One of the best souvenirs for children and families to purchase at the Walt Disney World Resort is pressed pennies. Apart from the low cost involved – each pressed penny is just 51 cents – they can be picked up in any theme park, any water park, at Disney Springs, at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, and in all of the Disney resorts. Also, the pressed coin machines tend to be tucked away in corners or less-traveled areas, so actually finding them can be a game in itself!
The artistic detail on the coins ranges from simple to surprisingly ornate. And the themes can vary from scary (Haunted Mansion ghosts) to funny (elephant spraying Donald Duck with its trunk). And then some of them are just downright cute! Here are some of the most adorable pressed pennies you can find at WDW:
12. Gus and Jaq
Two of the mice from Disney’s Cinderella, Gus and Jaq, are featured on this penny. In the image, Jaq looks on as Gus holds the beads for Cinderella’s dress on his tail! Got no time to dilly dally! You gotta get a-goin’ and get this penny! You can find it in 1900 Park Faire at the Grand Floridian resort.
11. Seagulls from Finding Nemo
This pressed penny is hilarious! Featuring five seagulls from the movie Finding Nemo, the word “MINE” is written twelve times on the coin! You can find this penny by following the EAC to the fishing grounds, AKA The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot.
Goofy is a sweet character all on his own, but put Mickey ears on him and give him some Mickey-shaped balloons to hold, and you’ve got the recipe for an adorable pressed penny! Gawrsh! You can locate this penny in the Main Street Athletic Club at the Magic Kingdom.
9. Jack Jack
The youngest member of the Incredibles, with wide eyes and signature pointy hair, sits in his onesie on this pressed penny. He has a cute smile on his face and is giving a little wave. The Incredibles logo appears underneath him. You can collect the whole Incredible family by starting with this one, found in the Prop Shop at Hollywood Studios.
8. Lady and the Tramp
There are a bunch of great pressed pennies from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp that can be found across the Disney World Resort, but my favorite features Lady and Tramp touching noses right after they’ve finished eating the famous strand of spaghetti. The look of surprise on their faces is just too cute! Look for this penny at Everything Pop Shopping & Dining at Pop Century resort. If you’d like to get the before and after images, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom has a penny that shows Lady and Tramp still holding the strand of spaghetti between them.
7. Belle and Beast
The Once Upon A Time shop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers this penny, which features a waist-up shot of Belle and the Beast dancing. The Beauty and the Beast logo appears above them. It might be bittersweet and strange, but find yourself some change and get this coin!
If you’re going to offer a pressed penny that features Baloo, there’s no better choice for the image than to have him dressed in his palm leaf skirt and hat, dancing away! This penny also features the Jungle Book logo and Baloo’s name written on it.
I wanna walk like you, talk like you, and get this penny like you! You can find Baloo at Celebrity 5 & 10 in Hollywood Studios.
Mickey Mouse is cute in his own right, but what could be more adorable than Mickey’s teddy bear? Duffy the teddy bear has a pressed penny series all his own, which features him in outfits from the countries of the World Showcase in Epcot. But for a basic Duffy, in his usual sailor’s outfit, check out Epcot’s Innoventions East.
4. Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore
Oh bother! Which pressed penny featuring Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore should you choose? Think, think, think. How about the pressed penny available in the 4th Floor Concourse of the Contemporary Resort? It features Winnie the Pooh standing face to face with Eeyore, both of them staring at a butterfly that’s landed on Eeyore’s nose! It’s as sweet as honey!
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3. Mickey and Minnie
For a delightfully different rendering of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, swing by the Courtyard of the Japan Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Done in Japanese animation style, this penny features Mickey and Minnie kissing with hearts in the air around them. Japanese writing appears at the top of the penny.
Another different but adorable penny to pick up is one that features an image of Simba from The Lion King. But instead of a drawing of Simba the character, this penny features the drawing of Simba that Rafiki made on his tree. The word Epcot appears at the top of the penny while the words Walt Disney World are underneath the drawing. Oh I just can’t wait to get this penny!
It’s available in Epcot at Village Traders in the African-themed area of the World Showcase.
Most Disney fans would agree that there have been few characters more adorable than Monsters, Inc.’s Boo. But this penny features Boo in the monster costume that Mike Wazowski and Sully made to sneak her onto the Scarefloor, upping the cuteness of this coin by a factor of twenty-three nineteen! So be a googlie bear and pick one up for the kids at Fort Wilderness Campground’s Reception Outpost.
With hundreds of pressed coins available, children should be able to easily find a theme or series of coins that they would enjoy collecting. That could be anything from Phineas and Ferb or the Muppets to Disney Princesses or characters from the movie Frozen. A coin passport and $10 in change can be all it takes to get their collections well underway. If you could design your own pressed penny, what would you put on it?
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