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November 12

November 12, 1993 – The Village Traders Shop Opens in Epcot

“Discover an open-air marketplace featuring African-themed musical instruments, wood carvings and soapstone sculptures.”

On November 12, 1993, the Village Traders specialty shop opened in Epcot’s World Showcase area. This store is the only representation of Africa within the World Showcase; though talks and potential plans for an African Pavilion have taken place, nothing further than this store has come to fruition. The space is an open-air market and features several African-themed pieces of merchandise.

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November 10

November 10, 1993 – The Green Thumb Emporium Opens in Epcot


On November 10, 1993, the specialty shop The Green Thumb Emporium opened in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion. Replacing Broccoli & Co, the new store featured a variety of items related to the theme of gardening, including mini Mickey gardens, Mickey garden gnomes, and wind chimes. The store also featured a variety of merchandise used to promote the attraction Soarin’. It closed on April 25, 2004.

November 9

November 9, 1993 – The Sunshine Season Food Fair Food Court Opens in Epcot

“Harvest the goodness of the greenhouses of The Land Pavilion!”

On November 9, 1993, the fast-food court Sunshine Season Food Fair opened in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion. The area, formerly known as Farmers Market, features a variety of cuisines, including sandwiches, grilled fish, and vegan options; the area also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Walt Disney World guests. The area is now known as simply Sunshine Season.

October 23

October 23, 1982 – The Sunshine Terrace Restaurant Opens in Epcot

On October 23, 1982, the Sunshine Terrace Restaurant opened in Epcot’s Communicore West area. This quick service restaurant closed in May, 1994, and became the Pasta Piazza Risorante. The area no longer serves food, and acts as a character greeting spot.

October 19

October 19, 2007 – Tokyo Dining Opens in Epcot

“Be transported into a true cultural experience through the harmony of traditional Japanese food and hospitality.”

On October 19, 2007, the restaurant Tokyo Dining opened in the Japan Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. Replacing Tempura Kiku and Matsu no Ma Lounge, the restaurant features modern takes on Japanese food, which includes bento boxes and sushi platters. Guests can also enjoy views of traditional taiko drummers or the nighttime fireworks display IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

October 1

October 1, 1982 – The Tea Caddy Opens in Epcot

“Brew the perfect cuppa with Twinings tea and tea accessories, and browse British sweets, cookies and royal memorabilia.”

On October 1, 1982, the specialty shop The Tea Caddy opened in the United Kingdom pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World. The store specializes in tea from the British brand Twinings, which has been selling tea since 1706; the store also sells a variety of tea biscuits and assorted sweets, ranging in brands from McVitie’s to Cadbury, along with everything one would need to brew the perfect cup of tea.

September 24

September 24, 1986 – The Shop La Boutique des Provinces Opens in Epcot

On September 24, 1986, the specialty shop La Boutique des Provinces opened in the Canada Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase. It sold special upscale gifts, such as jewelry, perfume, and ornaments, from French Canada. It was located within the Hôtel du Canada, the main structure used to represent the Canadian pavilion. The store closed around 2005.