Posts Tagged ‘boutique’

World of Disney & the future of the Disney Village

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

While our photos here still show the World of Disney Store behind construction walls the new anchor store of the Disney Village today opened its doors (the official grand opening will take place on July 12). According to our sources at the same time as its doors officially open other doors will close – to be specific: the doors of the main area of the Disney Store in the Disney Village.

During a two week period the store is supposed to be re-invented as a kids  store. Instead of the general selection of Disney products and resort merchandise the former Disney Store will then limit itself on kids related products. To enhance the experience the store will be divided into several sections / themed areas: Star Wars, Cars, Candy, Bedtime, Duffy, Boys, and finally Girls.

The smaller extension room of the Disney Store next to the currency exchange office already switched over to Christmas merchandise in the past days. It is supposed to remain open during the transformation of the Disney Store into a kids’s store. No word yet whether it will remain a Christmas shop year round or whether it will be altering between the various seasons / seasonal merchandise as it has in the past years.

The transformation of the former Disney Stores would leave only one store in the Disney Village that stuck to its original concept and themeing since opening day in 1992: Hollywood Pictures. However, as our sources inform us, the remaining days of Hollywood Pictures seem limited as well. It’s replacement isn’t ready to be officially revealed – yet, we have been told that currently the resort is in negotiations with LEGO to transform the space into a LEGO Store. Both at Walt Disney World and at Disneyland Anaheim LEGO operates popular stores in the Downtown Disney areas already, adorned with giant Disney characters recreated out of LEGO that are popular photo spots. However, it should be noted that the negotiations seem to be rather difficult and no dates have been set yet for such addition to the Disney Village.

World of Disney Store – turning, turning, turning

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

The World of Disney Store at the entrance of the Disney Village is inching closer and closer to its officially announced July 12, 2012 opening. Over the recent weeks more and more details have been added to the exterior of the facade and the light effects have been turned on. This past week guests could for the first time spot a new and unexpected feature of the shop: the giant top half of the globe above the entrance rotunda is not only featuring the maps of the northern hemisphere (complete with stars indicating the locations of the Disney resorts). It also … turns – as can be seen in the long-time exposure above.

On top of the globe a golden statue of Tinkerbell has been placed several weeks ago already which long-time fans of the resort might remember from her previous location at the top of the Sleep Beauty Castle where she was part of the 15th Anniversary decorations. Also last week the “World of Disney” signage was installed above the main entrance facing toward the Disney Hotel / the Fantasia Gardens. Just as the whole exterior of the new store the signage is sporting an art deco style in a nod to the grand department stores of Paris.

The night time shot also allows for a first glimpse into the entrance rotunda as lights are up to allow the work crews to continue the preparations for the opening. This makes visible the walls and roof featuring stars forming constellations in the shape of Disney characters. A decorative feature that similar in style had been used in the original “Constellations” boutique at the entrance of Discoveryland before it was rethemed for the arrival of Buzz Liughtyear Laser Blast (even so the constellations in this original opening day shop were the actual signs just depicted by Disney characters).

Also in the night time shot of the facade above note the Mickey Mouse statue placed on top of the stairs leading up from the resort’s hub to the new store. A fitting Minnie Mouse statue is placed to the right of the entrance (just outside this photo, but visible in the wider shot of the daytime facade to the left. Again long-time fans might remember these – but this time not from Disneyland Paris but from the original World of Disney store on the 5th Avenue at New York City. There these two statues greeted guests till the shop closed on December 31, 2009 to move into a new Times Square location and received a new design in this process.

P.S.: we are looking for Pluto! Any help is welcome!! When still in place above the entrance of the World of Disney store on 5th Avenue a statue of Pluto was placed between Mickey and Minnie on the marquee above the store’s entrance. So far, only Mickey and Minnie have been spotted at the new store location at Disneyland Paris. Any clues??

