Update: 1/18/12 According to Stitch Kingdom, an announcement by Disney at the National Retail Federation’s “Big Show” in New York City revealed plans for a second Orlando Disney Store at the Mall at Millenia. No mention of the Sanford store was made. Still not 100% sure if the Sanford location is closing for good or for refurb. Thanks to Chris for the heads up.
Update: The sign made it seem forever, but our friend Chris just tweeted us: “The Sanford Mall is changing over to the new “magic” store.” So it seems this is just a refurb and it will open up again one day.
In our never ending competition for best athlete on the DV staff, MC felt he had to out-do my WDW Half Marathon triumph by climbing through the tree top obstacle course that is Zoom Air in Sanford, FL. To relax after his workout, he appearntly decided to stop by the Sanford Mall and check out the Vinylmation scene at the Disney Store there. And although the store was open today, it had this ominous sign outside.
In case you can not read the fine print, Peter Pan is telling guests that this location will close it’s doors “on or before January 24, 2012.” The “Never Say Goodbye” doesn’t seem to refer to the store coming back, but rather sending guest to DisneyStore.com. What does this mean for Central Florida collectors? We will have no choice but to brave the tourists and venture to Florida Mall on Orange Blossom Trail.