7/21/16 Our thanks to Jess T. for reporting that the Mad T Party penny press machine, CA0141-143 located at the Gone Hollywood Gift Shope in Disney California Adventure, is still offstage. Given Disneyland Resort machines are seldom offstage for long unless they are in line for new coin designs or the machine is relocated and given that there are many rumors of new coin designs for Disney California Adventure, and the machine has not been relocated, (We're almost to the end of this sentence :-) we're thinking the set is retired. The Penny Machine Locations and the Disney California Adventure Pressed Coin Guide have been updated. Happy collecting, Boomer.
7/13/16 Our thanks to Mike R. for reporting that one of the machines at the Disney California Adventure five and dime store was "missing" today. Hmmm... Knowing that this is the machine that held the Luigi's Flying Tires pressed coin and that the ride has been closed, replaced with the Rollickin' Roadsters... Boomer took off for the park thinking for sure there would soon be a new coin at DCA. But, upon arriving, the old machine was in fact still missing. Well, Disneyland is not a bad place to spend some time. There is lots to do... gotta check the other coin press machines in the park, right? :-) Then, later in the day, another check for the missing machine. The coin press machine had returned... with a NEW Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters pressed penny!
We've already updated the ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, we'll retire the CA0172 Luigi's Flying Tires pressed coin and add this new coin to the Disney California Adventure Pressed Coin Guide soon. Happy collecting! Boomer.
07/10/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan reports: "Hello, TDR Summer Festival 2016 medals were released on July 09, 2016:
TDL1672-1673 TDL Penny Arcade --- Mickey, Donald;
TDL1674-1675 TDL Tomorrowland Terrace --- Mickey, Minnie;
TDS1628-1629 TDS Villa Donald Home Shop --- Mickey, Minnie. Thank you
Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan" See pictures of these coins and more on Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. For the latest updates about The Tokyo Disneyland Resort, please bookmark our Tokyo Disneyland Resort News Page. Happy collecting, Boomer.
7/07/16 Shanghai Disney Resort (SDR) Magic Medallion coin press machines ("Some", "all", "many") have recently been reported as "out of order". We have heard some machines were not working or coins are "rolling short", missing part of the coin design. (Short rolls are apparent in some eBay SDR coin auction images.)
The reports were received from ParkPennies visitors and personal friends of ParkPennies staff that are or have friends that are in or have recently been to The Shanghai Disneyland Resort. One report commented that a person had repeatedly visited SDR without being able to press a complete set of coins due to machine problems. We are told that some park guests have reported the problem to the Shanghai Disney Resort directly. We anticipate that the machines will be adjusted soon. In our opinion, the best thing to do is tell The Mouse. We hope future reports to ParkPennies will confirm that the machines have been adjusted / repaired. As soon as we have confirmation of fully operational machines at SDR, we will post the news here. If you have an update about Shanghai Disney coin press machines, please contact ParkPennies. Happy collecting, Boomer.
07/02/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan reports: "Hello,
2016 July monthly medals were released on July 01, 2016:
TDL1662 TDL Penny Arcade --- Mulan;
TDL1663 TDL Tomorrowland Terrace --- Mushu;
TDS1627 TDS Galleria Disney --- Ariel.
Medal design changed on July 01, 2016:
TDL1664-1668 TDL Pirates Treasure --- Mickey, Minnie, Mickey, Captain Hook, Stitch;
TDL1669-1671 TDL Western Wear --- Mickey, Donald, Goofy.
I am sorry I overlooked that a medal was changed.
Medal design changed at TDL Penny Arcade on June 01, 2016:
TDL1658-1660 Tangled, Sleeping Beauty, Frozen Anna & Elsa
and at TDL Penny Arcade on June 16, 2016:
TDL1661 Festival of the Weaver Mickey & Minnie.
Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan.
" See pictures of these coins on Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
7/01/16 The 2005-2014 Decades set of pressed coins was placed onstage sometime before 10:00 this morning. The machine is working great, presses copper cents perfectly. This should be the last in the series of Decades coins bringing the total number of coins issued for the 60th Diamond Celebration to... 60. (39 60th coins originally placed onstage including the first set of Decades coins, plus seven additional sets of three each Decades coins.) We have posted an image of the 2005-2014 coin press machine marquee here, updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, and will have the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney Pressed Coin Guide updated soon. Happy collecting! Boomer.
