It’s quite a delight to just walk around and enjoy the sights at World Bazaar, especially after a day around the park. When the skies go dark, lights along the streets glow brightly and the glass canopy fades away.
The enclosed design of World Bazaar reflects sound, making the area, even when moderately crowded, feel very busy.
Walking to the front of the parks offers a breather – and you get to see the seasonal sign lit up at night. This is for Disney’s Natsu Matsuri. Themed like a traditional Japanese summer festival but with a Disney twist, the event mainly takes place around the Castle Hub and Stage in front of Cinderella Castle. The key event is the Sōryō Kobu (爽涼鼓舞) – a dance “contest” which happens several times a day and climaxes to a showdown, “SŌRYŌ KOBU – THE FINAL”, at night.
Shopping in the evening is probably not the best idea… unless you already know what you want. Naturally, most of the park guests return to World Bazaar in the evening. Restaurants are Cafes are packed too.
Checking out items is really fast, but crowded shops make it hard to browse the crazy selection of items in the many stores within the area.
World Bazaar is like a Tokyo Disneyland department store – there’s a clothing department – Town Center Fashions – selling towel hoodies and colourful printed t-shirts, among other things like really fancy character headbands and hats.
You can walk around, head to toe, in flashy Disney attire. A lot of people do this at the park.
Fancy Fashions for that Ravishing Look (?)
It’s interesting to see the more classy, up-market shop decor clashing with all the flashy and cartoony T-shirts stocked in the store.
Disney & Co. Gifts supposedly stocks up on Mickey & Friends items, but I think it’s pretty much the same things at the other shops. Every store has all the characters available, and in every store you can find the 30th Anniversary items.
Grand Emporium selling general items souvenirs, but generally things don’t look much different from Disney & Co. That’s the issue of selling goods of similar designs across a product range, though I think it’s a strategy that causes impulse purchases. “They have the Donald version here. OH the Chip and Dale one.. Oh they have this too.!” sort of thought.
Unsurprisingly, the park’s busiest store is World Bazaar Confectionery. Selling Sweets with Character. Quite literally.
One of the rare stores where you see cast members unpacking boxes and restocking shelves all night.
Sometimes they don’t even need to put them on display. Guests just grab them right out of the shipping boxes.
We had to get out. Eventually we picked up the biscuit and chocolate tins at Bon Voyage, a large shop that’s outside Tokyo Disneyland, near Ikspiari and JR Maihama station. No park admission required to shop there.
We then went into the Penny Arcade.
And found this rather… creepy machine.
What Does Grandma Say?
For a few coins and minutes, you will get your fortune foretold in a tiny card.
We then walked towards the famous Partners statue and turned back to face World Bazaar again. Really beautiful at night.
There is a real second level at World Bazaar (unlike Main Street, USA). I think for this end, the second level houses Restaurant Hokusai, a Japanese table service restaurant.
And for this side, the Disney Gallery (where you can learn to draw Disney characters) is located at the second level, as well as the exclusive Club 33. The entrance is quite well hidden. If you’ve paid attention to the previous entry, the door to the Club 33 reception is actually to the left of the suspicious Magic Shop.
And I’ll end this post with a photo of the Partners statue – Walt Disney holding hands with Mickey Mouse, with Cinderella Castle in blue in the background.
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