Everyone one knows that collecting things at Disney and purchasing souvenirs can add quite a bit of $-$-$ onto your vacation budget. As a family that travels to Walt Disney World often, we always like to bring a little memento home from each of our trips and fortunately we have found two ideal ways to remember each trip without breaking the bank!
Both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland (as well as other Disney parks throughout the world) offer a large variety of pressed penny machines in a long list of designs. For 51 cents per trip we can add to our collection! I will admit that between trips I save my shiniest pennies for my granddaughter to use for pressing, as well as quarters to use for payment.
First, purchase a Pressed Penny Book to hold your collection. This is available at almost every shop throughout the parks, as well as at the Disney Stores.
You can begin your collection by simply purchasing pressed pennies that strike your fancy as you go by or if you are serious about your pressing collection, you can download a check list of pressed penny designs/locations throughout the parks and hotels. These lists exist for both WDW and DL. You can make it your mission to collect all or choose a certain theme for your collection. Pressed penny designs are changed and updated to include new characters, movies, etc., so be sure to check for updated lists every so often. It’s easy to get the kids excited about collecting pennies by making a little bit of a scavenger hunt out of locating the penny they really want.
Here is Walt Disney World’s Master List of pressed penny locations. Click to download and print.
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Here is a Disneyland Master List of pressed penny locations. Click to download and print.
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As your collection grows, you may wonder what you can do with all those pressed pennies. Do a simple Pinterest search and you will find hundreds of things that people have done with their pennies. From jewelry to wall art – you will only be limited by your own imagination!
PIN TRADING AND COLLECTING
Even though pin trading has become big business for Disney, you can still collect (and trade) pins for an inexpensive souvenir on each trip. Pins can be purchased at different price levels, usually starting at around $6.95 up to around $15. You can usually find some sale racks or multi-packs as well. Of course, Disney also sells various ways to keep your pin collection from lanyards to binder pin books to pin bags you can wear around your shoulder.
And Pinterest offers many ideas on how to display or keep your collection at home.
Pin collecting/trading can be a bit more expensive than pressed penny collecting since there are many groups, clubs and events centered around Disney pin collecting, but there are ways to keep costs for this souvenir low. We limit my granddaughter to 4 pins per visit. 2 to keep for her collection and 2 she can use to trade with. We also limit the amount of money she may spend on a pin she will be using for trade.
If you will be a pin trader, there is a certain etiquette involved in the trading process.
- The main criteria to judge whether a pin is tradable or not is that it must be a metal pin bearing a “©Disney”mark on the back that represents a Disney Event, Place or Location, Character or Icon.
- Pins should be in good, undamaged, tradable condition.
- For a safe trading experience, please trade one pin at a time, hand to hand with pin backs attached.
- Guests may trade a maximum of two (2) pins per Cast Member, per day.
- Please refrain from touching a Cast Member’s or Guest’s pins or lanyard. If you need a closer look, kindly ask the Cast Member or Guest wearing the lanyard if she or he can bring it into clearer view for you.
- Monies, gifts or receipts may not be exchanged or used in trade for a pin.
- When trading with a Cast Member, Guests should offer a pin that is not currently displayed on the Cast Member’s lanyard.
- Pins from other business units of The Walt Disney Company (i.e. ABC, ESPN) are accepted for trade.
- Operating participant pins that show a Disney, Disneyland®Resort, or Walt Disney World®Resort affiliation are accepted for trading.
- Plastic pins, rubber pins or other non-metal pins are not accepted for trading.
- “Personalized Name”pins are not accepted for trade.
- “Broche style”or “clasp pins”are not accepted for trade.
- Disney Service Award pins, Spirit of Disneyland®Resort pins, Partners in Excellence pins or Cast Member costume pins (i.e. Host/Hostess Badges, Disney Trainer) are not tradable.
Disney Pin Trading and Pressed Pennies are magical fun for the whole family! The most important thing to remember is to have fun collecting or trading!