While Disney Parks and fans are celebrating the 50th birthday of the “it’s a small world” attraction, I will be reviewing a few “small world” products. Earlier this week, I reviewed the “it’s a small world” hardcover book.
When my family and I were vacationing at Disney World last fall, we bought this Bathtub Boat Set from Mickey’s Star Traders in Tomorrowland. It was labeled as being a toy for 18 months and up. The cost was $14.95, which I thought was reasonable, especially considering the number of pieces that come with the set.
The set came in this nice, zip-up carrying case–a perfect solution for keeping those little people together. It’s also easy for small hands to carry around.
The boat itself has shallow dents where the characters go. It’s fairly difficult for our son (who is now 21 months old) to put the people in their places. Sometimes he can get them to stay, even if they’re not completely in, but when he can’t, he gets really frustrated. So, with this toy, he plays best when we’re nearby to help.
I wish the holes and pegs were a little bit bigger, more like they are on FisherPrice’s Little People. The small size and shallow depth of the holes make it difficult for little hands to accurately get the people into the boat. When they are in there, they fall out easily.
I think the cuteness of the characters partially makes up for the design flaws, however. The set includes Stitch, Alice, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Donald, decked in a sombrero, like in “The Three Caballeros.”
The main part of each character is a soft plastic. The painted parts are more shiny and more slick-feeling. After use, the painted parts have gotten a few, tiny scuffs on them from where they’ve rubbed together, but nothing major, as you can tell from the pictures.
Also, we’ve chosen to not use this bath toy in the bath, since I know from experience that baths eventually ruin toys (although this toy doesn’t have holes to allow water inside any of its parts).
Even though loading the people up for “the happiest cruise that ever sailed,” is a little tricky, our son still loves this toy. I’d even say it’s one of his favorites. He’ll get it out of his room sometimes and start humming a song, which I can only assume is his adorable version of “it’s a small world.” (He’s heard Disney music a lot around our house!)
I am sad to say that this used to be available on the Disney Store’s website. That’s where I saw it first, in fact, but it’s not there now. So, I cannot guarantee that it’s still sold at the Parks. You could use this method and ask if it is available from Disney Merchandise Guest Services.
Despite it’s shortcomings, we still love this toy and would definitely recommend it. I think you’ll enjoy it too.
Nothing was received in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not solicited by any company or organization.