Earlier this week I made a video about the history of the pressed penny. Towards the end of that video I mention that there are currently over 750 pressed coins in Walt Disney World today. There are 770 to be exact, spread across 204 machines on property. Thinking about that number, I started to wonder how much it would cost to get all of them
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I try not to bury the lead too much, so I’ll get right to the point: it isn’t cheap. Collecting every pressed coin on Walt Disney World property is going to cost you $462.14
Before I dig into that figure, I want to thank PressCoins.com for the data. They are a fantastic resource when it comes to Disney World pressed pennies, and if you ever find yourself wanting to hunt some down, this is the website to do it. I also want to thank my pal Disney Dan for help with researching this!
So how does it break down? Well the complete collection would include 69 pressed quarters, 4 pressed dimes, and 697 pressed pennies. Now of that $462 you’d be spending on pressed coins, only $24.62 of that would actually be the coins getting pressed. You’d be flattening $17.25 worth of quarters, 40 cents worth of dimes, and $6.97 worth of pennies. The rest goes to the machines.
In terms of location, it’s pretty well distributed. The Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios tie at 135 coins per park. Epcot follows behind at 124 coins, and the Animal Kingdom comes in behind that at 77 coins. So where are the rest? Well Disney Springs offers 101 coins, and the two Disney water parks have 18. The final 180 coins can be found across all of the resorts at Disney World.
Now for my favorite part: Most of these machines obviously require coins. Not just to smush, but also to operate. There are a few newer machines that accept credit cards, mostly in Hollywood Studios, but for the most part you’re going to need coins, lots and lots of coins.
If you wanted to bring all the coins you’d need with you, you’d need to bring 2008 coins. That’s 549 pennies and 1455 quarters. Oh yeah, and 4 dimes. That’s going to mean some heavy pockets.
I took a look at the average weight of a quarter, dime, and penny, since I was that bored, and it turns out carrying all of those coins with you will mean carrying around 21.1 pounds, or 9.6 kilograms of extra weight.
So I guess it goes without saying, but if you find yourself on the hunt for every pressed coin in Walt Disney World, you might want to make ample use of change machines around property and take the journey slow. Especially if you want to spread out that $462 price tag.
Now the next question is if Disney will accept the $462 worth of pressed coins as payment for a 5 day park hopper.