Despite the sheer commercialism of the Disney Empire that you encounter when you walk into the Disney store, I still recommend it as a place to bring your children to. Why?
Crossgates is really not a child oriented mall. If you are doing your own personal shopping, I am sure your kids are going to get bored. By bringing them to the Disney store, they can see the imaginative statues that done the windows. Plus, if you are going to buy anything frivolous, you would probably prefer it to be at the Disney Store than at the horrible Build-A-Bear, which is a total waste of money.