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Disneyland Pressed Tokens
The future of pressed pennies?
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The First Three Disney Onstage Token Presses
in the United States

StarArcade Token

The Starcade
Press-able Token
~Before~
Pressed token
Pressed Token
~After~
Spack Mountain 35th Anniversary Prssed Token Machine.      The First Disney Token Press Vending Machine

Pictured above: The three token machines were for a time grouped near the side door. Occasionally moved inside the arcade. Also, the first change / token vending machine to offer the Starcade tokens. Previous Tokens were "No Cash Value" type.

 

Why Disneyland Pressed Tokens Now?

Space Mountain pressed tokenPressed tokens maybe the future... Since the very start of Disney pressed souvenirs in 1987, the United States Disney Resorts have offered only penny, nickel, dime and quarter press machines. For many guests, pressing coins is a welcome part of "The Show"! Transforming ordinary pocket change into nearly indestructible, inexpensive, mementos is a tradition, is a wonderful hobby, is er ah... FUN! After all, millions of malleable pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters have been eagerly stretched between two rollers within the current laws of the United States Treasury for years and all has been well.

But laws and coinage are subject to change and the future has become uncertain. Ever present discussions about discontinuing the production of some US coins, making coins out of steel, even the passing laws against the destruction of US coinage(PDF) are pressing issues. All while inflation squeezes the profit out of operating penny press machines today.

Pressed tokens may be the answer. Because token press machines do not press real coins, they provide some real advantages for machine owners as well as collectors. Pressing tokens avoids changes in coinage, coinage laws, and today's problems with pressing copper-plated zinc cents. Not to mention tokens can increase operator revenue as customers purchase not only the "press" but the token that is pressed as well. Additionally, unpressed tokens are collectible in their own respect, a win for both token press operator and collectors. Pricing is easily changed to avoid the inflation pinch, machine cash box security issues are reduced, the collector receives a larger, heavier collectible souvenir... It seems someone at Disneyland has their thinking hat on.

From the good folks at the Hoffman Mint:

Benefits of using tokens vs. cash:

Security - Nobody will break into your business or coin operated machines to steal tokens.

Cash Control - Less supervision of your staff required.

Price Flexibility - You can easily change the number of tokens sold per dollar to immediately take advantage of any marketing or promotional ideas.

Immediate Sale - When you sell tokens, you have made a sale. The token does not need to be used immediately. If it is not used, you still make a profit. These "walk-away" tokens encourage repeat business.

Increased Sales - Customers will spend more tokens more freely than quarters because tokens are viewed as non-money.

Promotions & Brand Name Recognition - Customized tokens help develop your company's name and promote repeat business.

Souvenir Value - Customers will buy tokens and keep some as souvenirs.

From Boomer at ParkPennies.com: Tokens make cool pressed souvenirs! :-)

Now, if you're like me, you might still be thinking, "I don't like change unless I'm pressing it in a coin press machine!". Hey, I hear ya! Pressed *Pennies* are what we know and tokens, at least in the United States, are a change. On the other hand, Disneyland USA pressed tokens could be a nice change, an opportunity to start collecting a new series from the very beginning. For many years Tokyo Disneyland tokens have been a smash. And Disneyland has pressed Tokens as Cast Member issues for years. So, I'm viewing token presses as a strategy to assure the sustainable future operation of "penny" press machines and our hobby. The one change I would not want to see is the end of souvenir press machines; I'd be crushed.

Happy collecting,
Boomer

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The Tron, Space Mountain 35th & Wreck It Ralph
Disneyland Park Pressed Token Set
New Tron token marquee 5/1/2013New Space Mountain  pressed token marquee 5/1/2013Wreck It Ralph pessed token marquee 5/1/2013
The Tron Token Press Machine The Space Mountain 35th Anniversary Pressed Token Machine The Wreck It Ralph Token Press Machines
Pictured above: The Tron Token Press Machine and Tron Token Press Marquee
The Space Mountain 35th Anniversary and a close up of the Space Mountain token press machine Space Mountain Token Press Marquee.
and The Wreck It Ralph Token Press Machine Wreck It Ralph Token Press Marquee
The Tron Disneyland Park Pressed Token Set

