Guests visit EPCOT’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World to travel the world without ever leaving Orlando. Whether it’s food, culture, architecture, or merchandise you’re after, you’ll find country-specific elements in each World Pavilion.
We love that Cast Members throughout the World Showcase actually hail from the countries they represent, so you can even strike up a conversation with them to learn even more about your favorite destinations. Here are a few of our favorite places to shop in The World Showcase.
Mitsukoshi Department Store
You might not be able to visit the oldest department store in the world, but you can visit its namesake, Mitsukoshi Department Store, in the Japan Pavilion at Disney’s EPCOT! This massive shop is divided into different rooms where you can shop to your heart’s content.
Guests will find a stunning array of items here, ranging from the predictable (cute culture, or Kawaii, Hello Kitty, and Anime merchandise) to the traditional (kimonos, chopsticks, incense, lanterns, and fans) to the educational (a collection of books on Japanese language, martial arts, cooking, gardening, origami and more).
You can even sample sake here, and be sure to check out the gorgeous ceramic pieces which take up their own section of the store. The artistry is exquisite and reminds me of my time living in Asia. We never leave the store without adding a plate, bowl, spoon rest, or tea set to our collection. A visit to Mitsukoshi Department Store is always fascinating, and you never know what you might find!
The Tea Caddy
Downton Abbey, Dr. Who, and Beatles fans rejoice – the shops in the United Kingdom Pavilion are full of fun merchandise celebrating your favorite shows and bands from across the pond. If you have UK ancestry, you can also research your family tree, and even put your family’s crest on a piece of jewelry or wall hanging. Bagpipes, swords, china sets, and tartans can also be found here.
But, The Tea Caddy is where we typically spend the most time (and the most money!) shopping in the UK Pavilion. Unlike some of the other shops in this Pavilion, items here tend to be affordable, so it’s a great place to find gifts or to treat yourself.
Tea lovers will be able to shop for Twinnings tea flavors that are difficult to find in North America. Guests will also find a delightful array of British candies, cookies (whoops, “biscuits”), and teapots. There’s also a selection of memorabilia featuring the royal family. This is the perfect spot for anglophiles!
The Shops of Morocco
If you’ve never spent time wandering the alleyways of the Morocco Pavilion at the World Showcase in Disney’s EPCOT, you’re seriously missing out. It’s one of the most beautiful and immersive of pavilions, and the painstaking detail work in the tiles throughout Morocco is always breathtaking. This pavilion is currently undergoing a refresh following the recent change in management (Disney is now in full control of the pavilion).
We had trouble picking just one favorite shop here since they all feature equally unique merchandise like Moroccan crafts, hand-knotted carpets, ornate glass lanterns, spices, and traditional clothing and jewelry. Think of the shops here as part of an outdoor market or bazaar, and do yourself a favor by checking them all out!
Medieval toys, cuckoo clocks, wine, and Christmas pickles are just a few of the items you can find in the Germany Pavilion. But the most popular shop here is without a doubt Karamelle-Küche (if you know, you know – if you don’t, you’re missing out!).
This is the Holy Grail for all things caramel. Watch caramel popcorn being made before your eyes, hunt for fabulous flavors of Werthers Caramels, and let that divine caramel scent wash over you! This shop can get crowded. But it’s worth braving the line to devour the baked goods here, which range from caramel apples to caramel shortbread bars to gingerbread sandwich cookies drizzled with (you guessed it) caramel. Karamelle-Küche is consistently ranked as one of the best places in Walt Disney World for sweet treats, with good reason!
House of Good Fortune
Part gift shop, part museum (well, not technically – but perusing swords and vases and jade artifacts that cost thousands of dollars sure feels like being in a museum), the House of Good Fortune in the China Pavilion is a top contender for the best place to shop at EPCOT’s World Showcase.
Experiment with some Chinese candy, snacks, or beverages, or pick up a pair of traditional silk pajamas. Grab a new puzzle or game for those inquisitive minds, or explore the adorable collection of all things panda-related. You can even pick up a replica of one of the famed Terracotta Warriors here. Even if you buy nothing, House of Good Fortune is worth a visit! The open-air market leading up to it also has some excellent finds.
A trip to Japan, the United Kingdom, Morocco, Germany, or China not currently be in the cards for every Guest. But that doesn’t mean you can’t experience an international adventure, right here at Walt Disney World!
Whether you use the shops of The World Showcase to broaden your home’s décor, to sample treats from another country, to buy an inexpensive and unique gift for someone back home, or even just to window shop, a visit to these favorite EPCOT stores will add a dose of beauty and wonder to your day in Walt Disney World.