6/30/16 We're closer to a presentable Shanghai Disney Resort pressed coin guide. (Okay, maybe it's not fancy. But, if you need a list of SDR pressed coins, you might think it a beautiful sight. :-) We will also be adding our "traditional" guide page entries with closeups of individual coins as soon as we have access to the coins for scanning. Which reminds me... :-) Several collectors have contacted us inquiring where they could purchase a complete set of Shanghai Disneyland coins. Wish I knew! Good news, as more and more people return from the Shanghai park with coins for sale or trade, we hope they will contact ParkPennies. Happy collecting, Boomer.
6/27/16 We are still gathering images and working on the ParkPennies Shanghai Disney Resort pressed coin guide that we mentioned a few days ago. Boomer has been extra busy. But, we hope to have it uploaded with 1 machine x 12 coins, 4 machines x 8 coins and 6 machines x 4 coins for a total of 68 Shanghai Disneyland pressed coins later today or early Wednesday! But, wait there's more! :-) We have real pictures of the actual coins, artwork and machine images too! Our thanks to some very generous fellow collectors that will properly credited in this new guide to the newest Disney Resort. Happy Collecting, Boomer. (The guide may be available later today in parts as a draft at first.)
6/25/16 Today the well known Disneyana Collectors, Dan and Laura B., (Also known as IMTIGGER! on eBay) shared news of a 6/24/16 Blog Post by Michelle Harker, who collectors know as a wonderful source of pressed coin news and The Mouse knows as Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort. But, I digress more... :-) In her post, Michelle talks about the new Star Wars Pressed Coin Machines. Michelle Harker often has news well worth checking out and in my opinion, worth a bookmark. (As you may recall, she was the person that announced the 60th pressed coins.) Additionally, ParkPennies has posted some information about these very cool Star Wars coin presses here in the ParkPennies 5/20/2016 New Star Wars Pressed Coins post and in the ParkPennies Guide to Disneyland Star Wars Pressed Coins.
Related: Of interest to anxious pressed coin collectors... Rumors of more Star Wars coins have been circulating! So be sure to check back here often and "Like" the ParkPennies.com FaceBook page for updates. Happy Collecting! Boomer.
6-23-16 Our first Shanghai Disney Resort pressed coin image! More to come! Penny Book, Medallions, added soon. Our thanks to Jimmy in Hong Kong and Les H. in the USA.
6/20/16 Our thanks to Randy K. who reported the ESPN machine was moved to the ESPN Gift Shop door. Randy K. and Boomer have confirmed that the machine is up and running today. Happy collecting, Boomer.
6/19/16 Our thanks to Alex D. for reporting that the ESPN hand crank penny press machine located in Downtown Disney (Not maintained by The Disneyland Resort Arcade.) has been taken offstage. This machine was last reported out of order in May of 2016 by the machine owner with no following updates so far. It is possible that the machine has been taken offstage for repair and may return. We will note the guide and machine locations pages if the machine does not return soon. For more information about this machine, please visit the ParkPennies.com Disneyland Resort Area Pressed Coin Guide which includes all "on property" machines outside the gates of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure including, but not limited to, the non-Disneyland themed penny presses located at ESPN, Rainforest Cafe, the DownTown Disney walkways, etc. Happy Collecting, Boomer.
6/13/16 NEW Hong Kong Disneyland Star Wars pressed souvenirs! Our thanks to Jimmy in Hong Kong for reporting and sharing images of a new set of HKDL elongated souvenirs. Posted here is a picture of the marquee and here is a link to a picture of the new Star Wars coin press machine at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. We hope to have scans of the coins and an update for the Hong Kong Disneyland Pressed Coin Guide soon. Happy collecting! Boomer.
06/10/16 DLRP Update: Our thanks to Paige B. who just sent a most welcome message to Parkpennies.com. They wrote: "6-9 June 2016 : just back from Disneyland Paris. Rainforest Cafe is the ONLY place still offering Euro 5 cent coins, 2 machines and only one works. We didn't ask, but there were none on display at the Sequoia Lodge Hotel where we stayed..." If you spot any new machines at the Disneyland Resort Paris, please contact us to share the news. For more news, updates and guide links, please visit our DLRP Pressed Coin New Page. Happy Collecting, Boomer.
06/02/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan reports: "Hello, 2016 JUNE monthly medals were released on JUNE 01, 2016. TDL1647 TDL Penny Arcade --- Mickey; TDL1648 TDL Tomorrowland Terrace --- Mickey; TDS1626 TDS Galleria Disney --- Mickey & Minnie. Medal design changed: TDL1649-1651 TDL Golden Galleon --- Mickey, Donald, Goofy; TDL1652-1654 TDL Gag Factory/Toontown Five & Dime --- Mickey, Minnie, Chip 'n dale; TDL1655-1657 TDL Poor Corner --- Pooh, Piglet, Tigger. Disney celebration hotel open on June 01, 2016. TDL448-451 Mickey & Minnie, Donald, Mickey & Minnie, Mickey & Pluto. Thank you, Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan." See pictures of these coins on Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
5/26/16 Our thanks to Randy K. for reporting the relocation of a hand-crank penny press in Downtown Disney, Anaheim. He shared his observation of the
DR0139-142 Tinker Bell, Pirate Mickey, Captain Hook, and Sorcerer Mickey hand crank machine between Wetzel's Pretzels and Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream. That's a tempting but dangerous location for old Boomer. :-) We have updated the Penny Machine Locations page. Happy collecting, Boomer.
5/25/16 About the posting of jammed or temporarily out-of-order machines... The Star Wars and Decades coin presses have really been busy lately! While at the park over the past few days, I have often noticed lines at the Star Wars quarter presses. One of the machines jammed Sunday morning. But before long, two Arcade Shop Cast Members, Kathie and Laura, quickly cleared the machine and saved the day. On another day, a dirty quarter was pressed in the Rebel Forces quarter press. (I could have understood if it was put in the First Order machine. :-) Soon, a Star Trader Gift Shop Cast Member shut down the machine. A short time later, it was up and running... Sorry, I digress, again. :-) What I want to say is that because machines this busy do occasionally require maintenance and because at Disneyland that maintenance is often done within a day, ParkPennies does not post or mark that a machine is "off-stage" or "out-of-order" unless a machine has been or is expected to be unavailable for a long time.
We are often reminded by emails and stories shared with us by fellow guests, repeatedly :-), that coin press machines in "other theme parks" may be out of adjustment and rolling short or jammed for a week or more. Yes, I do feel a bit spoiled at Disneyland from time to time, but, isn't that what brings us back to Disneyland again and again? ;-) Next time you see a Cast Member tuning up a coin press, please don't be shy about saying "thanks" and if they share news of an upcoming penny press with you, do let us know. :-) Happy collecting, Boomer.
05/20/16 TWO NEW STAR WARS QUARTER PRESSES ARE ONSTAGE! Today ParkPennies Staff Members Char, Stasi, Dave, and Bob were the first to report that the rumored and long awaited Star Wars pressed coins have arrived! The new machines offer three pressed quarters each. One coin press features the Rebel Forces and the other offers First Order themed coins. Cool! Both machines are located at the Star Trader Gift Shop in Tomorrowland. By the way, these are very special coin press machines. I don't quote Walt often, but, when I saw these machines, I couldn't help but remember his words "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." Imagination has made these machines extra-special. Even guests that don't collect pressed coins, if there are any :-), may want stop by the Star Trader Gift Shop and watch the coin press "shows". As you'll see there, the marquees or penny press signs have been replaced by video screens that play video clips featuring images of the Star Wars themed pressed quarters with sound while lights of changing colors illuminate the coin as it's pressed. Really, you've got to check them out. And, these priceless souvenirs cost only $1.00, 75 cents plus the quarter that is pressed into a Star Wars keepsake as you watch! We have posted still pictures of the marquees here, no spoilers. :-), updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, and will have the Disneyland Park Pressed Coin Guide updated soon with images of the coins. Happy collecting! Boomer.
