Disney World can be an expensive place which is why we keep an eye out for merchandise sales and affordable souvenirs!
One of the least expensive souvenirs you can snag in Disney World is a collectible pressed penny from one of the various penny press machines scattered around the parks. And we’ve noticed that Disney is slowly replacing these machines with upgraded versions!
We took a tour around EPCOT to see what has — and has not — changed about the penny presses in the World Showcase. This quest was spurred by a shiny new penny press that was recently installed in The American Adventure pavilion.
A Cast Member explained that while the previous machine had coin slots for guests to pay, it has now been replaced with one that lets guests use a credit card!
And the machines in The American Adventure pavilion aren’t the only ones around World Showcase that have received an upgrade. Over at the Africa Outpost, the penny presses have also been upgraded to the credit card version!
These next few upgraded machines have been around for a while, so it looks like the process of replacing these guys might be pretty slow. The Japan pavilion has two of the upgraded presses…
…and the China pavilion has one as well! These new machines do make the whole penny pressing experience slightly more expensive, going from 51 cents at the old machines to $1 at the new ones. But another positive aspect of the new machines is that guests no longer need to provide their own penny to be pressed since the new machines can supply one!
But, like we said, replacing the machines does seem to be a slow process. Several World Showcase pavilions, like Italy and Morocco, still have the old penny presses.
As a note, Germany’s penny press is located in one of the stores that is still temporarily closed, but the Cast Member we talked to offered to go get our penny pressed for us. So nice! If you really want that pressed penny from the Germany pavilion, talk to a Cast Member and they may be able to help you out!
So, while a pressed penny might not be the first Disney World souvenir that comes to mind for many guests, the new machines do make snagging one a bit easier! No more carrying change if you want a pressed penny from one of the upgraded machines — you just might need to pay a little more.
Do you ever use the pressed penny machines in Disney World? Let us know in the comments!