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Topic: Getting more Disney in your hometown?

Sat 1/30/2010 4:19a
I am going thru Disney withdrawal and was joking that I should spend the day at my local Disney Mall Store.You know visit with the salescastmembers. (Actually one of the ladies has a daughter that is a Disney Princess that travels worldwide so she always shows me pics of her true-life Princess) And maybe watch the video monitor to see and hear Disney Characters and music. Sometimes it takes my breath away I luve Disney so much...Anyway...
Would you like to see something more locally in your hometown? I was thinking an old fashioned soda fountain like the Mickey Mouse Soda Fountain next to the El Capitan theatre would be fun. It could have overhead monitors that play DTV (Disney version of MTV)(kind of like SportsBars for kids of all ages) During the day it could be childish but get more teenish later.
Anybody got a better idea for those extreme missing Disney days in your hometown?
Sat 1/30/2010 5:34a
Careful what you wish for. The oversaturation is what killed the Disney store, which used to really feel like a slice of the park action in the 80's, not it's an overpriced toy store.

It would be cool to have regional offerings, but only if they were quality ventures (which Disney Store no longer are)
Sat 1/30/2010 7:40a
Oversaturation and just selling fluffy garbage is what killed the Disney stores. Maybe if it had been more than just a store...
Sat 1/30/2010 8:19a
Correct on both counts. We can never find anything to purchase in the parks or stores because of the poor cartoony design and that includes for children. But the next tier Disney went for was the expensive designer(?) merchandising. Even the cool retro items were just not appealing. The current "Alice" items are strange and I am fully prepared for strange w/Tim Burton and Johnny Depp if u know what I mean...I think the local Disney Stores wil continue to have problems. Maybe they need to stage "Events" to make them interesting again. Oh well time to go to the mall! I still like to purchase the newest Disney movie at Disney cause it makes them more special. I wonder what the giftw/purchase will be. And I have to occasionally buy something or they might think I am a weirdo...
Sat 1/30/2010 8:33a
I think it might be kinda neat if Disney had their own theaters. Cool lobbies, stadium seating, cartoon shorts before the main, Disney novelties at the snack bar, etc.
Sat 1/30/2010 8:40a
We find Disney where ever we go :) Yesterday we went to the King Tut exhibit. While reading a very serious script about the beginnings of Eqypt the mere mention of the Nile had DH and I looking at each other and saying "your in D'Nile".......

Another picture of an explorer looked just like Walt Disney.

We drove past the Exploratorium and it was instant DCA!

We went to a small town in N CA, it started to rain so we took the time to check out their small museum. One of the locals was a Disney animator for Walt, DH and I geeked out at the memorabilia :)

We see hidden Mickeys in oil spots on the street and neighbors bushes :)

I think a Disney soda fountain like the one in Hollywood would be fantastic!
Sat 1/30/2010 10:21a
I want a local Disney store that has more than just toys and then for adults, just snow globes. The closest one is 2 hours away and all they carry are toys, I really don't like buying things online. We used to have an AMS store, and I worked there so thats where my now extensive collection of Disney shirts comes from :P
Sat 1/30/2010 9:10p
What did the Disney store use to be like?
Sat 1/30/2010 10:16p
Jbkuchon, I'm curious but how old are you?

I only ask because it sounds like you were just introduced to Disney very recently :).
Sat 1/30/2010 10:20p
The Disney Stores used to sell much more than kids toys and clothes. There was quite a bit of adult clothing as well. Watches were quite popular. The store had collectibles ranging from inexpensive ceramics to multi-thousand dollar pieces. You could buy lithographs, sericels, and sometimes original and or reproduction cels. There were housewares sometimes, and always things for the office or desk. Every few weeks or months would be full promotions with different types of merchandise backing the current movies or TV shows, be it Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, or something Winnie the Pooh (a lot of CM's always felt there was WAY too much emphasis on Pooh.) CM's wore unique costumes, with sweaters or vests, button down shirts, and pants or skirts. The stores were more or less unique from one another, with animated characters in the windows and along the walls around the ceiling.

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