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July 7

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July 7, 2000 – The Entertainment Area Ikspiari Opens in Tokyo Disneyland


“Ikspiari is a town filled with fairy tales and entertainment.”

On July 7, 2000, the shopping and entertainment area Ikspiari opened in Tokyo Disneyland. Located near the Disney Ambassador Hotel, the area is similar to the Downtown Disney area of the American Disney parks, featuring restaurants, a movie theater, over 100 stores, and a large Disney Store. The area also hosts several events, including sales and campaigns. The shops also host a “Lady’s Day,” where women can get a selection of offers, including percentages off of their purchases and double points on their point cards.


May 29

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May 29, 1987 – The Fantasyland Store Briar Rose Cottage Opens in Disneyland

On May 29, 1987, the shop Briar Rose Cottage opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland. The store replaced Mickey’s Christmas Chalet, and specialized in Disney figures and specialty merchandise. It closed on July 15, 1991, and was replaced by the Disney Villains store.

March 22

March 22, 1975 – The Lake Buena Vista Village Opens at Walt Disney World


“…Shopping took on a whole new meaning as the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village…opened.”

On March 22, 1975, the Lake Buena Vista Village area opened at Walt Disney World. The village area was comprised of a few dozen shops around a lagoon, including Toys Fantastique, and The Pottery Chalet. The area has evolved several times, beginning in 1977, when it was renamed Walt Disney World Village and became more focused on being a shopping experience for Walt Disney World guests. In 1984, more attractions and events were added to the area to keep guests of the park on property; in 1986, an area for adults known as Pleasure Island was introduced, and the shopping area was renamed Disney Village Marketplace. In 1995, Pleasure Island was combined with Disney Village Marketplace to become on Downtown Disney area, and was expanded even further with the addition of World of Disney character store and the upgrade of the AMC Theaters. In 2013, it was announced that the area would be expanded again and be renamed as Disney Springs.

December 18

December 18, 1992 – The It’s a Small World Toy Shop Opens in Disneyland’s Fantasyland

Small World Toy Shop

“Come visit the best store for good girls and boys!”

On December 18, 1992, the It’s A Small World Toy Shoppe opened in Disneyland’s Fantasyland, just outside the exit for the attraction of the same name. The store was originally sponsored by Mattel, and features products from the company, including Hot Wheels and Disney Princess dolls.

November 21

November 21, 1986 – The Souvenir Shop The Star Trader Opens in Disneyland

On November 21, 1986, the Disneyland souvenir shop The Star Trader opened in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Formerly The Character Store, which opened in 1967, it was remodeled to be the shop for the Star Tours attraction, and boasts a large amount of Star Wars merchandise that can only be found in the Disney parks. It was remodeled in 2011, coinciding with the upgrades to the Star Tours attraction, with an addition of an X-Wing fighter, along with other special Star Wars themed surprises.

September 7

September 7, 1984 – The Morocco Pavilion Opens in Epcot’s World Showcase


“Savory cuisine and sprightly belly dancing transport you to the heart of Morocco.”

On September 7, 1984, the Morocco Pavilion was added to Epcot’s World Showcase; it was the first country to be added since the showcase’s opening. It is also currently the only area to be sponsored by its home country, and includes an information center for the Moroccan National Tourist Office. Characters Aladdin and Jasmine are available to meet at certain times in the pavilion. The pavilion is home to Restaurant Marrakesh, which gives guests a taste of famous Moroccan delicacies such as roast lamb, couscous, and bastilla. Guests to the pavilion can also shop for clothing, jewelry, and rugs, as well as learn how to belly dance and how to make couscous.

January 31

January 31, 1992 – Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio Facility Opens in Disneyland


“Your custom photo is available at Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio.”

On January 31, 1992, the photo facility Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio opened at the exit of the Splash Mountain attraction of Disneyland. The facility sells souvenier photographs of guests while they ride the attraction, with the photos being taken when the ride goes down the final plunge. This is the first Disney attraction to offer this service; it has been replicated at the Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland park, with the name changed to Splashdown Photos.

July 4

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July 4, 1962 – The Indian Trading Post Opens in Frontierland

Image credit: The Briar Patch, which originally was The Indian Trading Post

On July 4,, 1962, the Indian Trading Post store opened in Disneyland’s Frontierland. It was originally part of the Indian Village attraction, with the store selling Native American arts and crafts. When the Indian Village was renamed Bear Country in 1972, the Indian Trading Post remained. In 1988, when the entire area was turned into Critter Country, the Indian Trading Post was renamed to the Briar Patch, to match the characters from Splash Mountain’s Song of the South theme and the characters from Winnie the Pooh. The Native American souvenirs were then replaced with souvenirs pertaining to those characters.

April 19

April 19, 1987 – Team Mickey Athletic Club Opens in Walt Disney World

Image Credit: Official Walt Disney World Site

On April 19, 1987, Team Mickey Athletic Club opened at the Disney Village Marketplace at Walt Disney World. The store specializes in sports fashion and various merchandise, including athletic jerseys, hats, and autographed sports photos. The store is now located in the Downtown Disney area of the Walt Disney World Resort.

The store sells merchandise on a variety of sports, including baseball, golf and football. There are many Mickey and Friends themed jerseys and shirts, as well as gear for the ESPN channel. There is also a large selection of merchandise for professional and college teams.

April 11

April 11, 1993 – Pooh Corner opens in Disneyland’s Critter Country

Image credit: Disneyland official website

On April 11, 1993, the souvenir store Pooh Corner opened in Critter Country, thanks to the popularity of the Winnie the Pooh series. Pooh Corner allows guests to purchase all sorts of Winnie the Pooh merchandise. The store also includes a bakery called Pooh’s Hunny Spot, where guests can buy sweets and baked goods.

Pooh’s Corner is divided into three sections, the bakery being the most famous of the three, and the biggest draw. It’s located next to the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, past Splash Mountain, tucked away in a far corner of Disneyland.