• On Jun 10, 2019
    April from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are wanting to let our girls pick a pearl this upcoming visit to Epcot. When visiting the Epcot Mitsukoshi Store to pick a pearl can you reserve a time or is it only walk in? How long is the typical wait times? Thanks!

    Hello, April! The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavillion is a popular stop for visitors to Epcot, and the souvenirs you find in here are much more diverse than your typical Mickey Mouse tee shirt. When my son and I were shopping there on our last trip, we became mesmerized with the "Pick-A-Pearl" process, and we spent quite a bit of time watching it.

    While no reservations are needed, you will be given a number (similar to the deli counter at your grocery store) after purchasing your pearl ticket at the register. Sometimes the counter gets busy, so you may have to wait for 30 minutes or so, but there's plenty of authentic merchandise to look at that will keep you busy; my son was fascinated by the precious Gudetama character that looks like an egg. 

    The Cast Members are all very enthusiastic, and they often beat their Japanese drums while Guests are selecting their pearls. Here's a tip I overheard when I was watching: choose the oyster with the ugliest shell. After the pearl station employee cuts the oyster open, the pearl is given a quick cleaning and measured for size. Some lucky Guests even get twin pearls in their oyster! Afterward, I'd recommend heading over to dine at the brand new signature restaurant, Takumi-Tei, which is scheduled to open later this summer!

    April, just remember the "the world is your oyster," and I hope your trip is filled with treasured memories!

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Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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