There are two kinds of kids from my generation; Disney kids and Warner Brother’s kids. I was a Warner Brothers kid; my wife was a Disney kid. While there may be some crossover types or some who float above the fray entirely, that was my reality growing up.
The distinction being, of course, that Disney kids know all the latest Disney news, chronicled the lives of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and countless others we all in popular culture would come to know much later on. Disney kids got to go do Disney World and Disney Land. Disney kids have a certain refined air which commoners like Warner Brothers kids never could breathe.
I, of course, was a Warner Brothers kid. I didn’t have premium cable growing up. When we would get offered the premium cable for one week a year or whatever the offer happened to be, the Disney effect never took with me. I didn’t understand the stories, I wasn’t vested in the programming, I would have much rather watched Disney afternoon on basic cable with “Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers,” “Duck Tales,” and the like.
Of course I also have never been to Disney World (or Disney Land) even though I’ve been to all 48 contiguous United States, spent the better part of the last four years on the road, and I have even lived in Southern California. I got to go to the public beach for summer vacations growing up.
I don’t blame my parents; that’s just the way it was.
Still, I find no small amount of irony that one of my best friends in the world is a senior level creative-executive type for Disney and that my wife still has a special place in her heart for many of these Disney characters. I like Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig.
So this new addition of the Disney Store in Times Square was not met with all that much interest from me. It was nice to see my good friend two weeks ago when he was back in New York City overseeing the merchandising for the new Disney Store. We got dinner. Still while trolling around Times Square this afternoon, I figured I should go in and check out this new Disney Store and see what I thought.
The new Disney Store is two floors with one epic elevator to the second floor. The main level of this store is adorned with all manner of New York City related Disney merchandise. Mickey Mouse NYC memo pads, Mickey and Minnie Statue of Liberty dolls, and like that.
The second floor of the Times Square Disney Store was lain out with all sorts of current and classic toys and paraphernalia. “Toy Story 3,” “Cars,” and other more classic films like “Cinderella,” were found upstairs.
I took a bunch of pictures; you can view the full gallery by clicking HERE. I’d say more about the new Disney Store in Times Square, but I’m a Warner Brothers kid.