World of Disney Grand Reopening at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World

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Several months ago, a major refurbishment for World of Disney at Disney Springs started. There were two reasons for this. They wanted to better use the space so that it wouldn’t feel so cramped. They also wanted to make the world’s largest Disney merchandise store fit in better with the whole theme behind Disney Springs. The work is finished, and the Grand Reopening was held on Saturday, October 27. The results do not disappoint. Check out photos below!


Many of the businesses in Disney Springs have backstories to make them fit into the theme, and the new World of Disney is no exception. The new legend is that the space originally housed a store. When that closed, it was turned into an animation studio. That shut down as well, and then the space stayed empty for a while. Eventually it was turned back into a store, but the animation studio left some things behind, so they were worked into the decor.

It is easy to pretend that the space once housed an animation studio. There are sketches on display everywhere you turn. There is also plenty of magic, because that is what animation is all about. The magic keeps trying to escape. One great place to watch the magic is in the checkout line with the paint jars on the wall. Pay attention to those jars, it’s a lot of fun.

World of Disney used to have several different rooms, which made it hard to get from one section to another. The walls that separated the rooms have been taken down, and the space is much more open. It feels bigger without the walls, and it is certainly easier to get from one spot to another. You can now see all the way across the store, making it much simpler to see where you want to head next. The old layout could be confusing if you didn’t know the configuration. This is much easier to navigate.


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One special part of the new World of Disney focuses on Mickey Mouse Club. Since Mickey is about to celebrate his 90th birthday, it makes sense to have an area that focuses on one of his crowning achievements. There are special ears and hats, as well as clothing, jewelry, and even a fanny pack. The Mickey Mouse Club Collection will be available in the store for about a year, and then something new will move into that space.

There is also a seasonal area. Right now, it is focused on Christmas. There are more ears and hats, a fun novelty sweater, a necklace that lights up and also jingles, and plenty of other items.

There is a section that focuses on princesses in the back of the store. If you stop by, make sure you look up. There are three chandeliers, but they are more than just fancy lighting fixtures. If you look for a moment you might notice that they have been made from scepters and tiaras.

The reimagined World of Disney is bound to be a hit. There are items sold inside that you won’t find elsewhere. The changes in the space make a lot of sense. The extra touches make it truly special. When you check out, look down at the counter. You might notice a sketch that was done by an animator long ago. It’s the small details that make World of Disney more magical than ever.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.