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|Update: Pressed Pennies, Atlantis, Pins and more - 05/25/01|
Pressed Pennies, or "elongated coins", are very popular souvenirs, and Disneyland has offered a whole collection of machines for as long as I can remember. When DCA opened, their penny press machines were somewhat delayed. I'm happy to report that the machines have arrived and installed around the new park!
If you start out on a pressed penny hunt at either park, be sure to stop by City Hall or Guest Relations. There, you can pick up an updated list of penny press machines in the parks. Armed with a park map, you're on your way! The machines all look pretty much like the one in the above shot, although some are better themed than others. It costs 50¢ to press a penny, and there are three different designs to choose from at each machine. Here are photos of the three designs offered at each machine within DCA.
Collectors have different opinions about what makes the perfect pressed penny. The age of the coin you use, the metal content, polished or unpolished, and even the side you press the image on have an impact on the final product.
How do you show off your collection? Some people store them in mugs, jars, and boxes. You can find plastic pages for coin albums specially made for elongated coins. Recently, Disneyland began to sell pressed penny wallets to hold small collections.
The current DCA list says that there is a machine at Fly-N-Buy, but it has not been installed yet. Meanwhile, the machine shown above (at Greetings from California) is not on the list.
You'll also find a pressed-quarter machine, outside of Rushin' River Outfitters (shown above). Just like the other clever fixtures in that store, this machine is custom-made and looks right at home on the front porch.
If you want more information about pressed, smashed, elongated, or flattened coins, visit Dave Tomita's Guide to Disneyland Pressed Coins. Dave gives you information about how to make, store and enjoy your collection, and offers links into the world of collecting.
Disneyland pin collectors have a lot to look forward to. A few weeks ago, the first shipment of Walt Disney World pins arrived, and have been distributed to pin locations around the park. The World of Disney Store has just received a collection of pins from Disneyland Paris, and another collection from Tokyo Disneyland is expected to arrive soon.
Disneyland has announced the first Pin Trading Seminar, to be held this Sunday, May 27th 2001. This will be a larger version of the Pin Talks held daily at the park, and will be led by managers from Disneyland merchandising. Becky, Martha and Bruce will be talking about the new pin trading rules, upcoming pin event and new releases.
This is the first in what is expected to be a series of seminars - the next one is scheduled for June 24th. Admission is free, but a Cast Member told me that future events may have a separate fee. The seminars will be held at the Big Thunder Ranch, in three sessions:
10 am to 10:45 am
We can hope that this marks the beginning of pin events at Disneyland, similar to the incredibly popular Walt Disney World pin events. With dozens of collectors flying cross-country to attend the WDW events, Disneyland is certainly missing an opportunity to keep them spending here. (More on the Walt Disney World pin events next week!)
Atlantis Merchandise Arrives
While the Emperor's New Groove made its Hollywood Premier amid a dearth of related merchandise, Atlantis won't repeat the same mistake. Disneyland and DCA shops have received collections of Atlantis merchandise, (shown above and below) and it seems to be very well received.
In addition to the usual assortment of toys and dolls, there's a "How to Draw" book, a small lunchbox with stickers, and a hooded terry- cloth towel.
Have you seen these little robot dogs around Disneyland? (Shown above) These were last summer's budget answer to the Sony AIBO. The controller at the end of the "leash" makes the dog walk and bark. Not only were they loud and tacky, they looked terrible being sold from vending carts on Main Street.
I was so happy to see the little monsters being sold on clearance at the World of Disney store last week - until I learned why there were there. Disneyland is clearing them out to make room for the new version - a Robot Pluto. Well, at least it's themed. If they keep them in Tomorrowland, they won't be so noticeable - but please keep them off Main Street!
Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.
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