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2010 DIS Forum Disneyland Paris Awards Results: Best Shop

Emporium, Main ST USA (28.6%)

Emporium on Main ST USA, Disneyland Paris

2nd= La Boutique du Château, Fantasyland (19%)
3rd= The Disney Store, Disney Village (9.5%)
3rd= The Art of Disney, Disney Village (9.5%)
3rd= Harrington’s Fine China & Porcelains, Main ST USA (9.5%)
3rd= The Disney Animation Gallery, Toon Studio (9.5%)
7th= La Confiserie des Trois Fées, Fantasyland (4.8%)
7th= La Chaumière des Sept Nains, Fantasyland (4.8%)
7th= Le Coffre du Capitaine, Adventureland (4.8%)

It just goes to show that as much as I hate that Starbucks took over what used to be the Buffalo Trading Co. in Disney Village, the masses seem to prefer big shops that sell the same stuff as everywhere else and have no theming. I think the World of Disney Store that is opening in July 2012 (so the latest reports suggest) in Disney Village will offer more to the desires of the average visitor than I gave it credit for.

I actually think it’s quite sad that the shops like Le Girafe Curieuse in Adventureland and Tobias Norton & Sons in Frontierland didn’t get a mention and it’s unfortunately a sign of the supermarket society we have become. While these shops may not sell anything particularly unique any more, now that the generic merchandising is park wide, they at least have been themed with some imagination and detail.