There are several unique features to this Disney Store. The use of technology is outstanding. When you enter the store on the left, there is a Disney Princess Castle. In the castle area, is a Magic Mirror. The mirror comes to life and tells a story of a princess with the wave of that particular princess’s wand. Of course, I chose to see what Tianna would reveal. After moving from the princess area to the right, you come to the boys’ area of the store. Here you will able to build a car in the Cars Ridemakerz area. You choose the body of one of the famous Cars characters and build it from there. A Cast Member will assist you in adding sounds, lights, and decals. Once the car is complete, the Cast Member announces your accomplishment and hands you the key to your car. I plan on taking my godson to have him make his own car. Do not be surprised if I walk out with a car for my home office. In another area of the store is the Disney Store Theater where film clips can be seen. This area will also host several in-store activities to come.
I was able to obtain invitations to the Family & Friends shopping event that started at 4:30pm on the same day. Guests were allowed to tour the store and purchase items with an incentive of 20% off a purchase. The merchandise carried is about the same as the other Disney Stores: plush, costumes, clothes, mugs, and souvenirs. Due to my love of Vinylmation, I bought the 9”/3” combo of Maleficent, who is in the Villains series. FYI, she sits besides the 9” Fantasia. Don’t worry. Mickey is still winning the battle.
I will say my experience at the store was good. I would encourage Disney fans and non-Disney fans to experience this type of Disney Store at least once. The store holds a lot of magical details that you have to have a sharp eye to catch. Oh, be on the lookout for the Villains, who attempt to throw off your shopping experience. I will not reveal too much about this. Just wanted you to have your *Pixie Dust* ready along with your credit card while shopping.
Contributed by: Elantrice Hughley (NDI#132) Elantrice is the DDL Shopping Blogger.