So it's been a while since I did my in-depth review of the variety of Frozen costumes available from the Disney Store, and I thought I should do an update as there've been many, many more costumes released in the last year. I kept meaning to update the original post but, honestly, there's been so many costumes released and variations that it's been hard to keep up. So, instead I put together this 2015 Frozen Costume Roundup! Note that these are for the Disney Store versions of the costumes only; I'm struggling to keep up with those versions, there's no way I can review the zillions of department-store options as well! If you've seen an especially unique Frozen costume outside of the Disney Store, please feel free to share it in the comments section!
ANNA'S GREEN CORONATION GOWN
Anna's green coronation gown's original deluxe design was re-released last year (as you might recall, the original release was recalled due to bleeding issues with the fabric dye). It was also released as a standard version at the $49 price point. The standard version is quite cute and I highly recommend it in terms of quality for cost. The skirt is a big shorter than in the deluxe, but otherwise it's just as beautiful as the deluxe and significantly less expensive! Additionally, a second deluxe costume was released at the $99 price point. This also has a shorter skirt than the original deluxe and a slightly different bodice design.
Chasing Fireflies (my other favorite costume seller, besides Disney) has released two lovely versions of this dress. I like them because the skirt is pleated and the design embroidered instead of painted. It's $124 and you can check it out here.
Anna's black coronation shoes received a redesign as well: the originals were black sparkly and the newer version has this flocked velvety pattern, but the jewel remains similar.
ANNA'S BLUE TRAVELING COSTUME
There have been several versions of Anna's blue costume over the past year. However, (unless I somehow missed it!) there has not yet been a Deluxe version released for some reason. The Deluxe seems to have been reserved for Elsa's blue dress and Anna's green dress. Anna's blue costume continues to be one of my favorites. The differences in the versions tends to be around the design of the skirt with it's floral pattern and scallops. There was briefly a version released where this design was one piece instead of two layered pieces, but they seem to have realized the error of that design and returned to the two-piece approach. The earlier versions remain the best quality, in my opinion. It also has a two-tier cape.
ELSA'S BLUE COSTUME: STANDARD VERSION
In addition to a restock of the deluxe Elsa costume, there have been several standard versions of Elsa's costume released. The main differences tend to be in the cape (length) and bodice. In general, the bodices on the later version have less and less beadwork (in that the beads cover less of the bodice, in the original version the entire bodice was beadwork and in later versions the spangly beads are becoming more like trim). The differences can be subtle, so I suggest that you look very, very carefully if buying these dresses on the resale (eBay) market this halloween season and be sure to ask questions (like "when did you originally purchase this dress?") to help pinpoint what version it is. Always ask to see photos of the actual dress, not pictures from the Disney Store that the seller has uploaded, to help determine the version as I've seen mismatches between the stock store picture and the one actually for sale---- I don't think it's malicious, I think it's because the differences are subtle. The current version has a singing pendant which is a nice touch!
Elsa's snowflake shoes received a small redesign, with the addition of a strap which should help keep them on! We still prefer a turquoise pair of shoes that we found outside the Disney Store which are more wearable and less pinchy than these clear rubber shoes.
ELSA'S BLUE COSTUME - LIGHT UP EDITION!
The Disney Store just released a "Light Up" version of Elsa's blue costume. They aren't calling this deluxe or Limited Edition, but it is at the LE price point ($199) and arrives in a dress bag like other LE costumes do. This is an intriguing dress because the design is very different than other Elsa costumes we've seen. It has the same fancy buttons of the LE costume, but a very re-imagined neckline and bodice. Alas, my girls are on their way out of Frozen costumes, or I'd be very tempted to order this dress! The cape seems to be made similar to the cape on the LE costume, which is less-sheer than the other versions and very pretty.
ANNA / ELSA SUMMER COSTUMES
Ahead of the Live Action Cinderella movie, Disney released a Frozen short called "Frozen Fever". In it, Anna and Elsa have bright springtime costumes. Disney released a whole line of merchandise to accompany the short, including new dolls, new LE dolls, and a costume set. I originally assumed the "2-in-1" that they advertised meant that this costume was a reversible. However, upon closer inspection it's actually 2 dresses in one package. The cost was $99. This was a bit of a strange move by Disney in my opinion. It was frustrating for us because my girls (4 and 7) like to play Anna/Elsa together, with the big sister being Elsa and the little sister being Anna. Having to buy both costumes in the same size sort of precluded this type of play, unless I wanted to buy 4 costumes! I would have been willing to buy two dresses separately, but because they came together we skipped this costume. Though I'm thinking of picking up a set if/when they go on sale. We visited them in the store and they are quite pretty! Anna's costume is definitely the nicer of the two.
If you're interested in the Elsa Summer costume only, Chasing Fireflies released a version ($150) that is on par with Disney's LE costumes and is just gorgeous! Take a look! Again, if my kids were still into their Frozen costumes, I'd be all over this, but alas they seem to be Frozened-out.
Original Anna/Elsa Crowns (1st version)
Floral Anna/Elsa Crowns with wands (2nd version)
Current Anna/Elsa crowns with metallic cameo (3rd version)
The new crowns (currently available from the DisneyStore.com as of Aug 2015) are the prettiest version by far!