BREAKING: Disneyland Buckles to Public Pressure and Will Remove Shop from Main Street Cinema

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Last Friday, we came to you with the harrowing news that the Main Street Cinema at Disneyland had been turned into… a store. Well, now it appears the pop-up shop won’t even last a week, thanks to resounding guest backlash across both coasts.

In a recent piece by Theme Park Insider, plans to remove the shop have been unveiled as the shop’s merchandise will be removed overnight, and an additional bench installed due to guest feedback.

You may recall that the Walt Disney World’s Main Street Cinema was converted into a store all the way back in 1998, and while it seemed like Disneyland would never pull the trigger on the conversion of their 1955 staple, this (albeit short-lived) conversion still has us feeling somewhat shaken.

Thankfully, the pop-up shop rendered no permanent changes to the space, and once all the merchandise is removed tonight, we hope the cinema will return to its former quaint (and quiet) glory.

Further testing is still in the works for this treasured alcove, so it’ll be interesting, yet somewhat nerve-racking, to see what could potentially come next. Whatever happens, we hope fans and guests alike will be just as vocal about any changes they feel tarnish historical elements and guest experience within the park. (Now, if only we could get this to work with the Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World…)

As for the original turnstiles that were removed upon the shop’s opening, it’s unclear that they’ll ever come back. At least we’ll always have Tilly… or so we hope.

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Ron Patterson
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Ron Patterson

maybe they will buckle to pressure and tone down the price hikes

Adam
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Adam

For real! Even increasing the price of a flattened penny? And to think, people on here actually defended them and said they weren’t greedy. 😂

Richie Rich
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Richie Rich

DOUBLED THE PRICE of flattening a penny – now $1.01

Shane Hicks
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Shane Hicks

It won’t happen. With the demand for park access still at a high level, it only makes sense for them to up ticket prices, otherwise it’s just revenue lost. It’s all about supply and demand and seeing that the parks guest numbers continue to climb, I doubt this will change anytime soon.

Deb
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Deb

I disagree. Rumor is the WDW is expecting a slow summer. Deals on Florida resident tickets etc. They expect GE to bring on the crowds. Sure you get the one day visitor, but you might lose out on people staying multiple days.

Gerry Maynard
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Gerry Maynard

Price hikes are from the raises they just gave their employees. Have to pay for it somehow.

Robyn Marks
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Robyn Marks

ha! IF they gave raises it was only because the state minimum wage laws required them to.

Whocares
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Whocares

Haha they could already afford it quite well. It’s the greedy owners and ceos who should be getting less money

Sean Deally
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Sean Deally

Are you kidding me? Those employees have to kill them selves working overtime just to make ends meet, you have no clue about how dirty and greedy Disney is…… Smh

Felix
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Felix

Oh so true Gerry! It’s not like they own and make billions in profit from movie studios, theme parks, TV channels and intellectual property combined. You moron.

John
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John

It’s almost like they are a business or something. Oh wait they are.

Sherri Katnic
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Sherri Katnic

Right?! We want to go to Disneyland and take our kids but it would mean setting aside $2000 for us to be able to take all of our kids and feed them in the park etc.. and that doesn’t include the price of souvenirs.. it’s such a dissapointment that Disneyland is basically well out of most Americans pocket book . I’m sure Walt and Roy never wanted Disneyland to be unaffordable for most American families.. it’s a shame really…

Richie Rich
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Richie Rich

Just returned from Disney and Universal last night. Disney tix for 4 people, 2 days park hopper was $ 1200 +, and Universal 2 days 2 parks (Islands of Adventure)was a little more BUT – Universal gave us 3 extra days of same tickets that we used the last day there. Food was okay at Univesal and worse at Disney but BOTH were overpriced. Finally, 4 days of rain out of 5 days there, we managed to get some non rain time each day and soaked on other days. Thank God we are able to afford it but wish more… Read more »

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Customer Satisfaction

I’m sure Walt and Roy never expected to have Disneyland be on every American’s radar CONSTANTLY on a weekly or daily basis thanks to the news, social media, ABC, Movies, internet advertising, email, and word of mouth. Or airfare to cost half of what it used to relatively. When every person in the U.S and every person globally who knows about these places wants to go, then yeah…everybody can’t. If you want to go somewhere everyone can afford, there are 75 regional parks better than anything that existed in the 60s.

