Disney pin collecting can get expensive real quick — and I know this from personal experience. “Oh, this pin is so cute, and I need a souvenir. I’ll just get one,” you say. It may start that way, but once you get the lanyard, there’s no going back.
So, rather than suggesting you go into pin collecting, I want to present an alternative for those who don’t want to go down the black hole that is online pin hunting (whatever you do, stay away from eBay...seriously). For your Disney souvenir needs, consider pressed pennies! I never even realized these were located all over the park until Zach, Shannon’s husband, got a penny-collecting booklet on their honeymoon in Walt Disney World (WDW). It’s light and compact and has plastic slots that hold 48 pennies and quarters. Plus, the current book design is really, really cool.
The best part? Each pressed penny costs only 51 to 75 cents, which would undoubtedly come from your pocket change anyways. It’s probably the cheapest souvenir you could get.
Each major section of the Disney parks has its own Pressed Penny machine, where you can choose from several design options. They’re all really beautiful and worth collecting if you want a low-cost souvenir. I already have a mini penny collection from the national parks, so I’ll probably hold off on this for now. So in the meantime, I shall live vicariously through Zach. My one exception is a Pua pressed penny that I just got from the Adventureland Bazaar in Disneyland. It is SO CUTE. You know I can’t resist anything with Pua on it!
If you want to delve even deeper, there are a few phone apps specifically devoted to pressed-penny collections at WDW — it’s only a matter of time before it happens for Disneyland, too. On them you can see the locations of every penny machine and check off the designs that you already have. I just have to say, thank GOD nothing like that exists for pins. #blackhole
As far as I know, Disneyland has 72 different designs, DCA has 48, and Downtown Disney has 42. Collect them all, or just collect one from each section. Either way, you’ll be surprised at how fun it is discovering a new design. And you’ll save so much money from not pin collecting.
You’re welcome. :D
P.S. To find out how to polish your pennies, check out the Penny Collector. It shows you how to clean them with everyday household items — from a pencil eraser and ketchup/baking soda to A1 steak sauce and Taco Bell hot sauce. Yes, you read that correctly.