In anticipation of her royal coronation ceremony at Kensington Palace on October 2, Rapunzel has arrived in London and is touring various historical locations this week. Her first stop is the Salt Tower at the Tower of London, where her hair can currently be spotted draping down, awaiting the arrival of her true love, Flynn Rider. She has promised to send along photos of her other stops in town this week, so be sure to check back right here for additional photos from the soon-to-be Disney Princess.
Although the ceremony at Kensington Castle is by invite only. On October 2, the public is invited to partake in the momentous event by viewing the Disney Princess procession as it marches from Queen’s Gate, beginning at 1 pm GMT. For more information and to obtain a copy of the map, visit the official Rapunzel Celebration page.
And be sure to bookmark this page as Rapunzel sends us more photos from her London adventure!
Here’s where we’ve spotted Rapunzel so far:
- MONDAY – Salt Tower at the Tower of London
- TUESDAY – Covent Garden
- WEDNESDAY – Tower Bridge on the Thames River
- THURSDAY – In front of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square
- FRIDAY – On Westminster Bridge by Big Ben
Photos by onEdition, courtesy Disney Consumer Products
In response to backlash stemming from frustrations trying to purchase the limited edition Disney Princess Designer dolls online, Disney Store has announced a new release policy via its Facebook page. The new release policy replaces the one doll per week, online and in-store simultaneous release.
Last week, Disney Store President Jim Fielding took to the Disney Store’s official blog, The Buzz, to announce that changes in the sale were being discussed due to difficulties encountered by guests wishing to purchase the dolls. Fueled in large part by those wishing to make a significant profit by selling on eBay, the Mulan and Snow White dolls sold out quickly (less than an hour in Show White’s case) after going on sale at around 3:30 am ET. Along with those that were able to secure their purchase, many encountered shopping issues due to server overload as well as false sales, as the system was confirming purchases for inventory that did not exist. As a result, many that believed their purchases to go through were told their purchases had been canceled via email, although that email didn’t show up until the following day for many, preventing them from having the opportunity to try their luck in-store.
As a result, Disney Store will be releasing all five remaining princess dolls (Jasmine, Aurora/Sleeping Beauty, Tiana, Rapunzel and Pocahontas) at once at Disney Store locations on October 17, 2011. There will be a purchase limitation of one of each doll per person and stores will offer a line-up queue and distribute tickets to guarantee purchases. On October 18, 2011 at 12 pm ET/9 am ET, DisneyStore.com will sell its inventory of the dolls with the same purchase limits as in-store.
As Rapunzel is welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court on October 2 at Kensington Palace in London, England, Disney Princess fans can feel a part of the special occasion by participating in an online video contest on Disney.com. Whether it’s the kindness shown by Cinderella, determination of Tiana, or adventurous nature of Rapunzel, girls connect with Disney Princess characters in different ways to bring their own stories to life. With the “Your Princess Moment – The Story Begins With You” video upload contest, fans age 12 and under can submit a 45-second video singing part of one of four songs from the upcoming Disney Princess Fairy Tale Songscompilation album – available September 20 from Walt Disney Records. Alternatively, fans can submit a video recreating a favorite Disney Princess scene, dressing up or performing a dance.
Videos entered between now and Sept. 12, 2011 at Disney.com/PrincessMoment are eligible for the ultimate Grand Prize – a trip for four to London for Rapunzel’s royal celebration. From videos entered by Oct. 4, 2011, one First Prize winner will be selected to receive a 3D TV and DVD assortment from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, and ten Second Prize winners will receive the Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle from Mattel. Parental consent is required to enter the contest.
Disney will officially welcome Rapunzel as the 10th Disney Princess character at a high profile, star-studded celebration, to take place in front of a global audience on October 2, 2011. Little princesses from across the globe will watch Rapunzel be welcomed into the Disney Princess royal court by Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White and Tiana. In a world first, Kensington Palace, London, UK, was chosen by Disney as the perfect location for this magical welcoming ceremony of a Disney Princess, as it has been the home of many real life princesses over the centuries.
For full contest rules, prize information and details for how to enter, please visit Disney.com/PrincessMoment.
Alfred Angelo, leading gown manufacturer, is pleased to announce its second collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, this time on the launch of the 2012 prom collection— Disney Royal Ball by Alfred Angelo. Boutique owners will be able to preview the entire collection at the August Atlanta Apparel Fashion Show this week (August 18 -22, 2011).
The collection consists of trend-right ball gowns designed to appeal to every teen’s inner princess. Inspired by the essence and personalities of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty (Aurora), Snow White and Tiana, these exquisite gowns come in 24 styles and a royally glamorous color palette. Given heightened interest surrounding the royal family, experts predict the ball gown will be the most important silhouette for the 2012 prom season. The Disney Royal Ball collection elevates this silhouette and evokes the grandeur and opulence fit for royalty.
Michael Shettel, designer for Alfred Angelo, says, “Working on this collection has been a fabulous experience. We designed each gown to have its own personality and uniqueness, just like the Disney Princess characters. The gowns are full of fantasy, color and magic….the best combination in making the perfect prom dress, and a perfect prom night.”
