The Disney Store has been around since 1987 when the doors opened to its first location in Glendale, CA. From that time, Disney Stores have popped up everywhere around the United States and around the globe. Even though the operations and management of the Disney Store has changed hands during its history (currently all back under the Disney company roof), one thing has remained the same – unique gifts from each part of the world. Having visited many different stores from Paris to Tokyo, I have found a variety of unique gifts from each one. From pins to plush, there are quite a few terrific treasures found in each place.
One of the best selection of unique pins is at the New York City Times Square store. This huge titan among Disney stores has great products specific to New York city. T-shirts, Vinylmation, and even really beautiful pins. Among the different Disney Stores, this one seems to have the best selection of collectible pins. Pins can be found at other locations specific to their location, but the ones in New York are beautiful, specific to New York, and make terrific trade pins. Visiting the Disney Store in Paris along the Champs-Elysee, they had exclusive Mickey plush wearing the colors of the French flag and a beret. They also had toys that spoke in French which I thought were so cute I got one for my youngest daughter who was only 2 at the time. It’s fun to hear Winnie the Pooh say “Bonjour” in his best Pooh voice. Traveling to Venice, the Disney Store hidden among the shops along the canals, I found a Mickey Mouse plush dressed in a classic gondolier outfit. And in Hawaii, the Disney Store in the Ala Moana mall had collectible pins just for Hawaii featuring Stitch. In Japan at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort, the Disney Store had a plethora of fun and unique gifts. They had a huge collection of pins, many of which were like their American counterparts. Something to be aware of, almost everywhere else, t-shirt sizes are much smaller than in the United States. An extra-large in Paris would be like a medium in the states. In Japan, it’s almost impossible to find souvenir t-shirts in larger sizes.
- Read about unique Disney pin trading and collecting experiences in Hawaii in my blog post about Aulani.
There are a plethora of Disney Store merchandise specific to locations in the states also. San Francisco, for example, carries Mickey merchandise specific to the City by the Bay. Perhaps the most unique store is on the lot of the Disney Studios itself. If you are lucky enough to visit the studios, you can visit the unique Disney Store located there as well. Fun gifts specific to the Walt Disney Studios can be found alongside the kind of merchandise you’d find at any Disney Store in America. T-shirts, Vinylmation, pins, and other memorabilia again can be found paying tribute to the legacy of this place. Regardless of where you are in the world, it’s worth it to take a look for a nearby Disney Store. You never know what you may find there!