Just in time to make little girls dreams come true for the holidays, the American Girl Store is now open in Orlando. I was invited to attend the soft opening, and it was a magical afternoon. (I may also have opened Pandora’s box because now my girls have a wish list a mile line, but I am right there with them – American Girls are awesome.) We’ve looked through American Girl catalogues before, but seeing the dolls in person — it was impossible not to fall in love with everything.
More than just a store, the American Girl Store is an experience. Enter into the world of American Girl for shopping, dinning and even pampering (for the dolls, of course).
American Girl Store Bistro
The highlight of our visit was dessert at the American Girl Store Bistro. At the Bistro families can enjoy brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or dessert. Not only can girls dine on a delicious meal, their dolls are invited to join too.
American Girl Salon
If your American Girl’s hair is looking rather worn, it is time to take her in for some pampering. At the American Girl Salon, girls can choose from a number of new hairstyles for their doll. Prices for a new doll ‘do range from $10 – 25 and additional pampering options (like a face scrub and spa robe) can be added to any hair style.
Since my girls Bitty Babies lack hair, we didn’t try any salon services — this time. But I have a feeling that a visit to the salon will be in our future soon. Salon appointments are first come first serve.
For those who aren’t familiar with American Girl, Bitty Baby are the baby dolls. Until last year, the line was limited to jut a few doll choices and a few accessories. Now the line has been expanded to include 11 dolls and tons of accessories. Baby Sister is the perfect age for Bitty Baby, and if I let her she would have stayed in the Bitty Baby section all day playing with the dolls. She was particularly enamored with the bathtub and feeding sets.
American Girl of the Year
K has had a Bitty Baby since her little sister was born, but after visiting the American Girl Store she decided it is time to move up to an American Girl Doll. We looked at and admired every doll in the store, and after much debate she has her heart set on Isabelle, the 2014 Girl of the Year. Not only does she have blonde hair like K, but she is also a dancer. K is certain that she will find an Isabelle under the tree this year.