Once upon a time, in a land far, far away… there was a beautiful fortress built with Disney magic, containing the most whimsical Disney products for all the people in the land…
And so begins today’s Flashback Friday! A heart-warming tale of how Disney Store traveled outside of the United States to bring Disney magic to Guests across the globe!
Our story begins on March 28, 1987 when the very first Disney Store opened its doors in Glendale, California, inviting people to be our Guest and put our service to the test! This store was the realization of Disney Cast Members’ dream to bring Disney magic to Guests through exclusive Disney merchandise. But their dream did not stop there. They wanted to bring this magic to Guests everywhere, across the world!
The very first Disney Store in Glendale, CA circa 1987!
Three years later, on November 1, 1990, Guests in the United Kingdom welcomed their first Disney Store in London. Disney Store’s magic had finally traveled overseas, but its journey was far from over! Two short years later, the first Disney Store opened in Japan, making its new home in Yokohama on August 21, 1992.
Yokohama's first Disney Store with the original exterior design.
An exterior photo of the Disney Store in Madrid, Spain!
In the next several years, the Disney magic would continue to spread across the world as Disney Stores were founded in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Belgium—over 10 countries! Cast Members were working hard to ensure that high-quality, exclusive Disney merchandise was available to Guests all over the globe. But again, Cast Members wanted to improve the Disney Store experience and make it just that—a complete Disney experience outside our Disney theme parks!
In 2010, Disney Store would begin the exciting transformation of its locations into the newly-designed Imagination Parks, and the Disney magic overseas would be reignited with an innovative and interactive store model. Check out the photos below of the newly-designed Disney Stores in Oxford, England and Sendai, Japan! Thousands of Guests shared in the excitement of the Sendai store’s grand opening in December 2011—it was quite the event!
Thousands of excited Guests were present for the grand opening of our Sendai Disney Store!
The gorgeous exterior of the newly-designed Disney Store on Oxford Street in London.
Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are dressed up as the Queen's Guard!
Here at Disney Store we take great pride in bringing the magic of Disney to families around the world through interactive Disney Store experiences. As we continue to bring new stores to all corners of the globe, we have come to learn that sharing Disney magic really makes it…
Have you ever visited one of our international Disney Stores? Which one? Tell us!
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