Disney Stores Shopping Spree

Disney Stores Shopping Spree

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Take a Disney Shopping Spree around the United States, stopping at 12 Disney Stores for a fun-filled day of shopping!

Starting in Orlando, make multiple stops to include: Denver, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, and New York to name a few, then finish in beautiful, sunny Ft. Lauderdale Florida!

A Brief History of Disney Stores

30 years ago, Disney opened the first ever Disney Store.

It was the Company’s first dive into the world of retail and had a unique position within the industry because of its concept and products – all Disney. With over 330 stores now open worldwide, as well as a lucrative online retail operation, Disney Store is the place for families to consume Disney’s products where they are; “to create magical moments for guests of all ages” as they like to say.

It wasn’t always that way, though.

Even a few years after opening the first store in Glendale, California in 1987, the retail operation was a difficult one to sustain. While the sales at stores were strong, the costs to maintain the stores was outweighing it all.

In 2004, Disney began to sell off and license the Disney Store brand and operations to other established, third-party companies like The Children’s Place, and its international stores to companies like The Oriental Land Company in Japan. The change in operation yielded a profit for the Company, but the costs continued to mount while the experience and quality of visiting a Disney Store suffered since Disney couldn’t directly intervene due to the licensing agreements.

Eventually, the third-party companies that bought licenses to operate their Disney Stores eventually felt the struggle to operate the stores that many of them either opted to declare bankruptcy or sell their stores back to Disney in 2008. It would be a year later that Disney’s biggest shareholder would help bring Disney Store back to its prime.

The late Apple CEO and Pixar executive Steve Jobs became that shareholder with immense power when Disney bought Pixar back in 2006. Disney CEO Bob Iger recognized Jobs’ knack for creating an effective retail operation when he started the Apple Store in 2001. Jobs wanted the new Disney Store (which he wanted to rename to “Imagination Parks”) to be very similar to what customers at Apple Stores were doing – trying, touching, experiencing, and learning about products with that Disney magic, of course.

The new stores were designed around the Disney experience like you would see at Disney’s theme parks, with a castle in the middle of each one and where each corner of the store was dedicated space for products from a certain movie or character. Additionally, Disney incorporated a handful of interactive elements like mini-theaters that played Disney movies and special store opening “ceremony” that happened right at the opening of each store everyday.

The concepts were put into a few stores at first in 2010 in the U.S. and proved to be a huge success with a large exponential growth in foot traffic into the stores and retail sales. A gradual rollout of the same concepts that made up Jobs’ Disney Stores happened shortly after. Much of what Jobs’ implemented still exists today.

Building on that successful model of “retail-tainment”, more Disney Store concepts and locations were introduced including the flagship New York/Times Square location in 2011 and Disney Baby Stores in 2012. The largest Disney Store in mainland China also opened in conjunction with the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in 2015. Disney Store did a full overhaul of its online retail operation in 2008 and again in 2010 and now continues to a main source of sales for the segment year after year.

Start Date:06.05.2017
End Date:06.30.2022
Max days to complete:365
Max. Pilots allowed:250
Allowed Aircraft Types:A310, A320, A321, B712, B738, B739, E170, E190, E195, F100, MD82, MD88

Tour Legs

Leg Departure Arrival Duration Details
1 KMCO Orlando International Airport KBOS Logan International Airport 02:36:00 N/A
2 KBOS Logan International Airport KATL Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport 02:32:00 N/A
3 KATL Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport KORD Chicago O'Hare International Airport 02:11:00 N/A
4 KORD Chicago O'Hare International Airport KDFW Dallas Fort Worth International Airport 01:15:00 N/A
5 KDFW Dallas Fort Worth International Airport KMSP Minneapolis St Paul International Airport 02:04:00 N/A
6 KMSP Minneapolis St Paul International Airport KDEN Denver International Airport 02:15:00 N/A
7 KDEN Denver International Airport KSEA Seattle Tacoma International Airport 02:30:00 N/A
8 KSEA Seattle Tacoma International Airport KLAX Los Angeles International Airport 02:51:00 N/A
9 KLAX Los Angeles International Airport KLAS McCarran International Airport 01:00:00 N/A
10 KLAS McCarran International Airport KMEM Memphis International Airport 03:43:00 N/A
11 KMEM Memphis International Airport KJFK John F. Kennedy International Airport 02:16:00 N/A
12 KJFK John F. Kennedy International Airport KFLL Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport 03:09:00 N/A

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Pilots

Pilot Current Position On Tour since Aircraft
DIS0001 Jason B KFLL Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport 06.13.2017 A320-200
DIS0002 Rick H KLAS McCarran International Airport 08.03.2017 A321-200
DIS0037 Jeremy R KMCO Orlando International Airport 08.16.2017 B737-800
DIS0040 Frederick B KFLL Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport 09.05.2017 B737-800
DIS0042 Michael N KFLL Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport 08.15.2017 B737-800
DIS0061 Paul A KBOS Logan International Airport 09.09.2017 B737-800
DIS0098 Glyn P KMSP Minneapolis St Paul International Airport 11.08.2017 A320-200