2016 WDW Trip Day 4 – Hollywood Studios

With two young daughters we don’t get to sleep in too much, especially not on vacation.  We were up early as usual and had planned to visit Hollywood Studios.  With all the changes going on at that park we weren’t planning on being there for more than half a day.  First we decided to get some breakfast at our resort and there was a place nearby that would allow us a few character interactions at the same time.

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The Cape May Cafe is located right near the main lobby of the Beach Club Resort.  Our reservation was for the first available time so the restaurant wasn’t even open yet when we arrived.  There was a short wait while they got things setup, but it was nice to have the place almost completely to ourselves.  This was also a nice perk for when the characters started coming by and we got to spend a nice extended amount of time each of them.

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Minnie Mouse was of course the favorite for our girls.  Since we were at the Beach Club each character was dressed appropriately in beach attire.  We also got to visit with Goofy and Donald.

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Unfortunately Mickey isn’t here for a visit, but the three we did get to visit with were really great with the kids, posed for lots of pictures and of course we couldn’t let them go without signing our autograph book.  The food here is a buffet style and had most of the standard Disney breakfast items, but there were a few more unique items available.  After breakfast we headed out to the water front and hopped on one of the boats that transport guests between Epcot, Yacht & Beach Club resorts, the Boardwalk resort, Swan and Dolphin and finally Hollywood Studios.

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There is no “express” option to take you directly to the Studios, so it can take a little while to visit the other resorts first but it’s actually a very nice method of getting to the park.  Once we arrived we got off the boat and headed inside, and right down the main boulevard.  We had no fastpasses booked and nothing particularly planned for this day so we wanted to just wander around and see what we could find to do.  Just outside the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular were the first couple penny machines.

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The first machine is near the exit to the Stunt show, but can be accessed without having to sit through the show (but who could pass up a chance to see Indy).  The four designs here include the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Logo, Silvermist Fairy, Indiana Chip, and Indiana Mickey with a Whip.  The second machine is located nearby at the Indiana Jones Outpost.  The pennies here have images of Mickey with an Old Time Camera, Merida from Brave, Agent P, and Buzz Lightyear.

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We were heading towards Star Tours but I needed to make a quick stop at a relatively new gift shop called Frozen Fractal Gifts.  I had written about these coins before and you can read out it here.  But this was the first time I was able to use check out the machine in person.

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This is another one of those 8-design touch screen models becoming more popular throughout the parks.  This is not a numbered set, but as you can assume it’s a Frozen themed set.  The designs include Anna & Olaf, Olaf & Elsa, Kristoff & Anna, Sven, Kristoff Olaf Sven Anna Elsa, Olaf, Anna, and Elsa.  Now it was time to get our Star Wars on.  This was Hanna’s first ride on Star Tours and it was a little too jerky for her.  She didn’t complain much but we may need to wait another year or so before trying to get her back on it.  Since we are on the topic of Star Wars, we couldn’t see anything behind the construction walls about the new Star Wars land, but they did have some concept art up on the wall.

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This wall is up along the walkway you take towards the Muppet’s courtyard.  The kids didn’t seem interested in the Muppet Vision movie attraction, but instead we checked out the Stage 1 Company Muppet Shop.

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There are three machines available here, but two of them hadn’t changed so I only visited one of them.  The designs here included the 2016 Sorcerer’s Hat logo, Minnie in a Costume, and Belle with the Hollywood Studios Logo all pressed on quarters.  Due to the construction areas the Muppet’s Courtyard has turned into a dead-end, and you need to head back towards Star Tours to be rerouted towards the rest of the park.

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Over in the Animation area we checked out the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction but wait times were already beyond 90 minutes and our kids wouldn’t last that long.  We were able to distract Hanna with the opportunity to get her face painted which she jumped at the change and forgot all out the Midway Mania ride.  While she got her face painted I used the nearby Toy Story penny machine.  The pennies have images of Hamm, Wheezy, Rex and the Toy Alien.

