Disney magic comes home for the holidays


By Maria Pilar Clark

Contributor and blogger

Disney is in the business of making magic, and frankly, they're darn good at it. Find inspiration in a collection of old and new character-themed books, dolls and playsets to put under the tree.

Get the kids in t122109_DisneyPrincessFrogCookbookhe kitchen with Tiana's Cookbook: Recipes for Kids, a new how-to from Disney Press packed with easy-to-follow, kid-friendly recipes (think Froggy-in-the-Water Cupcakes, Big Daddy's Sugar Cookies, Mama Odie's Muffuletta Sandwich and more) straight from The Princess and the Frog. Rated on a five-frog scale for difficulty, each page features a large photo (so you can see what the end result should look like), along with lots of colorful images and trivia from the movie.122109_DisneyTianaDoll

Little princesses in the making can live the froggy fairy tale over and over again with a plush The Princess and the Frog Tiana doll. The soft, 21-in. doll (other Disney princesses available, too) comes dressed in a sparkling green gown complete with tiara and has soft, embroidred features.

Give Barbie a break an122109_DisneyStoreSnowWhiteDoll3d go for something more "happily ever after" with Disney's Deluxe Snow White Doll and Wardrobe Play Set. Inspired by the company's first full-length film, the dressable doll comes in a collector's display box with four different costumes, two pairs of shoes, a wedding veil and hair bows to match. Not too bad for a girl that once defined shabby chic.122109_DisneyMinnieMouse

Even the littlest mouseketeers have treasures to tote. Keep them from cluttering up your carryall with a sweet Minnie Mouse Toy Purse. Shaped just like the girly mouse herself, the plastic set includes a pretend cell phone, car keys, a lipstick and c122109_DisneyMickeyChooChooompact.

Mickey Mouse's Magic Choo Choo Train Set invites little engineers to recreate the special episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Rides the Choo-Choo Express from Playhouse Disney. Choose from two modes of play to extend the fun, including a function that allows the train to pick up and lay down track automatically. The set includes the engine, one car, a Mickey Mouse figurine, 10 pieces of track and two signs. One wish? That Disney would come out with expansion packs and accessores (think bridges and additional cars) to elongate the track.

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