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Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editor
Shopping the Parks: Disneyland Shopping Adventure - 4/13/01

Part One

Adventureland is home to four uniquely themed shops in one retail complex. Rather than cram all four shops into one column, I'm splitting the Adventureland stores into a two- part series. Today, I'll take you to Adventureland Bazaar and Tropical Imports.

How Bazaar, How Bazaar
How Bazaar, How Bazaar

Adventureland Bazaar sits just inside the entrance to Adventureland, directly opposite Jungle Cruise. As its name suggests, the store's decor has a decidedly Middle Eastern influence. The Bazaar connects directly to South Seas Traders, and then to Indiana Jones Outpost. I'll take you to those stores next week.

Bright cloth decorates the ceiling
Bright cloth decorates the ceiling

You enter the Bazaar through a doorway arch, and are immediately struck by its rich decor. The ceiling is covered with swags of cloth and cord, while tapestries hang on the walls and over cabinet displays.

Trim Decor
Trim Decor

The store's bare walls are painted and trimmed with stenciled borders and weathering effects. You'll notice the "exposed brickwork" in the photo above. Mosaic tiles decorate other surfaces. Various props and lamps hang from the walls.

Sorry, not for sale
Sorry, not for sale

This pair of shelves hangs over a wall cabinet, and houses a collection of assorted props -- brass plates and containers, a woven throw rug, a metal bird cage. A chest on the right is covered with thousands of tiny beads, all glued on in an intricate pattern.

Wind chimes and more
Wind chimes and more

In keeping with the store's theme, the two cash register desks have been built inside wooden stalls like booths in a bazaar. In addition to the usual "impulse items" like autograph books and pens, the booths house a collection of unique smaller items. This stall offers incense, bone boxes, candles and wind chimes. The containers for these trinkets are also unusual, with baskets, brass boxes, wooden bowls and even real coconut halves used to hold small carved rings, key chains and beaded bracelets.

A wild display
A wild display

Like every other store, the merchandise assortment is a mixed bag. There's a collection of safari- themed Disney Character plush, starring the Fab Five and the Pooh family. Then there's this collection of Fiesta- brand plush animals, which you can find at almost any Hallmark store. Take a look at the display boxes. The green ones with the animals on them were custom made for this store, and have a different jungle / animal print on all four sides.

Raku Pottery
Raku Pottery

Not everything in the store is stuffed and mounted; there's quite an assortment of really interesting merchandise here. This table holds a display of raku- style pottery, with its distinctive crackle finish. Raku is a centuries- old Japanese process for firing ceramic items. Raku pieces are first kiln- fired at 1500 to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, removed while still hot, then immediately placed in a bed of sawdust and twigs. These ignite and smoke, causing a "crazing" or crackle pattern in the glaze. No two pieces survive the firing process the same, making each piece unique. Raku pieces are decorative only, as the process makes the finished piece too porous for food use.

Exotic, handmade imports
Exotic, handmade imports

An entire wall is devoted to handmade imports, such as brass boxes with punched and stamped designs, as well as carved wooden boxes. A funny note here - the hand- carved giraffe sculptures next to the wooden boxes are sold at Disneyland for about half the price of what the Los Angeles Zoo charges. The lowers shelves are piled with handmade baskets, some with little booklets about the native peoples who created them. 

Wooden Elephants on Parade
Wooden Elephants on Parade

My favorite items in this store are these handmade wooden animals from Kenya. These are semi- articulated puppets, and can be posed in various of positions. I think I want a giraffe to sit on my computer monitor.  

The latest in jungle fashions...
The latest in jungle fashions...

If you want to dress yourself, or your home, in the latest jungle fashions, this is the place to shop. A line of resort wear shirts are offered, with a variety of animals printed, embroidered or embossed on them. The animal print frames from Silver Spur Outfitters have wandered over here, but with wild- animal prints replacing the cow spots. Well, do those hats really need any explanation?

You'll find Aladdin's Lamp here too, coin operated of course
You'll find Aladdin's Lamp here too, coin operated of course

Even if nothing in the store attracts your fancy, there are two other ways to lighten your wallet. For just 25 cents, "Aladdin's Other Lamp" (above) offers to reveal your future through the wisdom of the genie. If you want a more permanent souvenir, Raja's Mint (below) asks for your quarter, plus another one and a penny. Your penny is "stamped" by the elephant and returned to you. It's the best- dressed pressed penny machine in the park. 

Raja's Mint
Raja's Mint

The most notable feature of this store isn't something you see - it's something you hear. Adventureland Bazaar has a huge collection of Remo drums, bongos, rain sticks and assorted percussion instruments. In other words - you can hear the store from about 20 feet away. So if you're shopping with kids, they'll love the place!

Under the music, you'll find Tropical Imports
Under the music, you'll find Tropical Imports

Right across from the Bazaar, you find Tropical Imports. This little store is wedged into the corner of the Jungle Cruise queue. Its roof serves as a performance stage for two live music groups that play in Adventureland -- Alturas, and the steel drum group, Trinidad and Tobago Showboat Orchestra.

Poor monkeys, surrounded by snakes!
Poor monkeys, surrounded by snakes!

If you've ever stood in line for Jungle Cruise and wondered about that faint rubber scent in the air, here's where it comes from: the collection of rubber snakes, rats, spiders and critters offered in barrels at the back of the store. Again, your kids are sure to love this place. 

Surprise! A plush display!
Surprise! A plush display!

If your kids like their snakes a little more cuddly, you can find a selection of plush critters, too. This store offers some Tarzan merchandise, along with a full complement of souvenirs, disposable cameras and snacks. If the park is really busy, the "Jungle Truck" at the side of the store is used to sell candy and snacks as well.


Next Week:
Disneyland's Shopping Adventure, Part Two   


Coming Merchandise Events:

Disney's California Adventure Lithograph Signing, featuring Senior Concept Designer, Rennie Marquez

Postcard / Map art  Disney
Postcard / Map art Disney

Saturday, April 21st 2001, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
At Off the Page, in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area

This is your opportunity to purchase a full-size, signed lithograph of the artwork used for the DCA Wall Maps. The lithograph is 28" x 36", and is a limited edition of 250. The litho is to be embossed with the DCA logo.


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ABOUT THE EDITOR

Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix is the super-shopper behind MouseShoppe, your personal and unofficial shopping service for the Disneyland Resort, and the owner of CharmingShoppe, a Disney collectibles store located in Anaheim.

In addition to scouring the park to find you the latest and greatest merchandise, she keeps you updated on all of the merchandise events happening in the parks.

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