The very first Disney Store opened in California in 1987, creating an entirely new experience for fans.
Unlike any other toy store on the market, the Disney Store was unique because each location brought a little piece of the Disney Parks to fans who were cities, states, and even countries away from Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
What Was the Disney Store Like?
Each Disney outlet was categorized by the iconic Disney music playing overhead, the clips of Disney movies playing on screens and TVs, and shelves of merchandise.
Everywhere you looked, you’d find whimsical and exciting Disney imagery, making you feel some of the same excitement that comes with visiting Walt Disney World.
The best part? Each Disney Store sold official merchandise that was typically only found in the Disney Parks, making these locations an amazing place for fans.
At one point in time, there were hundreds of these stores across the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Japan, China, France, and Germany.
But now, nearly 40 years later, only 21 locations remain across the United States.
In 2021, the Walt Disney Company announced that over a hundred Disney Store locations would close. One by one, nearly every location began closing its door, leaving only 21 stores in the United States (according to shopDisney’s official website).
But fans have been holding out hope for the return of the iconic Disney outlet ever since.
We’ve Seen This All Before…
It’s a similar situation to the eradication of the famous Toys R Us department store, a coveted toy store that made up the other half of childhoods for generations.
But the most significant difference is that all Toys R Us department store locations were closed, while some Disney Store locations can still be found, albeit few and far between.
When the reign of Toys R Us came to an end, many young adults felt that their childhoods were officially coming to an end…However, it was recently announced that some Toys R Us locations would be reopening.
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Described as the “comeback of the century,” the return of Toys R Us stores is a huge deal. But it’s also an opportunity for fans to poke at the Walt Disney Company, taking this comeback as a sign that the iconic Disney Store could return to its former glory.
Although most of today’s shopping is done online, nothing can deny the exciting feeling of exploring the Disney Store, marveling at all the toys, souvenirs, and other merchandise on the shelves.
Hopefully, the Walt Disney Company will consider fans’ feedback and bring back a monumental part of every Disney Fan’s childhood.
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