Pressed Pennies at Walt Disney World – with List of Locations for Download

Pressed Pennies at Walt Disney World

 

One thing anyone who has ever been to Walt Disney World knows is that souvenirs can be darned expensive. But, there are some souvenirs that are not only very reasonably priced, they also add to the fun Disney experience – pressed coins!

Walt Disney World Pressed Coin MachineThroughout Disney World’s parks and resorts are pressed coin machines – to the tune of over 500 available designs on Disney property! (There are 6 designs that you must travel to the Disney Cruise Lines Terminal in Port Canaveral in order to get.)

There are 528 penny designs, 4 dime designs, and 70 quarter designs – with a cost of $.50, $.75, and $1.00 respectively (not including the coin that gets pressed). Not only is finding and collecting the pressed coins at Disney World super-fun, but it is inexpensive and can become a family tradition as there are so many that you can’t possibly get them all in one visit. Adding to the fun even more is coming up with unique ways to display or even wear your pressed coins once you get them home. Here are a couple of examples…

Mickey Mouse Frame

Pressed Penny Necklace

Don’t forget to download the complete list of available pressed coins!

Walt Disney World – Non-Park Recreation Part 1

Non-park Recreation

 

Some people – especially those who don’t do the actual planning part of a Disney World vacation – are completely unaware of all that Disney has to offer in the way of recreation. I honestly think you could spend more than a week at Disney World and never set foot in the parks with all they have to offer! This is part 1 of a series, so we’ll only be covering a small part of the recreation opportunities available at Disney World here.

First, we’ll take a look at the recreation available at the All-Star Value Resorts. (Please note that although you may use recreation at any resort, pool hopping is not allowed. You are only allowed to use the pool at the resort in which you are staying.)

All-Star Movies

No vacation in a warm climate would be complete without swimming, and the All-Star Movies Resort has some fantastic options. The Fantasia Pool is modeled after the Disney film Fantasia, of course, and is home to a Sorcerer Mickey Fountain. There is also the Duck Pond pool modeled after the Might Ducks hockey rink, and a smaller, “chilly” swimming area for little ones.

Fantasia Poolall-star_movies_resorts_poolDuck Pond PoolKids' Swimming Area

 

Also at the Fantasia pool at night are Movies Under the Stars…on select nights, the Resort will show a full-length Disney movie!

Movies Under the Stars

 

There is a paved jogging trail that winds it’s way around all 3 All-Star resorts – maps are available from the Concierge in the resort Lobby.

Jogging Trails

 

Many of the resorts have playgrounds easily accessible for those guests that are visiting with young children. (Please note that adult supervision is required.)

Playground

 

Finally, enjoy some pinball and video games in the Cinema Hall building near the food court. (Guests who booked a Magic Your Way Package with a dining plan receive a Game Card with 100 credits!)

Arcade

 

All-Star Music

Like All-Star Movies, All-Star Music has two pools – the Calypso pool features a statue of the Three Caballeros, and the Piano pool features a statue of Ariel from the Little Mermaid.

All-Star Music Calypso Pool

 

Calypso Pool

 

All-Star Music Piano Pool

 

Piano Pool

 

Also like All-Star Movies, All-Star Music has outdoor movies at night, a playground and arcade. All of the All-Stars resorts share the jogging trail…which is a great way to see all three resorts!

All-Star Sports

Once again, All-Star Sports shares the jogging trail with the other two All-Star resorts, and also has the evening movies, playground and arcade. Here’s some pictures of the Surfboard Bay and Grand Slam pools. For the little ones, there is also a kiddie pool behind Stadium Hall and next to Surfboard Bay Pool.

Grand Slam Pool

 

Grand Slam Pool

 

Surfboard Bay Pool

 

All-Star Sports Kiddie Pool

 

Check back often, as this is a series that will be continuing with the Art of Animation and POP Century Resorts!

NEW Download – Epcot Passport Book

Many people think there isn’t anything for kids to do at Epcot Center in the World Showcase. Reality couldn’t be farther from the truth! There are plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy along with live entertainment that is specific to each country. I made this fun passport book for my son to use for getting stamps at each of the Epcot countries in World Showcase, and it came out so nicely that I made up instructions and decided to share it here!

Epcot Passport to the World

 

Epcot Passport Book

Free Things to Do at Disney World Part 1

Free Things to Do at Disney WorldIs Disney World expensive?

You bet your butt it is! But there are so many things you can do that don’t cost a penny once you are actually there. So, don’t go and try to get your unwilling kid to climb aboard that pony for $8 quite yet…because this is Part 1 of a much longer series that will include tons of things you can enjoy at absolutely no cost once you arrive at Disney World.

1. Performances

This one is great because you don’t even have to set foot in the parks to enjoy the live performances at Disney’s BoardWalk. Very often, you can see jugglers, comedians, jazz ensembles, or even fire-eaters!

2. Watch Animals

Head over to Animal Kingdom Lodge, and you can walk around outside and watch the amazing animals! There aren’t as many as there are at Animal Kingdom itself, but it is still very enjoyable and there are Cast Members nearby who are ready and willing to tell you all about the animals. If you happen to be a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you have access to a special evening viewing.

3. Create a Journal

A fun activity for any age can be creating a journal as a keepsake of your trip! Write down specific memories you don’t ever want to forget – a special meal, your favorite attraction, a magical moment with a character, etc. Even just a single sheet of paper can be trimmed and added to a scrapbook for years of future enjoyment!

4. Search for Hidden Mickeys

A lot of people are aware of Hidden Mickeys. But, did you know that there are books and websites dedicated solely to these fun little finds? Take a picture and jot down where you spotted one and search online to see if you found one not mentioned on the popular sites. Pictures are another nice addition to your Journal, too!

5. Free Snack Samples

The Main Street Confectionery hands out free samples every day! Cotton candy is a common sample.

6. Create a Family Tradition

Find a lovely spot that isn’t a “typical” photo op place (like in front of Cinderella’s Castle) and have fun coming up with a not-so-common or silly pose for a picture. You can duplicate the pose on future family outings and vacations and even duplicate it in other Disney parks!

7. Watch a Movie

Some of the resorts on Disney property offer movies under the stars for free!

8. Roast Marshmallows

Some resorts even offer campfires at night with marshmallow roasting!

9. Play with Legos

There are bins full of Legos in front of the Lego Store at DownTown Disney – play away!

10. Take a Guided Tour

Select resorts at Walt Disney World offer complementary guided tours! Wonders of the Lodge is a 1-hour tour of Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge has three different tours.

 

That’s all for now, but be sure to keep checking back because this will be an ongoing series featuring free (or close to free) activities you can enjoy with your family.