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Magic Kingdom Machines Update
Thursday, June 6th, 2019

As reported earlier most of the hand crank machines at Magic Kingdom had been removed and the Tomorrowland Speedway machine that was removed had returned and was converted to a new style hand crank penny machine that supplied a zinc penny and cost $1.00 to get each penny. In addition to this machine that had been converted there were also two other new $1.00 machines that replaced the penny and quarter machines at Main Street Railroad Station. All three of this new style of hand crank penny machine only accepted $1.00 bills or a credit card if you wanted all four designs.

In our previous blog post we also mentioned that we were expecting the rest of the hand crank machines to be removed and that they would eventually be returned and converted to this new style $1.00 machine. All of the remaining hand crank machines at Magic Kingdom have now been removed with the most recent ones being the penny machine at Big Top Souvenirs and the dime machine at Tomorrowland Light & Power Company. In addition to these last few hand crank machines being removed at Magic Kingdom the 3-die machine at Castle Couture has also been removed.

Some of the hand crank machines that were previously removed are now being brought back converted to $1.00 penny machines that supply a zinc penny but they are not all the same regarding credit card usage. So far the Buzz Lightyear penny machine near the People Mover has returned but it only accepts $1.00 bills and it does not have a credit card reader. The penny machine at Tomorrowland Light & Power Company has also been brought back and converted to a $1.00 machine. This machine has a credit card reader in addition to the $1.00 bill receptor but a credit card cannot be used to get all four designs. A credit card can only be used to get one design at a time which we thought was a little odd because if you want all four designs you would have to make four separate credit card transactions which from our experience causes a problem with credit card issuers if something like this is done. The Haunted Mansion penny machine is also back and has been converted to a $1.00 machine like most of the other new style of penny machines that accepts $1.00 bills or a $4.00 charge to your credit card if you want all four designs.

Database, Listings and Checklists Updated Today
Tuesday, May 28th, 2019
Our database and all of our listings and checklists were updated today. Since our last listings there have been several things that have happened to the pressed coin machines at Disney World especially at Magic Kingdom. Machines are routinely removed for refurbishment which makes it difficult for us to know whether a machine has been removed for refurbishment or if a machine has been totally removed. In the past when we update everything we usually leave any machines that we noticed being off-stage as still available and we assume that the machine is just temporarily off-stage for refurbishment. If a machine is missing for a few months then we will usually mark the machine as being off-stage or retired unless we find out what is going on with a machine.

For our update this time there were some new things that have started happening at Magic Kingdom the beginning of May 2019 that made it a little more difficult as to what to do with our listings and checklists. A new style of machine appeared at the Main Street Railroad Station replacing the penny and quarter machines that were at that location. These two new machines are 4-die hand crank machines that only accept $1.00 bills or a credit card. You also can no longer use your own penny to press because the machine also provides a shinny new copper plated zinc penny. The cost to get each coin is now $1.00 and there is no discount to get all four designs like there are for getting all the designs in he eight and twelve die machines that first started appearing 4 years ago in April 2015. A credit card can only be used if you want all four designs.

In addition to these two new machines at the Main Street Railroad Station the 4-die hand crank machine at Tomorrowland Speedway that had been off-stage reappeared at the same time and it had been converted from a machine that took two quarters and your penny to press to the same style of new machine that only accepts $1.00 bills or a credit card that costs $1.00 for each design.

During the month of May we started noticing other old style 4-die hand crank machines that require no electricity being removed at Magic Kingdom. The last time we checked the machines at Magic Kingdom almost all of the old 4-die hand crank machines had been removed from this park which is very unusual. We are assuming that all of these machines are being refurbished and there is a good chance that they will be converted and returned as a $1.00 machine. Since this new style of machine requires electricity to operate some of these machines may have to be relocated to a different location

For this update with a larger than normal number of machines being off-stage for refurbishment and or conversion to $1.00 machines we have left all of the old style 4-die hand crank machines at Magic Kingdom on our listing even though some of them have already been gone for a month. We have also included some wording on some of our listings for the Magic Kingdom machines stating that most if not all of the old style 4-die hand crank machines are currently off-stage and if they are placed back on-stage could be converted to the new style $1.00 machine.

As a note, elongated coin collectors will use copper pennies that were minted in 1981 or before if at all possible because they look batter and hold up a lot better over time. Pressed coins that were done on copper cents can also usually be cleaned with little or no damage. Copper plated zinc pennies when pressed will have stretch marks with silver streaks showing through a lot of times due to the thin coating of copper on the zinc core penny being stretched. Depending on how deep the die was engraved can also cause silver areas around the design that was pressed on the coin. Those silver areas on the coin over time will slowly turn black depending on how they are stored and in some cases can already be a light gray or even a darker gray within a few weeks. It's also not a good idea to try to clean coins pressed on copper plated zinc pennies because this will usually damage the coin even more. Unfortunately, copper pennies that were minted in 1981 or before can not be used in any of the Disney World machines that provide the penny for you to be pressed.
New 8-Die Lion King Machine
Friday, May 24th, 2019

A new 8-Die Lion King machine is now on-stage inside Mombasa Marketplace at Animal Kingdom. All 8 new designs have the Disney logo on them with various characters from Disney's Lion King movie or the television series The Lion Guard.

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Toy Story Land Machine Update
Thursday, May 9th, 2019

In our previous post about the new Toy Story Land machine we mentioned that it was very odd to see the vendor's PENNYCOLLECTOR.COM dot border on the four penny designs in this new machine. While we have seen this border used on coins in numerous machines located across the United States this dot border had never been used on any Walt Disney World designs. We mentioned something about this in our previous post because we thought it was very strange to see this on the four new pennies when the new Toy Story Land machine was placed on-stage this week.