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We were getting close to the Star Wars Launch Bay which was new from the last time we had visited.  But in the Animation Courtyard there was a store called the In Character Shop with a 12-Design touch screen machine.

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I’ve written about this machine a few times and won’t go into details at this time, but I did post recently about a change to the coins this machine was pre-loaded with.  Check out my post here that gives a comparison of the coins I pressed in 2015 vs 2016.  Right next door is another shop called The Studio Store.  While the kids checked out the wall of plush characters I used the machine hidden inside.

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The pennies in this machine had designs of Chick Hicks from Pixar’s Cars, Donald Goofy & Mickey with Mickey Hats, and Luigi from Pixar’s Cars.

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Now it was time for more Star Wars.  Unfortunately the wait time for the Launch Bay and visited with some of the characters was just way too long.  Instead we headed in to the Launch Bay gift shop which is still pretty cool.  They are some nice movie memorabilia inside to check out, and some Star Wars toys and souvenirs I just haven’t seen anywhere else.  As you exit the store there is a new penny machine right outside.

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The theming of this machine is really cool and fits in perfectly with the Launch Bay.  It’s another touch screen model and has 8 designs available.  Technically you can get just one but why would you do that.  The designs here are of Kylo Ren Fighting, BB-8, Kylo Ren holding his Lightsaber, Finn, Star Wars The Force Awakens Logo, Rey holding a staff, Stormtrooper, and Rey with a Lightsaber.  We now headed towards the Sunset Boulevard area of the park and came across two machines in a location known as Hollywood Junction.

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The first machine on the left had pennies with designs of Phineas Flynn, Carl from the movie Up, Doug & Russell also from the movie Up, and Ferb.  The second machine on the right had images of Mike Wazowski, Sully Sullivan, Boo, and Randall Boggs all from Monsters Inc.  Sunset Boulevard is always a busy place with crowds heading down towards the two big attractions which we will get to shortly.  Partway down the street we came across the Sunset Ranch.

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The four pennies you can press at this machine include Guido holding a set of tires, Movie Producer Mickey, Singing Daisy, and Mater & Lightning McQueen.  Next we headed towards the Rock n Roller Coaster courtyard for the next set of machines.

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Both machines have four penny designs.  The first one on the left has images of Mater, Lightning McQueen, Radiator Springs, and Mater & Lightning McQueen together.  The second machine includes pennies of Mickey playing a Guitar, Rock n Roller Coaster Limo, Singing Goofy, and the Rock n Roller Coaster flaming guitar logo.  We are not fans of the Aerosmith ride, but the shop at the end of the ride has a penny machine so I just headed inside to check it out.

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The store is known as the Rock Around the Shop and it a pretty unique place.  Even the penny machine shown above has the cabinet designed like a piece of concert equipment.  The pennies here have pictures of Rock n Roller Coaster Logo, Mickey riding the Coaster, and The Walt Disney Studios Logo.  Back through the courtyard and across Sunset Boulevard is the other big attraction here the Tower of Terror.  Again this is something that makes my stomach drop just thinking about it.  But my brother in-law and niece Ava were all about going on this.  I followed them to take some pictures but let them go one without me once they got to the queue.  While I waited I headed into the gift shop.

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Inside the Tower of Terror shop is a machine pressing quarters.  The designs on these coins include Goofy with a Microphone, The Hollywood Tower Hotel, and Stitch dressed as a Bellhop.  Back outside just near the beginning of the queue for the ride is a newer machine that was placed here earlier in 2016.

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This machine has more Tower of Terror themed designs including Bellhop Mickey, Bellhop Minnie, Bellhop Goofy, and Bellhops Chip & Dale.  I headed back to meet up with the rest of my family while we waiting for our brave Tower riders to finish up with the ride.  When they were done Ava seemed to enjoy the ride but was in no rush to go back on.  We had pretty much seen everything there was to do at the Studios due to all the construction and current closures.  As we headed back towards the front of the park I made one last stop in the Legends of Hollywood store.

