2015 Frozen Costumes Update

Do a google search for "Frozen Costumes" and you'll quickly get a sense for the overwhelming number of variations and options!

Do a google search for "Frozen Costumes" and you'll quickly get a sense for the overwhelming number of variations and options!

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

Original Deluxe costume     

Original Deluxe costume

 

Standard Version (sold out)

Standard Version (sold out)

Current Deluxe version available from the DisneyStore.com ($99) - Aug 2015

Current Deluxe version available from the DisneyStore.com ($99) - Aug 2015

For my original review of Anna's Green costume, go here.

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. 

Original, first release shoes

Original, first release shoes

Second version

Second version

Current version (Aug 2015)

Current version (Aug 2015)


ANNA'S BLUE TRAVELING COSTUME

Original Standard Anna costume

Original Standard Anna costume

Standard version with single skirt design

Standard version with single skirt design

Current standard version available from DisneyStore.com ($49) - Aug 2015

Current standard version available from DisneyStore.com ($49) - Aug 2015

For my original review of Anna's blue costume, go here.

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

The current Elsa standard costume available from the DisneyStore.com - $49... it sings!

The current Elsa standard costume available from the DisneyStore.com - $49... it sings!

For my original review of Elsa's blue costume, go here.

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.

Original Shoes

Original Shoes

Current shoes (August 2015)

Current shoes (August 2015)


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

Anna/Elsa "2-in-1" Frozen Fever costumes from DisneyStore.com

Anna/Elsa "2-in-1" Frozen Fever costumes from DisneyStore.com

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.

Elsa's summer costumes from Chasing Fireflies

Elsa's summer costumes from Chasing Fireflies


ACCESSORIES

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!

Many Minnie Costumes! - Sir Mickey's

Guess what we learned on our trip? The Minnie Mouse in the gift shop at the exit of Princess Fairytale Hall changes her clothes! 

It just so happened that we had FP+s for Princess Meet&Greets on two different days on our trip. After the first Meet&Greet the girls were pretty excited to see the Minnie Mouse dressed in an Elsa Costume at Sir Mickey's gift shop. But two days later she was dressed in a blue gown! How cool is that! 

How did I not know about this until now!? It just goes to show that there's always something new to discover, no matter how many times you've visited Disney before! I'm hoping that this isn't JUST a Frozen thing and that Minnie has a whole wardrobe of Princess dresses in her size!

I couldn't find a lot of photos online... have you seen Minnie Mouse wearing any other outfits? 

Frozen merchandise finally coming to Build-a-Bear!

Frozen merchandise is coming to Build-a-Bear "in time for the holiday shopping season". Honestly, I'm surprised it took them so long! We've been getting by since last Christmas with the Anna/Elsa American Girl sized costumes that "Santa" brought (from Etsy), but the girls get frustrated getting them on/off their ShellieMay bears

I'm pretty surprised that BABW was able to license sound bites for the popular movie songs.... I was hoping to avoid buying more bears, but that might be hard to do, they look so cute! And apparently they'll sing!! Alternatively, I'm thinking maybe I can work the soundchips into the bears' costumes somehow in the same way that some of the Limited Edition costumes have singing amulets...I sense some bedazzling in my future. :-)

UPDATE: Shortly after finishing up this post I received a VIP email from BABW that the Frozen merchandise was available from the online store. I tried, but was unable to place an order online. So, I called up and ordered the costumes for the girls via their customer service line and they said that they were experiencing a ton of calls even though the email went out to "only the VIP list". Our local BABW location said that they'll have the bears available on the 1st of November, so we're going to try and go make the bears this Saturday.... I wanted to make sure we got the costumes, just in case they sell out, but the girls LOVE making their own bears so I decided not to buy the bears from the online store, and take our chances on the 1st... the woman I spoke with said that they'd received 5 crates of Elsa and Anna bears.... hopefully that'll last a few hours! :-)

Below are our handmade from 'Santa' bear costumes, purchased from EliesStitches (Etsy)

Trunk-or-Treat (2014)

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On Wednesday of last week, my coworker mentioned an upcoming Trunk-or-Treat that she was taking her kids to. "Whats a trunk-or treat?" I asked. "You take the kids to a parking lot and folks hand out candy from their cars." she answered.  "Oh."

Then, Thursday afternoon my good friend called to ask whether she could borrow the Frozen decorations we had leftover from last April's Frozen-themed birthday party.  "Sure!" I said, "For what?"  To which she replied, "The kids' school Trunk-or-Treat". 

So, I googled Trunk-or-Treat and can I just say... OMG! People turn their trunks into spooky/fun dioramas and the kids go car-to-car for candy! Adorable! So I pulled my husband over to show him the cute pictures and he mentioned the our daughters' school was having a Trunk-or-Treat on Friday. 24hrs is totally enough time to put together a Trunk-or-Tream plan, right? Totally! 


