New York City The Walt Disney Co. is giving its approximate 340 stores in the United States and Europe an extensive -- and costly -- high-tech makeover. The remake, influenced by Apple CEO and Disney board member Steve Jobs, will shift the spaces from a typical retail store to one where customers will have more of an entertainment and interactive experience, according to The New York Times.
The revamped stores, which might experience a name change to Imagination Park, according to the report, will have many interactive elements. For example, children will be able to watch Disney film clips of their own selection in theaters, participate in karaoke contests and chat live with Disney Channel stars via satellite.
The company plans to unveil the new look in May, in Long Island, N.Y., Southern California and Madrid, and is close to signing a lease for a flagship in New Yor