A new mini-store is coming to Disney Springs’ Marketplace Co-Op. “The Dress Shop” will focus on a whimsical collection of apparel and accessories that’s filled with nostalgia fans of Disney’s theme parks will love.
Last year there was a small collection of clothing available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that encouraged fans to disneybound with clothes in the colors and patterns of either Snow White, Ariel, or similar characters. I thought this was a great idea and so did guests who quickly sold out the line. Alas, I haven’t seen them back yet.
But someone at Walt Disney World has identified the design to dress dapper and disneybound as some of the park’s iconic characters and attractions. Merchandiser Donna Sorrow, who helped design the collection with Disney Design Group artists, recently spoke on Disney parks blog about the what to expect.
“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,” said Sorrow. “These items aren’t costumes, rather the collection contains perfect outfits for guests who have a passion for Disney style.”
“The dress styles are classic in design and contain incredible little details,” continued Sorrow. “Yet all the styles have modern fits which make them wonderful outfits to wear when visiting Disney Parks.”
This collection is dripping with nostalgia. It has outfits that feature elements of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” The Haunted Mansion, and a Twilight Zone Tower of Terror bellhop. Longtime Magic Kingdom fans will also recognize the Orange Bird dress.
Other dress designs echo classic Disney characters and stories including Minnie Mouse, Snow White from Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” and Alice from Walt Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”
Disney says there will be some dresses available in a wide range of sizes, just like Disney fans, up to 3XL. That’s nice too.
The shop will also carry accessories to complete the outfit including a handbag shaped like an apple for Snow White or a Hollywood Tower Hotel suitcase for the bellhop dress.
The new store is expected to open on Marcy 31st taking over part of the space in the existing accessories boutique. The grand opening weekend will feature a trunk show of vintage-inspired apparel. For you West Coast fans, head to Vault 28 in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland. Can’t make it to either coast? You’ll have to dial a friend or use a shopping service as the articles in the collection won’t be available online or via the Shop Disney Parks app at the time of launch. But never say never if this line is popular.
Will you be adding any of thee dresses to your collection?