Disney marketing is in overdrive with the Pirate's game of Life, Haunted Mansion Clue, and other unique items, but how does shopping the park compare with say the Disneyland of the past? It certainly seems to be turning around after the Pressler era of the same candy and plush toys everywhere, but it doesn't seem to have fully recovered yet.
Pre-Pressler Main Street had a greater variety of goods many of which could only be found on Main Street. Pooh was a turn of the century story and Pooh could be found only on main street and Fantasyland. The coin Arcade was a nicely themed real coin arcade. New Orleans Square had the One of a Kind Antique Shop where you could browse and buy actual antiques from the period. I use to love that store. I guess I could go through each land, but I'll stop and just say that each land seemed far more unique and themed in it's shopping and food selection and while it's much better now then in previous years, there's still a sameness throughout the park and poorly themed carts everywhere.