“Today’s teens grew up with Disney fairytales, they have fun memories of Disney Princess characters, and they’re also exploring their sense style. With the Disney Royal Ball collection we’ve set out to create a line of prom dresses that is versatile, glamorous and brings a little bit of that Disney magic to their special day,” said Robert Oberschelp, director of Disney Collections at Disney Consumer Products.
The Disney Royal Ball by Alfred Angelo collection will be sold in stores starting December 2011.
We will provide images of the dresses as they become available to us.
It appears that those eager to catch a glimpse of the new ‘Disney Princess Designer Doll Collection’ won’t have to wait until Disney D23 Expo after all. The dolls, which re-imagine all ten Disney princesses as runway fashion models, were scheduled to be unveiled at the Expo next weekend with one princess per week being released at Disney Store locations beginning on Monday, August 22.
The picture quality doesn’t appear to be that great, but considering they probably weren’t taken with consent, one has to forgive that just a little.
The dolls will retail for $59.50 each and attendees at the Disney D23 Expo will have the special opportunity to pre-purchase the set for $595.00, to be shipped at a later date. As part of the worldwide debut at D23, the dolls will be given to the honorees at the Legends of Disney Awards ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, where the extraordinary actresses whose voices brought to life many modern-day Disney Princesses including Jodi Benson (Ariel from The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Belle from Beauty and the Beast), Lea Salonga (singing voices of Jasmine from Aladdin and Mulan from Mulan), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine from Aladdin), and Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog) will be named and honored.
Scheduled to make their debut at the 2011 Disney D23 Expo, the Disney Store exclusive Princess Designer Collection brings haute couture to the world of Disney Princesses. Designed by Disney Store artist, the collection consists of all ten princesses, styled and dressed as they might appear walking down the runway at the next great fashion show.
The dolls will be released on a weekly basis, beginning on August 22, at which point, all of the dolls should be on display at local Disney Store locations. We are told they will retail for $59.50 each and, according to the literature now being distributed at Disney Store locations, they will be released in varying edition sizes and will each be available in extremely limited supply. As a bonus, Disney D23 Expo attendees will have the opportunity to pre-purchase the entire collection ($595).
There will also be a limited edition 10 piece pin set (pictured above) featuring representation of the collection. It will be limited to an edition size of 150 sets and each set will retail for $200.
Below are images taken from the brochure for the collection currently being distributed at Disney Store. Click on each thumbnail to enlarge and click on the resize arrows to see the images in their original sizes.
Update #1: 8/10/11 – Added additional images from Disney Store including the box for the 25th anniversary Designer Cinderella doll which is in addition to the full collection. The doll is exclusive to the Disney D23 Expo and will be limited to 250 pieces, also retailing for $59.50.
Hat tip to Disney Pin Forum
Building on the tremendous success of the Tiana and Rapunzel toddler dolls over the past two years, Disney Store has taken a giant leap forward with the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection,’ so named because they enlisted the services of two of Disney’s leading animators — Mark Henn and Glen Keane. The end result of nearly a year’s worth of work is one of the most gorgeous sets of dolls imaginable aimed at both the children’s toy market as well as the adult collector.
I had the opportunity to meet with Mark Henn earlier today who was gracious enough to give an overview of the process which included rattling off which of the dolls he had designed and which Glen Keane had done, but unfortunately technical difficulties prevent me from being able to share that information. What I do recall, however, is that while Henn served as supervising animator for each of the princess from Ariel through Tiana (with Keane focusing on the male counterparts), the lines weren’t drawn that way, so to speak, when it came time to which animator designed which doll.
In any case, the duo set out to determine how the eight princesses who had never been seen as toddlers in a feature animation would have looked as a toddler and the result is nothing short of amazing — photos do not do the dolls justice. I, for one, had an incredible time taking my eyes off the dolls at any point in time, they’re just absolutely captivating, despite the fact that most of them are looking off in the distance, giving them the appearance that they had just literally stepped out of their respective films.
This was a key point for Henn, who made sure to point out that the goal was to make them as true to their grown-up counterparts in the movies as possible. This meant that every aspect of the dolls required special attention, from the head and body sculpts, to the hair, right to the paint. Also of high importance was the individual costume design, although a couple of the dolls aren’t in their traditional outfits, as their age was also taken into consideration when possible.
The design team used digital models during the design process so the animators could instantly review and correct each iteration. And, if at first glance, Tiana and Rapunzel look just like the previously released editions, look again — the bodies have been resculpted to match those of a toddler’s more.
Each of the dolls, which will retail for $24.50 when they become available this holiday season, comes complete with an imaginary friend in the form of a plush/doll of their own. Each doll will come in a box that features her respective animator and will feature actual sketches that were used in designing her (see the photo gallery below for some samples).
Additionally, Disney Store has combined forces with Disney Theme Park Merchandise to make the dolls available both at Disney Store and the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, with the box co-branded as such.