Pirate Trunk

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We decided to go with a Pirate themed trunk... primarily because I'd just agreed to loan all our Frozen stuff to our friends. ;-)  

The decorations are from our 2013 Pirate & Princesses birthday party, with the addition of a Halloween store skeleton, which I can definitely put to use since we don't have a lot of Halloween decorations (despite Halloween being my favorite holiday!) I had wanted to take the raft that we made as a table for the pirate party, but it wouldn't fit in our car (we really need a friend with a pick up truck!) Regardless, I think we did a pretty good job, considering that 24hrs earlier I had no idea what a Trunk-or-Treat was, right? 

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I didn't really know what to expect. When I brought out the gold chest from the basement my husband teased that ours was going to be overboard, but that wasn't the case at all! I was really blown away by the variety and creativity of the other cars. The kids were free to run around 'unsupervised' in the closed parking lot. It was so much fun! 

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We played our "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" album, and handed out gold chocolate coins to all the kids dressed a pirates and twirlers to everyone else. My husband and I enjoyed practicing our Pirate puns while the girls felt so grown up to be on their own with their friends. Evangeline's favorite part by far was the "hot coffee"--- she thought she was hot stuff with a 'cup like Mommy's'.  (No worries, 'hot coffee' served by an elementary school is actually just tepid hot cocoa).  

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(Oh, and PS, the Pirate decorations only got creepier as the night went on!) :-)

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All-in-all, we had a ton of fun and I can't wait until next year to do it again! 


Frozen Trunk

Here is the trunk our friends put together, as photographed by my friend Adam who is an insanely talented local photographer. (If you're local to the Michigan area, you might check out his services over at Breakfast With Adam).  It was their first time doing a Trunk-or-Treat too, and reported that they also had a blast! They said the kids were lining up to get their pictures taken with the Elsa/Anna cardboard cut out and the homemade Marshmallow was a big hit, too. 

I saved their trunk for the end because it seriously puts our to shame. :-)

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out these awesome trunks made by the other parents! They're amazing!!! Going to have to step up my creativity for next year! 

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Disney on Ice (2014)

This past weekend we attended Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes. I don't know whether it's an urban legend or not, but I've read that the Disney Princess franchise was started because of a Disney on Ice show, variations on this account: 

"Former Nike, Inc. executive Andy Mooney was appointed chairman of The Walt Disney Company's Disney Consumer Products division in the late 1990s. While attending his first Disney on Ice show, Mooney noticed that several young girls attending the show were dressed in princess attire that were not authentic Disney products."They were generic princess products they’d appended to a Halloween costume," Mooney told The New York Times. Concerned by this, Mooney addressed the company the following morning and encouraged them to commence work on a legitimate Disney Princess franchise in January 2000." (wikipedia

In honor of that, I always let the girls dress up when we do a Disney on Ice show (this is our third). This year, though, I added the stipulation that they couldn't dress up as Elsa--- a good thing, too,  because we would have lost them in the sea of Elsas!  Viola chose to wear her Limited Edition Anna dress (which is very warm) and Evangeline picked Sleeping Beauty with a heavy pink cloak that I recently snagged from our local thrift store (for $2!) --- sometimes when we've attended Disney on Ice in the past it's been very cold, while other times fairly warm, so I dress the girls in layers and over the years have picked up a few cloaks like Eva wore as an alternative to covering their beautiful dresses in winter coats, which always seems like a shame! 

We purchased our tickets for Princesses and Heroes several months ago. Sometime between then and now, the Frozen characters were added to the lineup. The girls were thrilled --- the entire stadium was thrilled.  There's something magical about a crowd full of girls singing along to Let It Go--- at this point, I know lots of parents are getting sick of the song/franchise, but I still think it's charming the way the kids are so, so into it. I was surprised by the crowds reaction to Olaf, too. He was extremely popular.

The Frozen sequence covered most of the second act of the show, and it was very well done. I'd love to take the girls to see the Disney on Ice: Frozen, but we will be headed out to Walt Disney World right around the time it comes to our local stadium. Priorities, people. 

I took a video of the show but I wasn't sure about the rules of sharing it here--- I know many bloggers record shows to share in their reviews, but I didn't want to risk it. Instead, here is the official "first look" of the Frozen on Ice show from the official Disney channel. It was all this and more in person... really, really exciting. Just imagine it with about 2,000 kids singing along and it will be like you were there! :-)

I'm really glad that they added highlights from Frozen to the Princesses & Heroes show, which included For the First Time in Forever, Let it Go, the Let it Go reprise, In Summer, and an extra Let it Go reprise. We would definitely be going to see the full show if it weren't so close to our trip! All-in-all we were really impressed with the production quality of this show: there were acrobatic tricks that had me covering my eyes with worry (catapults on skates?! what?!) and a giant fire breathing dragon that had Viola jumping out of her seat with excitement.

It was pretty hard to keep the kids in their seats, actually. They all wanted to dance to their favorite songs! "You know what this show needs?" my husband commented at one point: "A toddler mosh pit". 

One bit of advice for parents attending Disney on Ice shows: considering bringing your own light-up whirly-gig toys. We usually do, but we've burned them all out, so we promised the girls we would pick them up new light-up-somethings this time. SO EXPENSIVE.