The Ultimate Guide To Disney World Pressed Pennies — Our Departure Board (2022)

What Are Disney Pressed Pennies?

Disney Pressed Pennies, or ‘elongated coins’, first emerged in Walt Disney World in 1994, over 100 years since they were first sold as souvenirs at the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition (Chicago, USA). Disney pressed pennies (and quarters) are just like other ones you find at major tourist attractions but, as with everything Disney, they’ve gone all out. You’ll find Coin Presses all over Walt Disney World. In the parks, resorts, around Disney Springs and more.

Since each press offers multiple designs, you’ll be able to collect hundreds of unique coins displaying various characters, attractions and events.

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Pressed coins are fun, reasonably priced souvenirs that you can collect throughout your Disney trip and display when you get home.

There are two basic types of Coin Press in Disney. There are the now-rare hand-cranked presses, where you pay with coins and provide the penny yourself. Then there are the newer and vastly more common digital presses where you pay with dollar bills, a card or your smartphone. With these machines, Disney provide a nice shiny penny for you. This ultimate guide will teach you everything you need to know about pressed pennies at Walt Disney World.

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Contents

  • Cost of Pressed Pennies at Disney World
  • Find Coin Presses At Walt Disney World
  • Disney World Coin Press Checklist
  • Shine Your Pressed Pennies
  • Flatten Pressed Pennies
  • Buy Pennies 2nd Hand
  • Display Pressed Pennies
  • The Secret Epcot Penny

How Much Are Pressed Pennies At Walt Disney World

You’ll pay different amounts depending on the type of coin pressed and the type of machine that you use (old/new) throughout Disney.

  • (Common) Digital Coin Press Machine - $1 Per Penny or $3-$10 For 3-12 Pennies (Cash or Card)

  • (Common) Digital Coin Press Machine - $1 Per Penny (Cash Only) or $3 For 3 Pennies (Card Only)

  • (Rare) Hand-Cranked Penny Press Machine - $0.51 Each (2 Quarters To Pay + Penny To Press)

  • (Very Rare) Old & Very Rare Hand-Cranked Quarter Press Machine - $1.25 (4 Quarters To Pay + Quarter To Press)

There are 2 types of the more common digital machines. Some machines give you the option to buy 1 or all of the pennies by cash or card. Other machines need a $1 Bill if you want 1 Penny and a card payment for all the pennies. You’ll usually get a discount for buying multiple (eg. 8 for $5) but that’s not always the case. These digital machines do charge more than the older, hand-cranked machines, which charged you $0.51 per press.

Most of the digital machines accept VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Apply Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay.

How Do I Find Coin Presses At Walt Disney World?

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Whilst it’s sometimes fun just to wander around the parks and happen upon machines, it’s sometimes better to know their exact locations, especially if you’re building a collection. Here, I have a few suggestions:

  • Get a Disney World Coin Press Checklist - Includes Coin Press locations not listed on the app. Mark them off as you go. Search locations using the My Disney Experience app if you’re not sure where they are.

  • Search ‘Coin Press’ on the My Disney Experience App (Below) - Not every machine is listed and some of the locations aren’t up to date but you’ll find a lot of them that way.

  • Ask a cast member - Disney World cast members are usually very adept at pointing you towards the nearest machine.

2022 Walt Disney World Coin Press Souvenir Checklist

Looking for a checklist of Coin Press Machines across the parks and resorts at Walt Disney World? Get this handy, ready made printable PDF.

The regularly updated checklist shows Coin Press locations across the 4 parks, Water Parks, Disney Springs, Disney Resorts, Disney Spring Parter Hotels and the ESPN Wide World of Sport. Includes Coin Press locations not marked on the My Disney Experience app.

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How To Shine Your Pressed Pennies

In my experience, most of the machines use new, shiny pennies and since Disney provide the penny for you (in most cases), you won’t really have to worry about taking shiny pennies with you. That said, once you’ve got your pressed penny, you’ll want to retain its shine.

For a quick clean, I’d recommend using an eraser, ketchup, cola or baking soda. For a deeper clean, use a softer kids toothbrush and Wright’s Copper Cream.

