With gift shops around just about every corner, Disney World has a lot to offer in the line of souvenirs. There are the typical character clad gifts like t-shirts, picture frames, and stuffed animals; today we are talking something in a bit of a different direction! Epcot’s World Showcase provides you a trip around the world in just over a mile! This isn’t just a site seeing tour my friends! This is a tour for the senses as there are sights to behold, sounds to enjoy, smells to tempt you, items to be touched (and bought), and of course your taste buds will be delighted! With so much to see and do, it is good to have an idea of what you might find as you make your way through World Showcase. Today I am highlighting the Japan Pavilion’s unique souvenir, Pick a Pearl.
Who is Pick a Pearl for?
Pick a Pearl is for ANYONE! There are tons of setting choices and the possibilities for a unique creation are endless! More importantly, there are tons of oysters waiting to be chosen. While this is targeted toward women, that doesn’t mean that a sweet boyfriend, husband, or son couldn’t choose a pearl for the lady in their life (hint, hint, hint).
What is Pick a Pearl Anyway?
Here’s how it works, walk to the back of the Mitsukoshi Department Store (in the Japan Pavilion). Listen for the sound of the drum and the beating of sticks as happy new pearl owners celebrate their find. As you make your way over you’ll see large tanks containing oysters waiting to be picked for the big reveal. A cast member will help get the ceremony started as you select just the right oyster. As your hopes for a magnificent pearl mount, the cast member will open your oyster. I’ve seen traditional white pearls, colorful pearls, pearls that are big, small, and in between. Pearls are measured and the celebration begins. (Tip here: if you don’t want to be at the center of drum banging attention…you might want to skip this spot). Your pearl info is written on your baggy and you can go to the jewelery counter to choose a setting. There are many settings availible. The cost of the pearl is about $15. The cost of each setting varies, but you could leave with a one of a kind souvenir for relatively cheap.
When can you Pick a Pearl?
You can Pick a Pearl anytime within the operating hours of World Showcase (11am -9pm).
Where do you go to find Pick a Pearl?
Mitsukoshi Department store in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase.
Why would you want to Pick a Pearl?
I like to take home something from my trip. When I go to Disney World I always choose something that will take me back to that moment and that time. I am on the hunt for new, original, and different! Picking a pearl seems like the perfect one of a kind gift! No two pearls are exactly alike, settings can totally transform your find into something beautiful, and let’s not forget the experience of it all! It’s not every day that a drum is beat for the world to hear as you make a purchase!
Are you a repeat pearl picker? Maybe you aren’t. I hope you will stop by the Japan Pavilion next time you are in Epcot to pick a pearl of your own or maybe just celebrate another guest’s find! I know you’ll enjoy this unique experience!
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