Disney & Co front door closed

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

As rumored late last year the boutique “Disney & Co.” on the Main Street, U.S.A. is currently undergoing a rehab. To allow continuing operation of the shop the rehab seems to have been separated into two sections. Currently the front half of the shop is closed off for its rehab. Therefore, the main entrance from the Main Street is closed. (more…)

World of Disney Store rising

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

 Construction for the World of Disney Store at the Disney Village continues to move ahead and is clearly visible from just a couple of weeks ago. In the meantime the pre-fabricated concrete walls are reaching up to the second floor and the openings for doors and windows can already be spotted on the ground floor as well. The way it looks one smaller entrance should be placed right next to the Gaumont multiplex. However, the main entrance should face more directly to the wide paths between the parks to attract more guests when leaving the parks in the evening. (more…)

Discount Shopping

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

With the Shareholders’ Club and the Annual Passports (in particular the Annual Passport Dream) Disneyland Paris has two large public programs which offer their “members” a wide array of discounts in the resort. In particular many fans are a “member” of both programs, i.e. hold shares of EuroDisney S.C.A., signed up for the Shareholders’ Club and are also proud owners of an Annual Passport Dream. As a result it can be frequently seen how these are offering both the AP Dream and the Shareholders’ Club card to the cashier in the resort’s shops asking the cast members which one gives the better discount. This “problem” should become obsolete soon since new information signs were set up next to many cashiers across the resort at the end of the last year. These signs are providing an overview of available discount options (as seen on the right) – and as that sign shows the AP Dream offers the better discount (20%) on merchandise if compared to the Shareholders’ Club card (15%).

World of Disney – one up

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

The vertical construction of the future World of Disney Store at the Disney Village is making fast progress. At the end of February only the very first concrete walls for a part of the backwall were visible. But as of yesterday the exterior walls had exceeded the ground level and went up to the first floor on the backside (toward the Gaumont cinema complex), as well as on the sides facing toward the Walt Disney Studios and the side toward the main “road” of the Disney Village.

Solely the side facing toward the Fantasia Gardens / the Disneyland Hotel remains open. However, so far the vertical construction is limited to the exterior walls. The future interior of the shop is still wide open, missing any walls or other structures to support the upper floors.

The fences surrounding the site are still lacking any reference (or advertising) that the construction is for the upcoming World of Disney Story. Instead posters for the game arcade found next to the IMAX at the current “backside” of the Disney Village next to the Disney Village parking structure is advertised.

Construction at both ends

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

From the construction at one end of the Disney Village (the future Earl of Sandwich restaurant facing toward Lake Disney) we are heading straight to the other end of the Disney Village to take a look at the construction for the building that will become the new “face” that shall attract regular day-time guests to head into the Village after a day in the parks. However, the construction in front of the huge Gaumont multiplex cinema structure has not yet as far progressed as the Earl of Sandwich… (more…)

No Organ at Disney & Co.?

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

When Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 the park featured three prominently placed organs – one at the railroad station on Main Street, U.S.A., one inside the Disney & Co. shop on Main Street, U.S.A. and finally the huge organ at the center of the Carousel de Lancelot. The latter was a historic organ that had been meticulously restored and played the music live that underscored the guests’ journey on the carousel. In the meantime the inner working mechanisms of the organ are gone and instead a prerecorded loop of organ music is used. And now more bad news is rumored for fans of organs at Disney theme parks… (more…)

Get Tangeled at Disneyland Paris

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

“Disney Tangled” – the 50th full length animated classic by the Walt Disney Studios – has made its big screen debut around Europe and as usual it has made its debut at Disneyland Paris as well. I.e. Rapunzel and Flynn are available for meet’n’greets at the Royal Castle Stage daily since the start of the Christmas season. Certainly the resort did also welcome the latest characters into the resort’s shops… (more…)

Just another brick… – or Tetris-Mickey?

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Someone out there who would not recognize the silhouette of Mickey head the second he sees it?
No one?
That’s what you believe!
But it looks like Disneyland Paris wants to give all Mickey-Fans a new challenge by releasing a new merchandising collection for the Mouse everything started with, with a kind of different silhouette.
(more…)

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