Hello all and welcome back.
Much like our short series on Wizarding World, I thought it might be fun to share some sights and sounds from the big apple. New York City is known for being big and loud and that goes for the shops here as well. Any store that might usually be small and a single floor is surely multi-leveled and has a crazy amount of stuff that no one needs within it. Take Toys R’ Us for example. The store in Times Square is three stories and has an actual, rideable carousel inside. See what I mean? So, without further ado, join us as we adventure through some of the nerdiest places in the city, taking pics and letting you know the inside scoop.
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To anyone visiting NYC for a trip or vacation, Times Square is a must see. To New Yorkers, Times Square is the pit of evil which we avoid at all costs. This is because it is crowded with people who don’t move at what I would call the New York pace. And rightly so, they are usually visiting and don’t have a need to do 85 things in the span of nine minutes. Yet, because of this juxtaposition to our normal way of life, Times Square becomes a mass of crowded sidewalks, streets and stores. This is where our story begins.
We got off the train at 49th and walked down to the Disney store which is hilighted by a large “Disney” sign and an adorable Mickey Mouse which hangs gleefully from the side of the glass paneled windows. We ducked inside and were greeted by a friendly cast member and a huge display of Frozen. What’s exciting about this store is that large statues of different characters can be found throughout the store and everything is larger than life.
We wanted to get the full Disney experience so we made sure to try everything, including the costumes. Here we have Carl as Anna.
Large statues of Mickey and Minnie await you overhead and really create the centerpiece of the bottom floor. These are adorable and really get your mind in the right place. I also want to take a moment to mention that Disney themed epic music plays in every corner of the store and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself humming along.
The Disney items in these stores range from adorable to awesome to creepy. One such Creepy thing were these dolls which featured large eyes and the possibility of waking up at night to eat you alive. I’m sure plenty of people think these are cute, I just found her serious case of side eye to be unsettling.
I also want to point out that there is plenty of NYC themed Disney items and I was told by a cast member that this is the one and only place to get your hands on them so if you like a theme with your theme than this is the theme for you.
I’ve recently gotten a bit addicted to the Tsum Tsum app game so getting to play with these lovable critters, which are soft and somewhat insect like but cute nonetheless, was very rewarding.
We stopped by and I had to talk myself out of buying an adorable Tsum Tsum Mickey. Carl pointed out that if I started, I would never be able to stop and then we would just have a mad tower of Tsum Tsums which Izzy, our dog, would surely misconstrue as her own and then eat. Still, if anyone has an extra that they want to send over, I wouldn’t say no.
Then there was a Descendants section. I’ve been told that if you have nothing nice to say, best not to say anything at all. I’ll leave it at that.
The collection of stuffed animals in this store is overwhelming. There are just so many and you can pretty much guarantee that your favorite character is here somewhere. Carl got to know dalmatian number 43 who was chilling with the Genie from Aladdin.
We then made a stop by our common favorite character, Donald who was quick to take a selfie with us.
The ride up to the second floor is filled with beautiful lanterns which create a calm ambiance as you go to the more current-day floor of the store.
The second floor is where more of the recent acquisitions of Disney can be found. From Pixar to Star Wars and Marvel, all of this and more is here. I for one loved Mickey riding along on his very own car.
Considering that Star Wars Episode VII isn’t even released yet, the Disney store had an insane amount of merchandise, and a huge display to match it. From costumes to toys to lightsabers to helmets with voice changers, it is all here. Star Wars literally dominates the top floor of the store and the harsh reds and blacks can be seen no matter where you are.
To the back, you will find a lovely castle inside of which are several princess themed costumes and toys. I think you can make the argument against putting the girl themed stuff all in one place, but I like that a castle is present as it is such a key piece of Disney.
All around, there are things to pass the time. There are little hiding places for kids to play and an entire area for them to sit and watch Disney cartoons and trailers as their parents peruse the shop. The store feels very fun and inviting and I will also mention that it was pretty cleaned up, considering the amount of traffic flooding in every minute. I never turned around and thought that a display was particularly trashed and that is a huge credit to the staff.
Prices are fairly reasonable and everything I thought might be exorbitantly priced seemed pretty fair, though be warned that if you go into this store, you will probably spend a good amount of money. It took us about 45 minutes to see the whole store and we took our time and searched every corner. All in all, it was a fun stop and there is something for every Disney fan. The whole store exudes charm and there is just as much detail as you would hope to find in a store of this kind.
So what about you guys? What is your favorite part of your Disney store? Is there something cool there that I didn’t mention here? Let me know in the comments down below.
Next week, we’ll explore the Nintendo Store near Rockefeller Center.