One of the cheapest souvenirs (I know I’ve categorised this under Disney Merchandise, but hey ho!) you can get at Walt Disney World – and at lots of attractions across Florida, (and indeed the rest of the world), are pressed pennies.
The majority of the machines in the theme parks in Florida are 51¢ – two quarters (25¢) plus the 1¢ coin that is going to be pressed. We always make sure we have a stack of pennies, and a stash of quarters to use in the pressed penny machines. The machines have 3 to 4 designs each, some are hand-crank which are fun to use, and others, you just push the button to make the mechanism start. There are also pressed quarter machines – those use, I think from memory, $1.25 per coin. They are bit fewer and farther between though. You just put your coins in the slot, and watch as your penny gets squished and embossed with your chosen design.
Our pressed pennies are mainly from Walt Disney World, but we also have them from other Florida attractions, including: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and Kennedy Space Center.
You can find all of the pressed penny machine locations at Walt Disney World on this website here.
Do you collect pressed pennies? Let me know in the comments!
You can watch the first part of my pressed penny collection in the embeded video below, or head over to my YouTube channel (don’t forget to subscribe!) and watch it there instead.
JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
Monday 21st of March 2016
I am familiar with pressed penny machines like this as our local Victorian museum has one but I didn't realise that collecting them was a 'thing'! I guess as you can choose a design, they are just like souvenirs of where you've been the same way that my mum collects mugs and my brother likes fridge magnets!!