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Old 01-05-2010, 01:00 PM   #16
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Thanks Brad! I am very glad to hear that they will reopen in the fall *cross fingers* I really enjoyed our visit in October and would love to bring the kids in the fall!
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As sad as it is, I honestly dont blame them for closing the store. They were paying an astronomical amount for rent, and will save millions/year at their new location.
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I had read somewhere that they were opening a store in Times Square...perhaps it was not a definite thing, but this article is from Sept and anything can change, without general public knowing....

Keeping my fingers crossed for a Times Square opening at some point.....
I found this article on Mousesavers. It would make sense if it were in Times Square since the Disney Theatre is right there showing the play for Lion King, Little Mermaid, etc.


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I agree that the new location in king. If they are paying less for rent on top of that its win win. When we went to NYC a few months back we went to T.Sqr and the toysrus. It was mobbed! When we went to WOD it wasn't anywhere near as busy. I am sure they will increase there business just with the change of location!
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Disney just sent me a photo of the facade they put up at the new location promoting the store. I added it to the link I posted above.
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Lion King is still going strong, but Little Mermaid closed in August.
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The Little Mermaid closed over the summer. The Lion King is playing several blocks away from the new store location
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it's actually pretty close to Mary Poppins / the New Amsterdam Theatre, where Lion King once was (there also used to be a sizeable Disney Store there too, connected to the theater which let you visit the HUGE Lion King gift shop which is really unheard of on Broadway, but I digress).

Anyway, I asked Disney about the size of the new location and they told me they don't know yet because they're still working on the layout of the store.
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Thanks for the news, Brad! I will miss the old store, but sounds like the new one will be a great replacement in a better location. Can't wait to see it!
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Great news!!! I'll look forward to seeing how it looks when completed I was a Cast Member for our local Disney Store years ago, and when they closed their doors last year I was very sad. I'm glad to hear that Disney is investing in the Disney Stores once again.
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This store's closing has been in the works for over a year.
We went there in 1997 for the Hercules parade, and at the time, it was still part of the TDS chain. I forget when it was moved over to the P&R division.
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I'm pretty sure it was in 2004. It's sad, I was planning on going there next week until I noticed it closed! Can't wait to see the new location. I now have no reason to go to NYC!
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