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For those Star Wars fans out there this is another nice set of coins.  The images are of Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens, R2-D2, and Yoda.  After that we finished heading out of the park, back to the dock, onto the ferry and back to our Resort.  We took a nice break in the room, and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool.  It had been a quick day at the park but very enjoyable none the less.  After seeing some of the areas blocked off that will be transformed into the new Star Wars and Toy Story lands we can’t wait to see how they turn out.  Hopefully we don’t need to wait too long, and I’m crossing my fingers for a lot of new (highly themed) penny press machines.

2017 Walt Disney World Pressed Coins – Follow Up

** See below for contest to win a free set of 2017 WDW coins **

For those of you that read my original post with the concept design pictures of the new 2017 pressed coin designs this is a quick follow-up.  Shortly after that post I was contacted by a representative at CTM Group (The Pennymen), and we traded a few messages back and forth.  They were nice enough to offer a copy of the entire set of coins fresh from the machines throughout the resort so I could post pictures of the actual coins.

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Above is a picture of all the coins together.  There are the same number as last year but I think the designs this year have definitely gone up in detail.

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Here I have a picture of all the penny designs together.

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Next are all the quarter designs.

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The picture above shows a close up of a cool little sub-set within the 2017 dates set.  Each theme park had one design with Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey in the middle, and an icon from each park above his head.  For Epcot there is Spaceship Earth, Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life, Hollywood Studios has The Tower of Terror, and the Magic Kingdom of course has Cinderella’s Castle.  These four designs are a numbered set which is listed directly on each coin.

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All of these designs are really nice this year, but I must say the one listed above is my personal favorite.  When I first saw it I just thought it was fantastic.  This design is located in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Railroad Station.  It’s cool that all four of the park iconic symbols are all on one coin along with the 2017 year.  This is really a great way to start off the new year.

Obviously these will be around for the entire year, but do not hesitate to get yourself a set.  These are a great addition to any collection and will be gone before you know it.

**Thank you to the CTM Group team for all their work on these new designs, and for taking the time to reach out.  It was very much appreciated!

CONTEST:
This is a chance for you to get a complete set of the 2017 Coins listed above.  This will include all 15 coins (8 Pennies and 7 Quarters).

All you need to do is post a comment below with any ideas you have for the 2018 annual set that you would like to see for next year.  This can be a set of movies, characters, ride or attractions, food (Mmm…Dole Whip Penny), let your imagination run wild.

Post as many times as you like.  Then at the end of the month (3/31/2017) I’ll randomly select a winner and will contact you for your mailing information.

Good luck!!

In Character Shop 2015 / 2016 Coin Comparison – Hollywood Studios, FL

Last year (2015) I had written about my family vacation to the Walt Disney World resorts and even had a special post about a new milt-design machine that had just been made available.  At the time this was a first of its kind offering 12 designs all in one place.  You can read out my experience with it here.

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This year we went back for a Wedding and obviously took some of our spare time to enjoy the parks.  On the day we visited Hollywood Studios I stopped back at the In Character Shop to see if the machine was still there and press another set.  When the coins dropped out I was taken back a bit.  My recollection of the first set I had pressed in 2015 was that the pre-loaded pennies were not the greatest and resulted in terrible final results.  This year (2016) however the coins that dropped out were much nicer.  I wanted to take this opportunity to compare the two and let you see the vast difference.

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First up is just a glance at the fancy machine.  The cabinet has not changed since the previous year.  As far I know this is still the only machine that offers 12 designs.  There are quite a few of these multi-design machines now available but they all have stopped at 8 designs.

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The designs at this machine are a numbered series as part of the Heroines collection.

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Pictured above is the set I had collected back in 2015.  As you can see many of the coins are tarnished, and almost impossible to see what the actually pressed image is supposed to be.  A couple of them I was only able to figure out due to the process of elimination.

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Now shown above is the set I just collected a few weeks ago in 2016.  These are much brighter, shinier, and the pressed designs came out much better.

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I tried to get all of them in one shot.  The 2015 coins are on the top and the 2016 at the bottom.  You can see there is definitely a difference between them.

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Another few close up examples.  This image shows Tiana from Princess and the Front.  Left is the 2015 press, and the right is 2016.

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This example shows Merida from the movie Brave.  2015 is on the left and 2016 on the right.

Initially when I used the machine in 2015 I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t supply my own coins.  As a pretty serious collector I always like to use pre-1982 pennies which I have written about before.  These are the coins that actually had a larger amount of copper in the coins as opposed to post-1982 coins which are mostly zinc with a thin coating of copper.  The older coins result in a much better final product, versus the newer zinc coins can have some stretching which distorts the designs.  But thinking about how these new multi-design machines work it does seem like it may be difficult or take way to long to give the user the ability to supply their own coins in this quantity.  I do wish that they had used some nicer pennies back in 2015 just due to the poor final results I had and I’m sure many other people had at that time, but I’m sure that would obviously increase the production cost and most users may not necessarily be as concerned.

I have noticed over the last year since using this machine, many more of these multi-design machines have popped up and each of them now seem to use a blank token instead of pennies.  But hopefully from the comparisons above you can see that these tokens, even though not my first choice, are at least a better option than what was initially tried in these machines.

2017 Walt Disney World Pressed Coins

We are just a couple of days away from a brand new year and just this evening I was browsing some websites and came across an early surprise.  On one of my trips to WDW last year I noticed that a lot of the pressed coin machines had a website address listed to get the most up to date locations of all the machines across property.  I took a picture so I wouldn’t forget about it when I came home.

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This website has become just another routine I go through a few times a week.  I check out the website to see if anything has changed, moved or best of all a new machine is available.  Just a short while ago I was checking out the website and almost fell off my couch when I started to see new 2017 coins all around the parks.  Unfortunately I am not currently near Orlando and won’t be for a few weeks so I cannot actually confirm that these machines are up and running.  But I’m sending out requests to friends in the area to try to get pictures but most importantly press these beautiful new coins.  As I acquire the coins I’ll update this post with the actual pictures, but for now I wanted to share the images that are available on the above CTM Group website.

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These first two coins are available in the Magic Kingdom.  The penny on the left is in the Emporium Store, and the penny on the right is at the Sir Mickey’s Gift Shop.

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The next three coins are located in Epcot.  The penny on the left is from the Disney Traders Gift Shop, the penny in the middle from the huge Mouse Gears Gift Shop, and the quarter on the right is from The Land Pavilion near the Garden Grill Restaurant.

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Over at Hollywood Studios there is just one coin listed at this time.  It’s available at what I call the Muppet’s Gift Shop but is technically referred to as the Stage One Company Store.

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Located in Animal Kingdom are the next couple coins.  The penny on the left is at Chester and Hester’s in Dinoland USA.  The quarter on the right is at the Wildlife Express Train Station.

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The last batch of coins are available at various resorts.  However the resort locations have not changed from last year.  At the Contemporary Resort are the above two coins and are right near the Monorail station.

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A quick Monorail trip over to the Grand Floridian will get you to the next machine.  It’s still located on the second floor just inside the doors that lead to the Monorail station.

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Finally the last two quarters are over at the All-Star Resorts.  If you aren’t staying at these resorts they can be a bit out of the way to get.  The quarter on the left of Goofy is over at the All-Star Music resort just outside the Note’Able Games Arcade.  The quarter on the right of Donald is at the All-Star Sports resort outside the Game Point Arcade.

UPDATE:

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Found images of the “last” two 2017 designs that will be available.  I’m just assuming they are sticking with the 15 designs but we can always hope for more.  The above penny on the left is located at Hollywood Studios in the Rock Around the Shop, and the quarter on the right is in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Train Station.

