If you are in the Connecticut/New York area, tomorrow is a big day for Disney fans, because it’s the grand opening of the new Disney Store in the Danbury Fair Mall.
It has been open since the beginning of June, but this is going to be a pretty big celebration tomorrow. For starters the first 500 guests will receive a free gift! Then Mickey and Minnie will be in Center Court to great guests from 12-4 (don’t forget your camera!).
If you haven’t been in the store yet, you are in for a treat. It’s an experience that almost makes you think you are in a store in Disney World. The cast members are all wonderful and make it a great experience.
To start the day, they will pick a volunteer from the audience to open the store. My daughter got to do this last weekend and she is still talking about how she “unlocked” the Disney Store. The volunteer helps one cast member search for the key and the second cast member will bring the large key down the blue pixie dust path. My daughter got so excited when she saw the key! Once you do the countdown and the ropes drop, the store is opening and you can make your way in and see all the fun details.
There are Magical Trees throughout the store and kids can sit at the table and watch Disney Store Theater. There is an interactive screen for the theater and people can scroll through to pick what they would like to watch. Something else that is in the new Disney Store, that I found out about through the media alert that was sent to me, is that the skyline in the store incorporates local landmarks. These include the Fairfield County Courthouse, Danbury Railway Museum, Ives Concert Park, and the Tarrywile Mansion. How cool is that?! I love the little details that Disney puts into their projects!
As stated by Jonathan Storey, vice president, Disney Store North America, in the media alert, “Disney Store brings a distinctly Disney experience to hometowns throughout the U.S. with a focus on ‘creating magical moments for guests of all ages,’ and our Cast Members are looking forward to bringing this magic to life in Danbury for all to enjoy.” My experience at the Danbury Fair Disney Store is definitely on par with Mr. Storey’s statement. We feel the Disney magic every time we go in the store.
As I said earlier, the cast members are wonderful. The last time we were in the store, when my daughter was picked to “unlock” the store, the cast members there were Jennifer and Laura. They were fantastic. They even wished my daughter a very merry unbirthday, played the song, put her name on the movie screen, and gave her a certificate! They know how to make a trip to the Disney Store magical, that’s for sure!
Here are the details for the grand opening:
- When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.
- Where: Disney Store at Danbury Fair Mall
- First 500 guests receive a free gift
- Meet and Greet with Mickey and Minnie 12-4 (characters will alternate every 30 minutes)
Full Disclosure: I received a media alert and gift drop from Allied-THA, who is handling the marketing of the grand opening. They sent me the information as well as a few Disney products to include in this write up. The box contained a Mickey Plush, a reusable bag, and an Inside Out journal.
The Mickey is a medium-sized plush doll and he is so soft! The Inside Out Journal is cool, because you can pick which emotion to use as the cover. The way Disney designed it there is are multiple back covers, so it works out that no matter which emotion you choose for the cover there will always be a back cover as well. Lastly, the reusable bag is super cute. It has sketches of the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and Goofy) and there is also a bigger Mickey and Minnie on either side of the bag.
Here is a video of the Disney products:
Thanks for reading!