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March 18, 2011

Location: D-Street, Downtown Disney's West Side

There is something amazing about working with children. They see the world in a completely different way than most adults do. They don't only believe they can do anything, but they know it, they can turn a cardboard box into a spaceship and travel to the moon, and everything they own is important to them, even if they haven't used it in years.

Sound familiar? That's right, Disney is so similar to a kid it's scary. They know they can do anything, they can turn nothing into something amazing, and they hold onto keepsakes for years even though most of the world has no idea what it may be. Today, we are talking about one of those "forgotten" objects and how it still sits at D-Street today.

Now D-Street is filled with so many hidden treasures and I'm sure we'll continue to visit this miniature archives that uses it's front as a Vinylmation based store several times in the future, but today we are focusing on a piece of World of Disney history. And not the World of Disney on the other side of Downtown Disney, but the World of Disney store that closed in New York City on December 31, 2009.

Like most Disney stores, locals are disappointed of the closing and eventually get to wondering where some of the old props have gone. For instance, in the Disney stores that closed by me there were so many amazing character statues near the ceiling that all I could ever dream of was some day owning one of them. I begged the Cast Members at the store to sell me at least one when the stores were closing, but sadly, my dream of owning a piece of my old Disney Store died away.

That is, until I visited D-Street. While visiting the press event last April I was talking with one of the Imagineers who began to point out where they had gotten several props around the store. One of my favorites was this:

 

Yeah, I know. Imagine waking up next to that beauty for the rest of your life. In reality, the face of the old hag from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs used to call New York City's World of Disney home. What other props inside this shop are from other locations? Well, that's a story for another time.

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