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Characters, celebrities & dignitaries turn out for the official grand opening of the Times Square Disney Store

Characters, celebrities & dignitaries turn out for the official grand opening of the Times Square Disney Store

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New Yorkers are typically a pretty jaded bunch. So what could get this many people to suddenly stop in Times Square and whip out their cameras?


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Disney characters. Lots & lots of Disney characters.


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Everyone from Lightening McQueen ...


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... to Rapunzel & Flynn Rider were on hand yesterday as The Walt Disney Company officially opened the doors to the largest Disney Store in North America.


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Of course, what with this being a Disney Store and all ... Well, you need a little magic to help get things going. So Mickey called on his old friend Tinker Bell ...


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Here she comes now ...


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cCelebrities like Robin Roberts from ABC's Good Morning America were also there...


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... as well as dignitaries like Michael R. Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York City ...


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... to look on as 9-year-old Alden Schwartz used an oversized key to officially unlock the magic of the Times Square Disney Store ...


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... which sent fireworks cascading down the digital billboard over this building's entrance.


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Afterwards, Alden and his family were escorted into the store where this Disney Family.com sweepstakes winner met with singer  Jordan Sparks ...


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... as well as rubbed elbows with the other guests who'd been invited to this private reception. Which included Brooke Shields, Anika Noni Rose and Kelly Rutherford.


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Meanwhile, the crowds continued to hang on outside of the store.


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Not because they wanted to get shots of Disney CEO Bob Iger as he did interviews that related to the opening of the Times Square Disney Store ...


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But - rather - because they were trying to get some more shots of this once-in-a-lifetime line-up of all of these super-popular Disney characters.


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  • Where's Tink?!

  • Disney characters sure ain't what they used to be.... (sigh)

  • I hear you Pete.

  • They're not?  What are they now?

  • Very un-Disneylike characters. Geared to appeal to the undiscerning masses who lack artistic taste. I'm just surprised Duffy the Disney Bear didn't make it to the party...

  • I hear you too, Pete. Could have been worse, though. At least the Muppets weren't there.

  • So, if I may ask, which of those characters is so un-Disneylike?

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