Oriental Imports | Disney World

Last Updated on: March 26th, 2024

Oriental Imports was a unique and culturally rich shop located in the Adventureland area of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Opening in 1971, the store offered guests a diverse array of products reminiscent of Eastern cultures, directly transported from the vibrant streets of Hong Kong to the magical realm of Disney. The quaint store was known for its sale of Oriental lanterns, purses, dresses, boxes, pajamas for children, copper plates, and various other hand-gilded items, providing a unique shopping experience that immersed guests in a different culture​​.

The shop’s presence in Magic Kingdom was part of Disney’s broader effort to provide culturally diverse and educational experiences, highlighting the beauty and craftsmanship of Eastern cultures. However, like many attractions and stores within the ever-evolving Disney parks, Oriental Imports saw its end in 1987, making way for new developments. It was replaced by The Elephant’s Trunk, marking the end of an era for this distinctive shopping experience​​.

During its years of operation, Oriental Imports served not just as a retail spot but as a gateway for guests to explore and appreciate the artistry and traditions of Oriental cultures through tangible, everyday items. Its closure was part of the broader changes happening within the park, as attractions and shops evolved to meet new themes and guest expectations​​.

Though Oriental Imports is no longer part of Magic Kingdom, its legacy as a unique point of cultural exchange lives on in the memories of those who visited. The shop’s existence highlights Disney’s ongoing commitment to celebrating global cultures and providing guests with immersive and diverse experiences.

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