Come to American Adventure, We Have Candy

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Standing near the register in Heritage Manor Gifts, the shop at American Adventure in Epcot, I found myself shaking my head in disbelief over the gunfight between young brothers running amuck. I personally am not a fan of toy weapons. Then I noticed that a lot of the historical merchandise was gone. If memory serves me right, there are now T-shirts from various athletic teams. Sure, it’s difficult to say what should be for sale since you’re actually in the United States and there’s a part of me that questions what exactly represents us as a country.

Allow me toss out some ideas in case anyone from merchandising sees this. Let’s start with toys, perhaps packaged jump ropes with instructions on how to jump double dutch, space shuttles, Sam the Eagle plush, Disney sports balls, Betsy Ross, Amelia Earhart, and Michelle Obama dolls, etc… Adults might enjoy cook books, puzzles depicting historical events, books by Mark Twain or other famous writers, and anything a teacher can use in class. It’s possible some of these items are in the store now, things change.

In the meantime, enjoy a sugar high. Coke sold separately.
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4 Replies to “Come to American Adventure, We Have Candy”

  1. We couldn’t agree more. We hate the way the shops are going, every shop has the same stuff in it, no originality anywhere. And we think a Sam the Eagle plush would be great. it would be distinctly unpatriotic not to buy one.

  2. As visitors from the UK we used to love the ‘Stars and Stripes’ and American history type merchandise at the American Adventure and in the shop in Liberty Square. I remember my husband buying a really nice quality polo shirt with the flag on it. We’ve also bought some lovely American Christmas ornaments there too over the years and years ago china mugs with quotations.

    Unfortunately most shops at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris now seem to stock generic merchandise, which gets a bit boring after the first few shops!

  3. Well, they do have a corner of books on American history as well as American recipe books. I actually just bought my new favorite cook book there, ‘United Cakes of America’. Over 50 cake recipes highlighting the unique flavors of all 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico. LOVE!

    I can’t wait to make the Coca-Cola cake from GA and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from MA.

    Lisa responds: I’m glad to know they have some books. A chocolate chip cookie cake from here? It must be Toll House/Nestle, I’m guessing.

  4. I could not agree more with you. Merchandise in that store has changed too much and it is very disappointing. We used to look forward to shopping there for great items that were unusual and could not be bought just anywhere, sadly, not anymore.