Thursday, 22 July 2010

PREVIEW: Disney at Christmas

20Somethingmum was lucky enough to get an exclusive sneak peek at what family favourite DISNEY will have across its range for Christmas 2010. Here, she shows you a selection of her personal picks for all ages....


Disney, being a longstanding all ages brand, has something from the tiniest to the oldest fan, and their Christmas 2010 range is no different. Their nursery range is classic and timeless. Mainly made up of Winnie the Pooh and his friends, I was very impressed with items such as snug snowsuits, and colourful baby gyms. The prices of items was cheaper than I expected- items in the range start at a very reasonable £4.99 (Baby Stacking Rings, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, available from September at most major retailers and Disney Stores). I do feel that Disney know that perhaps parents don't quite have the spending power of a few years back, and have lowered prices to reflect this. Happily, they haven't altered their great quality as well.

My personal picks are the Winnie The Pooh Christmas outfits (from newborn to 12 months available from The Disney Store).  Priced at £16.00 for the girls set and £14.00 for the boys, these would make great presents for a child's first Christmas, to wear on Christmas day-imagine the ahhs that would follow!

Or how about Story Book Pooh, an Interactive Pooh Bear plush toy (£25.00, The Disney Store)? It sings Pooh bears favourite songs and reads a story about his love of hunny. A slightly more expensive option, but one which will be used again and again.


Of course, Disney caters for toddlers upto tweens too, and this year they are relaunching their Disney Dressing up classics, with redesigns of old favourites such as Snow White, and newer characters like the Frog Princess and Woody included too. There is a great selection for boys and girls of all ages. Starting at £25.00, and sold at The Disney Store, these are sure to prove popular.

On the subject of Toy Story, with film number 3 at cinemas, its a given that there will be at least one item from the film on your child's wish list this year- who can forget the scrums in toy shops for a Buzz Lightyear toy when the original film was released?

From talking to simply cuddly, there are a whole range of different versions of all the characters, starting at £7.00 for mini beanie characters and rising to £25 for a Talking doll.

Also included are bedroom furniture, including a smart juniour bed which comes with frame, headboard, mattress and zip up storage for under the bed (£149.99, available from major stockists), and a table and 2 stools set (£49.99, available from Tesco, Amazon, Smyths Toys, Littlewoods and Costco).

And for the truly funky, Disney have teamed up with sports shoe retailer Adidas to bring us a range of Toys Story trainers in funky colours and designs, starting at £25 for infants and £35 for juniour sizes.


For the more girly who are perhaps a little old for dressing costumes, to tie in with the release of Rapunzel, Tinkerbell and the reissues to Blu-Ray of some classics from the archives, there are a whole range of dolls available to buy, either individually or in box sets (ideal for collectors too!). Starting at £8.99 each, these are available from major UK retailers in time for Christmas.


If, like me, you love Disney however old you are, or perhaps if you have a daughter mad for everything Hannah Montana, again, Disney do not disappoint.

From stylish Mickey Mouse notebooks and diaries (price to be confirmed), sparkly jewellery featuring Tinkerbell and Minnie Mouse (£20 from Truffle Shuffle and and even clever folding shoes with diamante detail (£40 Fenwicks and Hoopers stores), there is something for all Disney ages.

Even though with Miley growing too old for her role as international teen superstar Hannah Montana, the character is still sure to be popular, and with that in mind, slightly younger teens can indulge their very own pop star fantasies with some of the range of Hannah Montana gifts available. My pick is the Hannah Montana Ready to Rock Case, which comes complete with a full length micro phone pen, so they can sing away the home work blues, the case doubles as a handy trinket box (£15, the Disney Store).


If you have succumbed to the call of the Wii console or similar, or love a good blu ray when the TV schedules over Christmas let you down for family entertainment, then fear not, there's lots to keep your busy thumbs happy!

The new Toy Story 3 game will shortly be available in all formats, as well as Tron Evolution, and Cars Toon: Maters Tall Tales, or wait until later in the year for full on family fun with Disney Sing it: Family Hits (for the Nintendo Wii and Sony Playstation 3), or new platform game Disney Epic Mickey (Nintendo Wii).

Available to buy on Blu Ray are reissues of Fantasia, possibly one of the most awe inspiring of the Disney Classics which will have all ages riveted, most asked for Disney film Beauty and the Beast and new film from a beloved character, Tinkerbell in her Great Fairy Rescue.

So, there's some of my top toys and gifts from Disney to look out for.
Coming shortly,  a preview of Wilkinson's Christmas offerings, especially for the thrifty shopper.

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