Bestie S and her darling family are making the trip down to the World at the same time that we are going. Yippee!!! We have really had so much fun scheming and dreaming for our visits. So, when she sent me Entirely Emily’s ideas for collecting pressed pennies at Disney (see her blog here and here), I was all in! We set up a breakfast date with our sweet friend Tricia at HKL Designs and she made our wish come true. As usual :-)
If you aren’t familiar with pressed pennies, there literally LOADS of the machines all over the Walt Disney properties. In Florida you can find many in every park, as well as at every resort. And each machine has multiple options for designs. It costs $0.50 to make each penny, so you will need to have a supply of quarters and pennies at your disposal. I have read online that clean and shiny pennies look best, so I picked up a few dollars worth of pennies at the bank and just poured through them for the best ones.
Just as Entirely Emily did, we ordered these pressed penny collector books. Tricia covered the fronts in vinyl and added our littles’ names and the Mickey silhouette. We used the mini m&m containers to hold the coins. Each tube holds enough coins for 28 pressed pennies, stacked quarter-quarter-penny so they are ready to go. I also made the little guide book/checklist for them. You can find much more comprehensive maps and guides for free online. But mine is cutest :-)
I didn’t have much time today to write up instructions, but if you are interested, you can download an unpersonalized version of my pressed penny guide below. The lines on the first page show you where to cut. You will print the even numbered pages first and then put the odd numbered pages on the backs. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough!
I cannot WAIT to surprise them with this little treat. My kids adore collecting things, love money, and I know this will make a fun and relatively inexpensive souvenir for them to carry home at the end of our trip. Not to mention, it will be something they can build on for years to come!!
PS. I’d love to know if any of you have interest in personalized versions of the guide books.