True Disney fanatics know that pressed pennies are one of the best values to be found at the Disney World Resort for anyone that wants an inexpensive souvenir. Not only can the pressed penny machines be found nearly everywhere on property – in the theme parks, in the water parks, at the resorts, and at Disney Springs – but making one costs just 51 cents! So arm yourself with a few rolls of quarters and a roll of shiny pennies and treat yourself to a handful of Disney souvenirs! Here are just a few of our favorite pressed pennies at WDW:
15. Elsa and Anna
With Frozen having taken the world and the parks by storm, there are naturally a lot of Frozen-themed pressed pennies available from which to choose. My favorite features Elsa and Anna from the waist up, standing back to back with snowflakes in the air around them and the Frozen logo at the bottom. This must be a favorite of many people, because you can find this penny in two different machines – in Epcot’s Norway Pavilion and in the Emporium in Magic Kingdom.
14. Kristoff & Sven
While you’re on your Frozen kick, be sure to pick up a Kristoff & Sven penny at Once Upon a Toy in Disney Springs. This one features Sven in the foreground, with his antlers framing Kristoff behind him.
To finish off your batch of Frozen pennies, I suggest picking up an Olaf penny which is also found at Once Upon a Toy. I like this one the best out of the available Olaf pennies because it pictures Olaf from his “In Summer” song, with arms outstretched and bees buzzing around him.
12. Perry the Platypus (as Agent P)
Pick up a perfectly playful Perry the Platypus pressed penny! Sorry… I couldn’t resist! Actually, my favorite Perry penny pictures Agent P punching. Oh no, I can’t stop! In this one, Perry is taking a swing with a clenched fist and “Agent P” appears in large letters underneath. You can find it at Innoventions West in Epcot.
11. Phineas and Ferb
You can’t have Perry without Phineas and Ferb. Also found at Innoventions West in Epcot, this penny features the two boys jumping up in the air, with the Phineas and Ferb logo underneath.
10. Marlin, Dory, and Nemo
All three main characters are featured on this pressed penny, with the Finding Nemo logo pictured at the bottom. Just keep pressing, just keep pressing… Available at The Seas with Nemo and Friends, naturally!
9. Pongo and Perdita
The two lovable pooch parents from 101 Dalmatians are featured together on this penny, which shows their heads down to just under their collars. If this doesn’t thrill you, no other penny will… The Dalmatians are appropriately available at the Magic Kingdom Firehouse.
8. Cheshire Cat
A reclining Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland is featured on this coin, underneath an Alice in Wonderland logo. Frankly, Disney World could use a lot more souvenirs that feature this fading feline. You can find this cool cat at Oscar’s Super Service in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
7. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
Another pair of iconic characters from Alice in Wonderland is featured on this penny. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, each holding up one finger, are pictured underneath the Alice in Wonderland logo. If you spot this penny at Note’Able Games in the All-Star Music Resort, be sure to pick one up. That’s logic!
6. Animal Kingdom Elephant
Perhaps an unusual choice, this penny is the first one on this list to be oriented horizontally and features the words “Disney’s Animal Kingdom” at the top. An elephant is pictured under the word “Harambe”, the name of the African village in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But the words written around the edge of the penny are what make it so beautiful: “What you see with your eyes may you feel with your heart.” You can find this penny at Disney Outfitters in Animal Kingdom.
5. Magic Kingdom Logo
This penny, available at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom, features a nicely detailed Cinderella’s Castle with the words “Magic Kingdom” in a banner underneath it. The second of only two horizontally oriented coins on this list, nothing will lead off your pressed penny passport more appropriately than this iconic scene.
4. Tarzan and Jane
Another nicely detailed penny, the picture on this one features Tarzan and Jane swinging on a vine, underneath the Tarzan movie logo. You’ll be in my collection, no matter what they say! You can find this penny in Restaurantosaurus in Animal Kingdom.
If you happen to find yourself near the Landscape of Flavors food court in Disney’s Art of Animation resort, don’t miss the opportunity to pick up one of the best pressed penny renderings of Mater from the movie Cars. Creative illustration makes it seem like Mater is rolling haphazardly along, his tow hook trailing behind him. The Art of Animation logo appears at the bottom of the coin.
2. Mickey Mouse in Jungle Cruise Boat
Comprised of a lot of detailed artwork, this penny shows Mickey Mouse piloting a Jungle Cruise boat as it floats by an elephant. “Magic Kingdom” is printed across the top while “Jungle Cruise” appears at the bottom. Cheesy ride spiel not included. Pick up this penny near the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
1. Tinker Bell
This penny features Tinker Bell from her head to just below her knees, slightly bent at the waist. Because the picture of Tinker Bell is relatively large on the coin, it is very clear and easy to see. The words “Walt Disney World” are written at the top of the penny while “Tinker Bell” is written in script underneath her figure. You can find the Tinker Bell penny near the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney has been known to pull pressed penny machines out of service on occasion, only to reinstate them in alternate locations – sometimes years later. In addition, the numerous renovations occurring both inside the theme parks and across the Disney resort can impact the availability of machines. But even if you find some pennies are no longer available, there are literally hundreds of pressed penny machines available to you across Disney property so that you can find alternate pennies. Which pressed penny in your collection is your favorite?
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