05/06/16 NEW 60th DECADES SET! Today Boomer reported that the 1995-2004 themed set, the seventh set of eight total Decades sets to be issued for the 60th, has arrived! In a couple of months with the arrival of the last rumored Decades set, the 2005 - 2014 set, the 60th pressed coin collection should be complete with a total of 60 different pressed coins. We have posted the marquee here, updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, and will have the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney Pressed Coin Guide updated soon, if not already. Happy collecting! Boomer.
05/04/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan wrote to share this today... "Hello. 2016 MAY monthly medals were released on MAY 01, 2016. TDL Penny Arcade --- TDL1645 Thumper; TDL Tomorrowland Terrace -- TDL1646 Bambi; TDS Galleria Disney ----------- TDS1605 Max. Two Collection Book were released on Apr. 27 2016. Thank you, Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan." As always, you can view pictures of these coins and thousands more on Kuniaki Hiraki's very busy web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/19/16 Yep! Another cool coin from Tokyo Disneyland! I'm sorry for the late post. I was out of town for a few days. Kuniaki writes on 4/15/16: Hello; TDL 33th Anniversary medal was released on April 15, 2016. TDL Tomorrowland Terrace ----- TDL1644 Mickey. Thank you,
Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan. As always, you can view pictures of these coins and others on Kuniaki Hiraki's very busy web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/12/16 So, Boomer's sitting here thinking what is missing today? Oh! That's it! 34 MORE TOKYO DISNEYLAND PRESSED COINS and these are really cool 15th Anniversary coins! Yes, hard to believe it's already been nine days since the last batch of Tokyo Disneyland Resort coins were released. :-) Talk about a busy park! Thank goodness for Kuniaki and his excellent reports. Today he writes: "Hello, 34 pieces of TDS 15th Anniversary medals were released on April 11, 2016. TDS Figaro's Clothiers TDS1605-1607 Donald, Mickey & Minni, Daisy; TDS Aunt Peg's Village Store TDS1608-1610 Gelatoni, Duffy, ShellieMay; TDS Nautilus Gifts TDS1611-1613 Mickey, Minnie, Pluto; TDS Il Postino Stationery TDS1614-1616 Mickey, Pinocchio, Woody & Buzz Lightyear; TDS Expedition Photo Archives TDL1617-1619 Goofy, Logo, Chip 'n Dale; TDS Agrabah Marketplace TDS1620-1622 Logo, Rapunzel, Aladdin & Jasmine; TDS Mermaid Treasure TDS1623-1624 Ariel, Nemo; Tokyo DisneySEA Hotel Mira Costa TDR434-439 Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale; Disney Resort Line TDR440-447 Mickey, Monorail, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, Pluto, Minnie, Chip 'n Dale; TDS 15th Anniversary Collection Book was released. Thank you, Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan". As always, you can view pictures of these coins and others on Kuniaki Hiraki's very busy web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/12/16 Our thanks to fellow elongated coin collector Diane T. for reporting that the 1985-1994 60th Decades penny press machine is back onstage at the Downtown Disney World of Disney Store, Anaheim. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/09/16 Our thanks to several fellow collectors who have contacted Boomer with an important update: The Decades penny press machine is offstage. The first report was received Friday. We believe that the machine's absence is temporary, possibly for maintenance. But, we will post an update if we hear the machine is offstage permanently etc. The next Decades set isn't expected (based on past Decade machine changes) for another month or so. Boomer is pacing the floor, but, still no word on the much rumored Star Wars set. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/03/16 Were you wondering why Tokyo Disneyland hadn't announced new pressed coins for nearly a week?! :-) Well, Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan wrote to share this today... "Hello; 2016 APR monthly medals were released on Apr. 01, 2016. TDL Penny Arcade ------------- TDL1636 Mickey; TDL Tomorrowland Terrace -- TDL1640 Donald TDS Galleria Disney ----------- TDS1604 Mickey; Medal design were changed: TDL Penny Arcade ----- TDL1637-1639 Snow White, Cinderella, Bell; TDL Treasure Comet -- TDL1641-1643 Stitch, Stitch, Stitch. Thank you, Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan." As always, you can view pictures of these coins and others on Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
04/03/16 Up for sale by a ParkPennies visitor is a hard to find Brass Disneyland Pirates Piece of Eight Medallion. Here is a link to what may become a very exciting auction. Our thanks to the fellow collectors that brought this to our attention. Here's how to have your auction linked to ParkPennies Visitor Auctions.
