We continue with our walk around the World Showcase at Epcot as we explore China.
So far, we’ve taken a look at the fascinating “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort exhibit” with over 150 pictures of concept art, models, costumes, and more. And we took a look around the Pavilion to see what’s new on the various menus, in addition to the Flower and Garden topiary and what to expect from the replacement for Reflections of China.
This update will focus on the merchandise available in China, which is primarily found at the House of Good Fortune in the back left of the Pavilion.
While the focus on Asian shopping in World Showcase will probably always be on Mitsukoshi in Japan, China offers many similar products. Some of these solar-powered, head-shaking toys are exactly the same. I actually have that owl on my desk.
Candy, a lot of it ginger flavored, is available.
Why venture all the way back to Japan when you can pick up “Japanese style” mochi here?
The majority of it is reasonably priced and authentically-Chinese.
Speaking of authenticity, a number of items from Shanghai Disneyland are available, including this Mouse Ears hat celebrating the first anniversary of the Park’s opening.
Let me know when they make one for the end of budget cuts.
Bags, pins, keychains, toys, pens, ornaments, and more are available.
Shanghai Disneyland might not actually have a train, but don’t let that stop you.
Or it stopped so many people that they shipped all the stuff over here. You’ll find even more stuff over at the outlets if you get a chance to head over there. I was there last week and picked up a bathtub character play set and some hairbands. None of it for me!
I’m not real sure why you’d want some of this Grand Opening stuff if you weren’t there for the event, but there are some different takes on the usual stuff that you’d see produced domestically. And if your Photoshop game is on point, it’s pretty easy to paste yourself into pictures from all around the world. Anyone questioning why you appear 25 feet tall in the pictures or why you’re not a little more tan after a 2-week vacation to Aulani will assuredly be convinced that you actually took the trip if you show them this spinning, light-up toy. Or at least you can use it to try to give the naysayers a concussion. I’ve never actually been to Walt Disney World myself. All of these pictures are doctored.
Some higher end watches.
If you’re feeling a little parched, but feel silly dropping three bucks on a bottle of Dasani, then you might check out some of the chilled drink options at the various Pavilions. Sometimes you’ll find beer that isn’t available elsewhere – Lucky Buddha is only available here and inside the table service restaurant.
You can also pick up a large bottle of Plum Wine or Bai Jiu spirit, though you’ll have to pick it up at the entrance on your way out.
Some of the stuff is just as weird as you’d hope it would be.
My entryway is lined with these, in turn guaranteeing that anyone that somehow manages to invite themselves over is instantly headed back out. Or if they come in and end up dead, nobody will really be that surprised. “You walked by 15 plastic baby dolls on the way to the kitchen, what did you reasonably expect to happen?”
A number of figurines are available:
There’s also a lot of clothes, handbags, and jewelry:
The items are relatively inexpensive for the most part, though ending things on a $198 bedazzled owl clutch may not have been the best move to prove that point.
Fortunately, there are some bargains to be had. This vase is marked down from $24,000 to $8,900,
But move fast.
Or probably slow, as the case may be.
You just never know when you’re going to be in the market and happen upon a $1,600 porcelain vase that you can’t see living without.
There’s a fair amount of panda merchandise, as you might expect:
I’m not sure how many people are looking to pack a tea set in their luggage:
But shipping is typically inexpensive on lower-priced, heavier items:
You can pick up a mug that looks like one of my lenses and we can match. Amusingly, security will occasionally pick up one of my lenses at bag check to see if it’s actually a fake full of vodka. Since it’s Canon glass, it would probably be more useful if it was full of booze.
Swords…something else you can buy inside the theme parks, but not bring in with you:
You’ll find similar swords in Japan and the UK.
An assortment of other stuff:
Overall, it’s worth taking a little time to peruse what China has to offer. If the kids are bugging you to buy them something, they shouldn’t have any trouble picking something out here for less money than a lot of the stuff you’ll find in the other Pavilions. And there’s always the chance that you’ll fall in love with a $25,000 vase or get hooked on high-end photography via a plastic cup.