If you’re using a hand-cranked machine, do it slowly to give yourself the best chance of pressing a clean and crisp penny.

If you want to carry some pennies with you (in case you come across older machines), I’d use pre-1982 coins if you can find them. Before 1982, pennies had a high Copper percentage. Pennies from 1982 onwards are made by Copper-plating Zinc. Pressing these newer coins can cause ‘stress marks’ to show. You’re basically seeing the Zinc underneath shine through, which can make for an odd looking press.

Pre-clean these coins to make sure any grime isn’t pressed into the penny and store them in an M&Ms Mini Candy tube. If you’re already in Disney World, try asking a cashier cast member if they can give you some shiny change.

How To Flatten Disney Pressed Pennies

Whilst some of your pressed pennies will come out flat enough to bend them into shape by hand, some will have a much more pronounced bend to them. In order to prevent damage to the pennies design, I’d suggest bracelet bending pliers. These pliers have a curved head and they’re soft enough to avoid damaging the penny’s design.

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Where Can I Buy 2nd Hand Disney Pennies?

Whilst there are a few niche sites for pressed penny trading, the best way to find a set of Disney pennies (or one in particular) is through eBay.

As with any eBay purchase, pay attention to the seller’s feedback rating and watch out for any import duty if you’re buying from abroad (opt for eBay’s Global Shipping Programme for a bit more certainty regarding import duty.

How To Display Your Disney Penny Collection

Once you’ve got your pressed pennies, you might be wondering what to do with them. You’ve got a few options here:

  • Pressed Coin Book - You can buy Disney pressed penny books in the parks and they hold around 50 pressed coins

  • Framed Canvas - How we opted to display our pennies. We displayed them with adhesive putty in a square frame

Pro Tip: Protect your Disney pressed pennies from degradation with wax metal polish

The Story of The Secret Pressed Penny In The France Pavilion

Prior to the attraction’s closure in February 2022, completing ‘Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure’ granted you the opportunity to collect a rare pressed penny from the Souvenirs De France store in Epcot.

Eagle eyed pressed penny fans would have noticed that the ‘Souvenirs De France’ Coin Press machine in Epcot only had two designs to choose from. That’s because this was the location of a hidden ‘Agent P’ penny.

On Agent P’s Adventure, you’d receive a series of missions, integrated through the Play Disney Parks app, which would take you to different Epcot pavilions, hunting for clues and interacting with the app.

On the ‘Penny For Your Evil Thoughts’ mission, you’d be instructed to say this secret phrase to the ‘Souvenirs De France’ cashier cast member:

'I’m from maintenance; I need a penny to test the pennyinator”

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On hearing the secret phrase, the cast member would give you a penny and direct you to the coin press machine in the store. You’d insert the penny, hit a button on the app and a ‘Mr P’ penny would be pressed and drop out of the machine.

Whilst the Agent P attraction shut in early 2020, Disney have previously stated a replacement experience may debut sometime in the not to distant future.

Do you have any questions about Disney Pressed Pennies? Comment below or message me on Twitter @AndrewYBlogs or Instagram @ourdepartureboard

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FAQs

Are Disney pressed pennies worth anything? ›

Coins that are retired or were never onstage, can have values of over a thousand dollars each. But, most Disneyland pressed pennies are only 51 cents while they are vended from machines still accessible at the park.

What are pressed pennies at Disney World? ›

A Penny for Your Thoughts

Easy, fun and inexpensive, our coin presses flatten any penny into a unique design for a nominal fee. No matter the land or location, you're sure to find a nearby coin press machine—each one featuring its own unique Disney characters and stories!

How much does it cost to press a penny at Disney World? ›

What is this? How much are pressed pennies at Disney World? Pennies are now One Dollar, but it will depend on the machine. Some machines allow you to use a dollar bill, or a credit card/mobile pay for the one dollar fee.

How do the penny machines work at Disney? ›

There are two types of pressed penny machines in Walt Disney World. There are a few classic, hand-cranked presses, where you pay with coins and provide the penny yourself. However, you are more likely to find the second type: the newer digital presses where you pay with dollar bills, card or your smartphone.

