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.
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 classic, hand-cranked presses, where you pay with coins and provide the penny yourself. Then there are the newer digital presses where you pay with dollar bills, card or your smartphone. Disney provide the penny for you. Whichever you prefer, this ultimate guide will teach you everything you need to know about pressed pennies at Walt Disney World.
Related: The Ultimate Guide To Disney Dollars
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.
Old Hand-Cranked Penny Press Machine - $0.51 Each (2 Quarters To Pay + Penny To Press)
Old Hand-Cranked Quarter Press Machine - $1.25 (4 Quarters To Pay + Quarter To Press)
New Digital Coin Press Machine - $1 Bill Each or $3-$10 By Card For 3-12 Pennies
You get two options with the digital machines. You can either buy one coin for $1 (a higher mark-up than the classic hand-cranked $0.51 presses). Or, you can buy all of the coins if you pay by card (you can’t buy one coin with card). You’ll usually get a discount for buying multiple (eg. 8 for $5) but this isn’t consistent across Disney World.
Depending on the machine, you may pay $3 for 3 pennies, $10 for 12 pennies or somewhere in between.
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?
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:
Search ‘Coin Press’ on the My Disney Experience App (Below) - Not every machine is listed but you’ll find a lot of them that way.
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.
Ask a cast member - Disney World cast members are usually very adept at pointing you towards the nearest machine
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.
How To Get The Best Looking Pressed Pennies
There are a few steps you can take to ensure you’ll get a shiny Disney pressed penny. These will only apply for the classic, hand cranked machines since the newer, digital machines provide you with the coin.
First, look for Pre-1982 Coins. 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.
Next, pre-clean your coins so that grime isn’t pressed into the penny. Use an eraser, ketchup or cola for a quick clean or buy a softer kids toothbrush and Wright’s Copper Cream for a deeper clean. If you’re already in Disney World, you can always try asking a cashier cast member if they can give you some shiny change.
Use an M&Ms Mini Candy tube to store your pennies and, lastly, when cranking the machine, do it slowly to give yourself the best chance of pressing a clean and crisp penny.
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.
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:
Pro Tip: Protect your Disney pressed pennies from degradation with wax metal polish
Secret Pressed Penny In Epcot France Pavilion
If you’re an eagle eyed pressed penny fan, you may have noticed that the ‘Souvenirs De France’ Coin Press machine in Epcot only has two designs to choose from. That’s because this was the location of a hidden ‘Agent P’ penny.
To get the Penny, prior to the attraction’s closure in February 2020, you had to complete ‘Agent P’s World Showcase 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”
On hearing the secret phrase, the cast member would give you a penny and direct you to the Coin Press in 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, they will be bringing it back under a new theme ‘Ducktales Showcase Adventure’ sometime in 2021.