The first Pressed Pennies machine was in Chicago over a century ago, but they’ve actually been around much longer than that. People used to place pennies on train tracks to flatten them then carve their own design in the metal. Of course, this is not safe – and has even proven to be fatal for some adventurous artists.
Today, penny pressing has become a popular hobby. Collectors and casual penny squishers alike love the chase of finding different designs, but what’s really great about this hobby is that it’s very affordable. For just $0.51, you can get a cool design on a penny and great souvenir.
Pressed Pennies at Disney World
There are over 100 pressed penny locations in Disney World throughout the parks, water parks, resorts, and entertainment districts. Each location has a few different designs to choose from.
Just drop in two quarters and a penny, choose your design, and watch as the rollers use over 10,000 pounds of force to press the penny.
Here’s a little tip for you: collectors prefer pennies minted before 1982 because they were made entirely of copper; pennies made after 1982 are comprised of a few different metals and will result in silvery streaks in the design.
Let’s see where the pressed penny locations are located in Disney World! (Note that locations can change over time; check with a Disney Cast Member if you have questions.)