Build-A-Bear Workshop® has announced plans to open a store at Orlando International Airport (MCO) in mid-May, the first of its stores to open inside an airport. To be located inside the airport’s main terminal building, the store will offer the full Build-A-Bear experience found elsewhere, allowing guests to select and stuff a furry friend and dress it as they wish.
“We are very excited about our relationship with Orlando International Airport and to bring Build-A-Bear Workshop to this unique location,” said Maxine Clark founder and chief executive bear of Build-A-Bear Workshop. “Making a furry friend is a great way to celebrate a memorable vacation. We think this store is going to be a hit for traveling families.”
The store will also offer Build-A-Bear Workshop Craftshop items that are designed to keep young ones busy during their travel, such as stickers, activity books, coloring books and make-your-own card kits.
“Creating fun, long lasting memories is just part of the ‘Orlando Experience’ at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and it’s also part of what Build-A-Bear Workshop brings to our airport. The addition allows passengers of all ages to take this one-of-a-kind experience in an airport with them on their travels,” said Manager of Concessions for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Linda Baratta.
Although no official word has been provided to us thus as of yet, given that the new store location lends itself easy access to millions of Walt Disney World visitors per year, it’s likely that the store will carry certain limited release Disney merchandise, such as the new Disney Villains line, which would otherwise be available in the Orlando area only at the Florida Mall location. Although Build-A-Bear Workshop does have a location in the Downtown Disney District area at the Disneyland Resort, its only presence on Walt Disney World property is a Build-A-Dino location at the T-Rex Cafe, which does not offer location exclusive merchandise.