There’s a new clothing and accessories collection called The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane that is coming to Disney Springs at the end of March.
If you are looking for a vacation souvenir that’s different from Dooney & Bourke handbags or character inspired jewelry, this may be the spot for you.
Donna Sorrow explained to the Disney Parks Blog how they planned the store, “We designed The Dress Shop collection for guests who want to emulate their favorite Disney characters or theme park attractions in a fun, retro way. These items aren’t costumes, rather the collection contains perfect outfits for guests who have a passion for Disney style.”
Disney Parks Merchandise has been working on developing the shop for over a year, and designers drew inspiration from popular nostalgic trends. Donna Sorrow explaimed, “The dress styles are classic in design and contain incredible little details. Yet all the styles have modern fits which make them wonderful outfits to wear when visiting Disney Parks.”
Outfits will feature iconic images from Disney attractions, characters, and stories.
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
- “it’s a small world”
- The Haunted Mansion,
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- the Orange Bird
- Minnie Mouse
- Snow White
- Alice from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland”
Matching accessories, like handbags resembling an apple, the White Rabbit, or a Hollywood Tower Hotel suitcase, will also be available for purchase.
Steven Miller, Disney’s Merchandise Communications Manager, reported that artwork for The Dress Shop collection was created by Disney Design Group artists who do not use the fabrics inspired by Mary Blair artwork found in the external marketplace. So you won’t be seeing any of Mary Blair’s iconic designs.
The entire collection will be available March 31st when The Dress Shop opens inside the accessories boutique at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs. There will be special activities that day and throughout the weekend, including a trunk show of vintage-inspired apparel.
For you Disneyland visitors, certain items from the collection will be released on March 31 at Vault 28 in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.
Then in mid-April, some items will be available in Magic Kingdom.
Where you will not be able to purchase any items from the collection will be the Shop Disney Parks app or Disney Parks online store at time of launch. But give it time and you know they will most likely wind up in both locations.
Ever heard of Disneybounding? This manner of dressing up for time in the parks has become quite popular with Disney vacationers in recent years, since adults (anyone over age 14) are not allowed to dress like actual Disney characters in the theme parks unless you are dressing in costume for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. So Disneybounders wear outfits influenced by a Disney character, like creating color-coordinated outfits that are inspired by Disney characters or attractions. Unlike cosplay with elaborate costumes, Disneybounders use everyday items in their closets.
From the looks of the photos in the store preview, if you have the money, The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane will create your Disneybounding outfits for you. Maybe it’s time to grab your Disney Visa and do some shopping…
Are you in?!
Me? I can’t wait to see some of the pricing, and then I’ll decide if I can afford a purchase. In the meantime, there’s always my old Mickey Mouse t-shirt.
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