Hello there everyone in Micechat,
I've come to discover a bit of news from several CM’s concerning the Main St Magic Shop. There is a possibility that the Main St Magic shop will be closing down and contracted out to Houdini. There is said to be a contract in work already between the two companies but the fine details are still being worked out. This is a tragic bit of news that something so iconic and based in the traditions of the Walt Disney Company that they would consider outsourcing this store.
Disney has always boasted how CM’s would love “making the magic” as they worked the Main St Magic Shop. It is the only location inside the park where a store operations CM can interact with guests one to one and demonstrate the allure and surprise of magic. They even used it as the basis in their film “The 50 First Years” stating even Steve Martin got his start in the Hollywood industry doing magic tricks on Main St. Steve Martin of course was a CM, a Main St Store CM. If the Main St Magic shop was owned and operated by a third party during Steve Martin’s time at the resort. Steve Martin would have never had the chance to test his skills of communication and humor for the guests of the Disneyland Resort.
If the shop becomes third party not only is Disney going back on one of their oldest traditions of being the happiest place on earth filled with wonder and magic, but they are depriving CM’s currently working that location and future CM’s to experience the joy of being on stage as a magician to uniquely demo and perform a variety of slight of hand magic tricks for guests. It may not seem like a big deal, but imagine a third party ownership that has their own company rules and policies. The people who would work the Main St Magic Shop would not be CM’s who understand and follow of the principals and teachings of the Walt Disney Company, but a second rate company only designed to push a product line and not entertain or inspire the magic.
I say it is imperative that we try and at least vocalize our disapproval to the Walt Disney Company, even if it is just a concern at City Hall. If there is one place in this world that should have an amazing magic shop it should be Disneyland, and Disneyland should keep the tradition of the Main St Magic Shop open as a possibility for all CM’s currently working at the resort and future CM’s to have the opportunity to step into the role of a magician and entertain everyone who sets foot into Disneyland.