Pressed penny machines are found around nearly every corner in the Walt Disney World parks. While they aren’t hard to find, they are often overlooked by guests, and that means they’re missing out on one of the most fun activities found at Disney World: pressed penny collecting.
Wondering what’s so great about collecting these little coins? Consider these 12 reasons we think everyone should collect pressed pennies at Disney World.
Possibly the most compelling reason to choose pressed pennies as your souvenir of choice is price. Each penny costs only 51¢, meaning you can gather quite a few before the cost even begins to make a dent in your budget.
Since affording a number of these little treasures is no problem, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty to choose from. In fact, there are over 600 penny pressing machines in Walt Disney World Resort. This makes them a highly collectible item. Many people even make collecting pressed pennies a hobby.
3. Ever Changing
Afraid you’ll collect all the available pennies in Disney World? Relax! The penny machines in the parks and resorts are constantly changing, meaning even the most frequent visitors will always have new options to look forward to.
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4. Small and Light
One of the biggest problems people face at the end of a Disney vacation is contending with the souvenirs they collected throughout the trip. Packing them into bags to take on an airplane can be frustrating, and loading them in the car is often an equally big problem.
Pressed pennies are super compact and lightweight, meaning they won’t be the cause of any end-of-trip packing troubles.
5. Fun to Make
There is a certain satisfaction in turning a handle and watching your shiny penny being pressed into a flat oval. Even fully grown adults will readily admit that pressed pennies are incredibly fun to make, and this makes them an even more exciting souvenir option.
6. Commemorate Specific Events
In Disney World, pressed penny machines are found in nearly every nook and cranny. This is great because it means that a huge number of the resort’s attractions and hotels are represented by pressed pennies.
Therefore, if your kiddo is riding Splash Mountain for the first time, or your family is staying in a new resort hotel, you can commemorate the event with a penny.
7. Cool Collection Books
Because pressed pennies are flat, they are super easy to store. To make it even easier, consider investing in a book specifically for holding flattened pennies. Disney World sells a couple of different options, and each one is a super-cool themed storage solution that can be used for years to come.
8. Great for Scrapbooks
Don’t like the idea of purchasing a book specifically for pressed pennies? Consider placing the little mementos into a scrapbook. Because they’re flat and light, they can easily be glued or taped to a page, and by placing the page in a plastic protector, you can make sure they aren’t lost.
9. DIY Jewelry
Another cool thing that many people do with pressed pennies is create penny jewelry. The flattened coins are perfect charms for necklaces and keychains. Want to display several? Consider making a set of keychains to hang on a backpack zipper.
10. Perfect for Trading
If you’ve visited Disney World before, you’ve probably noticed the insane amount of pin trading going on. Unfortunately, those pins are pretty expensive, making the pin trading hobby a bit too pricey for some people.
Pressed pennies provide park goers an opportunity to get the same fun trading experience without all the costs involved. Just look for others holding pressed penny collection books and ask if they’d like to trade.
11. Available Outside of Disney
One of the best things about starting a penny collection is the fact that pressed penny machines can be found at hundreds (if not thousands) of locations across the USA. This means your collection can extend beyond Walt Disney World and represent nearly any United States attraction you may choose to visit.
12. A Potential Monetary Investment
Because Disney World’s penny pressing machines are constantly changing, some pennies which display designs that disappeared from parks years ago are now worth a decent amount of money. By collecting these pennies now and putting them away until later, you might just end up with a few valuable coins of your own.
As you can see, we think pressed pennies are a really awesome souvenir option for anyone visiting Disney World. Pack a bag of change and try collecting some yourself. You might just find you love it as much as we do.