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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.
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.
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.
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! 😉
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).
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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