A few weeks ago, a friend of mine sent me a link to this post on the official Disney blog. I about lost my shit. Disney was opening a shop with attraction and character inspired retro style dresses! this was everything I could ask for. I had a moment of disappointment when I realzed the shop was only opening in Florida, but was relieved to see they would also be coming to vault 28 at the California resort!
Unfortunately, real life took over and I forgot to check back on when they would be released here in California. As luck would have it, I was in downtown Disney last Friday (the boyfriend needed to go to the Lego store) and remember about the dresses, so I ran by vault 28 to see if they had them, and to my surprise I was met with this.
They had the dresses! I had no idea But of all days to go down there, it was the day they were being released. Now the real question was if they still had any in stock, and if they carried them in plus size. If there’s one thing I’ve gotten used to, it’s the disappointment in awesome clothing like this not being available in plus.
The first dress I made a bee lined for, was the super cute Alice in wonderland teacup dress. It was set up with the adorable Snow White apple dress and the red and white polka dot Minnie Mouse dress forming a fanatasy land wall. I just need to note how great the corresponding accessories are. You can pick up some cute lace gloves for your Minnie Mouse outfit, or an apple purse for Snow White, and I’m still kicking myself for not buying the white rabbit purse.
On the other side of the store was a sort of New Orleans square section, with the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean dresses. Looking back, I wish I had paid a little more attention the the pirates dress. The more I see it, the more I’m falling for it. The bodice is covered in skull patterned lace, and the red sash adds great detail.
Once again the accessiories shine. They have a haunted mansion bat purse and you can even pick up a petticoat for any of the dresses.
In the middle of the store you’ll find the summery small world dresses. They have a great Mary Blair feel to them, without being overt. I will say this was the one dress sadly lacking in cute accessories. I think they could have done something really cool and mod but they kinda dropped the ball.
Next to that I caught a glimpse of the dress I was most excited about. The enchanted tiki room dress.
I wanted this dress as soon as I had seen it in the blog post I mentioned. I honestly love the tiki room more than I probably should. I have a thing for all things tiki and kitsch. Adventure Land is my favorite land. Add to that the fact that you can get one of the best treats in the park, it’s no wonder I love the tiki room.
The dress is fabulous. A green A-line dress covered in a print made up of birds, flowers and tikis from the attraction. some great details of this dress include pockets (yay) and the adjustable button straps. The straps are actually just like the ones on a vintage kamehameha dress I own. Great attention to detail. They were actually a bit loose on me so I opted to cross them across my back and it fit perfectly.
Next to the tiki room dress were 2 special dresses based off of Florida attractions that are only around for a limited amount of time at the California resort. The Hollywood tower dress is a fun halter dress fashioned after the uniforms castmembers wear at the attraction. You can accessorize with a bell hop hat and suitcase purse. The other dress is orange bird, which I had to google because I had no idea what it was. It’s a really cute dress but I felt kinda weird wearing something I knew nothing about.
I have to say I applause Disney for this line of dresses and accessories, it’s smart as hell. They saw the niche market and understood that there were a lot of people out there that would snatch up these great pieces. The quality is really good, and they put in some really great details only Disney could do.
What I really Want to give them credit for, is the fact that they didn’t ignore the plus size girl. They acknowledged that there are a lot of Us out there that like to dress up and we’re eager to buy a great piece if it comes in our size. As for the sizing I found their dresses actually run large which I think is good. I wear somewhere between a 2x or 3x and their 2x dresses fit great or even a little loose, so someone that wears a 4x I would still suggest trying, you might get lucky.
Now to add a little irony to all of this, I’m actually not renewing my annual pass for the first time in many years I figured I might as well go out in style wearing my amazing new dress, some awesome accessories and my handmade tiki room ears. Now I just have to figure out everything I want to do on my last day. What would you do on your last day at Disneyland?