What year is best for pressed pennies? ›

The best penny to press is a penny from 1982 or earlier when the pennies were made with 95% copper. The higher the copper content the better they work! So pennies make the most sense!

What pennies do collectors look for? ›

Rare Pennies
  • 1914-S Lincoln Penny.
  • 1944-D Lincoln Penny (Zinc-coated steel)
  • 1909-S VDB Lincoln Penny.
  • 1872 Indian Head Penny.
  • 1969-S Lincoln Penny-Doubled Die Obverse.
  • 1926-S Lincoln Penny.
  • 1877 Indian Head Penny.
  • 1914-D Lincoln Penny.
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How many Disney 50th Anniversary pressed pennies are there? ›

There are currently 62 50th Anniversary pennies available to get. So far for the year 2022 there have been 53 pressed pennies added.

How many pressed penny machines are at Disney World? ›

Magic Kingdom Pressed Penny Pocket Guide

181 pressed pennies. 33 Machines.

Can you buy pressed penny books at Disney World? ›

Those looking to collect Pressed Pennies at Disney World, can find Disney Pressed Penny books located at the register in most Disney gift shops.

How much pocket money should I bring to Disney? ›

How much spending money to bring to Walt Disney world is always a subjective question. It completely depends on your spending habits. My best recommendation would be to budget about $100.00 per day for expenditures (not including dining experiences).

Are penny pressing machines legal? ›

YES, IT'S LEGAL!

According to United States Code Title18 Chapter17 Section331, pressing pennies is legal in the U.S., as long as you are not fraudulently trying to spend the coins.

What is this $100 charge from Disney? ›

How much—and how long—is the hold? A. On the day of arrival, Resort hotels will place an authorization hold on your card for any balance due on the reservation—plus $100 for estimated incidental expenses. If your spending exceeds the original $100 hold, additional incremental holds will automatically be obtained.

How do you beat a penny slot machine? ›

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Do penny machines pay out? ›

Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. On progressive jackpot games, you activate greater winning potential when you play maximum bets. If you don't place the maximum bet size, you won't win the maximum prize. Many penny slots games will pay out fixed awards on any bet size.

How much does it cost to press a penny? ›

You put in your penny along with the fee—typically 50 cents—and watch while the machine flattens the coin and adds a design for an instant souvenir. There are so many good reasons to collect pressed pennies and other coins, also called elongated coins.

When should you not pick up a penny? ›

If one side of a penny brings good luck, the other side brings bad. So if you accidentally pick up a penny that is tails side up, you are supposed to put it back down head side up to bring good luck to the next person.

What type of penny is worth the most? ›

1943 Bronze Lincoln

“The most valuable Lincoln cent sold privately in 2010 for $1.7 million,” said Stone. In order to preserve copper for the war effort, the U.S. Mint switched to making pennies from zinc-coated steel planchets, instead of the usual bronze coin blanks, Stone explained.

What dates should I look for on pennies? ›

The 10 Most Valuable Pennies
  • 1943 D Bronze Wheat Penny: $800,000-$2,000,000.
  • 1944 S Steel Wheat Penny: $700,000-$1,000,000.
  • 1943 S Bronze Wheat Penny: $500,000+
  • 1943 Bronze Wheat Penny: $300,000+
  • 1958 P DDO Wheat Penny: $100,000-$200,000.
  • 1944 D Steel Wheat Penny: $60,000+
  • 1944 P Steel Wheat Penny: $50,000+

What year penny is worth $1000000? ›

1943-S Lincoln Cent Sells for $1 Million.

What does the D mean on a penny? ›

Pennies were, confusingly, abbreviated to 'd'. This is because the Latin word for this coin was 'denarius'.

Is a 1944 wheat penny worth anything? ›

Prices range from around 20 cents in circulated condition, to 35 cents in uncirculated.

How many Disney 50th gold coins are there? ›

There are over 50 collectible medallions available throughout Walt Disney World Resort that commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Machines can be found at all four theme parks, Disney Springs and select Disney Resorts Collection hotels.

How much did the guy get for pennies for 45 years? ›

The half million pennies Anders collected amounted to $5,136.14 in cash. The bank where Anders cashed in his change told the Star they were more than happy to help the longtime customer, though it took more than 5 hours for a machine to count through the change.

