This coin has a story to tell. It displays the words Rockin’ Roller Coaster over a picture of Mickey Mouse screaming in the front seat of a roller coaster. I got it in the gift shop of my favorite ride at Disney World, a roller coaster by the same name, which had upside down loop and 60 mph speeds. The roller coaster accelerates from zero to 60 in 2.7 seconds. Even worse, when you are in line to get on the coaster, you see this take off, which looks extremely scary. When I saw it, I thought, “Oh, no, this is a big mistake. What did I get myself into?” I wanted to turn around and run out the door then and there, but I held myself back telling myself, “I’ll just close my eyes and make it through the ride.”
When it was my turn to get into the seat, I was about to ask the man who came to check my seatbelt, “Where do you let the chickens out?” I forced myself to stick it out, and boy, was I happy I did. It was great.
After the ride, we were let out into the gift shop, and I looked around for a souvenir penny pressing machine. They had these in some of the major rides. I was delighted when I spotted one. I ran over to it and lined up behind a family that looked rather confused. They were giving the machine little pushes and talking amongst themselves with puzzled faces. Then I realized that they weren’t speaking English. What language it was, I never figured out, but I am guessing that it a Dutch or Norwegian language due to the family’s straw-blond hair and bright blue eyes. Then I began to cough behind them (did I mention that I had bronchitis?), and, as if that was a signal, the whole family parted down the middle and motioned me to the machine. I walked up to the machine, placed my penny and quarters in the slots in the coin holder jutting out from the machine and pushed it into the machine. A simultaneous, “Ooooooh,” rose up from the family as they saw me push the coins into the machine and the flattened coin pop out.
This Minnie mug I bought is filled with tea.
Aren’t these earrings cute?