PHOTOS: Disney Debuts Automated Souvenir Vending Machines at Resort Hotels, Offering Grab & Go Theme Park Items

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When you are going through the airport, you are bombarded with vending machines selling all sorts of items, including expensive electronics and more. Well, Disney resort hotels are now testing a similar offering, selling small souvenirs through an automated vending machine in the resort lobby.

The first of these machines has shown up in the lobby of Disney’s Pop Century Resort, just outside of the Everything Pop store. The machine went into service about two weeks ago. The idea behind it is that it will allow guests to grab theme park souvenirs fast, or even when the larger store is closed in the late hours of the night and early hours of the morning.

The machine is fairly small, so it just has smaller souvenirs and what might be deemed as vacation necessities. This case shows some of the items for sale.

Sadly the machine was out of order, so we did not get to try it out. When working, you can select the items you want, then swipe your card to buy it. The items will then drop out at the bottom.

The machine isn’t very big, so I can’t imagine that there is a huge stock of any item inside of it.

So, what do you think? Is this a good idea? Should it be rolled out to more resorts?

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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.
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