Bad Economy Strikes Downtown Disney Orlando

I should have left my big mouth shut, no sooner than I mention that Downtown Disney Orlando had so far escaped the recession without loosing a tenant, than Virgin Megastores announces that all their locations, including the Downtown Disney one, will be closing on May 31st.

That’s not to say that this was a surprise. Rumors that the store would close at the end of its lease had been going around. Word is Disney has been scoping out the location for conversion into a full fledged ESPNZone, as opposed to the more generic ESPN Club that’s located over at The Boardwalk.

That would be a good move if you ask me. Converting a space that was mostly dead the last few years into something that’s alive and sees frequent use. The only problem in that scenario is Disney’s existing plans to do more with the recently branded ESPN Wide World of Sports. Stay tuned.

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4 Responses to Bad Economy Strikes Downtown Disney Orlando

  1. NP: When Virgin Megastores will close at Downtown Disney and what could possibily move into that space. – http://is.gd/lwlY

  2. Kevin B says:

    Could two ESPN Zones exist on the same property? I think if they tailor them to fit their location they’ll be fine. They have 2 Rainforest cafes that are carbon copies.

  3. John Frost says:

    I could see it working. However, right now there isn’t even one ESPNZone on property. Instead we have an ESPN Club, which is a less exciting version of the real thing. If there were to be two, I see one at Downtown Disney and one at WWOS. Or, how about one at downtown Disney and two ESPN Clubs, with the second being at WWOS.

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