Showing posts with label shopping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shopping. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Epcot's Mitsukoshi Department Store (or why Iove Japan in the World Showcase, part III)

Why I love Japan in the World Showcase Part II

One of the best stores in all of Disney World - ranking right up there with World of Disney and Mouse Gears - is the Mitsukoshi department store located in Epcot's Japan.  It is a must do for our entire family - and I don't think we've ever walked out without purchasing something. There is truly something for everyone inside.

The store itself is divided into "boutique" areas.  And when you first walk in, your first area is for Hello Kitty.  (I so wish I could understand the appeal. And did you know that there is a whole Hello Kitty house in China?  Go ahead, google it.  I'll wait for you to come back...)

And just across from Hello Kitty, we have Pokemon land.  I find it interesting that my girls need to peruse both of these areas!

There are also areas with anime "things"that I don't know anything about - well, except that they are anime "things."

Then, the very loud part of the store includes the pick a pearl.  This is a really fun and inexpensive experience.  For about $15, you can choose an oyster - and with a grand production (including drums!) they will open your oyster to reveal your pearl.  (Tip:  The best pearls are supposed to be inside the ugliest, hairiest oysters!)  The pearl isn't expensive, but some of the settings can be a bit pricey.

Further into the store you'll find Japanese t-shirts, shoes, socks (we love to get flip-flop socks here), purses, and even berets.

There is an entire room of Kimonos for all (women, men, children) including some gorgeous accessories like hair clips or even parasols.

You can find bonsai trees, books on calligraphy, home decor.  Hundreds of different styles of chopsticks.  Tea sets.  Dishes.

And then we get to one of our favorite parts - the grocery section.  And what a treasure trove it is.  My girls always have to get a box of Pocky (though we are thrilled that we can find it at our grocery and Target now!).

And they really like to get gummy candies.  We try to find flavors that they have never heard of.  Like "mangosteen."

Another unique item is the drink - Ramune.  It's a carbonated fruity drink - but in order to drink it, you have to push a marble through the top and then it rattles in the glass while you drink it.  You have to practice the way you drink it so that the marble doesn't clog the flow of the liquid as you try to sip it!  This one also has a lot of unique flavors - and my girls like to keep the interestingly shaped bottles as souvenirs.

There are all kinds of other unique food offerings.  They have bags of dried crabs. Still in the shell.  Shrimp chips (not a fan!).  Wasabi flavored dried peas.  Dried octopus.  But I suppose the most sought after is candy.

We always try to get something new each time.  And we especially like getting something where we have NO idea as to what it is.

So...what about you?  Have you shopped at Mitsukoshi?  What did you buy?!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Goofy T-shirts

A quintessential part of every Disney Vacation is a souvenir budget.  And for our family, a huge part of that budge is t-shirts.  We like Mickey shirts.  Park shirts.  Ride shirts.  And even if we aren't buying, I love looking at what Disney has to offer.  There is a great line of "retro" looking shirts harkening back to original fonts and images of 1971.  And then, there is a new line of Goofy t-shirts in Epcot - the "how to dress" series:

From Canada:

From Germany:

And From Norway:

I so hope that Disney continues to add to this so we can see Goofy in all the countries.  Perhaps a "how to dress like a mariachi player" in Mexico.  Or "how to dress like a samurai" in Japan.  Or "how to dress like a mime" in France.

So...what about you?  What "how to dress" shirt do you think Disney should make?  Do you have a favorite souvenir t-shirt?


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Why I love Canada in the World Showcase

I think that Canada is often one of the most overlooked countries in Epcot's World Showcase.  There is no ride.  No counter service.  And people just keep walking. But I also think it's one of the most beautiful in the World Showcase.  And deserves a moment of stopping to check it out.

When you approach from Future World, enter a path by the check in booth for LeCellier, and you are now in Victoria Gardens.  And it's simply exquisite.  Your kids should be on the look out for the bunnies that live here.

Keep wandering down the path and it narrows between a rock wall - and you'll come out at a gorgeous water fall - and the entrance to "O Canada" (which is a circle vision movie showing the beauty of Canada and narrated by Martin Short).

In addition to the gardens, there is the beautiful representative of the Hotel du Canada.

There are Native influenced totems.

A trading post.

And there are some great souvenirs to be found here.  Naturally, there are Canadian tshirts, Pluto dressed as a Canadian Mountie, and even cute beaver stuffed animals.  But you can also find Canadian chocolates (like my girls' favorite - the Aero bar).

 And my personal favorite - assortments of soap with fantastic names like "Beaver Butt," "Dog Team Drool" and "Sasquatch Sweat."

So next time you are in the world showcase, take a moment to explore.  And I promise you'll find the amazing Disney details!

So...what about you?  Have you explored Canada?  Do you have a favorite country in the World Showcase?

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