Connie R. (NDI#176) (12 Posts)

Connie Roberts can still remember her first trip to Disney World even though she was 7 years old. The joy she felt would stay with her for years until she could visit again as a teen. That's when she hatched her plan to move to Florida. Although it took many years for this plan to come to fruition, Connie surrounded herself with all things Disney. And with every move, the closer she came to the parks, the more Disney she gathered. Finally in her late 20's Connie was close enough to Disney World to visit and drive back home in a day. Being a Disney FANatic has been passed on to her 2 daughter and her husband and she's found sharing this love on her blog Brain Foggles and on Twitter, where she's known as the go to person for Disney World questions.

Collecting Disney pressed pennies is just plain fun. Pressed Pennies are not only a souvenir but an activity for you, your family, and your friends while you’re at the Disney resort  or at any of the Disney parks,  hotels, shops or other areas. Finding the pressed penny machines is just part of the excitement!  Collecting the pennies, knowing which ones you have and still need, is the other part.

These souvenirs only cost 51 cents – the penny to be pressed and 50 cents to have it done. There are also pressed quarters that cost $1.25. Those machines are more difficult to find because there are fewer of them.  One of the things that makes collecting pressed pennies so much fun is that you can never finish collecting them all. Disney changes the types of pennies offered in the machines and changes out machines too. They also have Celebrations when new pennies are released for a short time.

Most machines offer three types of pennies in the same theme. The newer machines may offer four designs. For example, at the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Champions, you’ll find Baseball, Tennis and Soccer Mickey Mouse designs. You can find a master list of all of the designs and where they are located at which is updated quite frequently. Their checklist is perfect for keeping your collection organized. You can also get a Pressed Penny Location List at Guest Relations at the Parks.

Speaking of organized, you can purchase a holder for the pennies as you start to collect enough of them to display. Pressed penny books vary in design too. Look for Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, the Disney Parks, etc. Collection books cost about $10.

I get just one penny from a machine at a time. This makes the search for new pennies more exciting!  You never know what you’ll find at the next machine. If you plan on another trip next year in or the years to come, bring along that display book and try to find some more pennies to fill it up.

Penny collectors disagree about what type of penny to use. Some like the new shiny pennies so you can see the design more clearly. Others suggest using older pennies without zinc, preferably pennies before the year 1982 so there’s no shine. I like to use the older pennies but won’t turn away from getting a new pressed penny if I only have newer pennies.

No matter if you collect Disney pressed pennies or quarters, nor if you keep them in a book or in a jar, you’ll have fun with this unique collectible. Do you look for pressed penny machines when you’re at Disney? What are some of your favorites?

Contributed by: Connie Roberts (NDI#176) Connie is the DDL Interviewer and Collectibles Blogger. She is also the creator of Brain Foggles.


  1. Thanks for the link to the website. We once tried to catalog my daughter’s pennies with another site’s list but several of the ones she has wasn’t one there. I’ll have to check out their search feature later.

  2. I remember getting pressed pennies at Disney as a child. When we took our kids in May ’09 my then 5 year old started his own collection. We are slowly increasing all of the pennies in his album. He loves them and it keeps the entire busy hunting new pennies to add and not focus on what they want in stores 😉

  3. My DD (NDK66) got hooked on this past yr and I have to tell you I think we spent at least 5.00 each.

  4. When you’re there for 4.5 months straight it’s not too hard to accomplish! It was a slight obsession at the time…

  5. Amazing write-up! This could aid plenty of people find out more about this particular issue. Are you keen to integrate video clips coupled with these? It would absolutely help out. Your conclusion was spot on and thanks to you; I probably won’t have to describe everything to my pals. I can simply direct them here!

  6. College Program!!??? 🙂 I’m alum too!
    Taking hubby & my almost 5 year old for their first time next week! I can’t wait!
    Do you know how much the books are currently in the parks? Should I buy one now to save a few bucks or not bother!?!

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