Just six months after its triumphant return to Manhattan, the two-floor Disney Store Times Square located at 1540 Broadway, the largest in North America, will be fully closing its doors beginning on May 16, as confirmed by @DisneyStore.
While the second floor has followed the store’s new ‘Imagination Park’ concept model, the lower floor was more loosely themed and focused primarily on New York City exclusive items along with Disney Theatrical, Vinylmation, Disney Couture and Bloc28, along with some standard Disney Store merchandise. Within the past couple of weeks, these items have been moved to the upper floor while the first floor undergoes a complete renovation.
Up until May 16, the upper floor has and will remain open for guests to visit and experience the retail location, but the shop will have to close for a period of 10 days beginning on May 16, with a grand re-opening scheduled for May 27. The reason for this complete closure, as explained to us by a store manager, is that no guests can be allowed inside the premesis during the painting process. The upper floor is not expected to be altered in any way.
Knowledge of the closure and changes by store cast members appeared to be limited at best, but those who appear to be aware of the changes are expecting a spectacular overhaul of the lower floor when it re-opens.
Ahead of a scheduled announcement from Disney Cruise Line in New York City on April 6 in which Disney is expected to make its itinerary plans known for 2012, a purported press release has been leaked and already making waves by offering up all of the juicy details.
The news comes by way of Dynamic Travel and Cruises, a travel agency located in Texas, who claims to have obtained it from a reporter at the Houston Chronicle who claims it came off of an official Disney website, although the original source appears unclear at this time.
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With the Disney Fantasy moving in at Port Canaveral, the displaced Disney Magic will be headed north to find a temporary home in New York City before moving south to Galveston. Meanwhile, the Disney Wonder, which will continue sailings out of the port of Los Angeles, will also be sailing out of Seattle.
For New York, the Disney Magic will sail a total of 20 cruises, including eight-night cruises to the Bahamas, five-night cruises to Canada and two-night cruises at sea.
The eight eight-night Bahamas cruises (5/25, 6/2, 6/22, 6/30, 7/20, 7/28, 8/17, 8/25) will include a day at Castaway Cay, Nassau and a stop at Port Canaveral. Reportedly, as part of the Port Canaveral stop, each guest will receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket with roundtrip transportation between their Disney ship and the resort. Rates start at $1,240 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
The nine five-night cruises up the New England coast (6/10, 6/17, 7/8, 7/15, 8/5, 8/12, 9/2, 9/7, 9/12) will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, guests can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafes and charming shops, and browse Canada’s oldest farmer’s market. Rates start at $715 per person for a standard inside stateroom, based on double occupancy.
Early yesterday morning, a small group of Disney D23 members were invited to visit the all new Disney Store Times Square before it opened its doors to the public for a private shopping experience and in-store continental breakfast. With the store operating in soft mode since last Thursday, Disney Store President Jim Fielding was on-hand to celebrate with the Disney D23 members as was Jodi Benson, the voice of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel and Toy Story 3‘s Barbie.
With check-in for the event commencing at 7:30 am sharp, guests were ushered into the lower level of the store which features a combination of New York City-themed merchandise, exclusive to the Disney Store Times Square location, as well as seasonal Disney Store merchandise and that aimed towards an older demographic, but more on that later. At the event’s official start time of 8 am, guests were invited to journey upstairs to the more ‘traditional’ ‘Imagination Park’ concept store which is where Fielding addressed the crowd from the store’s gazebo which serves as the 350 square foot Disney Store Theater.
Fielding talked about the store’s genesis in August of 2008 and how when he first saw the location at 1540 Broadway, former home to the world’s largest Virgin Megastore, he knew he had to have the space. According to Fielding, it took nearly a year for Disney Store to obtain the lease for the store because the space was in such high demand. He spoke of the nearly 250 cast members, some of which had returned to the company, it took to conduct interviews, hire and train new staff for the store which maintains 24 hour shifts to keep the store in tip-top shape. Although the store is open until Midnight most days, Fielding noted that they have had to keep running the store to 1 am due to large groups of guests still remaining inside. He mentioned that by year-end, they will have opened 19 of the new concept stores with an expected 30 – 40 in 2011, including two in Canada (but declined to identify where specifically). Surprisingly, the most profitable store worldwide is the Paris on the Champs-Élysées store according to Fielding, but he joked that the Times Square store calls Paris daily to make sure they’re beating them.
Of course Fielding spoke to the store itself, which consists of two floors, although the Virgin Megastore it partially replaced was four. He explained that the mezzanine from the former store was removed, resulting in a longer escalator ride and that half of the fourth floor, which houses the store’s internal offices, was also removed, allowing the store to have its high ceilings. About 80% of the merchandise found on the lower floor, according to Fielding, is unique to Disney Store Times Square while the upstairs is what he referred to as ‘”Imagination Park” on steroids.’ The ‘Imagination Park’ portion at Disney Store Times Square is roughly twice the size of the norm so far, all told easily making it the largest Disney Store in North America. The store is so large in fact that its Disney Princess castle is 20 feet tall and features not one, but two of the magic mirrors.