Sharon
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Sharon

I agree. It is sad.

Joe
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Joe

Don’t feed them, problem solved

RebeccaMcK
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RebeccaMcK

That is great news! And I never realized that they had stuff for sale in the MK’s theater, maybe I’ve never been in there – just Disneyland’s. Also, I hope that CBJ can remain in MK (I never chimed in on that thread).

TimP
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TimP

That area serves no purpose. It should be converted into something more useful. Public pressure will only be temporary since they will do something else with it like demolish it.

Hogarth Hughes
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Hogarth Hughes

The purpose of all of Main Street was – originally – to recreate the experience of walking down a REAL American Main Street of the turn of the last century. In the beginning, it really was that. Now it’s just a string of identical shops selling the same tshirts, toys and candy as every other. It’s too bad you never got to see the real thing.

Sherri Katnic
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Sherri Katnic

So true! There is even a song.. I’m walking right down the middle of Main Street USA..you know it’s NO illusion it’s a dream that’s here to stay….

Ghost of Disney Past...
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Ghost of Disney Past...

You better back off buddy! This is history! Long live Disneyland! Walt is probably rolling in his grave…

Eddie
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Eddie

It serves the purpose of being a cinema. On Main Street. In turn-of-the-century America.

Or is it that it is not Marvel or Star Wars, so you believe it serves no purpose?

Justin
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Justin

It’s barely a cinema. There’s no real seating, the screens are smaller than most TVs nowadays. It’s just an odd space.

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SampleText

This is Main Street. They wouldn’t demolish a building on Main Street.

Will
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Will

Now, maybe Disney will restore the MS Cinima at WDW. 🤔🤨

Alo
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Alo

THANK GOODNESS! This shop looked really sad. I am so glad this will be preserved, for now!

Beth
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Beth

Good news! Now we have to make people aware of the importance of Country Bear Jamboree. I went to MK many times in the last few months (even on yellow and green days -meaning less than average crowds-) and CBJ was extremely popular! It would be a sin to close such a traditional and amazing show.

Jesus D Luera
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Jesus D Luera

Thank you Disneyland for listening to the people.

Mike
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Mike

I agree with thanking them, though it is pretty stunning that highly-paid Disney executives are so out of touch that they ever thought this was a good idea. A random person plucked off the street could have made better decisions.

Jesus D Luera
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Jesus D Luera

You’re right about that.

Lindy
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Lindy

I hope they put the turnstiles back!!! Those are history!

Javier
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Javier

I feel like it was going to a right direction , just not the best way to sell it , maybe sell those limited edition popcorn buckets or something cinema related or something that’s for a limited time only item while preserving the atmosphere of a theater. Or even a meet n greet for rare characters or common ones too , pretend it’s like the movie premiere with film clips playing in one of the screens ( to avoid lingering guests) it’s spacious enough to provide a line while also providing a quick sit and cool down location. I don’t… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

No, no, and no. The cinema doesn’t need any “help.” Disneyland will lose its trademark “magic” (and has already lost much of it) if Disney tries to turn every nook and cranny into a bustling hot spot. There needs to be a balance between the frenzy of most of the park, and the all-important slower, quieter experiences to be had in other areas, like the cinema. I’m afraid that only those of us old enough to remember the real Disneyland and Disney World still appreciate the genius of the parks’ original designs. Younger generations have been served up a pale… Read more »

Jesse Goodwin
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Jesse Goodwin

Wait theres a shop in Main Street Cinema?? I don’t remember this

Robyn Marks
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Robyn Marks

Did you read article? that was the entire point, duh….

