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September 8

September 8, 2012 – The Disney Baby Store Opens in Glendale, California

“Shop by character and find great products for every moment of the day!”

On September 8, 2012, the first Disney Baby store opened in Glendale, California. Located right near Walt Disney Imagineering, the store focuses on children ranging from newborn to two-years-old, with character merchandise ranging from popular Pixar films, to Disney Princesses, to classic Disney characters. A special ceremony was held for the store’s grand opening, featuring celebrity appearances, Disney-themed snacks for babies, and a concert by the Blue Sky Riders.

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October 3

October 3, 1996 – World of Disney Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney Area

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“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.

August 12

August 12, 2005 – Disney Channel Star Christy Carlson Romano Visits the World of Disney Store in NYC

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On August 12, 2005, Disney Channel Star of Even Stevens and the voice of the titular Kim Possible Christy Carlson Romano was on hand at the World of Disney Store in New York City to sign autographs and meet fans. 75 “InspEARations” statues of Mickey Mouse had been touring around the country this year, and nine, including one designed by Romano in the likeness of her Kim Possible character, were on display during her visit.

July 5

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July 5, 1996 – The 500th Disney Store Opens in Phoenix, Arizona

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“The Disney Store has been enthusiastically received everywhere we’ve opened, and we see many additional opportunities in a variety of markets worldwide.” – Thomas A. Heymann, then President of The Disney Store Worldwide

On July 5, 1996, the 500th Disney Store opened in Phoenix, Arizona, making it the state’s sixth Disney Store location overall. Since opening in 1987, the growth of the chain exploded, with stores located in four continents; 100 stores alone were opened in the previous year. In 1996, the Disney Store was Japan’s largest foreign retailer without a Japanese partner, and many stores located oversees were built in popular and prestigious locations, such as Regent Street in London and the Champs Ellysees in Paris.

May 5

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May 5, 1987 – Disney Dollars are Offered in Disney Parks

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“Disney Dollars are the official currency of the Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, and Disney Store locations in the United States – including Puerto Rico.”

On May 5, 1987, a park-exclusive form of currency known as Disney Dollars was made available in American Disney parks, and has been expanded to use in Disney Stores. The value of the currency is equivalent to U.S. currency, with guests being able to purchase Disney Dollars either through credit cards or cashier’s checks. They come in three denominations: $1 (featuring Mickey Mouse), $5 (featuring Goofy), and $10 (featuring Minnie). A limited edition $50 bill featuring Mickey was available for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Within the parks, the currency can be used to buy tickets, merchandise, and at guest relations.

April 5

April 5, 2006 – The Disney Park Store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney

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“A magical beauty salon where any little girl can make her dream of becoming a princess come true.”

On April 5, 2006, the Disney park themed store Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique opened in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney area, inside the World of Disney store. The store is a salon that gives little girls the chance to look like a princess, and little boys the chance to look like heroic knights. The “skilled apprentices” to Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother help clients choose a hairstyle, make-up, nail color, accessories, and a princess costume. Girls can pick from four hairstyles: Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva, Pop Princess, and Color Star; a package is then picked from four options: The Coach Package, The Crown Package, The Courtyard Package, and The Castle Package. Boys can choose the Knight Package, which includes hairstyling, a sword and shield set, and confetti. A commemorative photo can also be purchased after the styling is finished. Thanks to its popularity, other stores have been opened worldwide, including ones in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom on September 10, 2007; in Tokyo Disneyland Hotel on July 8, 2008; in Disneyland on April 17, 2009, and Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel on May 23, 2009. The first non-park version of the store opened in London’s famous Harrods Department Store on November 25, 2013.

March 28

March 28, 1987 – The First Disney Store Opens

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“Disney Store is your destination for the latest selection of exclusive and authentic Disney merchandise.”

On March 28, 1987, the first Disney Store opened in California’s Glendale Galleria. Disney had never sold products in an official store before this, save for the Disney Parks. The idea of the store came from CEO Michael Eisner and President Frank Wells, as they felt that they were missing an opportunity of selling merchandise to consumers that wouldn’t necessarily make it to the parks. The concept was not only a successfully one, but it was soon copied by other studios, including Warner Brothers. The 50th store was opened just a little over two years later, with the first overseas store opening in London in November of 1990. As the number of stores grew, so did the amount of specialty merchandise available. The number of stores reached a peak in 1999, with almost 750 stores worldwide, with the less profitable stores were closed soon after. The stores in Japan were sold to the Oriental Land Company in 2001, the same company that owns Tokyo Disneyland, but were repurchased by Disney in 2010. Currently, there are at least 200 stores in the United States alone, with 479 locations worldwide; the Disney Store also sells items online, shipping all over the United States. The store sells items from all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm.