Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The awaited World of Disney super store located at the entrance of Disney Village will open normally July 12 and most of the exterior is now finished. The giant dome is now in place as well as Tinkerbell on the top of it, and outside two statues of Mickey and Minnie were added recently as you will see on the pictures below from Moueeto and DLRP Welcome. Above, a new concept-art showing the upcoming store.
When World of Disney will be open the plans are to closed the current Disney Store inside Disney Village and the whole shops of DLP dining and entertainment area should change and receive a new theme.
In these times of Apple hype, the opening of a new Apple Store is always a big event and, although it's not officially announced yet, Mac Generation, the best and more reliable non-official french Apple news blog has confirmed that the 14th Apple Store to open in France will open at Disneyland Paris.
Relax, it won't open IN the park but at the Val D'Europe shopping mall located at 2 km from the park and part of the DLP "area". Very nice mall, by the way, probably even the best in France and from what i've been told in the past it seems that DLPI Imagineers gave some help for its design. Actually the team who was in charge of its design may be the same one who did the Celebration town in Florida. The place is not only a cool place to do some shopping but is also very popular, so popular in fact that there is going to be an expansion of the mall.
Edited: Thanks to a D&M reader we know more about this upcoming Apple Store location: "The Apple Store will be located in the existing part of the mall. "La Chaise Longue" boutique and GAP has both closed. GAP will be refurbished and downsized as it was really huge. The Apple Store will be taking the space left by "La Chaise Longue" and a part of the GAP store". I've found for you the map of the mall and succeeded to find where exactly will be located the Apple Store. On the map below ( click on it to see it in bigger size ) the GAP and Chaise Longue shops were located at number 83 and 24 on the top right, where i've put the Apple logo. Actually, the store will be extremely close to the FNAC shop ( very famous stores in France selling books, music, dvds and electronics products ) and the popular Vallée Village, so it couldn't be better located - except for the FNAC store, of course, who will see the opening of an Apple Store at 20 meters from them as a threat for their Apple sales - and they're right!
Below, a picture shot recently and posted on the DCP Forum Facebook page and showing the two closed shops currently at works for the Apple Store.
Although this is not really a Disney news, it's a good news for the park as all the Apple Store in the world always brings a lot of customers. It's true that when you just bought a new iMac your first thought is to go back your home to enjoy it and not to go to Disneyland, but still, with all the Apple hype at each new products it won't hurt the park to have an Apple Store nearby! Don't ask me the opening date as i don't know it, and probably none knows for sure, but it might take some months before its gates will open for the frenzy of Apple fans!
Pictures: copyright Disney, DLRP Welcome, Le Vrinch or Mouetto whom i thanks a lot.