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Nearly all Disney store locations in Florida closing as Target announces ‘shop-in-shop’ expansion

by Brittani Tuttle

If you’re a fan of the experience of going to the Disney store, you might want to plan one last trip, as many locations across the country are gearing up to close — including nearly every store in Florida.

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Photo via Target

The massive pivot to online retail was announced earlier this year, with Disney announcing that at least 60 of its full-size North American Disney stores would close this year, per USA Today. Many will be closed either on or before Sept. 15, 2021.

But with this, Target is looking to fill the gap by opening more ‘Disney store at Target’ locations nationwide. By the end of 2021, the ‘shop-in-shop’ offering will expand to over 160 Target stores. We had the chance to check out one of the earliest ‘shop-in-shop’ additions in 2019, which you can check out here.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world,” said Stephanie Young, president of Disney Consumer Products Games and Publishing, in a statement to USA Today back in March. “We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected e-commerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”

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The only Florida location set to remain open per the Disney store website is the Disney Outlet in Destin, Fla.; it appears that, for now, Disney outlets are safe and only the full-size brick-and-mortar locations will be affected by the mass closures.

As for Orlando-area Targets getting the Disney store shop-in-shop? Only two are listed online for the entire state of Florida: Clearwater and Sarasota. It is possible that more could be added by the end of the year.

You can check out a list of all the Disney store locations slated to close on or before Sept. 15, 2021 here.


Are you sad to see Disney stores closing across the country? Or do you prefer the convenience of the shop-in-shop locations at Target? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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Cathy August 25, 2021 - 9:54 pm

Our local Disney store abruptly closed back in March. It’s so difficult to walk by the empty storefront when we go to the mall. A new store of some type will be moving in sometime soon but it will never fill the void in my heart. As for putting up a few racks and filling them with “some” Disney merchandise in Target- don’t think I can get my Disney happy on for that! Not scheduled to happen near us in Southwestern PA anyhow…

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Kay September 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm

The quality of the clothes and costumes are not the same at Target vs. The Disney store. A toy is a toy but the clothing items are a much cheaper looking (yes I know they are cheaper). I don’t want to have to go online to buy better quality and pay shipping for it. Plus I don’t think we will ever have the selection like we did at Disney Stores, Target won’t have the floor space.

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