by Alyssa Wiseman
This past week Brandon and I traveled to Walt Disney World for a quick 4 1/2 day trip. While we were there we got to take part in the Monstrous 24 hours in the parks, participated in a Disney Parks Blog meetup (where we got to see the new Monsters University), and did LOTS of shopping.
We haven’t been in the parks since early November and, while I had been getting updates from people about new products, I found so many new items that I had never seen before.
One item that we saw pretty early on in our trip was a “big fig” that we were fortunate enough to buy a couple of years ago….however, it looked much smaller. Our big fig (being the normal size and gaining the name of a “big fig”) stands about 16-20 inches tall. The one we saw in the store was only around 10 inches tall. After we saw this same figurine in several different stores, I decided to ask the cast member at Art of Disney about the change in size and she informed me that they are all being made smaller now. And she was correct, all of the figurines were much smaller than they used to be.
I was quite upset to see that they were no longer the larger size characters that we normally see throughout the parks, and I also assumed that the price had shrunk by quite a bit. I cannot remember the exact amount that we spent on our figurine, but I seem to remember that it was somewhere around $200. This new (mini) fig had a price tag of $150!
I was shocked that they took away about 40% of the entire piece, but only took of $50 of the price. Overall, I am sad that Disney will not be carrying the bigger pieces and am quite disappointed that they are leaving the price so high.
I know that many of you have already heard that Disney launched their own make-up line. I was asked earlier this year by a reader named Monique, if I had purchased any of the products and my thoughts. Having not been back to Disney after the line was released, I had not purchased or viewed any of the products yet.
Beautifully Disney is not a large make-up line, they only offered two sets of eye shadow (containing 4 colors in each set), 8 different nail colors, 8 lip glosses, a compact mirror, and at least one cosmetic bag. I was looking for a larger variation of colors, but found the line lacked that. There were no “bold” colors and most seemed bland looking.
I purchased the Soul Survivor lipgloss and was able to wear it today. Overall, there was nothing about it that was special. I was looking for a color that had a princess on the tube, but all of the colors that I wanted had villains on them. The sample colors look much darker than what I wore today, so don’t be scared to buy one that you think might work.
The line was a little pricey in almost each category. Nail polishes: $8.95 (which runs about the same price as an OPI polish), Lip Gloss: $14.95 (I usually spend $12 for my Mary Kay lip gloss), Eye Shadow Set: $27.95 (a little high for 4 hues that are in the same color line). I am not sure if I will buy another piece of this line, but I am interested to see if they release new colors or try different products. I think a make up line for Disney could be interesting if they experiment with colors and products. And what makes this even more confusing is that Disney has already partnered with Sephora to create a higher end line, so the in-park line must be geared to those who are impulse shopping or don’t know about the other line.
Price: High for an unknown manufacturer
Age Group: Teens/Adults
Must Have: Probably not. I would be more interested in buying the Sephora line if I were to spend the money.
Stay tuned for my next post where I will be discussing the new products Disney is offering for the female fans. We are not talking the basic Disney t-shirt, but blouses and dresses as well!
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.”
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 shih tzu London Bridget and brand new Bulldog, Maggie Mae. 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.