For most of us a Walt Disney World vacation isn’t complete without the purchase of at least one souvenir, and for my family our go to spot was always Mouse Gear at EPCOT. If the temporary location hasn’t quite been doing it for you during all of the EPCOT construction, good news, Disney recently announced that EPCOT’s new flagship merchandise location, Creations Shop, will be opening this summer. Although an official opening date has not been announced yet, here’s what we know so far about the store according to Disney:
Creations Shop features a bold, sleek design that creates a perfect showcase for the rich variety of items you’ll find as part of your EPCOT experience. It will be an open, bright, welcoming environment with huge glass walls that allow sunlight to pour in and make you feel like you’re in touch with nature even while indoors. We are using color, materials and light in new ways with some unique EPCOT touches that connect back to this park’s storied past while looking to the future.
We were inspired by Mickey as our subject for creativity – but this is Mickey like you’ve never seen him before. You’ll discover original homages to him throughout the space, including large, dynamic murals and new artist expressions that showcase the global, contemporary icon that Mickey has become for generations around the world. We are excited to feature this art program – completely original works that will live on in this space – as a testament to the park’s ability to inspire the dreamer in all of us.
Our goal is for Creations Shop to be more than a place to pick up a memento of your time at EPCOT – we want your every moment with us to be an experience worthy of the park’s vision and tradition. The products you’ll find here will extend Disney storytelling and allow you to bring that experience home with you, all while encouraging you to explore your own expressiveness and creativity.
I’m looking forward to seeing how Creations Shop measures up to my long time favorite, Mouse Gear. With only one artist concept released so far, it seems very minimalist to me, but I’m hoping once I see it in person, it is much more energetic and warm. And of course, as a huge Mickey Mouse fan, I’m looking forward to checking out the new murals, hopefully they will distract me from buying too many souvenirs!