The Good Stores

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My first trip to Disneyland was in late 1957. I was five years old and I only have a few recollections of that trip. But since my family lived in Southern California, we made yearly outings to “The Happiest Place on Earth” and my memories began to build. On these visits, I never bought souvenirs. … Continue reading "The Good Stores"
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Window Artists

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I was recently provided with an opportunity to learn a little about window design at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I’m talking about the art of displaying goods and merchandise in shop windows to entice you into the stores to part with your money. Like everything at Disney, a lot of thought and detail goes into all … Continue reading "Window Artists"
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“Green” comes to Disney Merchandising

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Disney has introduced a new “green” product line. Starting this week, environmentally friendly merchandise will start appearing on shelves across property. Last year, Disney developed guidelines for what “green” meant. They wanted to make sure if a product said “green” it actually meant something. Their efforts gave birth to some surprisingly innovative merchandise. Here is … Continue reading "“Green” comes to Disney Merchandising"
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Rawlings Baseball Bats

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Did you know that you can have a custom-made baseball bat made at Disney World? Well you can. Tucked in a corner inside the Team Mickey Store at the Marketplace section of Downtown Disney, you’ll find a Rawlings shop. Here, a craftsman will create your one-of-a-kind bat while you watch. Opened last September, this shop … Continue reading "Rawlings Baseball Bats"
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Disney Monorail T-shirt

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I have received a number of emails telling me that the “Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas! T-shirt cannot be found anywhere at Disney World, so I decided that I better check this out for myself. I spoke with a cast member at the World of Disney Store at Downtown Disney and was told … Continue reading "Disney Monorail T-shirt"
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Por Favor – Purchasing the Monorail T-shirt

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My latest blog about the monorail T-shirt has generated a lot of interest. Many of you have written to ask where I purchased it. In my case, I bought it at the Boutiki shop in the Polynesian Resort. However, I suspect it’s also available at the other Disney resorts, especially the monorail resorts (Contemporary and … Continue reading "Por Favor – Purchasing the Monorail T-shirt"
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Por Favor

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I do not speak Spanish, but I have ridden the monorails at Disney World so many times that I’ve memorized the saying “Por favor manténgase alejado de las puertas.” (Please stand clear of the doors.) Disney is now selling a T-shirt sporting this saying along with a picture of a monorail and castle and the … Continue reading "Por Favor"
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Crystal Arts – Main Street Magic Kingdom

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Earlier this year (or maybe even last year), the Bakery on Main Street needed to expand its seating area. To do this, Disney displaced the Arribas Brothers glass shop that shared this area. Shortly after the expansion was complete, the Market House next door was closed and remodeled. It reopened several months later and was … Continue reading "Crystal Arts – Main Street Magic Kingdom"
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New Contemporay Gift Shop – Fantasia Shop

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Note to my readers: I’ve got company coming for a couple weeks so will be taking a break from blogging. I will return the week of December 10th. The new Fantasia Shop on the fourth floor (Grand Canyon Concourse) of the Contemporary Resort has opened! The Fantasia shop fills the center floor space between Bay … Continue reading "New Contemporay Gift Shop – Fantasia Shop"
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Art of Disney store in Magic Kingdom

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The Art of Disney, or as I like to call it, the “good” store, has opened in the Main Street Cinema building in the Magic Kingdom. This store sells upscale merchandise. Lenox, Armani, the Disney Classic Collection, and original and limited edition paintings by featured artist can be found here. Compared to its sister stores … Continue reading "Art of Disney store in Magic Kingdom"
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