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World of Disney Comes to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

posted on July 13th, 2012 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


World of Disney Comes to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

World of Disney has long been a premiere shopping destination at Disney Parks. The first location opened in 1996 at Downtown Disney Marketplace in Florida. The second opened in 2001 at Downtown Disney District in California. There was even a World of Disney that operated on 5th Avenue in New York City during the middle part of this past decade. On July 12, our newest store officially opened at Disneyland Paris as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. I spoke with the team in Paris, who provided a few details and photos of the location.

World of Disney Comes to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

Located at the entrance to Disney Village, near the entrance to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park and hotels, the store contains about 15,000 square feet of shopping space (about 1400m2 for those using metric). Like its sister locations in the United States, this destination will be home to a huge selection of souvenirs. The Paris team told me that this location is considered their flagship – or “grand magasin” – location.

World of Disney Comes to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

I love the 1920s, art deco style of the location (I want my house to look like that one day). Art deco was created in Paris, so the team felt it was a great tribute to a classic French art style. The outside features eight bas-reliefs showing Disney characters and the Eiffel Tower. The rotating domed roof represents a retro-lit globe and has Tinker Bell gilded in gold leaf on top (the dome takes a little over one minute to rotate).

World of Disney Comes to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris

Inside, the center piece is a hot air balloon with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto. (It reminds me of my favorite scene from “Impressions De France” at the France Pavilion in Epcot.) There is also a series of murals that pays tribute to the five continents that line the walls. The center area is supported by 10 columns, which is a tribute to major Parisian department stores.

I’ve never been to France, but after seeing these photos I think I need to go! Bienvenue à World of Disney!

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Sean from GA on July 13th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Wow, really looks like an amazing store. Another reason for me to go to DLP :)

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Kyra on July 13th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love the hot air balloon!

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Corey on July 13th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I’ll see it in November! :) One of my friends is a cast member at DLP and has been filling me in on the details the past few months. It’s so nice to have a finished product!

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Josh on July 13th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Don’t forget to mention that the statues of Mickey and Minnie at the entrance are from the old New York World of Disney Store. :)

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Anna from TX on July 13th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Perfect timing! I will be there in a month and can’t wait to check out the store. It looks beautiful!

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Lara from NH on July 14th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Can’t wait! We’ll be there in December. My son turns 12 on 12-12-12 and we let him choose where he wanted to go for this special birthday. Thrilled he chose Disneyland Paris!

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