I’m not sure if my curiosity with the British Monarchy is due to my Canadian background, being born and living there for 18 years. Or maybe I’ve just been watching too much Game of Thrones. Whatever the reason I had a bit of Royal Wedding fever, and along with millions of other viewers I got up early Saturday morning and watched the extravagant event.
A week or so before the wedding I had seen online that over in Epcot the United Kingdom Pavilion was going to have some Royal Wedding gifts and souvenirs.
This area of the park is one that I don’t spend a whole lot of time in, which is really a shame because it’s a beautiful area. The buildings look like they are straight out of Downton Abbey, and the British accents from the Cast Members always seems so friendly.
In the store called The Queen’s Table is where the special souvenirs were supposed to be found. However I was apparently a few days too late. Upon my arrival I walked through all the stores but couldn’t find anything. Eventually I asked a Cast Member and was told that everything they had was sold out and they were not anticipating any more stock.
The above and below are pictures of some of the items that were available in the Epcot store. I don’t know if I actually would have bought any of these items, but I was still a little disappointed that everything was gone.
There was one other thing I wanted to check out before I left Epcot. In the UK Pavilion there is a pressed penny machine. I was pretty sure they would not have changed the designs but wanted to make sure. As I had suspected the images were unchanged, but that would have been a really cool special penny to have available. Eventually I headed home empty-handed, but that was about to change once I got home.
It wasn’t long after I got home when my phone buzzed that I had an email. It was a promotional email from Pennycollector.com that they were offering special pressed coins commemorating the Royal Wedding. I quickly hopped online and placed my order.
A week or so later my package arrived in the mail with the above two coins. The design is really nice and quite detailed. The design is the same on both coins, just one pressed on a zinc and the other silver. Unfortunately these were the only two options (no copper option) but they still made a nice addition to my collection.