Today I’d like to give a shout out to an unsung hero of Walt Disney World. (And, I’m not talking about Chip.) I’m talking about the Magic Kingdom Newsstand located just inside the turnstiles in the Magic Kingdom. Most people just walk past this little shop, but I think it’s one of the most important places in the Magic Kingdom.
Let’s start our story way back in the 20th century, when I was a college student working on the Walt Disney World College Program. (Was it awesome working at Disney World, you ask? It was beyond awesome.) I worked in merchandise in the Magic Kingdom, and, yes, you guessed it, my main shop was the Newsstand.
This little shop carries everything one might need entering the park that they forgot from home, like fans, film (do people still use that?), and batteries. Did you forget sunscreen or hats? The Newsstand has got you covered. It also carries everything you might need on the way out. Did you forget a snack for the ride home or a gift for a friend? Did you remember to buy postcards and stamps? The Newsstand has got you covered.
As a cast member in the shop, I got to see everyone coming and going from the parks. Thrilled in the morning and thrilled and exhausted in the evening. And, we had everything people might need to help make their vacations a bit easier and more magical.
So the next time you run into or out of the Magic Kingdom, take a moment to share some love with the Newsstand. It’s there to help and just wants a bit of attention.
Lots of hugs (to the Newsstand),
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