When you think about it, there are so many things to collect at the Disney theme parks from Disney trading pins to Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom cards. Don't get me started on Disney coffee mugs (my cupboard is exploding over here) and cute kitchen gadgets boasting the famous Mouse Ears.
When my kids were a lot younger, they used to love to spend their souvenir allotment on a new stuffed animal or a special treat from the Main Street Confectionary, but we recently discovered how much fun it is to get pressed pennies made.
This is funny, but when we still lived in Seattle, we would go once every couple of months to the Old Spaghetti Factory that was right downtown. The wait for a table was always fairly long so we'd hang out outside and there were busy train tracks right there on the other side of the parking lot. So, we'd take a couple of pennies and carefully place them on the tracks keeping our fingers crossed for a train to come. More times than not, one came by and flattened those pennies like nothing we'd ever seen, except that there was no fancy design – they were completely flat, but still pretty cool.
When we first realized that you could get pressed pennies at Disney, what we didn't realize was that there were so many different designs in the many machines that could be found all over the parks and resorts.
We got each of the kids one quite a number of years ago and they thought they were pretty cool, but they didn't want to spend their souvenir money on additional pennies. My husband and I, however, were thoroughly impressed with the whole thing but didn't revisit the thought until we spent a couple of days at Disney's Contemporary Resort for our anniversary celebration.
There are so many fun designs and some of the restaurants even have them too! There was a pretty cool one at Chef Mickey's and each of the machines at the Contemporary had a logo of the Resort as part of the design.
So, now I need your help! Do you collect pressed pennies and if you do, please share your favorite designs with me! I've heard that there are designs for special events as well which would be pretty cool to have.
I'd also love to know how you store them. I know there is a book with little pockets to slide them into, but I'm wondering if any of you super-creative Disney fans have other ways to display them so they can be seen? Let me know in the comments below or join the conversation on our Facebook page!