Sneak Peek! – New Disney Store in Santa Clara


First things first, I have been a big Disney fan since childhood and love the stories and magic and that enthusiasm gets passed down to my nieces and nephews. One of my favorite memories is seeing my nephew’s face light up the first time he saw Mickey Mouse “in person.”

When I worked in San Francisco’s Union Square, a quick trip to the Disney Store would brighten my day. I love the immersive feel and the admire the attention paid to all the tiny details that made the place magical. So when I was invited to get a sneak peek inside the new Disney Store in the Santa Clara Valley Fair mall, I jumped at the chance.

The interactive details amazed me:


You can wave a wand to get a special message from a Disney princess in the castle with the magic mirror


Little ones can help turn the mobile and watch plush Mickeys, Donalds, Daisys and Minnies circle above.

Disney Store Theater Area

They’ve designed the central theater area so guests can use a touch screen to choose from over 50 video clips, music videos, movie trailers to display on the large screen.


If there’s a birthday coming up – just ask one of the Cast Members to help you out and they will put together a special message for the birthday boy or girl of any age.

And there’s an extra special show – that includes fireworks in the trees!

The Grand Opening of the Westfield Valley Fair Mall Disney Store will be this Saturday. Head on down and the Disney Store will donate 10 percent of the the grand opening day’s sales to the Make-a-Wish foundation.

And if you’re there between 12 pm and 4 pm you will see that Mickey and Minnie have come all the way from Disneyland to celebrate the opening. This could be a chance for you to share that magical moment in a child’s life when she see’s Mickey Mouse for the first time.

Travel Photo Friday: It’s all in the details at The Happiest Place on Earth

New Orleans Square

The last time I tweeted about being at Disneyland I got lots of people responding: You’re there Again?

If we lived in Southern California, I’d probably be there even more often. What I like about regular visits is that I get to concentrate on the beautiful details of the park.

Alice Leaves

Like the painted leaves at Alice in Wonderland.

Tile in Fantasy Land Bathroom

And the fabulously themed bathroom for  “Queens” with playing card stall doors and heart tiles.


Dumbo’s sweet expression.

Small world at golden hour

And the Small World facade at golden hour.

Adrian at Monster's inc

But as always, the best part is seeing the place reflected in the smiles of the visitors.

This is my contribution to Photo Friday – See more fantastic photos from other participants here