There are so many different souvenirs at Disney World. Seriously, just take a walk through the World of Disney store and you will be amazed at how many different souvenirs there are. However, there are ways to save money on souvenirs, while getting something a little unique to remember your trip by.
I am talking about penny press machines. I had forgotten about these machines, until our last Disney trip. Our daughter was two at the time we were there and she would get a little restless sometimes. So, my husband would take her to the closest penny press machine and let her pick a design. It was great! She loved it and now anytime we go somewhere, and she sees a penny press machine, that is the souvenir she asks for.
Tips When Pressing Pennies
The penny press machines cost 51 cents and the recommendation is that you try to use pennies from before 1982. The reason for this is that in 1982 they started making pennies with both copper and zinc and if you press these pennies the zinc will show through. We have a penny with some silver streaks on it and it’s because it was made after 1982.
Another suggestion is to have the face of the penny all the way to the right. This way the image will be pressed into the face side instead of the monument side, which can leave lines across the pressed image.
If you want to get your penny nice and shiny before pressing it there are many different methods. The most common suggestions you will see are using vinegar and salt, or ketchup. After you have scrubbed the pennies using the method of your choice you can make a baking soda paste (just baking soda and water) and use that to shine the pennies.
To carry all the pennies around some people use M&M mini containers. We just used a coin purse and that worked for us. The kids might like to use the mini containers though, plus you can decorate them.