How much were the pennies worth that the man collected for 45 years? ›

As it was, the $5,136 worth of pennies took five hours for Origin Bank in Ruston, Louisiana, to count and process.

Why do they scan your finger at Disney World? ›

The finger scanning process is really there to help prevent ticket fraud which is why you'll need to do it each time you enter the theme park. Typing it all out makes it seem like a drawn-out process but really it takes 10 to 15 seconds per person at most.

Why was the penny press so cheap? ›

Political factors

The founders of the penny press popularized both low prices for newspapers and newspaper economics based on sales instead of political party backing. Benjamin Day created The Sun without any political party backing. This was rare because this was an era where political parties sponsored newspapers.

How much does it cost to press a penny at Disneyland? ›

Disneyland Pressed Coins are fun to collect and is a great low-cost souvenir at just $1.00 each at Disneyland Resorts.

How far in advance do you have to book a Disney genie? ›

Genie+ is available for purchase when the clock strikes midnight on the day of your visit, but you don't need to stay up late (instead, just wake up about 15 minutes early to secure it before the 7 a.m. selection process).

Does Disney wash their comforters? ›

Bedspreads are not necessarily changed or washed between Guests. Upon check-out, bedspreads are examined by Mousekeeping staff and sent to be laundered if necessary to do so. Regular changing and washing of the bedspreads are done every 30 days during monthly, detailed inspections of all resort rooms.

Is everything cashless at Disney World? ›

While you are welcome to use cash if that is your preference, you may wish to have a Disney Gift Card on hand to use for Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. Many Quick-Service dining locations offer the ability to place and pay for your order through the My Disney Experience mobile app.

How much does the average person spend at Disney in a day? ›

So, on average without purchasing souvenirs, adult beverages, or any other extra expenses, one adult guest at Walt Disney World will spend anywhere between $181 and $201 per day. This is just an estimate. Guests can easily spend much more or less than this depending on a number of factors. BEST PRICE GUARANTEE!

Does Disney check your pockets? ›

Security Procedures

Bag checks are only needed if the machine detects something. Note: Umbrellas, metal water bottles, metal glasses cases, and baby squeeze pouches can set it off. If you have any of these Disney recommends holding them in your hand at full arms length in front of you as you walk through the scanner.

How much does an average person spend at Disney? ›

For a family of 4, the average Walt Disney World vacation in 2023 costs: $5,369.88 ($268.49 per person per night), $6,299.98 ($314.99 per person per night), or $8,471.88 ($423.59 per person per night).

Why do people collect pressed pennies? ›

Pressed pennies have become a very popular collectable around the world. For many people it's because these tiny keepsakes are fun, inexpensive , durable, easy to store and display.

Is it illegal to destroy a penny? ›

It is not illegal to melt, form, destroy, or otherwise modify US coins, including pennies, unless the objective is fraudulent or with the intent of selling the raw materials of the coins for profit.

Is crushing a penny illegal? ›

In the United States, U.S. Code Title 18, Chapter 17, Section 331 prohibits "the mutilation, diminution and falsification of United States coinage." The foregoing statute, however, does not prohibit the mutilation of coins, if the mutilated coins are not used fraudulently, i.e., with the intention of creating ...

Why are Disney prices so high? ›

Price increases have been hitting Disney World by the hundreds. According to Disney CEO Bob Chapek, that trend isn't going to slow down anytime soon. Chapek told CNBC in an interview that price increases are driven by consumer demand: “It's all up to the consumer. If consumer demand keeps up then we act accordingly.

How much is Disney World's electric bill? ›

Nuclear Energy and Disney World Today

Currently, Disney's park costs over $10 billion a year to run, and used over a billion kWhs of electricity, resulting in a bill of over $100 million dollars a year.

How much did it cost to get into Disney World 50 years ago? ›

So, how did the ticket price go from $3.50 to a whopping $109 in 50 years? Well, there are multiple reasons for the steep price increase. The parks are far more technologically advanced today. Plus, they just offer more, period, than the Magic Kingdom back in 1971.