After tackling a brief Q&A session in which Fielding responded to questions along the lines of the current location of the Mickey and Minnie Mouse figures that once hung over the entrance to the former World of Disney store (they’re in storage at Walt Disney Imagineeering as the World of Disney was operated by Disney Parks and Resorts, not Disney Consumer Products as Disney Store is), he introduced Jodi Benson to the attending crowd.
Although all the pomp and circumstance that comes with a grand opening will take place the morning of Tuesday, November 9 (doors will open at 1 pm), Disney Store President Jim Fielding made it known via his twitter that the store, the largest of its kind in North America, will commence a soft opening on Thursday, November 4 at 9 am.
The store is located at 1540 Broadway in Manhattan, between 45th and 46th Streets.
Through their official Facebook page, Disney Store has released the following video which features Mickey Mouse taking center stage in the heart of Times Square as the new state-of-the-art marquee is turned on. In addition to a large video screen which shows upcoming promotions related to the store and company, the Disney logo itself as well as the facade of the building have video elements.
Making its official grand opening on November 9, the Disney Store Times Square will be the largest of its kind in North America, featuring a two-story Princess castle, the Imagination Park experience and an entire floor dedicated to merchandise that can only be found at the location.
Disney announces an online contest on Family.com to win a trip to the grand opening celebration of Disney Store’s Times Square, New York City location on November 9 and a starring role during the star-studded opening ceremony. The crown jewel of Disney Store’s slate of store openings around the world this year, the Times Square location will be celebrated with magical festivities including celebrity appearances, live musical performances, a parade of Disney’s most beloved characters and interactive experiences storewide. Beginning October 19, Disney fans will have just one week to register online for the chance to join the fun in-person, win a $250 shopping spree, and have the distinction of their child taking the stage to turn the key to imagination and officially unlock the all-new Disney Store in Times Square. The lucky family will also meet award winning singer Jordin Sparks during a private VIP reception after she performs Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” theme song, which she rerecorded to celebrate the 2010 release of the Blu-Ray and DVD.
To participate, families should visit www.Family.com/sweeps/disney-store between October 19-26 and register for Family.com’s Disney Store Times Square Grand Opening Sweepstakes. Details will also be shared on Disney Store’s Facebook page and through its Twitter feed. One lucky family of four will be notified on October 27 and then set to pack their bags for a 3-day/2-night trip to New York City (November 8-10). See www.Family.com for complete details and official rules.
The lucky winners will join VIPs, celebrities, tourists from around the world and New York guests in exploring the magical new store. Centerpieces include:
- Two-story Disney Princess Castle complete with its “talking” Magic Mirror
- Colorful Lucite trees spring up throughout the store, showcasing custom Disney content
- Disney-Pixar CARS-branded Ridemakerz interactive custom car building experience
- Disney Store Theatre that allows guests to customize their experience by selecting their favorite Disney film clips, videos, classic animation and more
To find a Disney Store, guests can visit www.DisneyStore.com/storelocator or call (866) 902-2798. Guests can also sign up for email alerts at www.DisneyStore.com/Updates, become a fan on www.facebook.com/DisneyStore or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/DisneyStore to stay connected to your favorite destination.
In celebration of the premiere of “No Ordinary Family,” ABC will create a family friendly, highly visual and interactive experience in New York’s Times Square on Tuesday, September 28, from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., ET. “No Ordinary Family” premieres Tuesday, September 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Just as the Powell family on the new television series have discovered their own unique and distinct super powers, other families will have the chance to demonstrate their own strength by seeing if they can lift a car off the ground or can run at the speed of lightning.
To demonstrate their “super strength,” participants will go from ordinary to extraordinary as they lift an SUV off the ground. Everyone will receive a picture of their “super strength” power as well as a card directing them to NoOrdinaryEvent.com, where they can download their photos and share them with friends and family.
To demonstrate “Super Speed,” participants will speed off as a projection screen behind them shows just how fast they can run, with trees and buildings whizzing by at lightning speed. To commemorate this “No Ordinary” feat, participants will receive a card directing them to NoOrdinaryEvent.com, where they can download their video experience and share it with friends and family.
Everyone will receive “No Ordinary Family” T-shirts that proclaim just how extraordinary moms, dads, kids or the whole family really are for participating in the event.
The New York Television Festival (NYTVF) today announced the Primetime lineup for its sixth annual Festival, offering audiences a sneak peek at the networks’ most highly anticipated fall premieres on ABC, BBC America, FOX, IFC and NBC. This year’s Festival is highlighted by the red carpet premieres of ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7” with Michael Imperioli, IFC’s “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” with David Cross, and “Running Wilde” with Will Arnett. The Primetime line up also features special screenings of NBC’s “Short Cuts” hosted by Greg Giraldo and BBC America’s US premiere of the mini-series “Luther.”
