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Disneyland is all about imagination. Imaginative people create. Therefore, what could be more natural than an arts & crafts shop right in the Magic Kingdom? Indeed, various craft supply lines have been carried at the park in the past, only to be phased out in favor of more generic, perhaps more high-turnover merchandise. But the time is right to bring them back! “Craftiness” is on the rise, as attested by the success of websites such as Etsy and Pinterest, and searching “Disney” or “Disneyland” on any such site is bound to bring up thousands of examples of creative works by fans. Why not cater to them directly? Let the park inspire its guests, and let the guests indulge their inspirations right on the spot in a retail facility made for the purpose! Everyone wins!

Such a shop could be installed almost anywhere in the park--given the tendency to have the larger retail locations carry redundant lines of merchandise, it could very well take over space from the Emporium, Pioneer Mercantile, or Star Trader without reducing Disneyland's ability to carry the more conventional items. The Disney Showcase is another shop that seldom offers anything not available in other spots nearby, and its prime location at the corner where Town Square meets Main Street makes it a great, eye-catching place to promote the new concept. It offers space enough to display a wide variety of items and can support the do-it-yourself design kiosks mentioned further down.

What sorts of arts and crafts supplies would be included in this “wide variety of items?” Almost anything! One shelf could be devoted to sewing, with bolts of fabric, sewing patterns, thread, and notions. Another could offer scrapbooking papers and embellishments. A third could present plaster figurines and paints to decorate them. Window displays would show off examples of finished works. Each section would feature a decorative sculpture of an appropriately creative character--Rapunzel for paints and canvas, Geppetto for woodworking, Cinderella's mice for sewing. And of course, many of the products inside would be Disney-specific, featuring popular characters. Pre-packaged kits for everything from Princess doll clothes to model Cars would drive home the point and give overwhelmed newbie crafters a place to start.

The most exciting merchandise, however, would be craft supplies that evoke not just Disney animation and characters, but the very theme park the shop resides in. Disney films are mainstream--if you want a few yards of Sleeping Beauty fleece to make a blanket for a child's bed, you can get it at Jo-Ann's. But if you're agog at the sight of Sleeping Beauty Castle and want to render it in cross-stitch, the instructions to do so don't exist in the outside world (except, perhaps, if devised by one of the aforementioned Etsy crafters). At this shop, they would, along with numerous other ideas and supplies to create a piece of Disneyland at home.

If all this seems a bit too slanted toward adult guests, not to worry—there would be plenty here for children too. An “Imagination Station” consisting of two or three computer kiosks would allow kids (and adults) to choose from pre-existing graphical elements (e.g. Disney characters, background scenes, text) in order to compose a design which they could then have printed as a poster, tee-shirt, or other souvenir and pick up later in the day. Most magical of all would be daily lessons in creating a simple themed craft, hosted by a Cast Member...or even a face character! This event (like the similar character drawing lesson in California Adventure) would be free to participate in, but the smaller class size would necessitate advance sign-ups in order to prevent overcrowding. Between the scheduled lessons, the tables would be stocked with Disneyland-themed coloring pages and crayons, also free to use.

Hardcore fans of Disneyland tend to lament the homogenization of in-park merchandise and the over-reliance on film- and character-related items that can easily be found outside—the net effect of which seems to make Disneyland less special. Management prefers such things because their instant recognizability--even to first-time guests--makes them easy to move. By combining character imagery with unique lines of merchandise that play to popular, growing hobbies, a compromise that enhances both factors can be reached.  Disneyland and its guests deserve an arts and crafts shop!

I've had this idea for a long time and finally did a write-up. I'm (obviously) a big crafter myself and regret not being around for shops like Pendleton Woolen Mills Dry Goods or the Main Street Candle Shop.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Cool another good one sorry I haven as on as much went through another period of depression
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry to hear it. Depression sucks.
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Lokotei Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My only complaint in your idea is slanted towards sewing - I doublt the CMs would be willing to hand over needles if the jewelry repair people wouldn't hand you a tiny screwdriver.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Any needles would be items for sale, in packages. That shouldn't be any more of an issue than selling kitchen knives in New Orleans Square.
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Lokotei Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They still might not condone them being used on Park property.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They could cover that. "For the safety of our guests, please do not remove needles from packaging while in the Park."
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Lokotei Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
But then you can't work on your sewing project at the craft store, which is what your write up implies.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Um, no, it doesn't really.
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HelsinkiAngels Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Can I build a Tiny Plastic Disney Army? Does that count?
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Possibly!
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paws4thot Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Oh yes. You're going to struggle to get me to add to the "tee-shirt mountain" (If you saw my collection you'd get it) but kits (not 1/68th diecasts or Lego models) of the casts of Cars (2) and maybe Planes, cross-stitches that aren't Mickey and co would get me going.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A few years back, I made a cross-stitch of the Haunted Mansion attraction poster, and the whole time I was wondering why no such thing existed as an official product. It's not like it would take a lot of Disney's resources--I made the pattern by printing a copy of the poster onto graph paper.
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davidfoxfire Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I'm making a game in RPG Maker that is set in a custom made Amusement Park created by a family who wanted to take Disneyland and Walt Disney World into the next level (Not to mention have it closer to home, cheaper to get into, and takes better care of their Castmembers)  I'm thinking of putting something like this in the park alongside of the standard souvineer fare, since it goes into the common theme of inspiring the guests to achieve their protential.  (Where every girl is a Princess and every boy a hero.)  Some common guests would want to make their own Imagineering projects and the park taps into and encourages such desire.  Even to the point of wishing to showcase their projects either in the park or on their web site.

If you don't mind, I'd like to use this idea in the game.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'd be honored! Actually, feel free to use any of my Armchair Imagineering ideas posted here.
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davidfoxfire Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Will do.  If you want to help out with the design of the park, let me know.  I'll give you a link to the One Note I'm using, and give you credit for your contributions :)  I'm sure you'll like the idea behind the game.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I sure do love the idea! I've often thought that Disney is long overdue to produce a video game that really brings across the unique magic of the parks. Most of their efforts to date have been either really cheaply designed (such as VMK, the glorified chatroom for children) or too focused on the film and character tie-ins. Oddly enough, I get the best "vibe" from a semi-obscure Playstation 1 title called Walt Disney World Magical Racers. The use of E-ticket rides as racing tracks is just the sort of outside-the-box thinking I'd like from a Disney theme park game.

So by all means, send me the link! I can't guarantee I'll jump in right away, but it will be good to have in case I'm suddenly inspired!
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davidfoxfire Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I sent you a Mail.

Personally, I'd like to see something like Kingdom Keepers made into a game.
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Something like Kingdom Keepers, perhaps. Not Kingdom Keepers itself, which I find highly disappointing.
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davidfoxfire Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I prefer Kingdom Hearts myself.  The game could've been set in the park as a hub to all the other worlds. (Which is what the park in my RPG will be like; each Zone represents a different part of the other dimension.)
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Karalora Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Remind me; have you read any of my Knights of the Magic Kingdom project?
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