by Alyssa Wiseman
shopDisney is a bi-weekly blog that will focus on Disney merchandise and products sold in the parks, in Disney stores, and in other retail markets. We will explore product reviews, affordability, and to whom the products are marketed. Like any other good product review, we will conclude with a rating scale for several different key components: price, age group, and whether the product is a “must have.”
Anyone who has a pet will understand me when I say that Disney does not offer nearly enough pet products.
Thanks to a hot tip (thank you Christy Viszoki), I recently discovered that Petsmart now sells Disney-branded pet products. Since I have an adorable pup, London, who frequently gets new toys or clothes, I knew this would be a great review! I have to preface this post by stating that London doesn’t necessarily like Mickey because she knows that when mommy and daddy visit him, they leave her behind.
Here is a quote from a press-release regarding the Disney and Petsmart partnership: “Disney characters have a special place in many pet parents’ hearts, and this new PetSmart collection allows them to share the magic of Disney with their pets in a fun and fashionable way,” Laurie Taylor, Vice-President of dog and cat hardgoods.
I was amazed at how many products they had originally introduced, but I did find quickly that these are geared towards a specific group of animals.
The group is dogs…small dogs. As you can see, Disney and Petsmart have released several different variations of toys showcasing four different characters: Pluto, Tigger, Mickey, and Minnie. The toys were all fabric-based and that is one reason I say these are for small dogs. A larger dog would chew the fabric to shreds in a few minutes. My pup, London, only weighs about 10 pounds, so most of her toys are fabric.
Disney and Petsmart also released a new line of clothing for our furry friends.
Again I need to preface this by saying that the clothing line is also geared towards small dogs. The shirts ranged from XS-XL (and I honestly have no idea what dog would fit in an XS). My 10 pound dog fits in a large, so for those of you with large-breed dogs, you may have to wait.
Anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter or Facebook will know that I could not walk out of that store without purchasing something for my London. I walked out with my new favorite shirt that she will wear (whether she likes it or not!).
Another interesting observation is that the tag of the clothing states “Spring/Summer 2013,” suggesting that they will release new products for different seasons.
Price: Toys: less than $11.00; Clothing: around $15.00
Age Group: Any age of pets, but smaller dogs
Must Have: Pet owners and DIsney fans: MUST HAVE!
I did a quick search on the official Disney store and could not find any pet products. On Disney property, I have often seen pet products for sale, but there never seem to be many choices. I will say that they do have several choices of pet tags that you can customize, which are sold in vending machines throughout the parks. Another quick internet search turned up a few vendors on Etsy and some websites offering pet collars featuring Disney characters.
My suggestion: if you are looking for Disney pet products, start at Petsmart. If you have a larger dog (or cat) and want to see products for them, contact Petsmart and let them know! Now, I am off to snuggle with my London and attempt to convince her that she should love Mickey Mouse!
Alyssa Wiseman (also known as ajwiseman09 in the box) and her husband Brandon reside in central Indiana (too far from Disney) with their 4 year old puppy London. Alyssa and Brandon enjoy traveling to Disney several times a year to see what is new and enjoy classic Disney. While traveling, and at home, Alyssa is frequently shopping for Disney products and making a list of items to buy while in the parks. Please follow Alyssa on twitter @ajwiseman09.