“In our fifth installment of the NYTVF Primetime Event Series, we’re thrilled to welcome these new programs and the world-class talent behind them,” said NYTVF founder Terence Gray. “NYTVF audiences are passionate about television and the opportunity to bring TV royalty like Michael Imperioli, David Cross and Will Arnett to the Festival is exciting and inspiring for artists and fans alike.”
ABC will open this year’s Festival with the red-carpet premiere of “Detroit 1-8-7.” Series star Michael Imperioli and Executive Producers David Zabel and Jason Richman will also participate in a Q&A following the screening.
“We’re excited to be opening the Festival again this year with ‘Detroit 1-8-7,’ following the great success we had last year with ‘Modern Family,’” said Michael Benson, Executive Vice President, Marketing, ABC Entertainment Group. “It’s a terrific event and the perfect platform to launch this new series.”
ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7,” shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan, is a gritty cop drama that follows the men and women of one of Detroit’s finest Homicide units. Starring Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos,” “Life on Mars”), James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”), Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”), D.J. Cotrona (“Windfall”), Jon Michael Hill (Broadway’s Superior Donuts), Shaun Majumder (“24,” Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Natalie Martinez (Death Race) and Erin Cummings (“Mad Men”), the series centers on the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch (Imperioli) and the passionate team who know that behind every crime are real people with real problems. Experience the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops when “Detroit 1-8-7” premieres Tuesday, September 21 at 10/9c on ABC.
David Zabel (“ER”), Jason Richman (Swing Vote), Kevin Hooks (“Prison Break”), David Hoberman (The Proposal) and Todd Lieberman (The Proposal) are executive producers. “Detroit 1-8-7” is a production of ABC Studios.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the event, click here.
J. David (Dave) Davis, executive vice president, ABC News, has been named president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, the ABC Television Stations Group’s flagship station in the nation’s largest television market, it was announced today by Rebecca S. Campbell, president of the ABC Television Stations Group. The appointment of Mr. Davis, an executive with 30 years experience in the station business, is effective immediately, and marks a return to the number one station that he successfully managed from 2003-07.
As WABC-TV President and General Manager, Mr. Davis has overall management responsibility for WABC-TV/Channel 7 and all of its ancillary businesses, including two additional digital TV channels (LiveWell HD and a local/regional weather channel powered by AccuWeather); 7online.com, the station’s Internet site; and “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” the long-running hit syndicated series produced by the station. Mr. Davis both preceded and succeeds Rebecca Campbell in the position.
“News is the lifeblood of our stations and Dave’s credentials are unmatched in that area, having spent more than 33 years in the business with 28 of those for the ABC Owned Station Group,” Ms. Campbell said. “His intimate knowledge of WABC and the New York market make him ideally suited for the top job at our flagship station. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to our division and to Channel 7.”
In commenting on Mr. Davis’ appointment, David Westin, president ABC News, stated, “While we are sad to see Dave leave ABC News, the company deserves the very best for the number one station in the largest market in the country, and there’s no arguing that Dave is that person. Our loss is WABC’s gain, and we look forward to working closely with Dave in New York.”
Mr. Davis added, “There’s a reason I’ve spent the vast majority of my career with local news stations – I have a true passion for the unique role and service they provide their communities. I’m thrilled with this opportunity and look forward to again managing the number one station in the nation’s number one market.”
Mr. Davis started his career in broadcast news, as a News Photographer, in 1977 at KTRK-TV, the ABC-owned television station in Houston. He was subsequently promoted to News Reporter and then News Producer. In 1982, he moved to WFAA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, as Producer of the 6 p.m. news. Two years later, he returned to KTRK-TV as Executive Producer for news.
In 1986, Mr. Davis was promoted to News Director, WTVD, the ABC-owned television station in Raleigh-Durham. He joined WPVI-TV as News Director in 1990 and was promoted to President and General Manager in 1997. He was named President and General Manager of WABC-TV in 2003. In 2007 he moved to ABC News as Executive Vice President.
Mr. Davis is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Communications.
It’s not often that Walt Disney Studios holds a world premiere in New York City, but having filmed just about all of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice throughout the city, we were thrilled to learn that the Big Apple will be playing host to one of the greatest summer blockbusters from Walt Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer.
In addition to a formal ceremony dedicating the day to the film and Fantasia segment, rock bands OneRepublic and Alpha Rev will be holding a free concert in honor of the film that evening at Bryant Park. The concert, open to the public, will take place shortly after the world premiere at the New Amsterdam Theatre, home to Disney Theatrical’s Mary Poppins.
Stitch Kingdom will be live at the premiere covering the event which — like the film it’s honoring — takes place all over the greatest city in the world.