Pressed TokenTron Light Runner pressed token  back stamp
Pressed TokenTron Sam pressed token  back stampPressed TokenTron Light Cycle pressed token back stamp

Pictured above: The DL0499at Tron Light Runner Wide border pressed token and the matching Tron Light Runner Pressed Token Back Stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0500at Tron's Sam Flynn Wide border pressed token and the matching Tron Sam Pressed Token Back Stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0501at Tron Light Cycle Wide border pressed token and the matching Tron Light Cycle Pressed Token Back Stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
The Space Mountain 35th Disneyland Park Pressed Token Set
Pressed TokenSpace Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stampPressed TokenSpace Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stampPressed TokenSpace Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stamp
Pictured above: The DL0528t Mickey in Rocket Sled DISNEYLAND PARK SPACE MOUNTAIN 35th Anniversary pressed token and the matching Space Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0529t Space Mountain Logo DISNEYLAND PARK SPACE MOUNTAIN 35th Anniversary pressed token and the matching Space Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0530t Mickey, Goofy & Pluto DISNEYLAND PARK SPACE MOUNTAIN 35th Anniversary pressed token and the matching Space Mountain 35th Anniversary pressed token back stamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
 
The Wreck It Ralph Disneyland Park Pressed Token Set
Wreck It Ralph Pressed Token, Ralph  Wreck It Ralph pressed token backstampWreck It Ralph Pressed Token, Fix It Felix Jr.Wreck It Ralph pressed token backstampWreck It Ralph Pressed Token, VanellopeWreck It Ralph pressed token backstamp
Pictured above: The DL0531at Ralph Wreck It Ralph pressed token and the matching Wreck It Ralph pressed token backstamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0532at Fix It Felix Jr. Wreck It Ralph pressed token and the matching Wreck It Ralph pressed token backstamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Pictured above: The DL0533at Vanellope von Schweetz Wreck It Ralph pressed token and the matching Wreck It Ralph pressed token backstamp. See a larger pressed token image in frame or window # 1   2   3
Examples of some past Disneyland Cast Member pressed tokens: Excerpt from the:
CM
Cast Member & Special Event Guide
Pressed Tokens
Visit the CM Cast Member and Special Events Guide for details
Cast Member pressed token CM0026Cast Member pressed token CM0026 reverse

Cast Member pressed token CM0027 Cast Member pressed token CM0027 reverse
Cast Member pressed token CM0028 Cast Member pressed token CM0028 reverse
 

FACILLITES & OPERATIONS SERVICES
2010 Christmas Party Pressed Token
Open the CM Cast Member and Special Events Guide

Cast Member pressed token CM0035Cast Member pressed token CM0035 keychainCast Member pressed token CM0035 reverse
Tokyo Disneyland
Pressed Planchet Tokens
 
Tokyo Disneyland Penny PlanchetTokyo Disneyland Nickel PlanchetTokyo Disneyland pressed token
 
Tokyo Disneyland planchets / tokens are used as a "penny" for pressing. They actually about penny sized (see cent pictured below) and made of copper which as you can see makes a pressed souvenir that looks much like a pressed penny. In the early years, a nickel colored planchet as pictured above, was also used at times, in some machines, to press what the Tokyo Disneyland Resort and collectors called "nickels". The planchets are included in the cost of the machine, about 100 Yen or ~$.80 and vended from a hopper inside the penny press machine. Tokyo Disneyland planchet / token. Was used as a "nickel" for pressing. Actually about penny sized and vended internally by the penny press. Example of Tokyo Disneyland Pressed Token Enlarged to show detail. Actually about pressed penny size.
 
Hong Kong Disneyland
Pressed Planchet Tokens
 
Hong Kong Disneyland unpressed tokenUS Cent, waiting to be made immortal as a Disneyland pressed coin souvenir! :-)Hong Kong Disneyland pressed token
 
Hong Kong Disneyland planchet / token used as a "penny" for pressing (Not confirmed) and enlarged to show detail. As you can see the planchet is slightly larger than a United States one cent piece which is also shown for size comparison. Lastly, the finished product, a Hong Kong Disneyland Pressed Token. :-)