shopDisney is a bi-weekly blog that will focus on Disney merchandise and products sold in the parks, in Disney stores, and in other retail markets. We will explore product reviews, affordability, and to whom the products are marketed. Some of the posts will contain a rating scale for several different key components: price, age group, and whether the product is a “must have.”
Several months ago a good friend, Beth Thompson (whom I met during the WDW Radio live shows), gave me a wonderful idea that I am just now putting into a blog series. Beth suggested I locate unique merchandise items for sale in the countries of the World Showcase in Epc0t and compile them into a blog post. During my last visit in July, I was able to visit a few of the pavilions to locate these unique items. To be honest, I was a little skeptical that I would find anything truly special, but I was pleasantly mistaken and found items you honestly would not find anywhere else on property! Taking a look counter-clockwise (because we always go the other way around), I am going to begin at the Canada pavilion and end, a few blogs later, at the Mexico pavilion.
Having visited Epcot many times before, I honestly could not think back to a time where I visited this gift shop, which was one reason I decided to follow up on this topic and write this series. If you are not sure about where the gift shop is in the Canada pavilion, just take the flight of stairs up towards the buildings, and it will be immediately to your left when you reach the top. It might be the smallest shop we visited, but it carried the most entertaining items.
The first item that caught my eye was a line of hand soaps which made me do a double take. With names like “beaver butt,” “moose spit,” and “bear breath,” I knew this was an item I needed to tell the WDW Radio readers about. I do need to add a provision that each bar of soap clearly states that it does not contain any of the items listed in their titles! The soap is made of Goat’s milk and is made in Canada. The soap does smell good and also has designs melted into each bar as you can see in the photo. In case you wanted to be very brave, they also offer lip balm with the same titles. Pricing for the items are as follows: Lip Balm $3.95, Bar Soap $7.95, Lip Balm Gift Set $12.95, and Bar Soap Gift Set $22.95. The item I have pictured is the Bar Soap Gift Set which consists of three bars of their soap attached to a little paddle.
Unlike it’s neighbor pavilion, the United Kingdom pavilion hosts a large chain of shops that each focus on a certain theme or hobby. Everyone knows of the shop featuring famous bands in the United Kingdom, mainly the Beatles, but are you aware that you can purchase your family’s crest in one of the United Kingdom‘s shops? Or that you can purchase a sword or dagger to take home with you…on the other hand, maybe you should have it shipped to avoid the TSA hassle! I originally thought the weapons were just decorations for the shop, but upon further inspection, I saw price tags hanging from them and realized that if you truly wanted one, they are available for anywhere from $100 to several hundred.
One other item that I was amused by was the “half yard of ale” glass that was located in the shop focusing on the spirits that are offered. I am not sure who would be able to drink that much ale, but it would make a nice addition to someone’s bar!
(All photographs are from the authors personal collection)
Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box), her husband Brandon, and newborn son, Walt, reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney). Alyssa and Brandon enjoy traveling to Disney several times a year to see what is new and to enjoy classic Disney. While traveling, and at home, Alyssa is frequently shopping for Disney products and making a list of items to buy while in the parks. Please follow Alyssa on twitter @ajwiseman09.