Disney Stores to close throughout the UK.

The Walt Disney Company are closing their Disney Stores in the United Kingdom with only the flagship Oxford Street store in London remaining open.

The move by Disney Consumer Products to close the UK’s remaining 33 Disney Stores reflects the changing shopping habits of consumers by preferring to shop online rather than visiting bricks and mortar stores.

In a statement released by Disney Stores, a spokesperson said: “We are currently in consultation with an initial group of stores in the UK”.

The news comes just months after Disney announced plans to significantly reduce the number of stores in North America and mainland Europe as part of its new strategy to focus on online sales.

Speaking of the North American store closures earlier this year, Stephanie Young, President of Disney’s Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, said: “The global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer. 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.”

Although there has been no official statement on the UK store closures, the Disney Store website has responded to inquiries suggesting that it may be moving towards partnerships with existing and third party retailers in the future, rather than running standalone stores. “We constantly evaluate our Disney Stores to ensure we’re in the right sites to be able to provide magical experiences for our guests,” reads a comment on the website. “As a result, we are creating new Disney destinations with various retail partners, but we may close some existing stores. You’ll still be able to shop in our other Disney Stores and online.”

The Disney Stores in Watford, Warrington and Aberdeen closed earlier this year, while stores in Bromley and Westfield Stratford closed in June.

Cast Members at other UK Disney Stores have taken to social media to share that they have been given notice and told that their stores will soon be closing.

It is believed that the closure programme will be completed by 21 September 2021.

Disney Store supports Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is coming on Friday 15th March 2013 and to show your support for this worthy cause you can purchase a Mickey Mouse Comic Relief reusable shopping bag from the Disney Store.   The bag has bold Red artwork and is availble for £2.00
Also available is this Mickey Mouse soft toy for £5.00, which  looks slightly different than usual because of his red nose!
For every soft toy and bag purchased the Disney Store will make a 25% donation to Comic Relief.

Cambridge Disney store to close

The Cambridge Disney store is shutting up shop and leaving town after 15 years, prompting fears others will follow suit in the difficult first few trading months of the year.
The Petty Cury shop is closing on the 15th January after negotiations with the landlord, believed to be over rent, broke down.
It comes as retailers brace themselves for the notoriously tough first few months of the year, with gloomy economic forecasts and uncertainty over the eurozone likely to compound wavering consumer confidence.
A source, who speaks regularly to shop workers in the city centre, said they were worried about the future.
He said: “I think a lot of the stores are struggling and more will close because it’s just not happening out there for them. There are some stores that are doing OK but a lot are hanging on.”
John Bridge, of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, is more positive saying the city is one of the best retail performers in the country.
He said: “Everyone knows and understands that the first few months of 2012 are going to be the most challenging but what people have to remember is that Cambridge and the surrounding areas are still performing very well when compared with other parts of the country.
He added: “One always regrets the demise of any retail store but businesses, often successful businesses, have to make difficult decisions to protect the wider business.” He warned that landlords need to be careful about how much they demand for rent.
Disney Store did not give precise date for closure, but staff said they thought it would be January 15 and that the problems were due to an argument over rent.
A spokeswoman said: “Following the expiration of our lease and negotiations with our landlord, Disney Store can confirm that we are closing our store in Cambridge.
“All Cast Members have been offered roles in surrounding stores and we look forward to welcoming our guests to our closest stores, in Milton Keynes and Norwich.”
She could not tell The News how many people were employed at the store and it is unclear how many will want to travel to their nearest stores, which are both at least 50 miles away.

London Disney Store forced to close after stabbing in Oxford Street

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed to death in London, on one of the UK’s busiest shopping streets.  The man died outside the Foot Locker sports shop on Oxford Street, near the junction with Stratford Place.

The area around the sports shop where the death happened was sealed off and several shops in the near by area were forced to shut early because they were inside the police cordon.  An employee at the nearby Disney Store said the company’s outlet had been “quite badly affected” and was “unlikely to open again today”.

The incident happened as tens of thousands of people hunted for bargains on the shopping street, during what was a busy day for Boxing Day sales across the UK.

Police said there had been a second stabbing on Oxford Street in the evening, but said it was too early to confirm whether or not the two incidents were connected.

Det Ch Insp Dunne, of the Metropolitan Police’s homicide command, told journalists there was no suggestion the earlier, fatal incident was gang related, but he was “not going to discount it”.

He said it was still not clear whether the incident had happened inside or just outside the Foot Locker store.

Police were still trying to work out exactly what had happened, he said.

“This is probably the busiest place in the UK right now, on the busiest shopping day, so it’s been difficult for us to piece together what has happened.”  He urged witnesses to come forward.

Police said the second stabbing on Monday took place close to the junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street.

They said a man, thought to be in his 20s, had been stabbed at 18:20. He had stab wounds in the legs and was taken to hospital. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Cardiff Disney Store Pin Party Sunday 28th August

The Disney Store in Cardiff will be hosting a Pin Party on Sunday 28th August 2011.  The Pin Party will run from 10am- 12pm and standard Sunday trading times apply, so the store will not be able to sell you any Disney merchandise until 11am.
This is a chance for you to bring in your trades and get hold of some great items and meet up with old friends and make some new.

Disney Store Cardiff
St David’s 2
37 Grand Arcade
CF10 2ER

For more information telephone 029 2034 1808.

