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‘World’s Luckiest Fishing Village’ will now be the home of the only Disney Store in Florida

A city in Florida, known for its deep-sea fishing, among other attractions, will soon be home to the only remaining Disney Store in the entire Sunshine State.

You’ve probably heard of it before; it’s Destin, Florida, also known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.”

The coastal city is a popular vacation “destin”-ation (pardon the pun). It’s popular for its deep-sea fishing and for its many tourist attractions, such as the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Crab Island and Harborwalk Village, among others.

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Now, it will be popular for having the only Disney Store location in Florida, outside of retail shops at Walt Disney World. And sadly, it’s not an original Disney Store. Rather, it’s a Disney Store Outlet, located at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Destin.

Disney fans in North America have heard the news about Disney Store closings for months now, and September 15 was the date many had come to dread.

September 15 has been the formal closing date for many of the remaining Disney Store locations in the United States, meaning that if you were lucky enough to live near a location that was still in operation, chances are that as of today, that luck has officially run out.

The original Disney Store in Glendale, California was among the casualties of the decision to close

In March of this year, Disney announced that it would be closing at least 60 of its retail stores in North America. When it comes to its retail ventures, Disney has chosen to focus its time, attention and energy on its online retail site, ShopDisney.com.

Disney has closed the majority of its Florida Disney Store locations, including stores at Dadeland Mall in Kendall, at the Miami International Mall, at the Shops at Sunset Place in South Miami, at Bayplace Marketplace in downtown Miami and at Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, Florida, among others.

Disney first announced the addition of “pop-up” mini-Disney Store venues inside Target retail locations at the D23 Expo in 2019, and just last month, Disney announced that it will be adding more than 150 of these magic spots inside Target by year’s end.

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About Becky Burkett

I'm a Lone Star State native whose idea of joy includes any combination of the following: cold weather, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 2 boys, my 2 girls, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history and being at Disney World. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birds at the Enchanted Tiki Room, scoring the 999,999 at Buzz's Space Ranger Spin, or trying for the highest score in the toybox at Toy Story Mania! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!