October 3, 1996 – World of Disney Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Area
“Explore the world’s largest Disney character store, and discover 12 rooms brimming with apparel, collectibles, pins, and more!”
On October 3, 1996, the World of Disney store opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Marketplace area. The store is the largest Disney merchandise store in the world, with twelve rooms spanning 50,000 square feet. The store’s contents range from collectible pins, to clothing, to kitchenware, and everything in between. Similar stores have since been built in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney area in 2001, and on Fifth Avenue, New York, in 2004.