Bill I. (NDH#35) (93 Posts)

Bill has been a Disney lover and fanatic since childhood. He moved to Florida to be near Disney and has been a staff writer for Mickey News for five years. Recently, he added writing for WDW Facts, contributing to the Disney Food Blog, and blogging for The Disney Driven Life to his list of activities. All of this was a natural step for Bill, who spends three to four days of every week in Disney Parks either researching or simply taking in the "magic."

With more than 3,500 more square feet than the old Lego Center, this newly renovated store opened this week.  Of course, there are more of those iconic “Lego Statues” in addition to the classic Water Dragon in the lagoon and the “Tourist Family” we all remember. The Dragon remains the same, but our famous family has undergone a bit of an upgrade. If you recall the original family, they now are dressed as a Pirate, the Father has a Goofy hat and the daughter is dressed as Alice in Wonderland. To help jog your memory, I have included two pics of the family, past and present.  The new statues around the perimeter of the store are simply amazing! A giant Black Dragon we know as Maleficent is squirting fire at a stalwart knight on a white horse.  Around the corner, you’ll see Snow White kissing Dopey on the forehead, and in a magnificent piece of work: several of the Seven Dwarfs are coming out of their mine. And don’t miss the statue of Buzz Lightyear carrying Woody as he takes off.

The new store is huge, bright and open. There are just tons of Legos and other toys for the kids to sift through. There are computer stations with Legos in bins where the kids can build their own toys with the computer. In addition, behind the check-out counter are bins and bins of the Pick-A-Brick Legos that you can buy one at a time. Two new Legos statues of Buzz Lightyear and Woody greet you in the store.  The kids outdoor play area is now located by the World of Disney Store. In addition to bins of Legos to play with, there are two sloped racetracks where the kids can race Lego cars. Back inside, there is a large room in the rear of the store. Inside is a table filled to the brim with Legos with seats around it for the days when it’s too hot or raining outdoors. One item is missing from the original store: the preschoolers’ play gym. I’m curious it’s gone; it always seemed very popular. All in all, a nice upgrade for a popular store. Enjoy the uploaded pics…

Contributed by: Bill I. (NDH #35). Bill is our resident historian.


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