Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Paper Doll Princess?

Once upon a time, paper dolls were something little girls played as a dress up activity. Technology has now replaced this, along with many other childhood activities, with digital ones.

Dress up. It's a rite of passage for children. It stimulates their imagination and allows their minds to create things adults no longer allow to enter in their thoughts. It's a requirement of childhood, and a way for the news ones here to develop ideas of what they see for their little lives. Disney has had a great handle on this for many years. I mean, when you go to Disneyland, does it EVER occur to you that you are in Anaheim? Why would it? You simply are NOT. You are in a transported place that magically makes the outside world disappear. The same is true for Vegas and ice skating competitions. You don't notice the time, the day or whether it's dark or light. You simply do what is there in front of you and become disoriented upon re-entry to the 'real' world at some point.

But enough philosophy.

My daughter and I recently had the opportunity to review the Disney Princess Royal Salon app that is a princess dress up game. Princesses Ariel, Belle, Cinderella and Rapunzel are the choices, and each setting offers apparel, accessories and magic sparkles with which to decorate your chosen princess. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her pinks and purples, and has an array of dolls and stuffed animals that include some princess related items. But her true love is horses. Rarely since she first sat on a horse has she turned her attention to anything else. But when I presented the app for her, the first thing that got her attention was that I was allowing her to use my coveted phone. My children never touch my phone. It is command central for me and nothing comes near it. Once she got past that, she was seriously interested in creation. Her favorite is Ariel, and Rapunzel is a close second. She enjoyed choosing which party to send the princesses to and what they should wear. Now, in all honesty, my daughter is pretty creative in her own clothing choices, so I didn't expect a Martha Stewart invitation choice or clean cut hairdos on the young ladies. She did not disappoint.

Rapunzel is seen here with a multitude of bows adorning her. My daughter was frustrated with Rapunzel's hair and not able to do what she thought the hair should do. So she covered it with bows.


Belle got lucky with three tiaras and a pink hoody. 

Rapunzel also got an invitation to the masquerade ball, at which she sported a purse on her bicep.

We had a good time playing with the Royal Salon, and my daughter was especially happy to be allowed to play with my phone. But that's only because I realized too late that I should have downloaded it onto the iPad the kids are allowed to use. Royal Salon is a simple app and fun to use, and best of all, no paper cuts.

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I received a copy of Royal Salon to facilitate this review.

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