Earlier today Disney announced on the Disney Parks Blog that shopDisney.com is set to become the one-stop online shop for all things Disney as the Shop Disney Parks app will be retired at the end of the month.
According to Disney, the Shop Disney Parks app will be retired on May 31. When this happens shopDisney.com and the shopDisney app will become the ultimate online retail location for all things Disney including Parks merchandise.
If guests go to the Shop Disney Parks app they will see a message upon opening which explains the retirement of the shopping application and providing a link to download the shopDisney app.
Disney has stated that shopDisney will offer an even larger selection of favorite items from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and more.
At Walt Disney World Resort, My Disney Experience will continue to offer popular shopping features for guests including an availability map or the ability to ship select merchandise to home (U.S. addresses only) when guests order through the My Disney Experience
Annual Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Members will also continue to receive their eligible discounts through the My Disney Experience app.
This does not really surprise me. Disney had to have realized what I have always experienced with the Shop Parks app. I have rarely had a pleasant experience. The availability function with the app was essentially useless. There have been many times when the app said that an item was out of stock at particular locations, yet there were dozens on the shelves. That was on top of the duplication of the shopping experience. You never knew where to look for things. Stuff that should have been park exclusive was seldom available on Shop Parks, yet at times could be found on shopDisney.
I admire the intention of developing and implementation of Shop Parks, but it just never met expectations and was a disappointment. I’m glad Disney realized this and is moving on.