THE BIG 5: Top five pressed pennies at Universal Orlando

THE BIG 5: Top five pressed pennies at Universal Orlando

THE BIG 5: Top five pressed pennies at Universal Orlando

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This week’s list is the Top Five Pressed Pennies available throughout the Universal Orlando Resort. Not only are pressed pennies available at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, but several restaurants at CityWalk have machines as well, and you can even find pressed pennies in the main hub of the Universal parking garage!

 

#5 – Despicable Me

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a true gem at Universal. It has everything you could ask for in an attraction: it appeals to all ages, it’s funny, has great effects, and it is full of heart. There’s a good amount of pressed pennies dedicated to the Despicable Me brand; they can be found in Super Silly Stuff (the attraction’s gift shop) as well as outside the park and in the Universal parking garage. Keep your eyes open and you’ll be able to get pennies based on Gru, Agnes, Margo, Edith, the minions and more.

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

 

#4 – The Simpsons

There’s plenty of good options for fans of The Simpsons, with several pennies based around the Simpsons logo and all of the main family. My favorite penny related to the Simpsons has Homer, Moe and Barney enjoying a couple of Duff beer’s in Moe’s Tavern (and if the rumors are true, guests of Universal will be able to enjoy their own Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern in the near future!)

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

 

#3 – Marvel Super Heroes

If you have a son or daughter who is a fan of the Marvel and pressed pennies, IOA’s Marvel Super Hero Island has everything you could want and then some. Not only are all the major characters represented (Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Hulk, Captain America, etc) but you can also find pennies based on Marvel Comics characters that go deep into the library including The Punisher, Daredevil, Spider-Woman and more.

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

 

#2 – Universal’s Classic Monsters

It looks like USF fans are going to be losing the Monster’s Café at some point in 2013, and with it will go a connection to one of Universal’s greatest strengths, it’s Universal Classic Monsters brand. The Wolfman. Dracula. The Creature From the Black Lagoon. These famous monsters all have their iconic images coming straight from movies made by Universal Studios. It will be shame to see less of them in a Universal park, but at least we got these cool pennies to collect.

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

 

#1 – JAWS

My all-time favorite movie is JAWS and the pressed pennies for this legendary movie are amazing. You have a penny based on the famous movie poster of the huge shark head heading up towards an unsuspecting swimmer; you have a penny based on the humorous moment in the movie where local kids defaced a billboard; and you have  a penny based on the intense ending where Chief Brody, slowly sinking into the ocean, is about to shoot a bullet into the mouth of an oncoming shark. Below is just one photo, but there are several more in the photo gallery at the bottom of the post.

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

While I had many problems with the Universal attraction based on JAWS (I think it had one of the worst pre-show queues, in terms of story, of any major ride in any Orlando theme park), I have nothing but high praise for the pressed pennies based on a movie the American Film Institute consistently includes on their Top 100 movies of all time list.

 

Honorable mentions

There’s a lot of good pressed penny options at Universal, and here are few that didn’t make my list. Themed pennies for Rip Ride Rockit, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co (which have several available based around the movie Forrest Gump), Jurassic Park and classic USF attractions such as ET and King Kong.  But my favorite pressed penny theme that didn’t make the top five is the one based on the attraction Twister… Ride It Out.

Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.
Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando.

The Flying Cow Squadron, how great is that? There is actually a rather large gift shop with some pretty unique items all dedicated to what I would consider a below average attraction. But if you want t-shirts, plush dolls and even a pressed penny based around the concept of a cow flying through the air, then you need to head to “the aftermath” gift shop.

 

Final thoughts: My “wish list” of pressed pennies not currently available include: the Hollywood Drive In mini-golf area, Harry Potter, and more of the side characters in the Simpsons universe (Comic Book Guy, Mr. Burns, etc).

That’s it for this edition of the BIG 5! We’ll see you again real soon.


Pressed pennies at Universal Orlando – photo gallery

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Florida Villas Orlando
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Florida Villas Orlando

I’m a sucker for Jaws memorabilia – but I had no idea you could get these pennies! I love the graphic they’ve chosen for it. It’s such an iconic image.

Best wishes, Alex.

Ann
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Ann

At Disneyland, we were able to get a listing of all of the penny pressing machines throughout the parks.  Is there something similar at Universal Orlando?

OrlandoInformer
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OrlandoInformer

Unfortunately Universal doesn’t publish an official list of machines. But there are a lot, I’d say at least 20 machines in each park.

Jerry
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Jerry

Omg would i do for a back to the future one!!! I used to have all the pennies from all the machines when i did a little “Penny” hunt when i went in the summer because before i went i knew! Hey they have these at six flags im sure they have them at universal but then i lost the bag!!!! :/

KrystalTa
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KrystalTa

Is the classic monster penny press located at Monsters Cafe?

OrlandoInformer
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OrlandoInformer

I’m checking with Derek, the author of the post. If he doesn’t recall, I’ll track it down during my visit to Universal this week!

derekburgan
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derekburgan

Hi Krystal, there is no machine in the Monsters Cafe. Looking through my pictures of all the pennies, I’m pretty sure the machine with the four classic monsters is located in the main gift shop at the front of Universal Studios Florida. I say that because right near my pictures of the monsters was a picture of a machine that had pennies for Jaws and ET, and that machine is in that particular gift shop. Hope that helps!

KrystalTa
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KrystalTa

Thanks so much I’m going to keep an eye out for it when I return later this year, the pressed pennies are one of my favorite things to bring home!

derekburgan
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derekburgan

Hi Krystal, went last week and verified the classic Universal monsters pressed penny machine is in main merchandise store located at the front of Universal Studios Florida. Its located in the front part of that store (closest to the turnstyles).

Orlando resident
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Orlando resident

You can locate the various pressed pennies in Orlando through PennyCollector.com . They also have an app you can upload to your phone to search for area penny machines (pictures of the pressed pennies included along with the specific location of each machine).
My kids and I just recently got into the penny machines. Can’t wait until they have a Harry Potter collection! 🙂