A few weeks ago, Build-A-Bear Workshop invited me to build a Disney Princess Bear, and since I knew I would be visiting the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, I absolutely knew I had to build the bear at their Downtown Disney location. I have always wanted to visit that store to check out their Disney-themed merchandise, so the timing couldn't be better.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney has everything you can find in a regular Build-A-Bear store, with added pinch of pixie dust to give it a bit of Disney magic. The store is spread out over 2 floors, with cute bear sculptures adorning the walls, ceiling and stairwell. Giant Mickey ear hats form display boards at the top of display shelves. Everywhere you look, there are Disney-themed clothes and accessories for Build-A-Bear friends. You can find some Disney-themed merchandise in regular stores and some online, but you'll find the full set here, plus some items exclusive to this store.
For example, the Downtown Disney District Bear is exclusive to the Build-A-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney.
The Minnie Mouse Inspired Bear is not exclusive to Downtown Disney, but once they stop selling it in regular stores and online, they will continue to sell it at Downtown Disney.
The Downtown Disney store is the only Build-A-Bear Workshop where you can build your own stuffed dinosaur! A portion of the second floor is devoted to Build-A-Dino animals, clothes and accessories.
Here's a sampling of the dinosaurs you can make: Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegasaurus, Diplodocus, Velociraptor, Apatosaurus, Stegasaurus, Carnotaurus and T-Rex. The Sabretoothed Tiger and Wooly Mammoth are also part of this collection, even if they aren't dinosaurs. I even saw the most adorable caveman and cavewoman outfits, which I assume can't be found anywhere else.
This store sells Disney costumes galore. You might find some at regular Build-A-Bear stores, and others online, but only the Downtown Disney store stocks such a variety. They had
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White
- Winnie the Pooh
- The Red Queen
I've saved my favorites for last, and I'm including photos:
Buzz and Woody!
The Villains: Ursula, Cruella de Ville and Captain Hook!
Pirates of the Caribbean!
Star Wars: Jedi Knight and Darth Vader!
Alice and the Mad Hatter!
And for those days when your Build-A-Bear doesn't want to wear a costume, Build-A-Bear also offers Disney-themed everyday clothes and accessories. Like the Disney costumes, you can find a small selection online and an even smaller selection in stores, but it's all here at the Downtown Disney store. The girly outfits are so cute: Minnie headbands, Minnie princess ears, Minnie purses, Tinkerbell and Disney Princess tees, even Minnie underwear!
If you have a son, don't worry. Not everything in the store is pastel and glitter. There are tons of unisex and boy-themed outfits, including Mickey shoes and character tees. I saw Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars tees, as well as Mickey ears, a Pluto cap and a Goofy hat. Little girls aren't the only ones who can get matching outfits for themselves and their Build-A-Bear friends :)
The Build-A-Bear Workshop in Downtown Disney is truly a special store. It's definitely worth stopping by while you're visiting Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort.
Visit my Flickr page for more adorable photos from my visit to the Downtown Disney Build-A-Bear Workshop!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary Disney Princess Bear, outfit and accessories from Build-A-Bear Workshop. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.