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June 22

June 22, 2005 – Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store Opens

On June 22, 2005, Disney’s Soda Fountain and Studio Store opened right next to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. Created like an old-fashioned soda fountain, it was a combination ice cream shop and Disney Store, where guests could eat specialty sundaes promoting Disney movies and events, while purchasing limited edition pins and merchandise. It turned into a Ghirardelli’s Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop on November 15, 2013; part of the space was redesigned to be a Disney Studio Store.

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May 16

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May 16, 2015 – Grand Reopening of Smith Haven Mall Disney Store is Held

“One of The Walt Disney Company’s premier retail destinations, Disney Store offers guests a magical and immersive shopping experience through its unique store design, storytelling elements and one-of-a-kind team of Cast Members.”

On May 16, 2015, the grand reopening of the Smith Haven Mall Disney Store was celebrated with a grand ceremony. Located in Lake Grove, New York, the store’s celebration included a special event song, a meet-and-greet experience with Donald and Daisy Duck, and special gifts to the first 500 guests to attend the ceremony. Guests were brought in to see the new Disney Store experience, which included a combination of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars products, as well as unique storytelling and theatrical elements to delight guests of all ages.

November 25

November 25, 2013 – Disney’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Opens in Harrods

On November 25, 2013, the first version of the popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to open outside the Disney Parks was officially opened in Harrods Department Store in London, England. The opening of the boutique was a part of a larger deal between the world-famous department store and Disney, which also included a new Disney Store and a Disney Café. The boutique was specifically designed for a UK audience, designed as a castle within the Harrods walls. Guests between the ages of 3 and 12 are able to transform into princesses or knights. Both Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Disney Store closed on June 1, 2017.

November 8

November 8, 2004 – The First Gift Cards are Available in Disneyland

“Use a Disney Gift Card for practically all things Disney – from Theme Park tickets to Mickey Mouse merchandise.”

On November 8, 2004, Disney made available their first gift cards in Disneyland Park. Selling for amounts ranging from $5 to $1,500, the gift cards were made available at a variety of merchandise stands within the park. The gift card option was subsequently added to the Disney Store in-person locations, Walt Disney World, and Disney Store online.; they are now available in a variety of styles featuring favorite Disney characters.

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.

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.