Happy collecting, and have a great New Years!!

Frozen Fractal Gifts – Hollywood Studios, FL

With all the recent changes (ahem closings) going on a Hollywood Studios the park in my opinion has really become a half-day visit.  My family is not huge thrill ride fans so two of their major attractions hold little to no appear for us right now.  So all that is left is Toy Story Midway Mania and some stage shows.  But in the world of pressed coin collecting they have managed to keep their large overall number of machines still available and continue to add more.  For example the latest new machine here is located near Echo Lake and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and is call Frozen Fractal Gifts.  I know I know another Frozen store and as you may have guessed this machine has all new Frozen designs available.

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At this time I have completely lost count of how many unique Frozen coin designs there are available but I’m sure it’s around 1,000.  At least it seems like that number.  Now as much as I’m over the whole Frozen thing these are still cute designs and any new pressed coins in my option are more than welcome in my collection.

Unlike the other super-multi design touch screen machines this coin set is not a numbered set.  The designs are all of very familiar faces but just in case anyone out there really wants to know the images are of: Anna, Else, Anna & Kristoff, Olaf & the Little Snowmen, the entire Frozen Cast, Anna & Olaf, Elsa & Olaf, and finally Sven.

Whether we like it or not it seems that Frozen is here to stay for a while longer.  I would anticipate this machine will be available for the foreseeable future but you just never know.  Make sure you pick these up for your ever-growing Frozen coin collection.  Plus you never want to pass up an opportunity to use the cool new touch screen machines.

Star Wars Pennies – Hollywood Studios

A few years ago there was a special penny machine put on stage only during the Star Wars Weekends.  This had Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie and Darth Goofy.  I had hoped that maybe these designs would change year after year but they did not and the same designs would be available each year.  But obviously were only available for a limited time so they were pretty popular and the machine did get some heavy usage.

With all the recent changes going on at Hollywood Studios and the future home of Star Wars Land, this machine was made available permanently over on Sunset Boulevard at the Legends of Hollywood Store.  But again with the exact same designs.  However, that has recently changed and new designs are now available.

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The machine is still in the same location but the new images include Kylo Ren with a couple of Storm Troopers, R2-D2 and Yoda.  I would anticipate these designs being available for a while, but as a Star Wars fan I’m hoping that with the new Star Wars Land a slew of new machines and designs will be there to collect.  I’m drooling over the possibility of using a machine inside the Tatooine Cantina, or fingers crossed maybe one on the Millennium Falcon.  Oh wow I could go on and on, hint hint Disney don’t let us down.

Flashback – 100 Years of Magic 2002 WDW

Every few years Disney has a celebration that extends through the theme parks and of course their merchandise.  Thankfully for us pressed coin collectors this can also mean special limited designs are available for only a few months or if we are lucky up to a year.  With some of the new coins for this year already showing up I have noticed that 2016 apparently is the year Disney will celebrate Music, Magic and Memories.

This got me thinking about another celebration that was going on during one of my visits to Walt Disney World.  As we flashback to 2002 the resort was celebrating 100 Years of Magic.  This was to commemorate 100 years since Walt’s birth.

I visited the resort in the summer of 2002 just on a small vacation with some friends. In preparing for this post I went through some old pictures trying to find anything that had the 100 Years of Magic designs but couldn’t find anything.  However what does stick in my mind was the huge assortment of pressed quarters that were available throughout the theme parks and resorts.  I must admit that at this time I wasn’t as obsessed with collecting pressed coins and would only use my spare change to pick a few random designs, and this pains me to this day.  Especially as I look back at this special set which I really think was a great collection.  I only picked up a few of the coins during that trip, and the years since I have spent trying to fill in the missing designs.

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In total there were about 50 designs available during this celebration.  As you can see from the above picture I have 11 so far, but I keep searching and trading whenever I come across another design needed to finish this set.  I’m not sure what it is exactly about this set, but I just really enjoy it and think the designs are great.

