For many years Pointe Orlando was a shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the less congested end of International Drive. Perhaps the best loved anchor store of the complex was Orlando’s own FAO Schwarz.
ABOVE: This is FAO Schwarz entrance at Pointe Orlando on International Drive. We visited the store in 1997, the year it opened. This is the entrance from the 2nd floor landing at Pointe Orlando showing the larger than life size Raggedy Ann doll.
Gracing the exterior of the building was a huge Raggedy Ann doll and FAO Schwarz’ signature giant Teddy Bear.
ABOVE: This photo is also from FAO Schwarz at Pointe Orlando on I-Drive. It was taken in November 1997.
FAO Schwarz opened at Pointe Orlando in 1997 but was closed in 2004. Even though they returned to Orlando at the Mall at Millennia, the original store with the life size Star Wars villain, huge stuffed animals and beautiful baby dolls will always be my favorite.
ABOVE: This is FAO Schwarz entrance at Pointe Orlando on International Drive. We visited the store in 1997, the year it opened.