Eddie
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Eddie

Thank God. The amount of merchandise at Disneyland is genuinely getting out of hand. They claim they want to clear up space to make more room, then they roll out carts hawking generic merchandise into every available square foot. It’s GOOD to see them do this. Now if they’d remove about 80% of the carts selling crap no one needs (or hawking time shares) …

Lee Browning
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Lee Browning

if it’s not generating retail sales Disney wants it gone! between the outrageous price hikes on resort hotels, park passes, food, parking, merchandise and using New Attractions to bait guests into purchasing a annual pass to gain early entry into the new Star Wars land ” Galaxy’s Edge” Disney is out of control.
But within the next few years Disney will price its customer base right out of the parks and the ship will start to sink. Families are already voicing concerns how expensive for a family of four to visit the resort parks.

Marie-Angeline Falcone
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Marie-Angeline Falcone

Wow! At least you had merchandise in yours!
Ours is just an air conditioned TV room with 3 benches in a circle, that can only accommodate a few people. It should be an old movie cinema that plays over and over with old cinema seats so more people could get out of the heat, in Cali.

Mike
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Mike

I do agree that the cinema should be remodeled to look more like an actual cinema, with antique theater seats and one larger screen. The real reason it exists (outside the fevered imaginations of Disney bean counters) is to create the illusion of walking through a real turn of the century small town. Main Street was intended to evoke nostalgia for the best of the past. I highly doubt that many of those little towns had every building packed full of overpriced trinkets for sale. Next, I would purge all merchandise from the Penny Arcade and restore it to its… Read more »

Sherri Katnic
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Sherri Katnic

There should be a quiet dark place in every area of the park to go escape to . Not just for kids with special needs but adults also.. so many people suffer from anxiety, migraines, PTSD, etc .. and these quiet areas to escape into if needed would be awesome to have access to throughout the parks.. and even possibly a qualified person for first aide and CPR and trained in special needs and anxiety related disorders.. would also be good to have first aid supplies and fresh water for dehydration emergencies and granola bars for diabetics on hand etc… Read more »

Cyndia Ellis
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Cyndia Ellis

Thank goodness. I’m old, old school Disney and really appreciate being able to see cartoons and films that you really don’t get to see much of anyplace else. Such a bygone era.

Jonny
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Jonny

Thank you Disney! Please also double the admission price. Lets clear out the riffraff so Muffy and I can finally enjoy the park.

Robyn Marks
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Robyn Marks

Disney is doing their best to monetize everything that Uncle Walt taught us to love. I refuse to spend any money on them anymore, haven’t been to Disneyland in thirty years or more (back when all ride admission was only $35), haven’t seen a Disney film in theater (with exception of the Star Wars franchise) in just as long. Everything they touch now seems to be ruined.

Mike
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Mike

I agree, and the ultimate insult is to not only try to monetize EVERYTHING, but also to flood the park with hordes of locals via the annual pass program, to the point that it is now impossible to ever experience the park as originally intended. I was there in early May with my family, spent thousands to travel there, and couldn’t even move the place was so overpacked. And they were all locals. The resulting chaos not only involved the unmanageable crowds, but also local kids (and some adults) yakking and yelling along with the narration in every ride, simply… Read more »

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Customer Satisfaction

What in the hell are you doing reading this website?

Rod Blevins
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Rod Blevins

The only thing Disney’s management is concerned with is money. So much so that they do not run the parks like they use to with the gusts being the most important thing.

Gregg Oreo
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Gregg Oreo

Walt had a namesake grandson… Middle name Christopher or Christian, l believe. It’s time for a third generation Disney-kin to wear the mantle! There’s no one with the finesse and quiet good taste of 1970s-’80s Robt. F.Jani to “shepherd” the park. Walt! Re-Incarnate, Sir!

Kelly Deally
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Kelly Deally

I’ve been going to Disney world all of my life and I’ve been taking my kids all of their lives. One of our favorite thing’s to do is go to the Country Bear’s Jamboree! It was a terrible move on Disney’s part to remove the Chinese theater and the Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon. Don’t even get me started on the removal of the Honey I shrunk the Kid’s play ground!!!

Celeste
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Celeste

The changes to the World of disney store at Downtown Disney is awful as well. It went from a charming store with many characters throughout the store to this sterile tunnel resmbling a Gap store. Just awful.