It is a common misconception that all Disney World gift shops sell the same merchandise. While you can definitely find gift shops in each park that sell classic Disney merch and souvenirs, you can also find shops that are unique to each park that sell souvenirs that you can’t find anywhere else. EPCOT is the perfect park to visit if you want to find unique souvenirs and gifts for folks back home. World Showcase is full of shops with souvenirs imported from different countries that can only be found at EPCOT. Looking for something to purchase at EPCOT that is not only exclusive to the park but unique as well? Here are 5 souvenirs that can only be found at EPCOT.
1. Parisian Perfume at Plume et Palette
It is a well-known Disney fact that the gift shops located within each country’s pavilion contain wonderful souvenirs directly from their home country. The France pavilion is no exception, and at Plume et Palette you can find delightful luxury Parisian perfumes that make a perfect gift for someone back home, or a great souvenir for yourself. At Plume et Palette you can browse dozens of scents and perfumes and choose which one will best suit you. Not many guests realize that this shop offers engraving services so you can personalize your perfume bottle. The engraver’s schedule varies, so be sure to check with the store cast members if this is something you are interested in. If the engraver is not in, you can always leave your bottle for when they return and have it shipped or return to the park to pick it up. Plume et Palette also sells other high-end French goods like designer bags and makeup.
2. Oaxacan Wood Carvings at Plaza de los Amigos
Another unique shopping opportunity lies within EPCOT’s Mexico pavilion. Inside the pyramid you’ll find Plaza de los Amigos, an indoor shop that is designed to look like a street market. And just like a real street market you’ll be able to shop from Mexican artisans and browse local artwork and sculptures. At Plaza de los Amigos you’ll find a popular souvenir: Oaxacan wood carvings. These carvings are created by hand from Mexican artists and are hand-painted on-site. They vary in size and shape and represent magical creatures from Mexican folklore. They range in price and there is a carving for every budget and taste.
Plaza de los Amigos also sells other handcrafted Mexican goods like pinatas, glass sculptures, hats, and clothing.
3. Japanese Fans at Mitsukoshi
Another shop in World Showcase selling unique souvenirs is Mitsukoshi, located within the Japan pavilion. This shop is unique because it is an actual Japanese department store that has been in operation in Japan since the 1600s. Here you’ll find a popular souvenir unique to EPCOT: sensu and uchiwa. Sensu is a traditional Japanese folding fan and is what you might find during a classic theatre performance, or is used with a kimono. Uchiwa is a flat paddle fan that is also traditional to Japanese culture. Both of these fan styles can be found at Mitsukoshi in Epcot. These fans come in various styles and colors and are affordable in price. You can also get them personalized for free with your name written in Katakana, just ask the Cast Member located at the register when you go to make your purchase.
4. Figment Merchandise at ImageWorks
If you are wanting a souvenir that is unique to EPCOT then you’ll definitely want to check out some Figment merch over at the ImageWorks gift shop. This shop is located right outside of the Journey Into Imagination With Figment attraction and is full of souvenirs featuring EPCOT’s favorite purple dragon. You’ll find everything from Figment Mickey ears to Figment T-shirts and plushies. ImageWorks is your one-stop Figment souvenir shop.
5. Festival Merchandise at Port of Entry
If you are visiting EPCOT during any International Festival then be sure to stop into Port of Entry for some EPCOT festival-exclusive merchandise. Port of Entry is located right at the beginning of World Showcase and is full of EPCOT-themed souvenirs as well as souvenirs specific to whichever festival is currently running within the park. You can find ears, shirts, pins, magnets, and much more to take home at Port of Entry.
What are your favorite souvenirs to get at EPCOT? Let us know in the comments below!
Featured Photo: Emily Murray.