Saturday 24 March 2018

Children -- and big kids -- charmed by Disney magic

Allison Bray

QUEUES of children thronged Grafton Street in Dublin yesterday as the first Disney Store in the country opened its doors to the public.

The official grand opening is still another two days off, but that didn't deter the children -- of all ages -- eager to be the first in the door after Mickey and Minnie Mouse used a giant key to welcome them to the 'magic kingdom' at 11am yesterday.

Among them was UCD student Heather Boyle (21) who tried to downplay her excitement at the shrine to all things Disney.

"I'm not super-excited," she said.

"Lies!" interjected her friend Aisling Knight (21).

Neither of the young women have children nor any reason to be there yesterday except for their pure nostalgic love of Walt Disney.

"I loved Disney as a kid so we came in to have a look," said Ms Boyle, who sheepishly admitted to buying a 'Lady and the Tramp' mug as a memento.

Up in the multimedia area on the first floor, would-be princesses took turns gazing into the magic mirror in the Princess Room.

With a flick of a special wand, beloved animated characters including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White came to life in the mirror.

A few feet away along the blue-lit "Pixie-Dust Trail", Bernie Walker from Inchicore, Dublin, sat in the mini-amphitheatre as her three-year-old great-grandson John marvelled at the Disney characters on the surround-screen. Dressed as Woody from "Toy Story", the toddler gazed adoringly at an array of Disney film clips.

"It's a kids' paradise," she said.

The shop, beside Dunne's Stores on Grafton Street, will host its grand opening celebrations on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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