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Disney Is Expanding Outside the Walt Disney World “Bubble”

If you’re visiting Central Florida, there will soon be a way to enjoy a dose of Walt Disney World outside of the Resort’s “bubble” of Disney Parks and Resorts.

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Take a drive with us down the ever-so-busy I-4 (International Drive) which many of us cruise through when accessing Walt Disney World Resort by car. The traffic woes have been slightly fixed as Florida recently opened its new express lanes which can be traveled with a toll fee.

But, instead of waiting to see that Walt Disney World entrance sign, Disney fans will soon be able to see a new “larger-than-life outdoor art display“. The massive display will be ribbon-like Disney art which will display Fab 50 golden sculptures of favorite Disney characters in celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary. Over time, more Disney characters and celebrations will be on display.

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The massive screen display will enwrap the outside of the Hollywood Plaza garage which is roughly a 13 minutes drive from Walt Disney World. But wait! Disney isn’t just introducing a massive screen display. A NEW Disney Store will also be opening soon.

When Guests go inside the building, they will find a brand new Walt Disney World Store. Disney has noted it “combines merchandise, ticket sales, and the first-ever interactive Disney Vacation Club Virtual Discovery Station.”

What exactly is a Disney Vacation Club Virtual Discovery Station? Disney has noted it will have floor-to-ceiling screens that can virtually transport Guests to Disney’s theme parks, resorts, and cruise destinations around the world via first-person virtual tours, photo galleries, and videos.

The new Walt Disney World Store will open on May 31, 2022, as the location will be a one-stop spot to provide Central Florida visitors a convenient way to purchase commemorative souvenirs, Park tickets, and explore Disney Vacation Club membership. Check out the shop’s art rending below:

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The Walt Disney World Resort bubble has expanded! Don’t forget to look up when driving I-4 to spot favorite Disney characters with the new screen display, and be sure to plan some time to drop in for a visit to the new Walt Disney World Store.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.