I mentioned a few weeks ago that I hoped to find some fun bento goodies while visiting Epcot in Disney World. I did discover a few things there, and also some other lunch stuffs in other places on Disney property.
Let's start with the miscellaneous mouse stuff. Mickey Mouse, that is.
In almost all the gift shops at every Disney place (all four theme parks, Downtown Disney, and in the resort shops) they had this same assortment of Mickey themed kitchen supplies:
Cookie cutters, bread stamp, and pancake mold:
Some silicone items: a cake pan, muffin pan, and ice cube tray:
Mickey and Minnie plates, placemats:
I kind of really liked the mini Mickey ice cube tray. I just wasn't sure I'd get much use from it (beyond frozen yogurt bites), so I didn't get it. Of these items I only purchased the Mickey Mouse bread stamp (shown in this Mickey Mouse is in the... PlanetBox post).
There were different things to be found at Epcot. Epcot has a Japanese Pavilion in the World Showcase side of the park with an expansive shop of Japanese goodies. I could have strolled around in that place for an hour, easily. Instead, I walked briskly for maybe twenty minutes until my husband called me to frantically report that our natives were growing restless waiting outside. But I was able to take pictures of a few things before I reluctantly left.
First, these were just inside the entrance and stopped me in my tracks. Sanrio lunch boxes. Swoon.
They were designed with two sections, one upper and one lower. Sit upright. Long adjustable strap. Really nice thick insulation. I wanted one badly. I came to my senses and put back the one I selected (Keropi). I reasoned that I already have a literal mountain of lunch bags and just can not justify another one. Although to be honest, had there been an actual Hello Kitty one I'm not sure I could have resisted.
Beyond these lunch bags there were a couple Hello Kitty sandwich boxes, but nothing that really stood out.
Nothing to do with lunchy stuff, but the store had so much stationery! I'm not sure what caught my eye with this particular display, but for some reason I took a pic of this paper rack (???):
There were also a lot of bags. All sorts of bags. I loved (LOVED) this canvas tote. Sooooo very wanted this:
In case you can't read it, it says "Wash elephant with water" and then "A friend in need is a friend indeed". How hilarious is that? So kitschy and funny. That baby was SO going to be mine. Until I flipped over the tag and read the price - $45. That is so much money for a fairly simple canvas tote (it had a square bottom and zipped close at the top, but still). Wah! I keep pulling the photo back up on my phone to admire it every few days. So sad to leave it behind.
At the back of the store is where the mega bento jackpot was discovered. The shop did not have any cheapie plastic bento boxes that are abundant in the Japanese dollar stores (nor any fun cheapie bento accessories), but they had a whole table of really nice, high quality, bento boxes:
I'm not sure about all of them, but those in the back row, like the bunny and cat, are Kotobuki boxes. They are so nice. I already have a few of those and wasn't in the market to add to my stash, so I didn't pick any up. They were all priced in the $19 range, which isn't anything out of the norm for Kotobuki.
I was really digging that big monorail tray at the top. The big monorail holds a removable dish with two or three sections in it. Such a fancy presentation for a meal! It was very big and totally not practical, but so cool. It's probably not really a monorail, it's probably that Japanese bullet train. Practically the same thing, I'm sure.
The last area I browsed before being summoned back to my offspring was the snacks and foods section.
I was drooling at this mint Pocky. Mint! I've never seen this flavor anywhere before. Mint and chocolate is my favorite. Yum!
Some individual bagged snacks. How about some shrimp crispies?
And lots of koala cookies (as shown in this Australia Love bento lunch in which I brilliantly showcased the continent upside down). These are a lot like Panda cookies, that are pretty easy to find these days (I've seen them regularly at Target as well as World Market), but I've only seen koala cookies at a Japanese dollar store in CA before. And that shop only had stawberry and vanilla, I think (same flavors as Panda cookies). But these flavors looked interesting! Some sort of coffee (?) variety and one that shows a chocolate chip ice cream cone.
As for what I purchased.... not too much. I couldn't resist those cute koala cookies, and these coconut flavored animal cookies also landed in my hand basket. I haven't opened those ones up to see, but I sure hope they really have the animal names written on them like they show in the picture!
More foodie treats, these ones are not from the Japan Pavillion, but are the types of snacks available at just about every gift shop, candy shop, and bakery all over Disney World. A spicy trail mix, Mickey shaped pretzels, Mickey cheese crackers, and some classic Disney character shaped cookies.
Those Mickey shaped cheese crackers were the secret key to my Hidden Mickey bento!
And that wraps up my Disney World bento/lunch shopping adventure. It took longer to get this post written up than I expected, but I had a visit to California get in the way (I went "home" to visit family and friends last week). The bad news is: our pixie dust is mostly brushed off by now and the magic is fading away....the good news is: now that I'm nearly through with Disney Detox I might stop jabbering on and on about Disney World. Maybe. :)