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Old 11-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Does anyone know why WDW DTD does not have a Build a Bear. I know they have Build a Dino (but there are no Disney characters or clothes/accessories). Disneyland DTD has a Build a Bear and they have tons of Disney stuffed animals, clothes, etc.

I went to Build a Bear in the Florida Mall and fortunately, they had quite a few Disney items and the Minnie Mouse Bowtique Bear (pink with white polka dots). I bought the Minnie Mouse bear and quite a few other Disney items.

I just think it's odd that WDW does not have a Build a Bear but Disneyland has one.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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As you said, the DTD in California does have one, and I've heard rumors that one could be coming to DTD WDW in as early as 2014, but that's just a rumor right now.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #3
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Does anyone know why WDW DTD does not have a Build a Bear. I know they have Build a Dino (but there are no Disney characters or clothes/accessories). Disneyland DTD has a Build a Bear and they have tons of Disney stuffed animals, clothes, etc.

I went to Build a Bear in the Florida Mall and fortunately, they had quite a few Disney items and the Minnie Mouse Bowtique Bear (pink with white polka dots). I bought the Minnie Mouse bear and quite a few other Disney items.

I just think it's odd that WDW does not have a Build a Bear but Disneyland has one.
There are several things DTD at WDW has that DTD at Disneyland doesn't and the other way around. I don't know why that is suprising considering they are 3,000 miles apart.

Maybe the folks at Build a Bear don't think is worth the high cost of rent or a hundred other business reasons. Or maybe Disney doesn't want them there for various reasons.
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #4
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Orlando's Build a Bear is located at another mall. For whatever reason they chose to rent there instead of Downtown Disney. There is the Build a Dino at T-Rex.
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Old 11-23-2012, 04:31 PM   #5
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Orlando's Build a Bear is located at another mall. For whatever reason they chose to rent there instead of Downtown Disney. There is the Build a Dino at T-Rex.
There are cities with more than one Build A Bear. For example, there are 5 in St. Louis, 2 in Portland, 3 in Pittsburgh, 2 in New York City, etc.

The Disney outfits aren't just limited to the Build A Bear stores in Orlando and Anaheim. I was at the Build A Bear in Omaha early this morning, and they have a full selection of Disney outfits. It's just part of their merchandise line.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #6
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I think Disney is trying to push the Duffy merchandise at the moment. i wonder if that has anything to do with it

My daughter has an expensive hobby of collecting Build A Bears and all their accessories and outfits .....! Yet she is quite happy with the novelty of Build a Dino and Duffy accessories at Disney.
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:26 PM   #7
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I think Disney is trying to push the Duffy merchandise at the moment. i wonder if that has anything to do with it

My daughter has an expensive hobby of collecting Build A Bears and all their accessories and outfits .....! Yet she is quite happy with the novelty of Build a Dino and Duffy accessories at Disney.
Then why would there be a Build A Bear at Disneyland's Downtown Disney?
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It is a shame though because Duffy doesn't appeal to the older children but my children do enjoy Build a Bear. They would especially appreciate a Disney themed version where they could make a favorite character
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #9
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Why does Disney World NEED a Build-a-Bear?? Our local BAB has a lot of Disney clothing. Are all of the animals at the DL location unique?

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Old 11-23-2012, 07:52 PM   #10
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Why does Disney World NEED a Build-a-Bear?? Our local BAB has a lot of Disney clothing. Are all of the animals at the DL location unique?
Why does any mall need at Build a Bear?
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #11
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Why does any mall need at Build a Bear?
Exactly. They've been around 7(?) years too many.

*Okay, six. Couldn't resist making a white cat and curly bear.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:44 AM   #12
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Yeah, I've wondered the same thing. There are a couple of other stores at DTD Anaheim that I'd like to see at DTD Orlando. Who knows? I would love to see BAB at DTD, they do have some clothing items that are unique to DTD. At the Anaheim store, my daughter bought a tee-shirt there for her BAB that said Downtown Disney on it. You can't find it at the stores in the malls. That said, I don't think the unique things that they do have are all that worth having.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #13
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There was a Build a Bear in DTD. I vaguely remembered it from a previous trip, so I knew it had to be 2002 or 2004. I did a search and came upon an old thread that said it opened around 2001. Not sure when it closed.
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There was a Build a Bear in DTD. I vaguely remembered it from a previous trip, so I knew it had to be 2002 or 2004. I did a search and came upon an old thread that said it opened around 2001. Not sure when it closed.
There's the Build A Dino in T-Rex that's owned by the Build A Bear company...
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We are going to WDW in Feb and I was looking to see if DTD had a BAB. We were hoping to have a bear made there that had Walt Disney World embroider on his foot like the ones we made at the BaB in Disneyland this year. Would have been nice oh well.
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