03/28/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan shares this... Hello. Easter 2016 medals were released on Mar. 24, 2016 TDL Penny Arcade: TDL1632-1633 Mickey, Minnie; TDL Tomorrowland Terrace: TDL1634-1635 Mickey & Minnie, Donald & Daisy; Disney Ambassador Hotel: TDR430-431 Mickey, Minnie; Tokyo Disneyland Hotel: TDR432-433 Mickey & Minnie, Chip 'n Dale. Thank you, Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan. Talk about a LOT of cool coins at The Disneyland Resort in Tokyo Japan! Our thanks for the excellent reporting by Kuniaki in Japan. See pictures of these coins on Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site.
03/19/16 New Hong Kong Disneyland Avengers pressed coins were just reported by Michelle in Hong Kong via Mike P. in California. Very cool set! They have kindly shared the marquee picture shown on this page. We will update the Hong Kong Disneyland Guide as soon as we can scan these new Hong Kong Disneyland pressed coins. Happy collecting, Boomer.
03/19/16 As a follow-up for our report yesterday, we have posted the marquee for the latest 2016 pressed nickel set here, updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page. The Disneyland Park Pressed Coin Guide with pictures and descriptions will be updated soon. Rumors of a Star Wars penny press persist. As soon as we spot or receive a report of a new machine, we'll post it here. UPDATE 3/21/16 Our thanks to Mike R. for reporting that the DL0627-629 machine was gone this morning and returned this afternoon. The machine, marquee and coin designs did not change... with the exception of new backstamps that include copyright notices. This change retires the DL0627-629 set and introduces the new DL0630-632 set for advanced collectors. Casual collectors who missed the original 2016 pressed nickel set need not stress over this change as the two sets share the same obverse designs. Clarification: 3/18/16 through 3/20/16 All coins in the set no "C Disney". 3/21/16 on C Disney on all coins in this set. No exception. Happy Collecting, Boomer.
03/18/16 I'm just back from the park to report... NEW 2016 PRESSED NICKELS are onstage at the Main Street Opera exit, Disneyland, USA! Large, nicely engraved coins with excellent backstamps! Pictures and updates will be here Saturday. Happy collecting! Boomer.
03/11/16 NEW 60th DECADES SET! This 1985-1994 themed set is the sixth set of eight total Decades sets to be issued which will bring the total number of 60th pressed coins up to er ah... wait for it.... 60! :-) We have posted the marquee here, updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, and will have the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney Pressed Coin Guide updated soon, if not already. The web site maybe a bit more "Goofy" and "Dopey" than usual as we are attempting to re-write several pages of code. Once done, your mobile phone browsing will be... um... better. We're aiming for much better, but lets wait and see how we do. :-) Happy collecting! Boomer.
03/03/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan reports... more new coins at Tokyo Disneyland! Wait, didn't he just report some new coins??? :-) Kuniaki writes: Hello; Monthly medals were released on Mar. 01, 2016. TDL1630 TDL Penny Arcade --------------- Snow White. TDL1631 TDL Tomorrowland Terrace --- Cinderella. TDS1603 TDS Galleria Disney ------------- Rapunzel. A new token was added to TDS Villa Donald Home Shop. It is a recreation medal now, but may change to a TDS 15th anniversary medal. Thank you,Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan. Pictures of all these coins and more at Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
02/21/16 Engravers of elongated coin dies sought. Do you engrave or know of a pressed coin die engraver that you would recommend? ParkPennies.com and PressedPennies.com is looking to build a referral list of active quality engravers. There is no charge to any party, our goal is to build a comprehensive list for the benefit of collectors and businesses in need of a good die engraver. Please email your or your engraver's contact information to Boomer.
