Our friends over at Mousypants.com shared a tip that children of any age* can “unlock the imagination” at any Magical New Disney Store at the store’s daily opening ceremony. (*really! adults can participate too, as long as no kids are present.)
Since we are headed to Disneyland next month, we thought we’d kick-start the excitement with a trip to San Francisco to open up our local store. I called the San Francisco store to confirm that they did the opening ceremony (they do). The sales person recommended we arrive 15 minutes early, and to visit Tuesday through Thursday so we don’t compete with tourists. We arrived a half hour early, and were the first ones there - since this activity is first-come, first-serve - better safe than sorry!
Opening the store was really fun for the girls. The Disney Store staff let us into the store and made a big deal about princesses, Maisy and Maren, visiting to open the store as she led the girls to the interior store entrance lock and ropes. The staff presented our girls with a giant key which they struggled to put into the huge lock that held velvet ropes. There was a countdown, and with a little help from the staff, Maisy and Maren turned the key. The velvet ropes fell to the ground with a round of applause. The staff presented our girls with a smaller keepsake version of the key, which we decided to make into a Christmas tree ornament to remember the occasion!
Aside from the opening ceremony, the Disney Store is a fun and free activity.
The San Francisco Store has a really cool interactive mirror, which magically responds to a series of wands that you wave in front of it. For example, when we waved Rapunzel’s, wand, Rapunzel appeared and shared a story or song.
Upstairs, there is a mini theater where your kids can choose Disney movie clips to watch, while they sit, watch and color. There were plenty of crayons and coloring sheets to choose from - a great and surprising way to keep the kids entertained.
We told the girls they could each pick one thing to bring home from the store. After 40 minutes of indecision, we narrowed it down to a wall of small Disney dolls. That made the process much easier. Maisy chose Pocahontas and Maren chose Merida. I was pleased they chose the stronger of the princess characters! I was also really surprised that the Disney Store prices seemed very competitive and not crazy over-priced.
This was a fun morning activity that may see an encore visit from us one morning. Call your local Disney store and see if you too can unlock some magic. Your kids will love it! As we have our Disneyland trip coming, I plan on doing some research on Disney safety and how to ensure you leave with all the kids you came with! So, be sure to subscribe via email, follow on Facebook and on Pinterest so you don’t miss any fun updates.
Do you have any fun Disney tips for us? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!
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