D Street Passholder Preview at Downtown Disney West Side

Vinylmation Sign

I am proud to have this inaugural Guest Post from my friend, and Official Disney Moms Panelist…the fabulous Suzannah from Zannaland.com Check out her blog and see how she finds Pixie Dust in the Everyday.

This bag was $1.95 with a $30 or more purchase at D Street, not sure how long that promo will be going on.

This bag was $1.95 with a $30 or more purchase at D Street, not sure how long that promo will be going on.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 saw the passholder preview and soft opening for D-Street at Downtown Disney’s West Side before its official grand opening on April 16th. From 8:30-10:30am, guests with a valid annual pass were able to get a sneak peek into this fun new store, get some purchase-with-purchase and free offers – and just enjoy the new home of all things Vinylmation! I was really excited to be able to check out the new place, especially after seeing Amanda’s Vinylmation Jr. post.  Sadly, I forgot in my excitement that my annual pass had just expired on the 29th and I hadn’t renewed it yet. (Bad, bad Zanna!) However, I ran into John Frost from TheDisneyBlog, who graciously tried to get me in as his guest. As suspected, Disney was being strict about passholders (I was totally fine with that, it would be craziness otherwise!). They let me know I could wait until 10:30 and then go inside, so I got to spend some time with John. He explained how the shop was set up and pointed out that many of the Adventurer’s Club props had found a new home here, which was great to hear. I think it would be very easy to have taken the ‘all new and trendy’ route in building a shop from scratch, but given the artistic nature of Vinylmation, I was really happy to see some ‘history’ among the newness.

Really cool decor inside D Street - recognize the Zebra booth from Adventurer's Club? That Mickey statue is made entirely from Vinylmation molds.

Really cool decor inside D Street - recognize the Zebra booth from Adventurer's Club? That Mickey statue is made entirely from Vinylmation molds.

More Adventurer's Club decor

More Adventurer's Club decor

Once I could enter D-Street, I was given a paper detailing the new Vinylmation pieces that were just released; including some of the new 9″ Park Series 4, the Oh Mickey series (which I love because you can see what you’re getting!) and the Vinylmation Jr. series.

Vinylmation Passholder Preview

It was great to just walk around and soak in the atmosphere. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those stores at Disney where you discover something new each time you enter. I love that! Also on display in the front of the famous zebra cabinet were 9″ Vinylmations created by opening cast members and other staff. Some of them are really incredible and worth a look when you stop in.

Special Disney star signed figures - including Wizards of Waverly Place, JONAS, All Star Weekend and more

Special Disney star signed figures - including Wizards of Waverly Place, JONAS, All Star Weekend and more

This is where guests can sit and decorate their own Vinylmation and take part in trades. The peacock in the background is also from Adventurer's Club

This is where guests can sit and decorate their own Vinylmation and take part in trades. The peacock in the background is also from Adventurer's Club

Some Vinylmation Jr's including the green chaser (one of 2 Jr. chasers) Also pictured, 2 from the Park series 4 released on 4/3 and the free Mr. Toad button given out at the event.

Some Vinylmation Jr's including the green chaser (one of 2 Jr. chasers) Also pictured, 2 from the Park series 4 released on 4/3 and the free Mr. Toad button given out at the event.

I tried to hold myself back from purchasing too much, but the new 9″ series is really tempting. I just love the new Peter Pan’s Flight and Epcot World Showcase figures. I wish I’d taken more pictures but in my awe of my surroundings, I got a bit distracted! Speaking of that, I spotted Steven Miller (even without his disguise – thank goodness for name tags!) from Amanda’s previous post. I introduced myself and let him know I’d read about him here at DisneyEveryDay.com and how fun the Vinylmation Jr. Quest event looked. He shared that he had read the post and showed it to the opening team as well! We discussed the success of the Vinylmation concept and how refreshing it is to have such a creative interpretation of new and classic Disney icons as well as just artistic design in general, available to the public like this. I have to add, it’s such a pleasure when you meet cast members who are so passionate about not only what they do for Disney, but the parks too, and the potential that’s out there for unique and special opportunities to interact with guests. I was honored when he asked me to sign the purple Opening Day 9″ Vinylmation. I’m not sure where they plan to house that particular figure, but somewhere on the back reads “zannaland”. Thanks, Steven! 😉

Vinylmation out of the box and on display

Vinylmation out of the box and on display

There are a few Hidden Mickeys to discover there, so be on the lookout. In addition you can purchase Vinylmation clothing and accessories and some other Disney merchandise (mostly on the geeky side: Star Wars items, Bloc-28 and graffiti Mickey shirts).

Vinylmation wallets, backpacks and more

Vinylmation wallets, backpacks and more

Other merchandise available in D Street

Other merchandise available in D Street

I was able to get the $1.95 reusable bag as well as the Mr. Toad button, which previews the upcoming passholder-exclusive Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride Vinylmation, so thank you D-Street team! I did not hear anything official, but I’d imagine there would be some activities similar to the preview going on during the grand opening on April 6th. There will also be various trading events held at the store throughout the year. I’m looking forward to my next visit and anticipate lots of unique fun to come from D-Street in the future!

Until Next Time,
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  • TheAngelForever

    Oh my goodness, that store looks amazing. I still remember the first time I walked into the Adventurer's Club back in the day. Love how they kept the history and added the fun of the Vinylmation. Of course, now I am smacking myself for not knowing about the release of the Muppet ones when we were there in February. I guess we never noticed them in the stores that had them at that time. I know I would have bought them then. Thanks Suzannah for sharing this fun new Disney Adventure with us.

  • What a cool store. My Vinylmation collection consists of one autograph Mickey and a pin, but that may change-LOL.

  • Oh my goodness! What an awesome store! I cannot wait to visit (and shop) in a few weeks! I am going to need some serious willpower when I walk in that store…I might want 1 of everything! :)

  • Jud

    Can anyone explain to me the attraction of these things? I think they are grossly overpriced and of questionable form.

    :)

    Jud

  • Lynnegall

    What a wonderful post, Zanna!! I love all the pictures, and although the vinylmation isn't my “thing”, would love to see this store! Thanks!

  • Jud, this is the way I look at Vinylmation…I admit that at first, I didn't 'get it' and wondered the same thing; why anyone would pay that much for a piece of plastic. As time went on though, I began to appreciate them for the blank canvas they were. The fact that Disney goes out of its way to challenge artists to create a unique design within the constraints of a Mickey-shaped bit of vinyl – and that the artists deliver – is a wonderful way to teach Disney fans young and old about the value of art, in all its forms.
    I love that some of the pieces pay tribute to a particular ride, attraction or even just experience at Disney, so that you are able to have a little piece of magic in your home. As cool as it would be to have a Fantasyland trash can in my house, that's not going to happen – but I can get a 9″ vinyl Mickey figurine that reminds me of that very thing, because as I always say, the magic is in the details. I love that my kids love them and that they have their favorites and that Vinylmation causes them to think about art in a different way, knowing that the only limits are one's imagination.

    But that's just me. 😉

  • Jud

    Thank you Zanna! Very well explained!

    Now- what is this thing about Sponge Bob???

    :)

    Jud

  • Don't worry B. They will be coming out with another series of them. Maybe double up on them and swap them for some from the 1st set.

  • They are tempting me too!!!

  • There are some cool shirts and hats in there too. Might need to buy some for future Disney videos I shoot…right? Good Excuse!

  • TheAngelForever

    Wish any luck I will be able to do that, but who knows when we'll be back to Disney World. *sigh* Wish we were closer.

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