Is there a trick to winning at slot machines? ›

There are no simple hacks, slots tips or tricks to winning on slot machines. If you want better odds to win on slots, you need to: Choose the slots that have high payouts. Choose the slots with the correct volatility level.

Should I max bet on penny slots? ›

Re: Play Less Than Max On Penny Slots? The odds don't change based on your bet in either direction. You don't have to bet max on most games but the game doesn't magically become worse if you bet max. If your ambition is to win the top payout amount on the game, you should bet max.

Is it better to stop a slot machine or let it spin? ›

Is There Any Reason to Stop the Reels? There's no reason that would impact the outcome of your game. In fact, by not stopping the reels and letting a spin (or free games, or whatever animation is going on) do its thing, you're avoiding hitting the bet button as quickly, so you're putting less money at risk.

How do you know when a slot machine is ready to hit? ›

You cannot tell when a modern slot machine will hit because the outcome of each spin is random. No matter how many times a machine has spun, and no matter what the outcomes of those spins were, the probability of the next result remains the same. But people often believe otherwise.

What is the best time to play the slot machines? ›

Many gamblers prefer hitting the casino after midnight or around 2 a.m when there's less traffic and increased chances of betting against high rollers. Con of evening gambling: Like going to the casino on weekends, expect more packed tables and slots during peak evening hours and fewer games available to play.

When should you leave a slot machine? ›

A sure sign that it is time to walk away from a specific slot machine is multiple losses. No one is going to give you much of a recommendation in this case. It will be up to you to determine how many losses is enough. If you keep spinning and coming up with losses, it is time to try another machine.

Are Disney World pressed pennies worth anything? ›

Collecting pressed pennies at Walt Disney World is a really cheap souvenir idea. Each pressed penny costs a dollar. Some pressed penny machines at Disney World still allow you to use a dollar note, but others are cashless and require a card payment.

How many Disney pressed pennies are there? ›

Disney Springs Pressed Penny Pocket Guide

134 Pressed Pennies. 4 Pressed Quarters. 25 Machines.

How many pressed pennies does Disney have? ›

In all, The Disneyland Resort area has 51 Disney pressed coin penny machines to serve the 155 pressed coins. "Penny press" machines are located throughout the resort.

How many pressed penny machines are in Disney World? ›

Out of those, there are approximately 80 found in the four main theme parks. The locations are found on the Park Guide Maps, or you can find them on the online Coin Press Machines map. Have fun searching for your favorites, Robin, and please let us know if there is anything else we are able to assist you with.

How many 50th anniversary pressed pennies are there? ›

There are currently 62 50th Anniversary pennies available to get. So far for the year 2022 there have been 53 pressed pennies added.

Are pressed penny machines legal? ›

YES, IT'S LEGAL!

According to United States Code Title18 Chapter17 Section331, pressing pennies is legal in the U.S., as long as you are not fraudulently trying to spend the coins.

How many Disney World 50th coins are there? ›

There are over 50 collectible medallions available throughout Walt Disney World Resort that commemorate the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Machines can be found at all four theme parks, Disney Springs and select Disney Resorts Collection hotels.

Do penny press machines make money? ›

If you are looking to earn money per square foot a penny presser is earns more money for its footprint without needing to be stocked. Our penny press machines are easy to operate and provide an unlimited income stream. Included in our penny press machine: Lifetime dies made from hardened steel.

Is Disney World completely cashless? ›

While you are welcome to use cash if that is your preference, you may wish to have a Disney Gift Card on hand to use for Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. Many Quick-Service dining locations offer the ability to place and pay for your order through the My Disney Experience mobile app.

What 1969s pennies are worth money? ›

At the time, Potter estimated that a Mint State 1969-S doubled die obverse is worth at least $44,000 and maybe as much as $100,000 or more depending on the grade it gets. Experts estimate that the number of known specimens of this 1969-S doubled die penny is only about 40 to 50 coins.

Are pennies from the 1950s rare? ›

The 1950 Lincoln penny is especially sought after by collectors. For one, the coins are valuable due to the scarcity that comes inherent with a coin that is so old. Secondly, the number of well-preserved pieces is dwindling, so it is crucial that collectors get their hands on them sooner rather than later.

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