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These designs covered all aspects of the parks as well as each resort and other areas of the property.  The above design was what I considered the main design for the celebration.  It has Mickey sitting on top of the 100 Years of Magic logo.

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One of my personal favorites the monorail was also available to press.  Another nice detail on each of these coins is the established date.  Monorail Est 1971.

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Here is definitely a flashback, Pleasure Island Est 1989.  For those young ones out there this is the original Downtown Disney area.  I remember after a certain time of night you had to show ID that you were over 21 to access the numerous clubs and bars.  Next up the resorts.

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The Polynesian Resort Est. 1971.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Est. 2001

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Wilderness Lodge Est. 1994

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Beach Club Resort Est. 1990

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Pop Century Resort Est. 2002

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Coronado Springs Resort Est. 1997

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Port Orleans Resort French Quarter Est. 1991

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Port Orleans Resort Riverside Est. 1992

I still have quite a way to go before completing this set, but the hunting and searching is part of the fun.  Be on the lookout whenever you are out collecting for special edition designs you just never know when you may come across them.  However make sure you have enough pocket change to get the entire set because you just never know when you may be able to find those coins again.

Tower of Terror Courtyard – Hollywood Studios WDW

The Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios literally does strike terror into my core every time I see it.  My brother-in-law went for a drop on our family trip last April and has a great picture and magical moment video of his ride.  But I really can’t imagine every going on it.  Although I’m sure as my daughters get older I may be dragged on at some point which will keep me up and night.  In the mean time I’m okay just getting close enough to use the machine in the lobby that presses quarters.

However there is now another reason for me to get a little too close to this ride.  A new 4 design hand crank machine has been placed in the courtyard right out front of the Tower of Terror.

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I’m really impressed with these four designs, and really like this set.  The images include Mickey in front of the elevator, scared Minnie Mouse, Bellhop Chip and Dale, and Bellhop Goofy in front of room 1313.

I always like the clicking noise the hand crank machines make as your turn the handle to press the coins.  But unfortunately it’s not loud enough to drown out the screams of people riding the Tower of Terror, and in a few short years it may be my screams you hear while using the machine.

2016 WDW Pennies & Quarters

They’re here!!!

It’s that time of year again and Walt Disney World has released their new 2016 pressed penny and quarter designs at various locations throughout the resort.  Just like last year they have released 15 designs in total.

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As you can see above there is a nice variety of designs including the famous Disney Characters, the castle and even the ones with just the 2016 year listed.

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Here is a shot of just the penny designs which just like last year have 8 designs in total, and below is a picture of the 7 quarter designs.

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Now let me go over each individual coin so you can see a close up and I’ll review where to find each one.

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First up we will visit the Magic Kingdom where you can find 4 of these designs.  The picture above is of Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey with his hands outstretched is pressed on a penny and available at Sir Mickey’s Store near Cinderella’s Castle.

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The penny on the left is of Cinderella’s Castle and can be found at the Emporium on Main Street.

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The third design is also on a penny and shows Apprentice Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto surrounding the 2016.  This penny is available at the Splashdown Photos Preview at the end of Splash Mountain (Tip: You don’t need to actually go on the ride but can walk back trough the gift shop towards the exit of Splash Mountain to access this machine).

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The only 2016 quarter design available in the Magic Kingdom can be found at the Main Street Railroad Station at the bottom of the stairs.  The image is of Cinderella’s Castle above the 2016.

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Over at Epcot they have two designs available.  The first is located in the huge Mouse Gears gift shop in Future World.  The penny had Apprentice Mickey controlling the waves surrounding him.

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A short walk over towards The Land is where you will find the second coin at Epcot.  It’s located right outside the Garden Grill revolving restaurant and has Donald with a Tuba wrapped around his neck.

