2015 the first new designs began appearing in the parks.  Currently as of the  writing of this there are 13 machines each with 3 designs, totaling 39 coins available as part of this special series.  To help guests find where all these new machines are, Disneyland put together a nice handout with the locations and brief design descriptions.

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As you can see from the below pictures the handout is nicely designed and really a nice collectible.  I have seen people selling just this pamphlet on eBay for quite a bit of money.

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With all these new coins designs it would be nice to have something to store them in.  Don’t worry Disney has you covered there as well.  They also designed a special 60th Diamond Celebration coin booklet to help keep everything in one place.

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Now let’s get into the new coin designs.  It’s taken quite a bit of work but I was able to obtain all 39 current designs available and will review each below.  First I wanted to explain that each coin does have a special back stamp.

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Above the design on the left is the back stamp on each of the pennies, and the picture on the right is the back of each quarter.

Let’s start small by checking out the designs available in Downtown Disney.  There are two machines here, both located in the World of Disney store.

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The first machine has designs of Donald, Goofy and Pluto.  Each of the pennies includes the Downtown Disney and D60 Logo.

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The second machine pressed pennies as well with the following images: Opening Day Castle & Attractions, Opening Day Walt Disney, and Opening Day Tinker Bell & Dumbo.

Next lets check out the machines available in Disney’s California Adventure Park.  Currently there are 3 machines available here.  The first was is located at Kingswell Camera Shop.

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The designs available at this machine are: Carthay Circle, 60D Diamond Celebration, and Red Car Trolley.  Two of these designs include the California Adventure logo (Carthay & Trolley).  The next machine is located by Humphrey’s Service and Supplies.

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These pennies have the following designs: Celebrate, Soarin’, and Grizzly River Rapids.  The only other machine available right now in California Adventure is at Sideshow Shirts by Paradise Pier.

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Some nice designs are on these pennies.  They include: Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, Fun Wheel, and California Screamin’.  With this park done lets heads over to Disneyland Park.  As you walk down main street the first quarter machine is available in the Train Station.

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I always like the pressed designs on Quarters because of the extra-large surface there seems to be more available detail.  These coins had designs of: The Penny Arcade Skyline, Walt’s Apartment, and the Disneyland Railroad.  Just a short walk away the next machine is available in the Main Street Opera House, technically by the exit when you leave the theatre.

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This machine presses penny designs which include: Critter Country Splash Mountain, Bow Tie Mickey, and Mickey’s Toontown.  Over in Adventureland at the Bazaar is the next available machine.

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These pennies have very cool designs of some famous attractions in the park.  Indiana Jones Adventure, The Jungle Cruise, and The Tiki Room.  Over by one of my favorite rides Pirates of the Caribbean another machine is located in the Pieces of Eight Gift Shop.

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Being in the New Orleans square are of the park these designs fit right in:  The Haunted Mansion, New Orleans Square Lamp Post, and a Pirate holding a Sword.  Nearby in Frontierland at the Bonanza Outfitters is the next penny machine.

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These pennies have some cute Frontierland themed designs: Cowboy Mickey & Goofy, Sailing Ship Columbia, and the Mark Twain Riverboat.  After taking a ride on Splash Mountain if you head to Pooh’s Corner you can find the next available machine.

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My daughter really liked these pennies as Winnie the Pooh is her favorite right now.  The designs include: Piglet & Pooh, Christopher Robin & Owl, and Tigger & Eeyore.  What trip to Disneyland would be complete without stopping by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  Inside you can visit the Enchanted Chamber and get the second machine pressing designs on Quarters.

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This machine seems to be rolling coins a little short.  I received two sets of these coins and both came this way.  I also saw some other sets online that looked the same way but no matter still very nice designs.  It’s a Small World, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and Matterhorn Mountain.  Finally over in Tomorrowland is the last machine at this time.  The machine is located in the Star Trader Gift Shop by Space Mountain.

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I like anything monorail related so this set was really nice to have.  The designs include: The Monorail, The People Mover, and The Submarine Voyage.

Phew that was quite a walk through.  Here’s a picture of all the coins together in one shot.

60th First 39 Designs

As I mentioned above there is supposed to be 60 coins available in total and right now only 39 are on-stage.  So we still have 21 designs that should be arriving sometime in the near future.  It may take some time to get each of these sets for your own collection but I can say once you have them it is really a nice set to have.  The cast members in charge of these really out did themselves, and I can’t wait to see what the remaining designs look like.