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Pick-A-Pearl in Japan’s Mitsukoshi Department Store

Inside Epcot’s Japan pavilion is the Mitsukoshi Department Store where you will find a variety of items such as anything Hello Kitty to Japanese Swords. Here guests can also choose their own oyster to discover and keep the pearl that lies within.

Choose Your Oyster

Your pearl adventure begins as you point out one of the oysters in the tank for the Cast Member to pick out for you. As you can see in the photo, the cost of this experience is $15.96 plus tax, not too outrageous for a fun, one time, experience.

Oysters Ready to be Opened

When you make your pick the Cast Member leads you in a countdown opening the oyster. When the pearl is found inside, the Cast Member will measure it for you, and will then celebrate by playing a beat on the drum on the counter.

Seeing Your Treasure

Once you’ve discovered your pearl and its size, your experience can begin to get a bit pricey, or not at all; it’s all up to you. Cast Members are waiting on the sides to set your pearl into a pretty piece of jewelry for you, but you obviously have to pay for the setting.

Creating A Piece of Pearl Jewelry

This is a unique, fun experience for someone to do once. I will admit that I have done it in the past, and had my pearl set in a pretty sterling silver flower necklace pendant. It’s a way of creating your own, unique souvenir to remember your trip by.

Below is a video of the Pick-A-Pearl in action.

2 comments

  1. Jeannette says:

    We just witnessed this on our New Year’s trip to Disney World. I wondered though, what happens to the oyster after they are shucked open. Are they just tossed away? Are they edible? Does Disney recover them for use in the restaurants?

  2. Pattie says:

    I asked the same question. the ladies who open the oysters told me that the oysters are not alive. they are thrown out.

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