If you’re a fan of the traditional, over-the-top designs of Disney Stores of old, then you’re probably aware of how limited they are in number, with the ones remaining getting sleek and streamlined makeovers to mimic the warehouse trend taking over most retail and dining spaces across Disney property.
One such classic Disney Store is Disney’s EarPort, located at the Hyatt atrium of the Orlando International Airport. Just as the Walt Disney World welcome marquee is the yearned-after “Welcome home!” sign for many guests driving onto property, the classic facade of the EarPort store has welcomed guests to Orlando International Airport for years, letting them know that they were just a Magical Express bus ride away from the magic. The store stocked most of the same merchandise that was available in most gift shops on property, but offered an array of photo ops with character statues, like Mickey, Snow White, and Goofy.
Now, if you’re looking to take in the store in all its grandeur, you have one day to check it out before it is closed for refurbishment.
That’s right, the classic EarPort will be closing on Monday, July 29th to make way for a full-on refurbishment of the store. The store will remain closed for about four months before reopening in November 2019.
When it opens back up again, it should mimic the general style of the recently-refurbished Magic of Disney Store, which reopened at the airport (near the Gates 1-59 security area) in late January. To get a feel for what the newly “reimagined” EarPort store will look like upon reopening, you can tour the new Magic of Disney store here.
Now, if you aren’t ready to let go of the nostalgia, we’ll have a full store photo and video tour for you tomorrow as we say our last goodbyes to the space. In the meantime, you can bask in the nostalgic bliss of the old Magic of Disney Store in the video tour below:
Featured Image: (C) URW Airports