Disney Store reveals the future of Pin Trading in the UK

The Disney Store has issued a statement with regards to the future of Pin Trading at it’s stores in the United Kingdom, and the news will upset many of the UK’s hundreds of Pin Traders who after reading this will not be having a Pintastic day!
Disney have decided that only 16 of it’s stores will continue to sell pins and that the pocket money value Core pins will be discontinued which will be a great disappointment to many Pin Traders. 

Dear Pin Traders

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our Pin Survey earlier this year. We had some very detailed responses and have been through each one to look at how we can improve the Pin offering at Disney Store. From 15th July we will continue to release Pins online and focus our instore range to 16 selected Stores.

This will ensure we can maintain visual presence of the range and direct more stock to the Stores where the majority of our Pins are sold. The stores are listed below and each of these will continue to Pin Trade with Cast Lanyards.

Aberdeen, Bon Accord

Birmingham, Bull Ring
Bristol, Cribbs Causeway
Cardiff, St. David’s Centre
Gateshead, Metro Centre
Kent, Bluewater
Liverpool, Liverpool One
London, Covent Garden
London, Oxford St
London, Westfield
Manchester, Arndale Centre
Manchester, Trafford Centre
Milton Keynes, Centre MK
Sheffield, Meadowhall
West Thurrock, Lakeside
York, Parliament St

You said that you liked our smaller edtion numbers of Limited Edition Pins and the breadth of characters we used, so we will continue to produce them in this way. For releases in July, August and September we will have a Limited Edition size of 250 and Online Limited Edition of 150. We will be concentrating on limited Edition Pins and, for now, we don’t have any plans to re-introduce the Core range.

You said that inconsistent cast Member knowledge across our Stores detracted from your Pin Trading experiences. We are working with the 16 chosen Stores to improve the training of our Cast Members and give them latest information about our range.

You asked about Lanyards and Lanyard sets. We have some initial ideas and have started early development which we will tell you more about in early 2012.

You wanted City Specific Pins, we are currently trialling a London Pin in out brand new Oxford St Store to see if there is enough demand of us to be able to create a full range.

You felt that the standard delivery charge for disneystore.co.uk was high, if you were only buying a Pin. One 1st July we are trialling free UK standard delivery all weekend on the Tinker Bell and Tangled Pins.

We continue to work on improving the range and will update you as new developments occur. We are dedicated to ensuring that our Pin offering at Disney Store will surprise and delight you.

Have a Pintastic Day!

Disney Store

1st July 2011

Source:  http://massmail.disneyinternational.com/TDS/uk/pin/pin.pdf

Disney opens the biggest store in Europe.

Disney opend its new showcase Disney Store in Oxford Street, London today.  The store is twice as large as the previous Oxford Street store and has taken two years to plan and construct.
The store at 350 Oxford Street is the largest Disney Store in  Europe and covers 8,200 square feet across two floors.
The centrepiece is a 28 foot high castle which sits in the middle of the store and is the first thing to be seen when walking in.  The store uses the latest technology including animated trees, and cartoons on the walls and music which are adjusted by a handheld device controlled by a member of staff.

The store will begin each day with an opening ceremony in which one child will be chosen to use a giant key to open the rope barrier, with Tinker Bell appearing and spreading pixie dust on the showpiece castle.
Jonathan Storey, Disney’s marketing and guest experiences director, said: “We really wanted to make this store more than just a place to by merchandise. The castle really does signify what Disney is all about. This really is our showcase centrepiece”.
“Being the Walt Disney company, we’re primarily an entertainment company. While it’s important to have great products we wanted to entertain out guests at the same time. We thought, ‘How could we entertain children and families?’ The idea was to create the best 30 minutes of a child’s day.”
Other interactive experiences for children include the Disney Princess Magic Mirror. By waving a wand in front of the mirror, youngsters can watch short stories appear before them from princesses Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Tiana.
The Disney Store Theatre will host a number of free events throughout the day, including animation classes, quizzes and lessons in how to dance like their favourite characters.
To mark its opening,  A Disney London map has been created to celebrate the company’s heritage in London, featuring locations from movies including  Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and the upcoming movie Cars 2.

Disney London Tour map launched

A Disney London Tour map has been produced to celebrate the opening of the new Disney Store at 350 Oxford Street in London.
The map celebrates Disney’s London heritage by taking Disney fans on an “adventure trail” of the capital taking in the London landmarks seen in films such as Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, 101 Dalmations and the forthcoming Disney/Pixar animated adventure Cars 2 which features the London Eye on the South Bank.
At the Oxford Street store visitors will be able to watch the map come to life on the giant screen in the Disney Store Theatre.
Free copies of the Disney London map will be available from the Disney Store Oxford Street from Thursday 26 May while stocks last.

Source: London SE1

Exclusive London Disney Store Trading Pin

Spotted at the Covent Garden Disney Store last week is an exclusive edition London Trading Pin.  It has Mickey’s head mounted against a Union Flag background, with the word ‘London’ in bold lettering underneath with a gold background.

The pin costs £7 and is marked ‘Limited Edition 500’ on the gold backstamp, with the Disney Store logo, ‘Disney Store exclusive’ and the ‘Official Pin Trading 2011’ stamps.
It is sold on a red backer card which is marked with the names of various other major European cities and the Mickey symbol.  This pin is for sale in the Covent Garden Store in London and will be available in the new Oxford Street Store when it opens at the end of May 2011.