It’s hard to believe that the Marketplace Co-Op opened in June 2014 – when Disney Springs was still known as Downtown Disney. While the Disney Springs transformation was just around the corner, we can still remember being thrilled when the boutique/gift shop called “Marketplace Co-Op” opened because it offered something different! By different, we mean Disney merchandise with a unique twist. This shop easily became one of our favorites to hit for some excellent souvenirs for friends, family, and for ourselves.
1 – Caution – Merchandise Testing Ahead
New merchandise pours in on a regular basis at Marketplace Co-Op, leaving us thrilled to find something new with each visit. The reason for the frequent merchandise change up? Marketplace Co-Op was placed to be somewhat of a testing zone for specific Disney merchandise. Retail concepts, shops, and particular products are tested here. Will they pass the test? We, as consumers, decide as Disney carefully calculates what the top-selling products. Some of the shops within Marketplace Co-Op have been changed out over the past years – as Disney is looking to fit specific groups of consumers.
2 – Fantastic Shops
So, what makes Marketplace Co-Op such a fun place to shop? We’d have to say the shops within, that hold some great merchandise. As you enter the main doors to the Marketplace Co-Op, here is the layout of shops in a horseshoe shape, from left to right.
D-Tech On Demand
Who doesn’t love being greeted by this bright mix of tech lovers’ accessories! Check out the screens in the middle of this small shop where shoppers have the opportunity to design their own phone case and/or personalize MagicBands. We especially love the Star Wars and Mickey headphones among the merchandise selections in D-Tech.
Disney artwork with a twist! WonderGround Gallery is home to some of the most unique Disney drawings and paintings we’ve ever seen of Disney landmarks and characters. This uncommon, and trendy artwork is a great conversation piece in any room!
Cherry Tree Lane
Vera Bradley, Pandora, Alex and Ani, Dooney and Bourke, Spartina 44… go ahead ladies – rejoice in the world of handbags and jewelry! Cherry Tree Lane has some of the best Disney handbag selections and jewelry available on Disney property.
The Dress Shop
Express your trendsetting self! Named after the posh London address made famous in Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Dress Shop at Cherry Tree Lane features nostalgic, mid-century style dresses and accessories inspired by popular Disney parks’ attractions and characters.
Fetch the most adorable Disney-themed essentials for cats and dogs! Pet parents will love this thoughtfully designed line for 4-legged fans of all sizes—including bandanas, collars, comfort harnesses, headbands, leashes, pet bowls and tags that give a nod to classic characters like Mickey Mouse.
Our favorite – Disney Centerpiece! Perfectly named in our opinion as the merchandise here has shoppers eager to fill their homes with clever and unique Disney designed plates, cups, frames, and all sorts of kitchen accessories.
Twenty-Eight and Main
Men, ladies have Cherry Tree Lane, but at least you have Twenty Eight and Main! This shop is focused on Disney gentlemen and includes men’s apparel with hints of Disney in the mix.
Bowes Signature Candles
Visit this feel-good shop to discover Bowes’ fragrant array of diffuser oils, wax melts and natural soy wax candles crafted with eco-friendly wicks.
4 – Neighbors
Without having to exit back outside of Marketplace Co-Op, guests can explore the Tren-D shop next door. Guests shopping here will find some chic styles with hints of Disney fashion. We love the modern flare this boutique provides. On the other side of Marketplace Co-Op, guests have easy access to the Disney PhotoPass Studio.
5 – How to Get There
The Marketplace Co-Op is located in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs. If driving, park in Lime Garage, then start walking to your right. If taking a boat, dock at the Marketplace Dock. Resort Buses coming to and from Disney Springs drop off at the Town Center area between the Orange Garage and Lime Garage. Once exiting this bus stop, head to your right to reach the Marketplace.
Have a blast shopping at Marketplace Co-Op! If anyone gives you hassle for wanting to buy it all, just remind them that you are simply helping Disney test their new merchandise.
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