Best Gift Shop: Rock Around The Shop
Its time to Rock! You just got out of the super stretch limo after going upside-down, sideways and every other direction possible on Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. As you walk away from the ride and try to make sense of what direction you are now going (I promise you are not upside down anymore), you head right into Rock Around the Shop—aerosmith music videos playing, Aerosmith memorabilia everywhere, with the store set up like a recording studio to some degree. You’re still rockin'.
I may be showing my age here, but Aerosmith is a band from my childhood and, in my opinion, they were awesome. My daughter has no idea who they are. Taking a walk around the gift shop is something that we always do when coming out of an attraction. Sometimes, it’s only a minute, as a lot have the same memorabilia as the last gift shop. When we were walking through Rock Around the Shop, my daughter actually thought that the music was good! She found a few things and said, "Dad, take a look at this.” She found an Aerosmith shirt that she liked, but I knew my wife would not approve. We took a look around some more and she found a pin she liked instead. She loves pins! I found a few more things that made me flash back to a younger me. Things way more in depth than the average T-shirt you’d buy at a rock ‘n’ roll concert. Pins, hats, photo frames—you got it!
Jack Skellington has his own little section in here as well. You won’t catch me buying anything with Jack on it but the guy is very popular in the Disney community. Pillows, purses, shirts, and heck, even his own shoes are sold in here. He is quite the guy in this store. I saw as many people checking out Jack’s collection of items as the Aerosmith items.
Something that you don't always see is Mickey rocking! I found a pretty neat shirt with Mickey playing a guitar. He wasn't just playing the guitar; he was rocking out on the guitar! You will find your various items in here with their own Disney touches, such as the Mickey shirt, but the overall feel of the store gets your blood flowing. Disney items, with a rock ‘n’ roll twist. I always try to find myself a unique item to purchase on my trip. This was it.
My daughter and I headed for the checkout line, bought her pin and my shirt, and we were on our way with the blood still flowing from the ride. As we made our way out of the store, I had a little smirk on my face. My wife asked what was going on. I showed her my new purchase as she shook her head. This tends to happen a lot when I am at WDW. I proceeded into the bathroom just outside the ride to change into my new shirt.
To me, this wasn't just another Disney gift store after another ride; it was one of my top stores I was in on my trip—thanks to the nostalgia I felt of a time when all that I wanted to do was Rock! Rock Around the Shop has helped me go back to that time whenever I wear my Mickey shirt with him playing his guitar… with a smirk on my face, and my wife still shaking her head.