Fun Find Friday
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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