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Disney Design-a-Tee Grand Opening at Downtown Disney

Mickey gets ready to open the store!

On Friday the Walt Disney Company and Hanes officially opened “Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes”, an innovative next-generation store for apparel souvenirs at Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World Resort.

The first-of-its-kind interactive T-shirt design and printing store enables Disney guests to enhance their magical Disney experience with a personalized custom-designed Hanes T-shirt printed while they wait that is as easy to buy as souvenir apparel off the rack. And much more fun!

Really well prepared cake made to look like a stack of t-shirts for the celebration. This was also the pin design for the grand opening event.

Guests at Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes, which is located in Downtown Disney, use touch-screen kiosks for an interactive experience to design their custom shirts, selecting long-sleeve or short-sleeve T-shirts, choosing from multiple colors, picking artwork from more than 100 selections featuring Disney animation and movie characters, and crafting their own text message using a wide selection of type fonts and colors.

The design possibilities are infinite, and the shirts are printed on site while guests wait using premium environmentally friendly water-based ink. Art selections include multiple designs featuring not only famous characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Snow White and others from classic Disney films, but also characters such as Crush from Finding Nemo, Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Tow Mater from Cars.

Door prize given away to first guests to shop in the store.

“At the Design-a-Tee store, visitors can dream it, design it and watch their custom Hanes T-shirts being made,” said Sidney Falken, senior vice president of the Hanes brand. “The store combines all the magic of Disney and Hanes to create immediate one-of-a-kind keepsakes and souvenirs of their visit to Walt Disney World.”

The store is cleverly designed and features the brand of Disney Magic you expect is required to make this more than just a t-shirt store. Younger children will especially love the interactive process that’s involved with designing and then making the shirt.

decor shows guests the process for designing their own t-shirts.

So what differentiates this store from online stores like Zazzle, which has a Disney branded shop, where you can choose from many more designs and characters? Well, for one, you can actually hold and try on an exactly same sized shirt at the store. You don’t have to pay for delivery either.

The Design-A-Tee store makes your shirt the same day you order it. If you’re there early in the morning you could have it in as little as 15 minutes. For those who come when the store is busier it may take quite a bit longer. Those staying at a Disney resort should take advantage of free delivery to their room. You can also return the next day to pick it up.

sample t-shirts available to judge size and quality.

The grand opening event was attended by guests who were treated to a festive decor, confetti cannons, a giant T-shirt cake and a visit from Disney’s most famous star, Mickey Mouse.

Kevin Lansberry, vice president, Downtown Disney operations, and Falken spoke at the event and invited guests to try their hand at designing their own special T-shirts.

“We are thrilled to create another exciting new Downtown Disney venue for our guests,” Lansberry said. “The Disney Design-a-Tee store fits perfectly with our What Will You Celebrate 2009 campaign. Whether guests are celebrating an anniversary, a birthday or a special reunion, they can create a special Hanes t-shirt to show how they feel.”

Disney Design-a-Tee uses a unique application of state-of-the-art technology and printing equipment in a process designed by Hanesbrands’ research and development team. This is the first application of printing technology that allows consumers to walk up, design and print a custom message on a T-shirt of any color with screen-print quality.

Building your t-shirt on a t-shirt shaped kiosk. Clever.

T-shirts are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, including long and short sleeve versions, and come in infant, toddler, youth and adult sizes. Prices range from $18 to $31. The company expects to add additional apparel product offerings at a later date at the store.

Disney Design-a-Tee is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and is located at 1790 East Buena Vista Drive. Downtown Disney is open to the general public and resort guests and is accessible by car and by the Walt Disney World Resort guest shuttle system.

More about the Hanes and Disney relationship, photos, and a video of the opening ceremonies below the cut:

Disney Design A Tee presented by Hanes is one of several critical brand investments for Hanes as part of a 10-year strategic marketing alliance with Disney.

Approving the order happens at a kiosk at the check out counter.

“Hanes is consistently ranked as one of the most recognized and loved apparel brands in the world, and that brand equity increases when the brand is partnered with the equally strong Disney brand,” Falken said. “Our alliance with Disney provides a broad range of new and exciting consumer interactions for Hanes and allows this iconic brand to grow and reach new audiences.”

The final t-shirt comes in a branded bag, nice.

In addition to Disney Design-a-Tee presented by Hanes, the Hanesbrands marketing alliance with Disney includes category exclusivity for select Hanes and Champion apparel at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and ESPN Zone stores across the country. Naming rights include the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith presented by Hanes and Champion Stadium located in Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

4 thoughts on “Disney Design-a-Tee Grand Opening at Downtown Disney”

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  2. This is a very cool place to visit. for color custom shirts, the prices aren’t outrageous, and it looks that you get quite a bit of creative freedom.

    Smart move by Disney. Although they waited almost two months to do the grand opening. I guess they didn’t want it to get lost in Christmas festivities.

  3. No signs, no directions inside the store to explain the entire process.

    They rely soley on the kiosks for pricing and other information.

    So instead of being proactively prepared, you have to wait until it is your turn to “learn” everything while you are interacting with the kiosk.

    I waited 10 minutes to get onto one of the kiosks, took another 5-10 minutes to design the shirt with my 3 year old son, waited another 10 minutes to give the slip to an attendant, only to find out that it would take 3 HOURS to get the shirt!

    We could not get the shirt since we were leaving within the hour.
    My son was in tears.

    If you are going to go here, make sure that it is your first stop.

    Lesson learned the hard way.

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