This past winter my husband had a business trip in Florida. Our little daughter and I were lucky enough to get to go with him, and when his business was done we made a little side trip over to Disney World for a couple of days. So much fun!!! I never thought I’d ever go there, so when we walked through the security into the park, I got a little teary eyed. Growing up, there were seven of us kids and not lots of money to go around so Disney Land wasn’t something we ever got to do. Now I was experiencing Disney as an adult with my little 3 year old and it was amazing! One of the days we chose to go to the Animal Kingdom, which was awesome! Our daughter loved seeing all the animals from different parts of the world. When Tryazon offered this new Disney Animal World set to review, I knew my daughter would love it, and I was right!
I hosted a little Animal World party for some friends and their children to give them a chance to see how their kids liked this toy. This new play set features all your favorite classic Disney characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daffy, Goofy and Pluto. They are all dressed up for adventure in their safari outfits. The set also features all kinds of animals – elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, and lots more! It came with a set of books, each one sharing information on various types of animals.
A play mat that looks like terrain from where these animals would live adds another dimension to the fun! A handy box to keep everything in when not being played with was really nice! And they included a cute backpack in bright blue, yellow and green with Mickey & Minnie on it so kids can carry some of their toys with them to a friend’s house if desired. My daughter was so excited to play with these animals and has spent at least an hour each session of play devoted to these toys. She has used her imagination and incorporated some of her other toys into the play, she’s even incorporated some of our furniture to expand the animal’s world!
These toys do not come all at once in a set, but it is rather a subscription program. Here are the details, straight from Tryazon:
“By subscribing, guests will receive the first two books (with figurines) for free
with $4.95 shipping and handling.
After subscribing, every month guests will receive 4 new issues of Disney Ani-
mal World, each issue comes complete with hardback book and 2 figurines
for just $7.95 plus $1.95 shipping and handling for each book/figure.
With the subscription, guests will receive 4 fantastic FREE gifts: Book storage
box FREE with shipment; Playmat FREE shipment; Backpack FREE with ship-
ment; Animal storage box with shipment. Free gifts are only available with
an active subscription. If the subscription is cancelled prior to a free gift be-
ing due, guests will not be entitled to receive the free gift or any subsequent
free gifts. They may also receive up to 4 special shipments per year of se-
lected items to complement their collection. They will receive details and
pricing in advance so they can notify the company if they do not wish to
To be honest, this description of how the subscription process works is a little confusing to me. I’m not clear on how many figurines come with the first two books. I also am not clear on how much you’re getting and for what price once you have subscribed. Every month you’ll get 4 new issues (is that one issue per week or all four once per month?) and it’s $7.95 and $1.95 shipping for EACH book/figure? So is that more like close to $35.00 per month or is it close to $10.00 per month? I’m just not clear on all that. I think they should make that process more clear for customers. Here are some links to give you more information and allow you to sign up for the subscription process if you like: http://www.disneyanimalworld.com/default/ and http://www.eaglemoss.com/en-en/kids/disney-animal-world-2/
I would probably give this toy 8 out of 10 stars. I think the toys are well made and are great for probably up to 3 or 4 years old. Some of the children that came to our little party were 5 years old and became bored rather quickly. The younger children – from 1 year up to 4 did have fun and enjoyed playing with the toys for a longer period of time. I like that they come with a book full of facts and photos of the real animals, making this an educational toy. I’m not fully certain I like the subscription idea. I think to start out a child needs more than one book and two figures. I don’t think it would hold their attention for long, however the idea of having more coming in the mail could be exciting for little ones.
What are some of your favorite educational and imaginative play building toys?
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