World of Disney store
(October 2, 1996 - present)
History and photos of the World of Disney store in the Marketplace at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.
In the older days of the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, the main store dedicated to the Disney characters was Mickey's Character Shop. This one store had the largest collection of Disney-related merchandise in Walt Disney World. By the early 1990s the store was becoming outdated, and it was time to its concept to be expanded in a grand style.
On October 2, 1996, the massive World of Disney store opened in the Marketplace in the Disney Village.
The World of Disney store is anything and everything related to the Disney characters and Walt Disney World theme parks. While you may not find specific attraction merchandise here, in this store you can most likely find everything else related to Disney. From jewelry to pins to clothes to kitchen supplies to stuffed animals and toys to candy to a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique beauty salon for girls, the World of Disney has it all. If you're looking for something specific that isn't in the store, the friendly cast members can point you in the right direction, even if it means ordering the item online and having it shipped to your home.
It's easy to become disoriented in the World of Disney store. One moment you're looking at the Pirates of the Caribbean displays and then you're in the jewelry room with a bunch of Disney villains and then you may find yourself in the Disney princess room. Between those are rooms full of shirts, kitchen equipment, and a bunch of other Disney-related items. The store is that large.
The interior and exterior of the World of Disney store is filled with Disney characters. Stitch, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Donald's nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie are found outside the store. Inside the store you'll find characters everywhere from on displays and in the different rooms to hanging from the ceilings. Just finding and identifying the different characters can be quite the scavenger hunt!
No visit to Downtown Disney is complete without spending some time in the World of Disney store.
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