So for those of you who don't know, the Disney Company has been going through a re-imaging their Disney Stores from their old designs featuring statues of Disney characters displayed all over their stores to a more modern and interactive design (we're talking projection screens, areas for kids to build their toys, etc.). I've been to stores featuring the new designs, and while they're slick and fancy they really don't hold a candle to the old designs. Walking into the older stores felt like you were somewhere in Disneyland, which is especially nice if you can't afford to go to the theme parks all the time. These older stores have been closing or re-modeled one by one. The one in Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento was one I grew up with as a child and I'm sad to hear that one's already gone. And now the one I love the most in the Westside Pavillion Mall in Westwood, Los Angeles is clsoing on moving to Culver City (no doubt featuring the new store designs). The reason I loved this store so much was because it features all the statues and characters from the 90's renaissance, but also you could tell it was probably constructed a little later on and so doesn't suffer some of the horrible aesthetic of the 90's.
I only found out the store was closing because I decided to just see if there was anything new at the Disney store. Yes, I know I could probably go online to find this out, but I made it a point to go to that store specifically in case I did want to buy something because I want that store's performance to stay strong and not get closed because of under-performance. Also, it's always nice to be able to look around a store physically and see things close up, and there's always the pretty design of the store. Anyways, I walk in and notice there's signs all over the store saying everything is on discount, I asked someone why and find out they're moving the store. My heart just about broke and I decided to buy some things I've been eying since they were on sale, but I would much rather have to pay full price and have the store still there the way it was. I went again one week later to see if there was one last thing I wanted, and the whole place was pretty much cleaned out except for a bunch of Easter themed Bambi plushies and a couple of loose items. It was really depressing to see all the shelves empty. I took some pictures to remind myself of what the place looked like and decided to share them online so that you guys can see what I'm talking about. Click on the cut to check them out. (BTW, sorry for the poor quality of the pics. Took them with my phone as I don't have a shiny DSLR to take HD pics with. I really wish I had one for this occasion)( All those days, never even knowing just how blind I've beenCollapse )