Someone mentioned this briefly and as much as I wanted to pass it up, I couldn't. Of course part of it may be the fact that I recently found Sword in the Stone. Or to be more precise my Mom found it, in a dusty old box in the garage. Have no fear, that masterpiece has found a second life in the hearts of my own children. It was always one of my favorites, now it is one of theirs' as well.
For those who do not know my favorite animated character is Archimedes. I've always loved him, and I am constantly annoyed by an almost complete lack of merchandise for him. Here is a thought that would probably remedy that.
As I said one of the other MC posters had briefly mentioned this by name, now I will pitch it as a full concept. Fantasyland could use a good bookstore. The obvious choice would likely be themed to Belle... but I have another shop in mind for her. Merlin, the famous tutor of King Arthur, is possibly the best choice. But to really set this apart, make it a Magic shop... but not in the sense that people think. I would hope to recreate portions of Merlins old home, as well as the tower. Fill every nook and cranny with some of the most amazing books, and models. In fact they could even sell some books, themed of course, as well as various models. Merlin LOVED models, and you see several in the movie. A major part of the attraction would be a corner set aside with a comfy chair, and a simple sign on it saying "reserved". At the appointed hour Merlin would appear, and the magic would truely begin.
With a combination of new technology and old trickery, the entire shop would come to life. Merlin would tell a story, and point to various items in the room... asking for their attention etc... and they in turn would interact. Best of all , on the wall, would be a very recognizable birdhouse. With a couple taps of his staff, the door would open, and a grouchy Archimedes would appear! Aladdin has proven to me how useful, and clever, hand puppets can be. It would take minimal effort to make a believable Archimedes, considering all they need is the head, shoulders, and bit of a wing at most (as he reaches continually to close his door). It could also be an AA but an AA would have a limited dialogue, where the puppet would be at the whim of it's master.
If done properly it would bring a renewed interest into one of my favorite classics. It would bring Archimedes into the park, and likely cause an even larger crowd as Merlin then rushes out of the shop to do his commencement ceremony!