Wander into one end of the mammoth World of Disney store in the Downtown Disney Marketplace – especially with kids in tow – and it may take you a good hour to disgorge yourself from the other end. This was our result after bringing the children to do some end-of-the-trip souvenir shopping on a recent trip. We had gone no further than five feet into the gigantic emporium when the kids paused at a huge collection of Minnie Mouse merchandise. Twenty minutes later, we had gone no further. That’s when I realized we might truly go no further that day at Downtown Disney – at least to souvenir shop. But given the spectrum of goods to choose from, that didn’t turn out to be a problem.
Divided into themed rooms, the merchandise runs the gamut from pricey princess gowns to reasonable knickknacks with everything in between: clothing, toys, plush, kitchenware, home décor, jewelry, collectibles, and more.
World of Disney is also home to one of the resort’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques – a magical salon where, for a hefty sum, your little girl can be made-over into a princess. One of our own little princesses came away from the store with a book that teaches the art of drawing Disney characters, instead. Our son loved the selection of Disney-themed classic board games. The younger girls were happy browsing the candy, charms for bracelets, and plush Minnies.
Part of what makes the World of Disney store an attraction in its own right are the awesome store displays. Look skyward in the Great Hall and pick out Peter Pan and the Darling children in flight. Find Pocahontas and John Smith sharing airspace with Tigger over the women’s clothing selection. Our toddler daughter, Erin, was terrified of the lifelike Pirates of the Caribbean display – but the rest of the family loved it! And be sure, on a hot day, to position yourself just so beneath the giant Stitch crowning the store entrance nearest the Ghiradelli shop!
With so much to do, see, and shop for at the World of Disney store, plan on setting aside a decent chunk of time.
Location: The World of Disney store is located within the Downtown Disney complex (known as Disney Springs officially since 2016) , Walt Disney World Resort. There is a second location in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim.
Touring Tip: Parking and admission to Downtown Disney (Disney Springs) are free. There is also complimentary transportation to/from Downtown Disney from most areas of the Walt Disney World Resort.