Disney Extravagances I Can’t Afford: Princess Dresses at the Grand Floridian Resort

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I know Disney vacations are expensive, but every now and then the cost of some souvenirs shock even me. Get ready for the most fabulous princesses dresses I have ever seen, even if I can’t afford them…

When we visited the Grand Floridian recently, my daughter and I stepped into the boutique off the lobby called Summer Lace to do some window shopping. This is an adult women’s store which sells Dooney & Bourke handbags, sterling silver and gold jewelry, and clothing from designers like Lilly Pulitzer. You’ll need to bring your A (Shopping) Game to make purchases in Summer Lace, where the least expensive items I can remember were $20 hats and $10 socks.

Don’t let prices scare you though, as this is PRIME window shopping territory.

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In the back by the changing rooms, we spotted several children’s dresses that caught my attention immediately, because these were clearly not dresses that can be worn by adults due to their size and length, and yet they were for sale in an adult clothing store.

The quality of the dresses struck me immediately, probably because I’ve seen girls’ princess dresses sold anywhere from Target and Wal-mart to the Disney Store and Disney resort and theme park gift shops. Prices range from $10 to $60 typically. I stopped to feel the fabric, which was thicker and much higher in quality than what I’m used to seeing.

The back side of the pink dress.

The detailing was just amazing, like something you would see with a flower girl dress for a wedding.

The yellow dress had its own special extras.

Now, let’s talk about the price. I think I just broke out in a sweat!

That’s not a typo.

You read $350 correctly. For one child’s dress. 

That’s a whole lot of money for a dress for myself or especially a child. I seriously did a double take when I saw the tag.

Our reader Stacey spotted the same dresses, “We were at Disney World at Christmas. My 5-year-old daughter and I got manis & pedis at the Grand Floridian Spa as a Christmas present. We looked in this store window and my daughter immediately went in and found (was drawn to) these dresses. At first I couldn’t find a price tag, but I kept hunting because I KNEW they had to be a lot based on the look and the fabric. They’re AMAZING, but the $350 price tag is more than any dress I’ve purchased except my wedding dress.”

If there’s a moral to the story, besides the fact that the pictures may not do the dresses justice, it’s that you can splurge on some amazing items at Disney World. Before you break out in a sweat, remember these prices certainly aren’t the norm for every day dress up wear. $60 for a princess dress will seem like a bargain compared to spectacular dresses like these. This may be your trip to splurge, and then again, maybe not.

Read: Disney World Extravagance: Shopping for Lilly Pulitzer

If it’s not the time to make purchase, just feel the incredible richness of the fabric between your fingers and then move right along to the handbags. You won’t soon run out of items to browse.

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