When people think of bringing home souvenirs from Walt Disney World, items such as Mickey ears and Disney themed t-shirts and toys come to mind. There are countless Mickey, Princess, Pirate, and Pixar themed souvenir items available to buy to remember and celebrate your trip, however, there are also some fun souvenirs that are unique to buy! The next time you are at Walt Disney World, go off the beaten souvenir path and make sure to check out the Bead Outpost in Epcot!
The Bead Outpost is located in the African Outpost area. If you enter the World Showcase from Future World and and head toward Mexico first, you’ll encounter the Bead Outpost right before you reach the Germany Pavilion.
The Bead Outpost offers unique jewelry items to purchase for yourself or for gifts, and the jewelry is a nice souvenir. Walt Disney World sends recycled papers and park maps to Africa. In Africa, artists create colorful jewelry by making beads out of the recycled park maps and papers. Each bead is handcrafted, and has a unique look created by the artist who makes the individual beads and jewelry items. No two products are exactly alike at the Bead Outpost. The beads and the jewelry items that are made in Africa are sent back to Walt Disney World to be sold as souvenirs. You can pick jewelry that is already made, or choose to string your own beads for jewelry. Proceeds from sales go toward support for the jewelry artists in Africa.
There are bracelets, chokers, necklaces, anklets, and earrings available in a rainbow of colors! We have a hard time deciding what to buy here because every piece we see looks fantastic! If you have a difficult time deciding upon a favorite piece of jewelry to bring home, splurge and buy more than one piece. Bracelets of all colors look great when wearing more than one.
We’ve shopped here a few times, and always receive compliments on our jewelry when we wear it. Our purchase for this trip was a pair of earrings for a friend. When you make a purchase, they wrap your jewelry in an Epcot park map for you to bring home. That is another good use of a recycled product!
If you’re looking for a Disney souvenir that is something other than Mickey themed, these beaded jewelry pieces are great to bring home! They are a reminder of Epcot, use recycled products, support a good cause, are easy to transport if you are flying home, and are fun to wear.