Have you ever taken a look around the parks (and the resorts!) and spotted the pressed penny machines? Maybe you’ve even rummaged through your pockets and had enough change to make one or two.
If you are like me when I first started collecting they got stuffed somewhere in your day pack or clothing and you forgot all about them until you got home – then wondered WHY you didn’t have the foresight to make many more of them! I love the pennies for several reasons: they are cheap (what other Disney souvenir is only fifty-one cents?) they don’t take up much space, and they are fun to look back at once the trip is over. I hope my quick start tips help you on your mission to collect them all. Don’t forget to download our FREE pressed penny map so that you can locate them all yourself.
Shiny pennies are a must
I suggest you use the shiniest pennies you can find in the presses, they just turn out prettier. I don’t always have as many sparkling pennies as I need when I head out to the parks so I’ve had to get creative on cleaning up the dirty ones. A quick google search will reveal many methods for cleaning but I use ketchup! The best part about using ketchup is that you can actually clean your pennies on the fly while in the park. Just grab a few packets from any quick serve, a handful of napkins and you are good to go. It works best if you are able to scrub them with a toothbrush (this would obviously work better at home) but napkins will work in a pinch. Rinse them with hot water, pat dry and you are good to go.
A little organization please
I like to stack my change penny, quarter, quarter in a tube shaped container to make it easier to carry and dispense. Two tubes I have found that work well are the Mini M&M tubes or a tube of NUUN (electrolyte replacing tablets available at most sporting good stores – and then I can drink the NUUN in the park to stay hydrated on hot days). This also takes up a little less space in your bag and keeps you from having jangling pockets. After I press my penny, it goes into a ziplock bag so it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of the backpack as easily.
Storing your collection
Disney sells a few different pressed penny books in the park, they retail for about $12.00. You can also pick up one before you go or when you get home, they carry Disney themed ones and have quite a selection of others (not Disney) to chose from. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I have plans to decorate some plain books so that I have one for each park and one for the resorts.
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to start collecting! Keep your eyes open as you will find the machines in likely and not so likely places. My favorite find was in the waiting area of Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Animal Kingdom. Most machines aren’t easily spotted from the outside so you have to do some sleuthing or download our free Walt Disney World Pressed Penny Map.
How big is your collection? Do you have a favorite pressed penny? Don’t forget to download our FREE Walt Disney World Pressed Penny Map.