Armchair Imagineering is not my bag. And I don't intend for this thread to be anything of the sort, but in his recent July 17th MiceAge Column, Al Lutz mentioned that the Stores department is scouting possible locations for a relocated Disney Gallery:
Afterall, the high-end merch, collectibles, and fine art is a big money maker for Disney - so not relocating the Gallery wouldn't be a smart move.
Originally Posted by Al Lutz
This thread is an exploration of the Resort - a location hunt of sorts for potential locations for a relocated Disney Gallery.
A unique location is important for a relocated Disney Gallery. The current location in at 21 Royal Street in New Orleans Square is probably as unique as locations for the Gallery can get, so living up to this is a difficult task, and there are other locations that could prove to be interesting new homes for the Gallery.
Anyway, here we go -
PLAZA PAVILLION MAIN STREET, U.S.A.; Disneyland
The Plaza Pavillion at the end of Main Street is only ever used for overflow Annual Passport processing and sometimes for the Nestle Tollhouse Jr Chef cookie baking activity (do they even do that anymore?). What a perfect location for the Disney Gallery. It would be utilizing currently unused space and it would bring another attraction to Main Street.
DISNEY SHOWCASE EXTENSION MAIN STREET, U.S.A.; Disneyland
There's an extra little room on the side of the Disney Showcase shop on Main Street that currently doesn't sell anything you can't get in any other store in the park. Perhaps the room is a bit small... but I wonder if somehow it could be converted into a two-level showroom? A gallery on Main Street would suit the Main Street theme well and the Gallery would be a nice addition to the Main Street roster.
STARCADE TOMORROWLAND, Disneyland
Certainly, Tomorrowland isn't an ideal location for the Disney Gallery. It isn't necessarily theme-appropriate. Sure, there will be art in the future... but the Gallery just doesn't really fit. Still, there's prime real estate in Tomorrowland that is currently quite under-utilized. The Starcade is an interesting 2-level space that could be perfect for a new type of Gallery. Neon signage for the Gallery, a less-traditional approach to presenting the art, and you've got a new kind of art gallery.
SAN FRANSISCO BUILDINGS THE BAY AREA/GOLDEN STATE, Disney's California Adventure
The San Fransicso facades in DCA have always been a big waste of space. For a while they were actually used during DCA's failed XGames Xperience promotion. Apparently, the inside of the buildings is just one big empty warehouse, but with some money it could be converted into a nice galleryspace and be in a location that could easily be blocked off for lines during signing and product release events. Additionally, it would breathe life into a section of DCA that has been dead since day one. The only problem though is whether or not this area is planned on being removed once DCA's $1 billion beautification project begins...
CATAL RESTAURANT Downtown Disney District
Catal is probably too profitable to be closed, but the location itself is would be just too amazing for the Disney Gallery. The main showroom would be the two-level, glass-windowed structure that people currently dine in, and then additional gallery space would fill the rest of the restaurant footprint that wraps around the side of that chunk of Downtown Disney. An incredibly unique location, and with enough room for product releases and the print-on-demand machines. I wonder if there's a similar location in Downtown Disney that has a lease expiring soon?