We covered the first phase of Panchito’s Gifts and Sundries’ remodeling back in October. Since then, the gift shop’s new look has finally made its debut, and with a few holiday touches, to boot! Scroll to see more photos of Panchito’s newly remodeled look:
There’s a very open-floor vibe to the whole space. Most merchandise is hung or stored on the walls, with accent tables, woven baskets, and racks displaying smaller goods and holiday specialty items.
You could easily break out into dancing “La Chona” or “El Tucanazo” in this store and a.) there’d be enough space to do so and b.) it’d be thematically accurate.
I know lots of people bemoan the loss of more colorful accents and decor, but it smells so clean and new in here that it’s a welcome trade-off.
Remember those VHS clutches that debuted at the Disney Store not too long ago? Well, they have charms to match! It’s always fun seeing what new charm designs are out, especially since the entire collection has gone on for ages.
The store’s namesake holds center stage in a beautiful display with accent lights strung above. This is all that remains of the store’s character influences.
There is a full-on plush wall, with the adorable Disney Babies on display. (No Figaro babies at this location, I checked.)
On top of every wall and display is an array of decorative bowls and structural pieces to really tie the room together.
There’s a surprisingly good selection of pins and toys. They even had the Kingdom of Cute Series 2 pin blind packs!
Assorted medications and first aid items are available, plus Tide pens and whatnot.
Here’s another view of the store. Check out those lovely holiday garlands up above.
To the rear of the store, you’ll find the snacks and fridges.
Another fridge will be installed in the space where the black tarp is.
There’s also a wall of snacks!
These mannequins are new to the store.
All that remains of the old Panchito’s is this display of Oaxacan wood carvings.
The new look is very much Disney meets Home Goods/TJ Maxx, which seems to be the way all stores at WDW are going.
While I did notice that the store did have some $300 watches casually on display, there are still some affordable souvenirs and gifts available. Those Oaxacan wood carvings are usually only available in the Mexico pavilion, so that offers a unique gift option without a trek to the parks.
For a fun scavenger hunt, this cart seen above is now sitting empty, deep within a hallway inside Coronado’s Convention Center. Try to find it on your next trip!
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