Below is our gallery of photos of the dolls, but I can promise you that no photo can do these beauties justice, so be sure to be on the lookout this holiday season.
Later this week, we’ll be spending some time with Disney animator Mark Henn who has served as supervising animator for most of Disney’s most memorable characters over the past few decades, including all of the modern Disney princesses through Tiana. Now Henn, along with Glenn Keane, who was supervising animator for Rapunzel, have teamed together to design a brand new of collectible dolls available exclusively at Disney Store and DisneyStore.com, appropriately titled the ‘Disney Animators’ Collection.’
In doing some routine research for our upcoming conversation with Henn, we managed to stumble upon this photo of the collection recently posted on Flickr, where the poster also mentioned the dolls have a price tag of $24.50 each.
The collection re-imagines the entire Disney Princess line as toddlers (although both Rapunzel and Tiana were featured as toddlers in their respective films and Ariel was seen as a toddler in the direct-to-video sequel, Ariel’s Beginning). It comes hot on the heels of other successful lines, notably from Jakks Pacific, including the Tolly Tots and Princess and Me collection, which imagines the princesses as tweens.
The collection will be available in fall 2011 and we hope to have some more information as well as some hands-on encounters later this week which we will be happy to report back on.
Today, Disney Store celebrated the launch of Kidada for Disney Store, an exclusive collection with celebrity designer and Disney enthusiast, Kidada Jones. The Charming Collection is a mix of apparel, jewelry, a limited edition Vinylmation figure and Wish-a-Littles, Kidada’s design twist on Disney Princess. The Kidada for Disney Store collection is designed to inspire the dreamer in all of us.
“With this classic collection, Kidada brings a unique and whimsical vision to the beloved Disney characters,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. “Disney Store’s reinvention over the last two years has taken us to magical new heights and our collaboration with Kidada Jones is the first of many that will position us as a retail destination where guests will find designer collections and unexpected surprises.”
“As a kid growing up in Southern California, I was a frequent visitor to the Disneyland and developed a deep love of the magic and wonder of Disney,” said Kidada Jones. “This collection was inspired by childhood memories of Disney and the Disney Princess characters combined with my many influences from music and travels around the world.”
DisneyStore.com launched the Kidada for Disney Store online boutique DisneyStore.com/Kidada showcasing all of the tantalizing new merchandise.
Kidada for Disney Store Collection includes:
- Wish-A-Little Collection— inside each Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana figurine, you’ll find a charm necklace on a silk strand, as a reminder to love a little, dream a little, laugh a little and wish a little. $39.50
- Kidada for Disney Store pendant necklaces are inspired by Disney Princess and infused with Kidada’s unique style and whimsy. $49.50
- Mini Moments charms are based on beloved Disney characters and interpreted by Kidada with her signature style. $14.50
- Adult and children tees featuring the Wish-A-Little version of beloved Disney Princess characters or Kidada’s signature wish phrases. $14.50-$34.50
- Wish-a-Little reusable Totes are the perfect accessory to hold your Wish-a-Little swag. $9.50
- Kidada for Disney Store Wish-a-Little watch keeps the time for all your wishing moments. $49.50
- Kidada for Disney Store-branded Limited Edition 9″ Vinylmation figure has a fun and colorful design and features a bracelet with a Kidada butterfly charm. $49.50
Kidada for Disney Store Collection is available exclusively on DisneyStore.com, and at Disney Store locations in New York’s Times Square, North Michigan Ave. in Chicago; Stockton Street in San Francisco, CA; and Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, CA.
Ever since DisneyStore.com began teasing the new Kidada Jones for Disney Store collection late last week, the internet has been a-buzz with the Wish-a-Littles and what magic they would bring when they are fully revealed on Wednesday, May 4. Through a little magic of our own, however, we are pleased to bring you this pre-veal of the entire Charming Collection by Kidada as well as other items from the collection including jewelry, tees and tote bags.
Some of the items have already been leaked, such as the 9″ Vinylmation figure which we now know to be limited to an edition size of just 500 pieces. Each figure also comes with a mini bow charm bracelet.
At the heart of the collection are the Wish-a-Littles, Kidada’s unique take on Disney Princesses Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Tiana. The key items in the collection are 3 1/2″ tall figures made of resin and each contain a ‘secret’ compartment containing an enamel and gold-plated charm along with a color-coordinated 18″ poly cord necklace.
The figures, in turn, inspire additional items in the collection such as girls’ and womens’ tees, reusable totes and a white enamel Disney Couture watch which features a gold bezel surrounded by rhinestones.
In addition to the collection, each of the princesses has an inspired pendant with chain which comes in a package resembling a book with the respective princess illustrated on the cover. Opening the box reveals the pendant in a windowed box along with a small, inspiring message relating to the princess and what the pendant represents in the context of her story. Along those same lines, there is a line of charms (as well as a starter charm bracelet), each sold separately and packaged in the same way.
The Kidada for Disney Store collection debuts at Disney Store on Tuesday, May 4, 2011. It will be available exclusively online and at five Disney Store locations, including the Times Square location in New York City.