A while back, I shared some of my favourite free souvenirs from Disney World and this week it’s about the CHEAPEST souvenir at Disney – Pressed Pennies.
This souvenir will only set you back 51 cents – almost as good as free!
What Is A Pressed Penny?
I discovered pressed penny machines during my December 2007 trip and made a few for my babymoon travel scrapbook. Unfortunately I never had time to start or complete the said scrapbook so I carried the 3 pressed pennies in my wallet for 5 years.
If you’ve never come across a pressed penny machine before, it’s a machine that presses a penny into a flat oval shape and then imprints a design on it.
For $0.51 you can get a design imprinted onto a penny and for $1.25 you can get designs imprinted on a quarter. There are a few pressed quarter machines at WDW but they are definitely not as popular as the penny machines.
Pressed coins are an affordable souvenir option – especially for those parents (myself included) with kids who have a bad case of the “Can I have…”s. It doesn’t take up a lot of space too as our suitcases are usually filled with baby gear.
They Are Everywhere!
These coin pressing machines are everywhere! Inside each of the parks, at the resorts and many can be found in Disney Springs.
Every major attraction or ride has a penny machine located near the exit or the gift shop that you end up in after the ride (great planning on Disney’s part!). The designs usually have the name of the attraction or a character that was featured in the show or ride.
We didn’t really expect our daughter to get into the whole penny pressing thing but were quite surprised that she was the one that kept looking for the machines while we toured the parks and resorts.
All week long she searched for machines that would press her favourite characters (Princesses, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Duffy) onto pennies.
We eventually ended up buying a Penny Collection book ($7.95) because she ended up “making” over 20 pennies (to split with her younger brother she said).
We wanted way to keep them organized and safe instead of having to carry them in my wallet again for another 5 years. When we got home, the 3 pennies that had been in my wallet for were also added into her book.
There’s plenty of empty slots left and our daughter says she will be packing this book into her suitcase for our next visit to Disney World. Time to start saving some pennies! Canadians, since we don’t have pennies anymore, bring nickels and have them exchanged for pennies when you get to the US.
You can get list of machine locations for each park at Guest Relations.
Happy Coin Collecting!
There you have it. A Disney souvenir that for under $1 (or $2 if you go the pressed quarter route – there’s 6 slots in the book shown above for pressed quarters.)!
Although if your children are anything like mine it may end up costing you more than 51 cents. Still a lot more affordable than some of the plush dolls we saw in the gift shops.
Do you have a pressed coin collection? If yes, where are they from?