American Custom Dollhouses recently received a link to an article written about the new Disney Springs project at Downtown Disney.
The buzz is that Disney and American Girl are talking to each other about the possibility of an American Girl Place opening in Disney Springs. Orlando is American Custom Dollhouses’ home base, so this news is especially exciting to us.
The article is written by Ricky Brigante, a theme park expert who edits “Inside Magic”, a blog focusing on Disney, theme park news and entertainment. In his article he points out that Disney’s main focus when planning a project like Disney Springs, is to offer the best entertainment and activity value because, “Disney doesn’t hide the fact that they want their guests to remain on Walt Disney World property as much as possible.”
We have a few thoughts about American Girl Place on Disney property. Keep in mind, it’s all total supposition on our part. We have no inside information. Just some “what ifs?”
Disney’s Princess program is well known. There are many activities and events held throughout their parks that are centered around something “Princess”. Currently, one of the top rated hotels in Walt Disney World, the Grand Floridian, offers guests an opportunity to go to the “My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party”. Tea parties take place every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 10:30am to 12:00pm. The cost for this event is $175.88 for 2 children (age 3 to 11) and $89.68 per adult, and/or anybody age 12 and up. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
The reason we mention this particular venue is because included in the price is not only tea and cake, in addition to other gifts, each girl receives a special 18-inch “My Disney Girl” doll dressed in a Princess Aurora gown plus accessories. In the past, Disney retail shops offered a My Disney Girl 18” doll for around $50. Then, without explanation, they closed out the last doll made, the Redhead, for $20 and never offered the dolls again…except as a “gift” when attending a My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party. There used to be a wide variety of Disney Princess outfits for sale for 18” dolls, too, but currently none are shown on the Disney Store website.
Hmm. Is any of this trivia pertinent to the possibility of an American Girl Place opening in Disney Springs? Will there be a partnership between the two companies? Will American Girl be offering 18” Disney Princess dolls exclusively on Disney property? Will the Grand Floridian continue their tea parties, or bow to the more affordable, very successful dining experience at American Girl Place? The possibilities are, if for no other reason, entertaining. One thing we are pretty sure of – Disney will not want visitors to travel out of Disney World to go to an off property American Girl Place. There is a lot of competition for the attention of approximately 51.5 million visitors to Orlando each year. Combining two powerful, popular destinations on one property makes sense.
American Custom Dollhouses is “wishing upon a star” that our dream of an American Girl Place in our backyard comes true!
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