A few weeks ago, we were invited to attend a preview of the new American Girl Store opening up at the Florida Mall in Orlando. The girls don’t have an American Girl doll yet, but they pour through the catalogs every time one arrives in our mailbox (and I usually have to find someone-usually a mom of all boys who happens to get one delivered to her house-to give us another one so that the girls can each have their own to ooooh & aaaaah over).
I knew the girls would love a sneak peek at this new store, and it would just make their want for an American Girl doll that much more (good thing they are getting them for Christmas from nan & paps!).
I didn’t even tell the girls that we were going until the day of. I actually let my mom tell them, because it was on a Wednesday afternoon when she usually picks up the kids to spend a fun afternoon with her (since it’s early day) and I knew if I let her tell the girls that we were going somewhere special, they wouldn’t be so sad that she didn’t take them to the park like she usually does on a nice Wednesday afternoon.
My friend, Melissa, and her daughter, Emma, actually tagged along, too. It was a nice girls’ night out and the girls were in heaven the whole time. When we entered the doors of this store, we stopped at every single display and oooooh’d and aaaaah’d over everything we saw (much like the girls do when they get the catalogs in the mail). It was like a living, breathing American Girl catalog. I couldn’t even believe it when we walked up to one display that had a doll sitting in a wheel chair, wearing a cast on her leg, wearing a cast on her arm and wearing a finger splint! I mean, come on, they think of everything!
The girls told me everything they wanted for Christmas (pretty much every single thing in the store) and picked out the dolls they wanted to tell nan & paps about. Lexie wants Kit (OMG, she’s the cutest thing ever!) and Lilah wants Julie, the hippie doll that we thought Lexie would have wanted since she is our living hippie (but Lilah loved the long blonde hair and braid, of course!).
The girls all walked away with a goodie bag of books and magazines and even an American Girl tshirt for their future dolls. We loved our time there and the girls cannot wait to go back. What we loved even better? Two days after we were there was the Grand Opening, when an expected 10k+ people were there, waiting in long lines and not getting to shop as leisurely as we did probably. Win for us.
I was not compensated for this post, we were invited to the preview and the girls received their goody bags, but all opinions are 100% my own.