Unpack Your Pennies, Souvenir Penny Machines Going Digital at Walt Disney World

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For decades, Walt Disney World guests have saved their shiny pennies before descending on the Vacation Kingdom of the world, with hopes of turning them into an inexpensive souvenir at one of the resort’s dozens of pressed penny machines. However, something has debuted that may change the timeless souvenir forever…

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This new style pressed penny machine was spotted today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Not only does the machine have a digital display and eliminated the use of cranks or illuminating buttons, but you can’t even put your own penny in it

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The cost is $1 per penny, or you can get all 12 for $10

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The machine takes cash for all options and credit for if you would like them all

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Apple Pay and Google Wallet are also accepted

Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney also has one of the new machines featuring Frozen designs. There has been no word if Disney will do away with the old style machines eventually, but it is a real possibility.

What do you think? Does it matter if the machine gives you a new penny rather than pennies you brought with you? Is this just way more convenient?

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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Cheri
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Cheri

I would prefer to press my own pennies. I look for dates with special meaning. Not as much fun if they are digital…..sigh

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Christy
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Christy

I agree. Plus it seems to cost more, Now over $0.83 for the penny.

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Yvonne Paradise

There goes the fun of watching some cute kid “helping” you with the cranking to make a new penny

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Jessie
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Jessie

I don’t like this either! I save my quarters and pennies for the coin smashers. While I do not mind paying more for the dime/quarter smashers – I absolutely will not pay a dollar for a pressed penny.

Denise
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Denise

I like not needing to keep up with cash, but..$1 for a penny is ludicrous. Plus, newer pennies don’t have the same apportionment so you often get silver streaks in the new pennies, so I make sure to use the older ones. Pushing a button won’t bring the same thrill. ????