Hong Kong Disneyland Replaces Center Street With A Shop

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Hong Kong Disneyland, Weekend Update

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Published on September 01, 2012 at 12:22 am with 6 Comments

Alain Littaye of the Disney and More blog shares these photos of the newest shop on Main Street, USA at Hong Kong Disneyland. This one might be controversial with our readers. We ask you to take a look and let us know if you think this new store fits the theme of Main Street both inside and out? We’d also like to know what you think about the loss of Center Street to build a store (Disney has now done this at two of the Magic Kingdom parks)? Let’s take a look.      ~~Rick

Hong Kong Disneyland Main Street U.S.A’s Newest Shop

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Hong Kong Disneyland opened a brand new shop on Main Street U.S.A. named, Victorian Collection. The shop is located on the east side of Main Street and was built between two existing shops. The back-story of one of the existing shops next to it, the Curiosity Shop, is owned by someone named “Victoria”, and I would suspect that in the new Imagineering back-story this new Victorian Collection shop is an extension of the original shop owned by Victoria.

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The reason they have built this shop is of course, to link the two existing shops on either side of it. From what I’ve been told, HKDL wants to more easily manage the merchandise mix on Main Street. Because the Emporium and Curiosity Shop are separated, some of the merchandise currently is displayed in both stores. Victorian Collection is linking the two so the two shops become one now. It’s interesting to know that in HKDL Main Street’s back-story, the street is divided into two sides, the left one is “the American residents” and the right one is “the new immigrants”. That is the why HKDL still has the Native Indian Statue on Main Street as a tribute to the harmony of Americans in 1900′s.

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I’ve been told that Victorian Collection doesn’t yet have many exclusive goods, but this should change at any time, as this new shop is not temporary and is here to stay. That said, i’ll have to see the shop in person to see if its exterior style fits well with the other Main Street shops. To be honest, so far i’m not totally convinced. The interior theming does look good, though. Let’s have a look at these “day and night” pictures.

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Among the items you can see in the shop are old newspapers and magazines, some dated August 4, 1898 and August, 1898. Unfortunately you can’t buy them, they are only here as part of the shop theming.

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There’s no doubt that the shop has many nice details. But does it perfectly match Main Street? and was the loss of Center Street a step forward or backward for the park? We’d like to hear your thoughts.

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About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • kindagoofy

    Cash flow beats out civic planning again, darn it. Sometimes, the absence of something helps reinforce it. In this case, the courtyard allowed you catch your breath from inside spaces by creating visual rhythm and, like a musical rest, keep all the ‘notes’ from becoming a din and overwhelming. I hope this doesn’t happen at Disneyland.

    Very nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • svonkco

    This looks dreadful–like some cheap mall imitation of Disney architecture. It doesn’t fit the street lines at all. Its shape and size are completely wrong–and by closing off the side-street, it messes with the balance of the street. Imagineer John Hench, when he was alive, used to do a slide show of good design and bad design–with most of his bad design examples being from American cities, and resulting from a lack of care in creating a coherent and unified, if vibrant, look. He could have used photos of the for his bad-show slides. I really hope that nobody at Walt Disney Imagineering had anything to do with this eyesore.

  • ralzap

    The only thing I can see is that the heat somtimes might trump theme. I was there a couple months ago, and you had to seriously watch the heat. Lots of water and shade. The park needs a Pirates and Haunted Mansion ride…I think a Mansion type ride is on the way, then you just need Pirates. A fun but small park, but the price reflected the size. Much cheaper than other Disneyland parks.

    Thanks for the report.

  • Nymo

    Feels a bit out of place to me. It seems more fitting to the New York “American Waterfront” over at Tokyo Disneysea more so than the little-town feel of Main Street, USA. It looks alright, but just in the wrong place.

  • AvanteGardens

    Mao’s Cultural Revolution comes to Main Street? Annother “no” vote, do I realy need to explain why.

  • Riebi

    Looks like the british parts of Europa Park. Not very disney….sad that they do now everything to get a dollar or two.