02/17/16 No new coins to report today. But, there are currently over 350 auctions by fellow ParkPennies visitors linked to ParkPennies.com. Could be you'll find a coin you are looking for there? You can also add your auctions of Disneyland elongated coins to the list... It's free. Happy collecting, Boomer
02/15/16 Steven P. has a new Smashed Coin Collection Database that just came to our attention. Steven reports that this new, still in Beta site, will make building a personalized collection easier, mobile, and always up-to-date. The site has an easy search function, large drag-and-drop images, allows users to make unlimited collections in any form or fashion, and works on mobile platforms. Right now, Steven is looking for beta testers to use the site and provide feed back. He is looking for feed back on broken functionality, desired features, and general improvement. A great way to share the hobby. Happy collecting, Boomer.
02/10/16 Our thanks to the well-known Disneyland Elongated Coin Collector, Dee D. who has reported his discovery of a Type III Tokyo DisneySea TDL0710 pressed coin.
02/09/16 Our thanks to Shawn P. for catching a fumble finger number switch we made when updating the DL0596, DL0597 and DL0622, DL0623. These two coins and related comparison pages are now all correctly numbered etc. If your coins match this DL0596 vs. DL0622 image and this DL0597 vs. DL0623 image. You're good. :-) (An easy way to attribute these very similar pairs of coins is to note that the newer versions / states are shorter in height and each have a small raised "tick". These small ticks are marked by red arrows on the coin comparison images. Happy collecting, Boomer. PS Star Wars pressed coin rumors are building!
02/05/16 Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan reports... new coins at Tokyo Disneyland. I can't believe how many new coins The Tokyo Disneyland Resort places onstage every year! Wait, every month! :-) Kuniaki writes:
Hello; 2016 FEB. Monthly medals were released.
TDL1620 Penny Arcade --- Figaro & Cleo.
TDL1621 Tomorrowland Terrace --- The Blue Fairy.
TDS1602 Galleria Disney --- Mickey & Minnie. Medal design change:
TDL1622-1625 Plaza Restaurant --- Hiro, Baymax, Hiro (Battle mode), Baymax (Battle mode). TDL1626-1629 Pan Galactic Pizza Port --- Anger, Disgust, Joy & Sadness, Fear. Thank you,
Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan.
You can see pictures of all these coins and more at Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
01/30/16 Recently I was visiting with a fellow guest and penny presser at Disneyland. As we were pressing coins, the conversation moved to how nicely the machines work at Disneyland. Even the pre-1982 solid copper cents I used were exceptionally flat and well formed with complete images. Disney quality. However, the fellow guest reminded me that things are not like that at all Disney Resorts.
Some newly-designed machines at another Disney Resort:
- Do not let you choose or press you own coins. Sadly, you cannot place a penny or token in the machine and watch as it's pressed.
- Are pre-loaded with less desirable copper-plated zinc cents. Not the pre-1982 solid copper cents many guests prefer or insist upon.
- Charge twice as much as The Disneyland Resort. $1.00 to press a single penny, unless you buy all 12 coins offered by the machine, then it's “only” $10.00 for the set.
But, that’s not what the guest was most disappointed about. It was the low quality coins the machine used (zinc) and the poor quality of the "pressing" (some too long and some too short). Here's an image of some WDW 12 die coins shared with us by a disappointed owner.
Why this post is so important. Disneyland Resort guests enjoy the “show” when fun, quality souvenirs are pressed on our own solid copper cents or Disney tokens. Watching a coin or token we have placed in the machine being pressed into a quality keepsake souvenir before our eyes makes a memory, often a very fun memory. But, sometimes we forget that this "plus" at The Disneyland Resort is not by accident and it’s not like that everywhere. If not for the Disneyland Resort Team it could all disappear. So, please don’t forget to let the people in the corner offices and the amazing Cast Members in the park know how much you appreciate what they do. :-) Happy Collecting, Boomer.
UPDATE: 2/1/16 Thank you all for your feedback. I thought I might get a few emails, but, wow! I may move this post on to a full page article.
UPDATE: 2/2/16 Er, ah, okay. :-) I'm getting the feeling that there are a lot of people that would like to be heard on this subject. We're happy to offer a forum for comments. What are your thoughts about the new 8 - 12 coin choice machines that press coins already inside the machine, vs. the traditional, three coin choice coin press machines that press a coin or token that you place in the machine to be pressed? You can share your thoughts and contribute to a future article on the subject by emailing Boomer.
