Grandparents with children and Character
  • On Jun 29, 2023
    Linda from KS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are visiting in a few weeks with four Grandchildren, ages 7-11. My question is about pressed pennies. Do you need to have pennies with you? Is it something children that age enjoy doing or does it take away from rides, shows, etc. Thank you.

    Hi Linda, welcome back to planDisney! 

    I know you’ve been looking forward to this visit with your grandchildren and the day is almost here! I think it is very sweet that you are looking for additional ways for your grandchildren to experience the magic at Walt Disney World. 

    Linda, on my recent visits to Walt Disney World Resort, I saw updated versions of the Coin Press Machines. While a few older machines may require you to provide a penny, the new machines are stocked with coins. Another great feature of these new machines is that you can purchase the whole set of designs available at that machine in one transaction. I spoke with a Cast Member about these new machines and the prices, and although they couldn’t tell me the current price, they did let me know that the new coin press machines can now accept cash, card, or digital payment from your phone. 

    You will find different pressed penny designs throughout Walt Disney World Resort, so it could be fun for your grandchildren to look for pressed coin machines as you travel throughout the theme parks. In addition to pressed pennies, some machines offer collectible medallions, which are larger than pressed pennies. These also feature characters and may be themed to the location of the machine. To find the locations of coin press and collectible medallion machines, you can search “Coin Press Machine” in your My Disney Experience mobile app and click “Find on Map.”

    If you’re looking for another collectible that will get your grandchildren to interact with Cast Members and maybe even other guests, consider pin trading! You can purchase pin trading starter sets from or at several merchandise locations within Walt Disney World Resort. Look for Cast Members who are holding pinboards and ask to trade! Your grandchildren can trade to find pins that display their favorite characters, or pins that have a special meaning to them. Then, as your grandchildren grow older and continue to visit Walt Disney World Resort, they can keep pin trading, or they can look at the pins they have and reminisce about the magical vacation they took with you.

    I know you will create so many magical memories with your grandchildren on your upcoming visit, Linda. If you have any future questions, please come visit me again at planDisney!

    There’s a great big, beautiful tomorrow, 
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Meet the Panelist: Kaitlin, Indiana

Hi friends! I'm Kaitlin, a wife and mom to two young boys. I can always be found with a list of the latest and greatest snacks and treats at Walt Disney World, and sometimes I'm even willing to share those snacks with my family. In the meantime, I'm here to help answer your questions about your vacation to Walt Disney World Resort!  Learn More About Kaitlin

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