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    Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

    I bet someones eyeing the Magic store on Main St. thinking, "it's just too specialized, we could stuff more plushies from China in there" (wringing hands greedily.....

    Where will the madness stop?

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    Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

    When people stop buying those plushies from China they have there...

    I say the next one to go is... hum, well, what's left?

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      Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

      That is so true DisneyMouse.

      I've been thinking lately about Main Street and how it has all these cool themed shop names but then you get in there and realize it's true name...The Disney Store.
      ap·pur·te·nant – adjective: appertaining or belonging; pertaining.

      ...to Disneyland.

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        Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

        Originally posted by GothicManor View Post
        Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

        I bet someones eyeing the Magic store on Main St. thinking, "it's just too specialized, we could stuff more plushies from China in there" (wringing hands greedily.....

        Where will the madness stop?
        As long as the Steve Martin anniversary movie is playing in the Opera House, they wouldn't close the Magic Shop. However with their logic being in question as often as it is, I wouldn't be suprised to see the Market near the lockers re-themed. There isn't much unique to that store these days.
        Last edited by kristibaer; 08-16-2008, 02:14 PM.
        It may have zippity to do with doo-dah :ccool:

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        • #5
          Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

          It's a strange pendulum... some see the closing of themed stores and the proliferation of generic merchandise. Others report the return to themed merchandise and the closure of generic stores. Seems like every week it swings one way or the other on this forum.
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          • #6
            Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

            Originally posted by techskip View Post
            It's a strange pendulum... some see the closing of themed stores and the proliferation of generic merchandise. Others report the return to themed merchandise and the closure of generic stores. Seems like every week it swings one way or the other on this forum.
            With all of the the threads and support of going back to the land/attraction themed stores, do you think they would attract more people actually buying the unique items from themed shops? I know with us (and being AP holders we can afford to be lazy) if we plan to buy souviners, we dont want to carry them with us or rent a locker to hold them from say Tomorrowland when we know whatever we see these days is available on Main Street or WOD at DTD.

            You're right there Skip, it swings both ways
            It may have zippity to do with doo-dah :ccool:

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            • #7
              Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

              I don't buy stuff while I'm in the park most of the time. (Aside from food, that is.) Too many other things to experience. So it really doesn't matter to me exactly how themed the merchandise is, since I'd really rather it was all replaced with attractions anyhow. (All things being equal, though, yes, properly themed merchandise is nice.)

              On a side note...I think I've said this before, and I know others have...but gosh, GothicManor, I would just love it if you'd post positive threads a little more frequently. :blush: I know there's a lot that's disappointing about the way the management does things--even though the improvement from a decade ago is immense--but there's also a lot that's great about the DLR. It doesn't hurt to talk about those things, too. Balance is nice. Just my two cents, as the saying goes.

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              • #8
                Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                Originally posted by Datameister View Post
                Just my two cents
                Save it... that's about a tablespoon of gas!

                I'm a bit shocked that you do not care about the themed merchandise. Given your appreciation of Indy I would have thought you practically lived in the Indy store... which ironically is not a store I believe in (see the comments in HM store thread about stores themed to specific attractions.)

                My comment about the pendulum is that there was a recent thread on here professing a return to themed merchandise. Then I see another about the removal of the clock shop... and now this... so I am curious what the status is.

                I would prefer unique merchandise, and unique stores, I have posted various concepts about both. Starting with the "junk drawer" and then a variety of other ones. I even suggested copying the "Build a Bear" program to free up some shelf space and allow guests to buy a generic plush then dress it according to which land they are in.
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                • #9
                  Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                  I'm a bit shocked that you do not care about the themed merchandise. Given your appreciation of Indy I would have thought you practically lived in the Indy store... which ironically is not a store I believe in (see the comments in HM store thread about stores themed to specific attractions.)
                  Meh, it's similar to my stance on the IASW changes. From a standpoint of pure principle, both the supposed proliferation of generic merchandise and the upcoming removal of an attraction's thematic integrity are appalling. But I just can't bring myself to care too much when it comes to practicality, since I spend very little time shopping in the park and very little time on IASW. It may be months or even years before the next time I do either, depending on how often I visit and who's with me. So I can get as pissed as I want about these issues--and I do think there's grounds for being pissed about 'em--but ultimately, they don't affect the actual experience I have in the park, since I'm not going to partake of them either way.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                    I remember when they use to sell Mocassins and good Chinaware at Disneyland. I believe there was a place on Main Street that sold that stuff years ago.

                    Anyway, my only favorite store in Disneyland was Baton Rouge. Is that still around? I also loved the Disney Gallery and the Disneyana store.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                      Le Bat en Rouge? Yup, still there...I think...

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                      • #12
                        Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                        Originally posted by Datameister View Post
                        Meh, it's similar to my stance on the IASW changes. From a standpoint of pure principle, both the supposed proliferation of generic merchandise and the upcoming removal of an attraction's thematic integrity are appalling. But I just can't bring myself to care too much when it comes to practicality, since I spend very little time shopping in the park and very little time on IASW. It may be months or even years before the next time I do either, depending on how often I visit and who's with me. So I can get as pissed as I want about these issues--and I do think there's grounds for being pissed about 'em--but ultimately, they don't affect the actual experience I have in the park, since I'm not going to partake of them either way.
                        Well to others both affect the experience.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                          I figure the Emporium will be the next to go, now that they sell the same things they used to sell there everywhere in the park. They'll probably turn it into a travel agency to sell DVC and Adventures by Disney.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Whats next on the "Death" to themed stores list?

                            Originally posted by Walt Jr. View Post
                            Well to others both affect the experience.
                            Oh, I understand that! Make no mistake--I'm not at all trying to put down anyone who cares about these issues. I'm just saying that they make little practical difference to me personally.

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