Epcot’s World Showcase countries are a magical entree into the world at large. Even if you can’t get to China or France or Morocco, you can gain some insight into the culture of those places through the attractions, architecture, and food represented in the Epcot pavilions. But let’s face it, one of the key enticements of the World Showcase pavilions is the shopping. Even if you’ll never get to London, you can get souvenirs from the United Kingdom without ever leaving Florida.
We’re going on a tour of the shopping opportunities in Epcot’s World Showcase countries — this time we’re visiting China. Bear in mind that the merchandise mix in the parks is constantly changing. While all the photos in these posts were taken in the first half of 2019, it’s quite possible that some of these specific items will be gone by the time you visit. They will, however, give you the flavor of what you can expect to find as you shop around the World Showcase.
The China pavilion has one of the largest stores in the World Showcase, featuring one of the wider arrays of merchandise, from $1 trinket toys on up ceramic and jade objects costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you’re with a group with a range of shopping interests, China be near the top of your visit list.
Clothing and Accessories
The clothing, accessories, and jewelry sold in China range from traditional silk and silver to items with no demonstrably Chinese origin. You might find a silk dress for a heritage pageant, or some comfy silk PJs, a tee or sweatshirt embellished with signs of the Chinese zodiac, a plain black leather purse, or almost anything else.
Toys and Games
Look for plush creatures, puzzles, games, and other toys small and large. Many of these items have a panda theme, which makes sense this being China. Some of these items are similar to the panda toys sold at the Animal Kingdom. Sadly, there are no actual pandas at Walt Disney World.
China sells home decor items that range from truly elegant porcelain vases, to items that are not particularly elegant, but that may be amusing. There is also a large wall of swords for sale in the China pavilion – let’s assume they’re decorative.
Given the size of the China pavilion shops, there is relative lack of food items sold here. Most of the stock is related to tea or candy, with some bottled beverages as well.
The China pavilion shops sell lots of things that are, well, things. Some of these items are practical, like stationery or books. For other things, you may not be really sure what they are or why they’re there, but they’re awesome and you want them.
What do you like to buy in China? Do you have a favorite item you’ve purchased there? Let us know in the comments.