01/25/16 Ray Dillard, the very well known and respected elongated collector, recently offered a for sale list of elongated coins from Ray's collection (PDF). (Here is the list in Excel.) Do take a look. The coins listed represent some very collectable non-Disney issues from the turn of the 19th century on. If you see a coin of interest, contact information is on the list. Happy collecting, Boomer.
01/22/16 Recent updates courtesy of fellow Disneyland elongated coin collector, Randy K. : Main Street Train Station 60th set of pressed coins, now located at the Main Street Penny Arcade. Yes, The Penny Arcade has a "penny press" again! Well, quarters, but, just saying. :-) Randy also mentioned that the Cars set that was displaced by the Disney California Adventure Holiday Nickel Set has returned with the retirement of the Holiday Nickels. The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page is up to date. Next up? Maybe a 2016 nickel set? We'll post it here! Happy collecting, Boomer.
01/15/16 Our thanks to Randy K. who was the first person to report.... THE NEW DECADES 1975 -1984 PENNY PRESS MACHINE! We have posted the marquee here, updated The ParkPennies Penny Machine Locations page, and will have the Disneyland Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney Pressed Coin Guide updated soon. Happy collecting! Boomer.
01/09/16 Our thanks to the well-known Disneyland Elongated Coin Collector, Dee D. who has reported his discovery of a type II Tokyo DisneySea TDS0512 pressed coin.
01/09/16 Rumors are building over a possible Star Wars pressed coin set for Disneyland! The our thanks to fellow collector Clifford K. who reports that he has seen a Disney reference about the planned future set. This could be one of the most popular pressed penny sets... ever. More to come.
UPDATE 01/09/15 p.m. Clifford K. just shared an image from the latest Disneyland Pressed Coin brochure mentioning Star Wars Pressed Coins. Happy collecting, Boomer.
01/07/16 Well, it's been a few days! Time for MORE TOKYO DISNEYLAND PRESSED PENNIES? :-) Kuniaki in Japan shares the news as he writes: " Frozen Fantasy medals were released Jan 06, 2016. TDL Penny Arcade:
TDL1615-1616 Anna & Elsa, SnowGies;
TDL Tomorrowland Terrace:
TDL1617-1619 Anna, Elsa, Olaf. Thank you,
Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan." Pictures of these coins and more are at Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.
01/04/16 Our thanks to Jason K. for reporting that the 2015 nickel press is offstage. We will update the Disneyland Pressed Coin Guides and Penny Press Location Page soon. Given that the yearly nickel machine has become a tradition at the park, we anticipate a 2016 nickel press. As soon as we have word of a new machine, we will post it here and FaceBook. Also our thanks for your very much appreciated posts on Disney related blogs that mention or link to ParkPennies.com. We do see them and they make our day! :-) Happy collecting, Boomer
01/02/2016! Happy New Year! Especially at Tokyo Disneyland where 26 NEW coins were released on January 1. Kuniaki Hiraki in Japan shares this... "A Happy New Year. New 26 medals were released on January 01, 2016 at TDR. Monthly medals:
TDL Penny Arcade ----------------- TDL1601; Mickey TDL Tomorrowland Terrace ----- TDL1608; Mickey & Minnie TDS Galleria Disney --------------- TDS1601; Mickey 2006 series:
TDL Penny Arcade ----------------- TDL1602-1607 Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Chip 'n Dale, Daisy; TDL Tomorrowland Terrace ----- TDL1609-1614 Woody, Jessie, Bullseye, Buzz Lightyear, Little Green Men, Emperor Zurg;
Tokyo Disneyland Hotel --------- TDR419-421 Ariel, Tangled, Bell.
Resort Gateway Station ---------TDR422-423 Donald & Daisy Huey, Dewey and Louie;
Tokyo Disney Land Station ----- TDR424-425 Clarice & Minnie, Alice & White Rabbit;
Bayside Station ------------------- TDR426-427 Goofy & Max, Chip 'n Dale;
Tokyo DisneySea Station ------- TDR428-429 Mickey & Pluto, Pinocchio & Geppetto. Thank you,
Kuniaki Hiraki in Tokyo Japan." Pictures of these coins and more are at Kuniaki Hiraki's excellent web site. Happy collecting, Boomer.