Pressed Pennies at Disney World-new rules for 2020 (Photos and Tips)

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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!

1 each or 12 for 10 purchasing disney pressed coins

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! )

Many of the machines are still “analog”!

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)

These pennies are 1 dollar each through cash or card.

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!

purchase all 12 pennies for 10 dollars.

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!

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21 thoughts on “Pressed Pennies at Disney World-new rules for 2020 (Photos and Tips)”

  1. Thanks for the updated info as we are heading to WDW soon! If you do the cash option on the new machines, are you able to select the design you want? Or will it randomly pick one of the 8 on the machine?

  2. Thank you so much for all the information! It is hard to search for all the machines just by sight, so the app is a bonus! My son loves pressed penny machines, and we cant wait to use the app and get some new pennies when we go in November!

    • They are hidden sometimes- but I think the hidden ones have the best designs for pennies! I hope you get lots of new ones on your trip in November!

    • Hi Sandy! Some machines take coins, some machine do not. Some machines are ONLY digital and require a credit card or cash (no coins)

  3. I found my pressed penny collection from when I was a kid, so I got a bunch of quarters and pennies together for our trip yesterday. I was so bummed out that the crank machines are gone! and most now only take dollars or cards. What happened to the good ol days where you had to crank the machine to get the imprint your wanted before inserting your penny. super bummer… My boys though had dollars and we’re starting a new collection from our trips but they’ll never know the struggle.

    • Hi Victoria! It is strange that they’ve gotten rid of the crank in most places, especially in Epcot. Here’s a few places I know you can still crank the wheel to get the penny:
      Epcot in the Seas Pavilion in the Gift Shop (there’s a digital and a crank- requires dollars)
      Animal Kingdom Entrance to the Safari (pennies and crank)
      Magic Kingdom bathrooms in Adventure Land (pennies but no crank)
      Magic Kingdom train station (crank)
      Hollywood Studios Indiana Jones area (crank)

      You do have to look for them as the digital ones are becoming more popular- I hope they keep a few of those crank options for old times sake. There’s also seaworld and universal that have ‘old fashioned’ crank machines too! I hope you enjoy your trip and get lots of shiny pennies!

    • Larry, there is a lively market on Ebay, and in some Facebook groups related to Disney budget planning. They don’t hold much value but to nostagalic collectors, so do some research on the pressed pennies to see which ones have been discontinued!

    • Yes! There in several places, I’d look mostly around world showcase in each of the pavilions, and then in the shops at the head of the world showcase. There’s also one over by Journey to Figment out in the open and another in the Seas Pavilion. Hope you find lots of pennies!

  4. I spent today at Disney Hollywood. I was looking for Star Wars penny machines, but never found any. Do you know where one is?

    • Hi Wendy! The new relaxation station in the Animation Courtyard (previously had meet and greets) should have a penny machine. I also believe there was a pressed penny machine in the gift shop at the exit of star tours! I need to look back through my collection, but I don’t remember a lot of star wars themed pennies- many of them are tributes to Galaxy’s Edge and Star Tours ( so not a ‘true’ star wars pressed penny, but a Disney Star Wars penny none the less)

  5. We just returned from Disney World and I have to say pressed pennies are probably a thing of the past for our family.
    In order to get a good pressed penny that won’t turn black over time, you need to use pennies that are all copper – not just a coating of copper over a zinc slug.
    We did not encounter a single machine that let you use your own pennies. Instead they provide the penny for you which doesn’t allow you to use a good quality penny. And no, a brand new penny doesn’t make for a good pressed penny. The zinc will show through after being pressed and eventually turn black leaving you with a black ugly mess.

    • It is a bummer Kate, that they don’t let you insert your pennies at many of the machines. I’ve found that the one’s at the resorts in Disney World (and most of the ones in Universal) allow you to still place your own pennies in the slots. But at the parks, they are quickly being overrun by machines that provide the pennies. We’ve certainly had to modify our collection, but the kids enjoy putting the pennies in their pennybandz to wear and I try to remember that it’s not the same as when I was a kid. I hope you’ll still try to find pennies on your next trip- try the resorts!

  6. We just returned from Walt Disney World (and Universal Studios). Only getting home did I realize I never got any pennies for either Star Wars or the Harry Potter places! My kids, who were on the look out for machines for me, also realized this and said they don’t think they ever saw any! We also forgot that the app has a map for the machines:( Bummed to now realize this.

    As to the debit/CC payment thing. It’s only good if its working. I missed entirely Jungle Cruise pennies as the machine just wasn’t working (CC or cash). A year ago I missed Haunted Mansion as the machine didn’t work either. SOMETIMES if the debit/CC card didn’t work, I’d get lucky that the machine still accepted cash.

    • I have to agree with you Nicole! The debit card machines don’t always work, and sometimes they glitch (ended up with an entire thing of 8 pennies once in animal kingdom when all I wanted was one penny for my son!) If you have the option to contact a cast member early in the day, and have a park hopper (I know the passes are wonky right now!) I’ve found that they can fix the machines by that evening or the next day.

  7. We’ve been doing pressed pennies for decades, good cheap fun. While shiny pennies look pretty my husband has always said the old copper pennies press better and cleaner so we always make sure to have older ones!!


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