Now, the list of Disney Store establishments that are closing has been revealed. In the United States, the following are the locations of all of the Disney Stores that will be shutting their doors (keep in mind, however, that more news is expected to be released regarding the remaining store locations that will be closing):
- Glendale (Arrowhead)
- Arcadia (Westfield Santa Anita)
- Mission Viejo
- Roseville (Westfield Galleria)
- Salinas (Northridge Mall)
- San Diego (Fashion Valley Mall)
- San Jose (Oakridge Mall)
- Santa Monica
- Broomfield (Flatiron Crossing)
- Miami (Aventura Mall)
- Tampa (International Plaza)
- Chicago (State Street)
- Rosemont (Fashion Outlets)
- Indianapolis (Castleton Square)
- Merrillville (Southlake Mall)
- Overland Park (Oak Park Mall)
- Baltimore (White Marsh Mall)
- Hanover (Arundel Mills)
- St. Louis
- New Jersey
- New York
- Staten Island
- North Olmsted (Great Northern Mall)
- Portland (Clackamas Town Center)
- Pittsburgh (South Hills Village)
- Knoxville (West Town Mall)
- El Paso (Cielo Vista Mall)
- Houston (Memorial City)
- Houston (Willowbrook Mall)
- Laredo (Mall Del Norteo)
- San Antonio (Ingram Park Mall)
- San Antonio (North Star Mall)
- San Antonio (Rivercenter)
In Canada, the following Disney Store locations will be permanently closing:
- Square One
- Rocky View
If you visit the webpage for any Disney Store that is closing, such as Chandler, AZ shop, you will see the following banner, providing details about the closure:
Disney’s official statement regarding the shutdown read, in part:
Over the next year Disney will focus on providing a more seamless, personalized and franchise-focused ecommerce experience through its shopDisney platform which will be complemented by greater integration with Disney Parks apps and social media platforms. This will be coupled with an assortment of new and elevated merchandise from the Company’s full range of brands, including adult apparel collections and artist collaborations, trend-forward streetwear, premium home products and collectibles.
“While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” said Stephanie Young, president, Consumer Products Games and Publishing. “Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world. We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected ecommerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”
In 2019 at the D23 Expo, Disney announced that the company would begin began a store-in-store agreement with Target stores. Disney also sells licensed merchandise at other mass-market retailers throughout the United States and Canada.
It is not yet known if any international Disney Store locations will be permanently closing due to this restructure.
Where can Disney fans buy merchandise right now?
Although numerous Disney Store locations will be closing, there are still plenty of places for Disney lovers to buy the products that add an extra dose of magic to everyday life!
If you happen to be at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, you can, of course, stop by the World of Disney locations at Disney Springs or the Downtown Disney District, respectively.
Furthermore, Disney World’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — are filled with themed stores that sell Disney Parks merchandise of all kinds, from classic Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse plush toys to apparel to housewares that will make every day magical!
Disneyland Resort remains officially closed amid the pandemic, though a late-April reopening date has been targeted! However, Disneyland Resort Guests can still visit both Downtown Disney and Buena Vista Street for shopping and dining.
Downtown Disney is home to the brand new Star Wars Trading Post shop, where Guests can purchase a variety of goods straight from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge planet, Batuu!
Remember, beginning on March 18, Guests will not be able to enter Buena Vista Street without a ticket due to the Touch of Disney event that is being held at Disney California Adventure Park.
Face coverings for Guests age 2 and older are currently required in all Disney Parks retail establishments.
Guests can also make purchases online at shopDisney.com.
Is your favorite Disney Store closing for good?