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“Overpriced, Manic Place”
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FAO Schwarz
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Owner description: This world-famous toy store is a great place for kids to browse, play - and of course, shop.
Okemos, Michigan
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92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Overpriced, Manic Place”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

There are salespeople all over the store doing demonstrations and trying to sell their products. Some were pushier than others. There was a manic feel to the store and everything seemed incredibly overpriced. Was it an experience? Yes. But I had been there as a kid and it was less the tourist attraction it is now and more of a special toy store with unique toys. We were disappointed and happy to leave after a once through. I think my kids (ages 7 & 8) were a bit overwhelmed with the frenzy around them (and we were not there at a particularly busy time of year).

Visited March 2013
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Gorham, Maine
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44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Heart and Soul...my kids fell in love with you!”
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Visiting FAO Schwarz has become a "must" for my kids (ages 6-14) even though it is strictly for window-shopping. The girls had a blast dancing their way across the larger-than-life piano keyboard (Watch the dvd "BIG") and participating in the fingernail painting demonstration. A heads-up...the elevator is way at the back of the store and there is a fee to take your picture with characters which may be being promoted.

Visited February 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Surprising”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

We walked in here (myself,fiancée and teenager) and I expected to be bored but that wasn't the case
Lots of interesting things Lego batman and liberty were great,they had restrooms,Steiif bears and I saw Iron man and Spider-Man as well !

Visited February 2013
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county down
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

A must do for all children when visiting NYC, big and small. Also fans of Tom Hanks' film big will love the big piano, you can even have a go, go on you know you want to!!!!!

Visited February 2013
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The giant piano”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

All my dreams have now been fulfilled by my two children playing on the giant piano as seen in Big with Tom Hanks, did not cost a dime to go on but you can take it away with you for $250,000

Visited February 2013
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