Disney purchased the largest and most well-known Pixar store in the world, The Pixar Store, for $4.7 billion, and it is set to transform Disney World into a modern-day Disneyland, the company announced Wednesday.
Disney acquired the former Pixar store at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2009 for $500 million, and in 2015 the company bought the remaining Pixar property, called The Pixar Studio, for a record $3.9 billion.
The Pixar studio currently has about 10,000 employees in Florida, New York and California, including its own stores and a handful of other theme parks.
It has more than 1,400 employees in Japan.
“It’s a great day for Pixar, the Disney brand and for Walt Disney Studios,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior vice president and general manager of Pixar.
“Today is a very special day for our fans, as well as a special day at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”
The new Disney store will be located at the Anaheim Convention Center and features a new, redesigned layout, new art, a new lobby, and a new store-within-a-store design, the companies said.
“The new Anaheim Convention Plaza, featuring a bold new design and new artwork, will bring a fresh and modern look to Disneyland park that celebrates creativity and creativity in all its forms,” Disney’s Kevin Johnson said in a statement.
“This exciting new design will be showcased at the upcoming Disneyland park opening on October 15.”
The new store will also feature new merchandise, including an array of collectibles and souvenirs, Disney said.
It also will have new seating, a modern kitchen and a spacious restaurant.
Disney’s Pixar store, which opened in Anaheim in 1989, has been in Disney World since 1989.
It opened in San Diego in 2014 and in Los Angeles in 2018.
It was known for its Pixar-themed attractions, including the famous Pixar movie “Toy Story” and Pixar shorts.