The die ring in the Toy Story Land machine was changed this morning removing the vendor's dot border making the four previous designs rather rare since they were only available to get for two days.

New Toy Story Land $1 Machine
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

A new Toy Story Land machine that is one of the newer 4-die hand crank machines that provides a copper plated zinc penny that cost $1.00 for each coin is now on-stage at Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.

The four new designs are Toy Story Land with Woody & Buzz Lightyear, Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania with Rex.

Toy Story Land 4-Die Machine

What is unusual with these four new designs is that they all have a PENNYCOLLECTOR.COM dot border on them which is a first and is not something that has been done in the past. The faceplate showing what designs are on each coin also does not show that this vendor's dot border should be on them but should have the normal dot border.

Toy Story Land Slinky Dog Penny

New $1 Magic Kingdom Machines
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

Three 4-die hand crank machines that accept one dollar bills and a credit card instead of the normal two quarters and the penny that you want to press have been placed on-stage at Magic Kingdom. Two new machines with new designs are located at the Main Street Railroad Station. One machine that appears to have the same die ring but has been converted to accept dollar bills and credit cards is the Tomorrowland Speedway machine.

All three of these machines are preloaded with copper plated zinc pennies so you will no longer be able to use copper pennies that most collectors use. A credit card can only be used if you want all four designs. There is no discount if you want all four designs like there is for the eight and twelve die machines. If you are using dollar bills you can still speed load the machine as you have been able to do in the past by inserting all your money first before you start turning the hand crank. One word of caution is that if you only want to get one design at a time then you need to align up the wheel with the design that you want and then insert your dollar bill as you did in the past. The only difference is that you can't start cranking the handle right away because it takes 2-3 seconds for the dollar bill to register. If you start turning the handle too fast before the machine recognizes your dollar bill then you will end up getting a different design then you want. The bad thing is that there is nothing on the machine telling you when it's OK to start turning the hand crank. There are instructions on the machine telling you to wait 2 to 3 seconds.

One new machine at the Main Street Railroad Station has these four new designs - Mickey serenading Minnie with a musical instrument, Mickey & Minnie in a horseless carriage, Minnie dancing and Train Engineer Mickey on a train. The second new Main Street Railroad Station machine has four more new 2019 designs with Cinderella's Castle, Space Mountain, Dumbo and a Ship. The Tomorrowland Speedway machine still looks the same other then the new part that accepts dollar bills and credit cards. All the designs still appear to be the same.

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All-Star Sports Machine Die Replacements
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

One of the 3-die machines at All-Star Sports has had its dies removed and replaced with three retired dies from Hollywood Studios. The machine at this resort that was changed had three designs from the Disney's Villains numbered series. Since these three Disney's Villains des have been removed we will be marking them as being retired in a future update.

Disney's Villains 5 of 7 with Captain Hook has been replaced with the Belle & Beast design that was previously located in a machine at Once Upon A Time at Hollywood Studios. Disney's Villains 6 of 7 with Hades has been replaced with the Mrs. Potts & Chip design that was also located in a machine at Once Upon A Time. Disney's Villains 7 of 7 with Cruella De Vil has been replaced with Artist Mickey sitting at a drawing table design that is 4 of 5 from the Film Strip series that was previously in a machine at Pizza Planet.

All-Star Sports 3-Die Machine Die Replacements

New Disney's Boardwalk 8-Die Machine
Monday, March 25th, 2019

A new 8-die penny machine is now on-stage at Disney's Boardwalk Resort in the Character Carnival gift shop located on Disney's Boardwalk. This new 8-die machine has new designs with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Chip & Dale and Pluto. All eight designs have the Disney logos on them at the top along with the usual Disney copyright.

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New Pandora 8-Die Machine
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

A new 8-die machine with Pandora - The World of Avatar themed designs is now available inside Windtraders near the left side entrance door at Animal Kingdom. All eight designs are based on the Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey rides at this park. All designs have the Disney logo and Pandora The World of Avatar logos on them.

The new designs are:

  • Viperwolf
  • Utility Suit "Pandora Science Team"
  • The Shaman of Songs
  • Whale-like creature leaping out of water
  • Ayram Alusing (The Floating Mountains)
  • Sivako (Na'vi for "Rise to the Challenge") Flying Banshee
  • Na'vi (Neytiri)
  • Na'vi Face Medallion

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The Incredibiles Numbered Series All Back On-Stage
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

In a recent blog post about a new die with Frozone from The Incredibles numbered series we mentioned that Frozone and Dash were on the same 4-ring die at Once Upon A Toy at Disney Springs. These were the only two characters that were missing from this series when they were removed in August 2017.

We had previously posted that a new die with Frozone, 6 of 7 was placed in a machine at PizzeRizzo at Hollywood Studios. Another new die with Dash has been placed in a machine inside Pin Traders at Disney Springs. With the addition of these two new dies it completes The Incredibles numbered series making the complete set available again.

The machine that the new die with Dash was put into also has Mr. Incredible, 1 of 7 and Elastigirl 2 of 7 from The Incredibles series. Another design in this machine was Olaf and this design has been replaced with the new die with Dash, 4 of 7.

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The remaining three designs in this series are Violet, 3 of 7 which is in a machine also at Pin Traders at Disney Springs, Jack Jack 5 of 7 which was another character that was replaced with a different die in 2011 that is in a machine at Disney Traders at EPCOT and Syndrome, 7 of 7 that is in a different machine at PizzeRizzo at Hollywood Studios.