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At the Animal Kingdom park the penny design is available at Chester & Hester’s Dino Treasures.  Are you noticing a theme here?  This design also has an image of Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey with his magic wand.

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The second coin is available at the Harambe Railway Station.  Here you will find the quarter design which has Pluto playing a saxophone.

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So far Disney hasn’t released the new name of this park so for now I’m still going to call it Hollywood Studios.  This park also has two designs available.  The first is a penny located at the Prop Shop along with about 12 other machines (not really but pretty close).  This is a nice image of 2016 with the Sorcerer’s Hat on top of the zero.

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UPDATED: This quarter design is in a machine that was originally located at the Mickeye’s of Hollywood store, but was moved to the Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios.  My friend was able to find the machine at the Pizza Planet but recently it seems to have gone missing.  If any of you have been keeping up with Disney renovation news the Pizza Planet is about to be closed down (maybe moved) to make room for the new Star Wars and Toy Story lands.

2016 Contemporary Resort Penny

Time to ride the monorail.  First stop is the Contemporary Resort, and the awesome wall of pressed coin machines located on the 4th floor concourse directly below the monorail platform.  The penny design has 2016 in the middle surrounded by 6 different Disney characters.

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The machine with the quarter design is also located on the 4th floor concourse.  This is a really nice coin.  2016 is in the middle and surrounded by Music, Magic, Memories (2016’s theme) and a banner that says Where magic lives.

2016 Grand Floridian Resort Penny

Three monorail stops later and we are at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Taking the monorail will have you on the exact floor of the resort you need to be for the penny machine.  It’s located on the 2nd floor Lobby and has an image of Goofy playing a drum.

2016 All-Star Sports QTR

These last two will require a trip on a bus (or take your car) over to the All-Star Resorts.  The first stop is at the All-Star Sports Resort to find the above quarter design located at the Game Point Arcade.  The image is of Minnie Mouse playing a Bass Violin.

2016 All-Star Music QTR

Just one resort over and you arrive at the All-Star Music Resort.  The quarter machine is located at the Note-able Games Arcade and shows Daisy playing a violin.

Whew!!  That’s the whole set for this year, and as I said last year it looks like they are really trying to up the ante each year which I think is completely awesome.  I like that there are no duplicate designs this year and can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the year.

Monster’s Inc Pennies – Hollywood Studios WDW

It’s been a little while since a new machine became available at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, but just this past week or so that finally changed.  This new machine is located in the Prop Shop where it seems almost every other penny machine in this park is now located.  For those of you that don’t know there were some major changes announced for Hollywood Studios over the next few years which include a Toy Story Land and for you anyone interested in a galaxy far far away…Star Wars Land.  Below I have listed one of the concept drawings that has been floating around online and I must say if we get anything close to this it would really be amazing.

 HS - Star Wars Land

The reason I bring these up is that there are a lot of changes going on at Hollywood Studios these days.  Numerous attractions have already closed with potentially more to come as the additional space is needed for these new Lands that are being installed.  With so much going on it seems like the penny machines are being gathers into a hand full of locations which makes finding them easier.  The Prop Shop is located back where Streets of America meets Pixar place, this is also the area where the Studio Catering Co. and Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure are also located.  The Prop Shop is now home to I think about 7 pressed coin machines in total which could make for quite a haul in a short amount of time.  This latest machine to be put on stage is a 4-design hand crank model themed around the popular Pixar movie Monster’s Inc.

HS - Prop Shop Monsters 2015

The designs include: Mike Wazowski, Sully Sullivan, Boo, and Randall.  Each character is shown coming through one of the famous doors in Monstropolis.  I was quite impressed with the detail of each of these new coins, but also a little surprised they were utilizing this movie when they have a few other newer titles that were recently released.  In any case they make a nice addition to the collection.  With all the changes that will be going on at Hollywood Studios you may want to get all the pressed coins you can because who knows what will happen to these machines when buildings start coming down and new planets start showing up.