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Islands of Adventure – Shopping in Lost Continent

Some of the best shopping at Islands of Adventure is to be found here in the Lost Continent, especially if your taste runs to one-of-a-kind craft items.

The Treasures of Poseidon, near the exit of Poseidon’s Fury, sells a grab bag of T-shirts, sandals, and (oddly enough) a variety of live plants.

In the Sindbad area, the Coin Mint features hand-minted medallions of bronze, silver, or “gold layered silver,” made to order while you watch by an artisan who’s garbed in Renaissance clothing and speaks in a simulation of a British regional accent. The master minter uses a heavily weighted guillotine-like device to slam the designs onto discs. The tented shop also sells chains in sterling silver and crystal pendants. Nearby, Historic Families offers classy coats of arms and accessories for the serious family historian. Especially nice are the elaborate hand-embroidered versions with two coats of arms designed to commemorate a marriage. And in case the marriage doesn’t work out, the shop also sells daggers and swords. Things can get pricey here.

Entering the atmospheric tent that houses Star Souls transports you to a time before 900 numbers and the Psychic Friends Network. Here one of several fortune tellers will reveal your past and delve into your future — for a price. You can choose from sessions of various lengths for $15 to $75. Kids are welcome too. There always seems to be a line of willing seekers here.

Too timid for tattoos? The new-agey designs at Mystic Henna Body Art are painted on with henna and last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks before fading into memory. The Pearl Factory sells Japanese cultured pearls in a variety of settings at prices that start at about $29 and go up to $5,000 for a black Tahitian pearl necklace. For $16 you can pick an oyster and, if you like the pearl you find inside, have it set in a variety of gold settings for a modest fee.

The Middle Eastern bazaar section of The Lost Continent has other specialty shops that change from time to time, including one offering “Free Magic Shows” similar to the ones on Hollywood Boulevard in Universal Studios. Thus their omission here. tion of The Lost Continent has other specialty shops that change from time to time. Thus their omission here.

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