Ranking Epcot’s World Showcase Pavilions by Best Shopping in Walt Disney World

Ah, Epcot.  Where you can travel the world in one day without leaving Walt Disney World.  We love the World Showcase for so many reasons: the food, the entertainment, the architecture, the ability to talk with cast members from all over the globe…  And, of course, the shopping!  When you visit Epcot’s pavilions, you can bring home souvenirs and gifts from 11 different countries, which makes the World Showcase pretty special.  And if you’re overwhelmed with your shopping options, don’t worry!  We’ve ranked each pavilion, so you’ll have an idea where to spend your time – and hard-earned money – the next time you’re in Disney’s Epcot.

11. United States

Call it unpatriotic, but we’ve never been too impressed with the shopping opportunities at the American pavilion in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.  While the architecture of the shop at Heritage Manor is stunning, the merchandise inside – well – isn’t.  You’ll find lots of red, white and blue-themed souvenirs here, and an abundance of American history books, but there’s really nothing to make a visit here worthwhile.  We have been promised changes to the shop here, so there’s hope for the future!

10. Italy

Epcot’s Italy pavilion is absolutely perfect if you adore shopping for designer perfume, handbags, jewellery and other accessories, or if you’re ok spending a small fortune on a Venetian mask.  We just found very little within Italy’s shops that was both uniquely and appealingly Italian, and affordable for the average guest.  Although the selection of Italian chocolates may be worth checking out!

9. Canada

Cuddly plush versions of wolves, bears, beavers and moose abound at Epcot’s Canada pavilion.  You’ll also find the obligatory collection of plaid, maple goods and a variety of clothing and other items featuring the maple leaf.  We’ve seen it all before, and didn’t find anything here that blew us away.  The items made by Indigenous peoples of Canada are worth a look, but if you’re short on time you can safely skip shopping in this pavilion without missing too much. 

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8. Norway

The main thing you will remember from Norway’s shop is the gigantic troll you can pose for a photo with.  Aside from that, there’s probably not much to keep your attention here, unless of course you’re accompanied by little ones who are Frozen fans, in which case feel free to place Norway higher up on your list of Epcot shopping stops!  Non-Frozen merchandise includes Viking and troll-themed souvenirs, perfumes, and Norwegian apparel and sweets.

7. France

The France pavilion in Disney’s Epcot is full of diverse merchandise in several different shops, which all look and smell great.  Whether you’re on the hunt for cookbooks and utensils, perfume, wine, or fun souvenirs featuring your favorite French Disney characters (think Belle, Remy, and characters from Aristocats), you’ll find it here.  Expect to see plenty of merchandise starring the Eiffel Tower and macarons.

6. Germany

There are several small shops to peruse in the Germany pavilion.  We love the Christmas shop, with its tree full of traditional pickle ornaments, and there’s a soccer store for the sports fan in your party.  You can also shop for wine, toys, beer steins and cuckoo clocks.  But the highlight of shopping in Epcot’s Germany has to be a visit to Karamell-Kuche, the irresistible caramel shop featuring tasty baked goods, caramel popcorn and yummy caramel treats to take home.

5. Mexico

We love the location of the Mexico pavilion’s main shop, Plaza de los Amigos.  After all, when was the last time you went shopping inside a pyramid?  Designed to look like an open-air market at nightfall, complete with illuminated bubbling fountain, this gift shop offers a splendid selection of all things Mexican.  You’ll find the expected sombreros pinatas and tequila, but also lots of unexpected Mexican treasures like items that commemorate Dia de los Muertos, handmade jewellery and other accessories, and glassware.

4. United Kingdom

The shops in Epcot’s UK pavilion are utterly endearing inside and out, and you’re guaranteed to be pleasantly surprised while you browse.  The shops are themed differently and feature very different merchandise, so make sure you take the time to explore them all!  You’ll find souvenirs featuring your favorite British tv shows (from Dr. Who to Downton Abbey), and Disney characters hailing from across the pond, like Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland.  You can take home British tea and sweets, and even your own sword, or research your family name and crest right on site and have it printed on a souvenir.

3. Japan

Mitsukoshi Department Store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion is an adventure just waiting to happen.  You can buy your very own kimono, or get yourself a calming rock garden or bonsai tree.  Explore the expansive pottery section, expand your knowledge of anime characters, or even hand-pick an oyster with a mystery pearl inside.  There’s something for every taste, and once you’ve experienced shopping in Japan, it’ll forever have a place on your to-do list in Walt Disney World!

2. Morocco

There’s no pavilion we’d rather get lost in than the Morocco pavilion!  With its winding alleys, courtyards, arches, and exquisite tile laid by actual Moroccan artisans, it’s one of the most picturesque pavilions in Epcot.  The bazaar area is spread across several different rooms, all with intriguing and unique merchandise from Northern Africa.  You might come across knotted carpets in brilliant colors, gorgeous glass lanterns, Fez hats, handmade instruments and crafts, and even belly dancing outfits. There’s always something new to discover!

1. China

Visiting the House of Good Fortune at the China pavilion is a trip into the bizarre and wonderful.  The shop is massive, and you can kill an impressive amount of time wandering around, discovering its wonders.  It’s hard to know where to look first, but the panda merchandise – and there’s a lot of it – is a great place to start!  You can pick up tasty Asian treats, and beautiful china tea sets.  Opt for a solar-powered toy, fuzzy puppet, tiny Buddha figurine, or fork over the big bucks for a vase that costs thousands of dollars.  Amazingly, you can even pick up Shanghai Disneyland souvenirs here, all without leaving the US!

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.