Pressed Pennies are one of those classic things that people just go ape over. Especially Disney Pressed Pennies!
And I can’t blame them, I had hundreds of them growing up, and I saved every penny I ever got in case it would be shiny enough to be squished into a fun disney world pressed penny design!
I mean, what did parents do before pressing pennies? It’s the most creative thing. It’s low cost, and it keeps the kids totally entertained (though, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like doing it, because as an adult, it’s still my jam)
SO- I’m here to tell you THINGS HAVE CHANGED.
I repeat- it’s a new pressed penny world out there!!!!
But that’s ok, things change and things at Disney World never stay the same with the designs on pressed pennies. Disney World still has the machines though- and lots of fun and collectible penny designs. Let’s talk more about the things that have changed (and stayed the same!) with Pressed Penny Machines at Disney World.
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Pressed Pennies at Disney World are what exactly?
Real quick- for the folks that may not know, let me dedicate two sentences to explaining a pressed penny machine.
It’s exactly what it sounds like- you get some pennies and you pick a design and you squish them into a piece of metal that will forever carry your design.
Cool and kinda creepy- but we love it.
We store them in these little pressed penny binders and suddenly, smooshing change is hella cool. Who knew having a Disney World Pressed Penny Book would be such a prized possession?
OH and I got this super cute pressed penny picture frame (!!!!!) for my son for his birthday coming up- so now he gets to pick the pennies, press them, bring them home, pick the picture, and store them as a keepsake all for less than 20 dollars!
So why do we press pennies? Because they are such a fun and cool souvenir. They’re cheap, they’re unexpected, and they keep everyone entertained. Sometimes it’s the little things in life!
Ok, tell me what’s changed because I love pressed pennies and you’ve freaked me out
Pressed pennies STILL EXIST
you can breathe a sigh of relief- but things have changed.
Previously, you’d gather up your quarters and pennies and hunt for the machines around resorts and the parks. Or you’d have one of those fancy pocket finders.
But two things are new that could impact your trip.
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Number 1 things that changed with pressed pennies
No longer do you have to hunt for your pennies- because it’s gone DIGITAL.
I KNOW ITS 2020 AND FINALLY WE HAVE AN ONLINE MAP. thank you lord because it’s annoying to come across the same machine when you really just want a new design!
There are so many new designs (and some classic ones that pop up unexpectedly!)
So you can go to the My Disney App and search for ‘coin machine’ and find yourself a full view of where they are located on the resort property. WOOOO. It’s a party yall!
I know you paid 100 dollars to step foot into Disney World but sometimes the real joy is finding a new 51 cent souvenir 🤣🤣🤣
My Kiddos are legit obsessed with pressed pennies and take great joy in finding new characters. Sure it’s decently ‘cheap’ souvenir, but showing them off is the best part… until they loose them!
The other day we were at Test Track in Magic Kingdom when my oldest had a legit fit. Like stomping, crying, I LOST MY PENNY fit. (Ya know, the kind NO parent wants to hear at Disney World) He had placed his Olaf penny in his pocket (and that’s not where it’s supposed to go FYI because he has a penny book) and lost it when he fiddled with it in line.
So we had to walk all the way back to the bathrooms over by adventure land and get a SECOND Olaf penny. Yeah it’s cheap, but what if He lost it at home and there was no replacement?
Thankfully we used our trusty pennybandz since he wanted to keep it safe on him. He already had one in his bracelet so I pulled out a necklace for him to store his prized Olaf penny. I highly recommend getting the bandz before you go (they come in adult and youth sizes) and they have the necklace from the picture online in a bunch of different colors.
Needless to say- Olaf made it home safely!
Number 2 change for our favorite pressed pennies at Disney World
They’ve gone digital TIMES 2.
Not once- but twice!
How do you go digital twice?
with payment of course!
Yes- you can finally order them with a debit card and with dollar bills. No more having to carry around change which is blowing my mind!
I feel like so much time is spent looking for the perfect penny (anyone else go and get new rolls from the bank 🤣🤣) and this takes some of the fun out of it- but also some of the stress and preplanning. It does make it easier to do this as a vacation and not something you have to lug change around for!
