The prototype Disney Store opened in Glendale, California on March 28, 1987. Initially, the store primarily sold merchandise from Disneyland Park. First - year revenue exceeded all projections and paved the way for more stores outside of Southern California. By the end of 2012, Disney Store will have more than 350 stores worldwide, employing more than 8,000 Cast Members.
The first 13 stores were individuaaly designed and themed to each specific community. In 1989, Disney Store created a single store design that was modified to accommodate each store's size. In 2010, Disney Store unveiled its newest design, blending technology and imagination and creating an immersive, interactive Disney experience. The largest of these stores is in New York City's Times Square.
The magic continues this fall, when Disney Store will open its inaugural location in Shanghai, China. Also this fall, the first Disney Baby Store is scheduled to open at the Americana in Glendale.
I remember when the first Disney Store opened, till flies when your having fun at Club 33 working as the bartender....Dr Lee (retired June 20, 2007)