There’s a Push for Pressed Pennies as Splash Mountain Takes Its Final Plunge!
It sure is frantic in Frontierland, as today marks the final day for guests to experience Splash Mountain!
It’s definitely a zip-a-dee-do-dah kind of day, with high crowd levels flooding through the park to ride this iconic flume attraction one last time.
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As always, MickeyBlog was up bright and early to soak up the atmosphere, and we sure have been blown away by the amount of guests attending to bid farewell to this classic attraction. I mean, just look at the morning mayhem in our first photo report of the day here!
However, it’s not just the attraction itself that crowds are descending on, as Splash Mountain’s neighbouring gift shop – Briar Patch – is also experiencing a fanatical level of footfall.
Shopping aside, however, it’s one particularly pressing item that has got fans queuing up today!
Yep, the queue to ride Splash Mountain may be longer than ever right now, but the line in these photos is for something different entirely.
All of these guests are patiently waiting for one thing and one thing only – the Pressed Penny machine inside Briar Patch!
Pressed Pennies have always been popular collectibles at Walt Disney World, with designs available featuring different characters, parks, attractions, and more located all around the resort.
Unsurprisingly, this particular machine inside Briar Patch offers designs inspired by Splash Mountain, so all these guests are avidly waiting to crush a cent in commemoration for the closure!
After today, Splash Mountain will be closing for Imagineers to begin their large-scale reimaging of the attraction, bringing it back to life as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in 2024. This gift shop will also close after today, likely for a large portion (if not all) of this downtime as well, so it’s not surprising guests have been entering the store in their masses all morning.
However, does this mean the pressed penny machine will also be out of operation after today, too? Our MickeyBlog reporters did some digging, and we’re not sure.
When we asked a friendly Cast Member about the machine, they pointed out that Splash Mountain isn’t the only design of pressed penny this specific device offers. Since other options, including a pattern inspired by the Big Thunder Mountain attraction, are also available, it would make sense for them to just move the station, perhaps to neighboring stores such as Frontier Trading Post, for example.
So, although we cannot confirm anything, we remain hopeful that Splash Mountain pressed penny machine will still be accessible to guests for the time being, albeit just not in its current situation at the Briar Patch store.
Regardless of this, however, it’s clear that the machine will be making a mint today, with this epic line of waiting guests, and no doubt many more to come as the day continues!
Make sure you stay tuned to MickeyBlog.com throughout the day, as well as over on our social channels too, as we enjoy Splash Mountain’s final “plunge” in the Magic Kingdom. It’s set to be a sentimental and soaking day all round!
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