But there’s some pros and cons to this new method like there is with any change.
Big CON is that you have to purchase the whole set of coins for 5 dollars if you pay with a card in most places. Some places are 4 dollars, and some places will let you purchase one penny for one dollar (talk about a huge markup!)
If you use a dollar you can purchase one. But this means that you now pay 1 dollar for a pressed penny (the irony here) instead of 51 cents.
IF you purchase with a card, that means you get EIGHT pennies for five dollars (again- a few places are 4 dollars for 5 to 8 pennies- the consistency is not there). Still not the same as using change, and you might end up with some designs you don’t want.
Plus, you aren’t able to select the pennies (and this can be a big deal if you like having new and unblemished pennies to get pressed!) We’ve tried it out several times and the pennies are all in good to excellent shape BUT we really like to find those quality clean pennies and some of the ones we’ve purchased are just ‘ok’. Not horrible, but certainly not top quality.
BUT THE PRO- is that you no longer need to carry change! You can just use a debit card or pop a dollar in the machine and tada! You’ve got some great souvenirs.
Number 3 Change for Pressed Pennies in 2020
I know I said two changes, but I had to update this because of everything going on with (it that must not be named) Covid 19.
I’m sure you’re totally over hearing about it, but I’ve got to share about pennies in post pandemic Disney World!
Good news is that pressed pennies are still a thing (you can breath a sigh of relief! )
They are all still available at Disney World (and the two other large theme parks in orlando- as well as pin trading and legoland is still exchanging heads!)
It IS harder to access them with the new restrictions on resorts (no more guest entry unless you have a reservation) and it is harder with the Park Pass system because there’s no park hopping and lots of preplanning involved.
Since lots of us hang out in the same collection and trading circles I wanted you to know it’s different now- but still a great option!
With all those changes, what’s still the same with pressed pennies?
Valid question and important to share for some of you that might not have been to the parks lately.
Pressed Pennies are still a great (and frugal!) souvenir and one of the cheapest ones even with the price increase for going digital (See number 2 above)
there’s still an incredible number of machines around the parks – and there’s still a map (it’s just digital in the app) and there’s still lots of fun characters and some super rare pennies too!
And there’s still some manual crank penny machines around Disney World.
So how much change do I need to bring to get these pressed pennies?
Let’s just say friend, you’ve got options!
You can do the traditional change method (but the new ones don’t accept change)
Or you can bring dollars or a debit card (but the old ones only take change)
My word of advice, bring 10 dollars in quarters, a roll of pennies, and some 20 dollars in 1 dollar bills. 30 dollars and 50 cents will get you quite a few pennies to choose from!
This last trip I made, I spent 13 dollars in electronic penny purchases and then less than 5 dollars in quarters and penny’s I brought in with me!
Best Hacks for getting the prettiest pennies
On the old crank machines, anyone will tell you, the slower you crank, the better the image. The new ones, you aren’t able to control as well- but they seem to turn out pretty decent.
However- the new ones that choose the penny and press it without a crank can and do turn out ‘crappy’ 1/20 times. Don’t be upset if they aren’t ‘perfect’.
Once you get home, you can clean any pennies that are less than pretty- and it’s not hard! Simply use an eraser, or put them in some vinegar and you are good to go!
What do I do with the pressed pennies when I get home
So I’ve got a confession- my pennies have sat in a drawer for like everrrrr and then I think I gave them away and I’m SO SAD ABOUT IT.
Now that my 4 year old is obsessed with them (parenting done right) I’m going to take some of these ideas and make a little ‘penny wall nook’ where we can keep these nifty souvenirs from our weekly trips and use them as decorations. That’s a win in my book!
Pressed Pennies at Disney World- are you planning to press soon?
There’s a lot of new additions to the pressed penny adventures, but there’s also a lot of things that have stayed the same. Pressed pennies are still a ‘thing’ and it’s a joy to be able to share it with a new generation of penny pressers!
Leave a comment below if you have any pressed penny questions or tips for those visiting Disney World Soon!