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The Fifth Avenue World of Disney store was closed on December 31, 2009, and was replaced by a smaller Disney Store located in Times Square.
The Children's Place intended to reinvigorate the Disney Store brand in the United States by expanding the number of stores, reducing initial selling prices. Previously, Disney Stores have been well known for inflated initial prices, which would be marked down substantially after just a few weeks. Also, The Children's Place opened Disney outlet stores, which have lower operating costs and typically have a high profit margin even though they have reduced prices versus mall stores. However, Disney's strict licensing agreement, which included the burden of being required to invest significantly in store remodels, contributed to the eventual decision by The Children's Place to exit the business. Additionally, the licensing agreement required the stores to sell goods that only promoted Disney's high-risk and short-lived film properties.

Even though the Disney Stores maintained strong sales, mounting cost of sales and operation and the loss of key executives who had driven the Disney Stores to success lead The Walt Disney Company to convert Disney Stores into a licensed operation. The Japanese stores were licensed to Oriental Land Company in 2002, while most North American stores were licensed in November 2004. The Walt Disney Company decided to keep the stores in Europe, along with the Manhattan store, which was converted into a World of Disney store. World of Disney also owns and operates a Disney retail location on the company lot in Burbank, California, accessible only to Disney employees and special guests, along with retail outlets associated with Disney-owned, operated, or leased theaters such as the New Amsterdam in New York City, the El Capitan in Hollywood, and merchandise outlets at its Broadway shows in New York.