Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle Review with Toys R Us

castleWith two brothers bouncing about the house my daughter doesn’t always have the opportunity for purely girl based play. In fact when I told her that Toys R Us were sending over this dolls-house and we were going to write a Disney Ultimate Dream Castle review she didn’t seem all that excited at first. Thankfully the castle has inspired a huge amount of play and a rather surprising reaction from all my kids.

IMG_7973The excitement started as soon as my kids saw the completed castle, standing at over 3ft tall it’s huge! That alone makes this one impressive toy as far as most kids are concerned and all my children were thoroughly impressed.

The castle has three storeys, six themed rooms and a Rapunzel hair ‘elevator’. Your dolls enter via the front door arriving in Snow White’s Kitchen complete with oven, trolley and various cooking accessories. A short walk over and you enter Belle’s Dining room with large dining table and chairs. Lumiere and two napkins sit in the centre and can be rotated with special dials on the side of the table.

IMG_0491On the second floor your princess can relax in Ariel’s bathroom complete with bathtub and toilet. In the centre of this floor Sleeping Beauty can ask the giant mirror who is the fairest of them all as she primps and styles herself to perfection at her vanity station. Moving across leads to Cinderella’s sewing room where Suzy the Mouse sits upon an elegant chair.

IMG_0490On the top floor there’s a grand bed fit for any of the princess dolls (Merida from Brave lives there in my daughter’s castle) and a tower balcony for Rapunzel to let down her hair or ride it instead with her hair elevator. The elevator can accommodate any of the princess dolls and is great fun to watch them spin down to the ground floor.

Surprisingly enough (or not if you don’t bow to gender stereotypes) all my children, including the boys enjoy playing with this castle. The elevator seems to provide a lot of amusement and with prince dolls readily available there’s plenty of scope for the boys to get involved as well. After all they all enjoy the films that these characters are based on, so playing with them seems natural to them. My daughter is no longer forced to play with typical ‘boy’ toys if she wants to play with her brothers, they can now play along with her castle as well.


The castle is only made of plastic and I did wonder if it would survive enthusiastic play from three young children, thankfully it still looks as good as the day it arrived.

Value for money

With an RRP of £199.99 (£149.99 at Toys R Us currently) clearly this toy is a considered purchase, however included in the pack you receive 35 play pieces including elegant furniture and accessories (ovens, table, chairs, cutlery etc.) It also includes Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast, Pascal from Tangled and Suzy Mouse from Cinderella.

No dolls are included which seems a shame however anyone considering this castle will probably own a princess or two before purchase anyway.

Would I recommend this product?

If you have the space to house this castle and any children who are ardent fans of Disney films then your kids are bound to thank you for the acquisition of this toy house. It obviously commands quite a high price but relevant to other similar options (Barbie etc) it doesn’t stand out as being overly inflated.

Could it be improved in anyway?

My only complaint with the entire castle is that one of our turrets would just not fit on, we think it may have been squashed or warped in the box. Thankfully my daughter hasn’t noticed its loss but if I’d bought this castle then it would annoy me.

I think a special edition doll only available with the castle would have been a lovely touch as well.


The Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle is available right now from Toys R Us stores and their website!

Lego Castle Launches At Warwick Castle

Lego Castle

Through the mists of time and the world of legend springs forth the brand new Lego Castle range! Whether you have knightly aspirations or long to be rescued from a dragon’s keep, this is sure to be the Lego set for you. It certainly appealed to my family as we traversed the ancient grounds of Warwick Castle to see its launch this weekend past.

Lego Warwick Castle

We began our journey with a treasure trail about the grounds, hunting high and low for dragon eggs. The clues led us around and about until finally we reached the fabled Lego flag and claimed our prize: chocolate coins! Lego Warwick Castle

Next we rode invisible horses to the Lego tent situated just outside the magnificent Warwick Castle gatehouse. Here we built castles, stables and buildings inspired by our surroundings.Lego Building

We met the beautiful Lego Princess who came to thank us for joining her quest.

The event is not just intended for us writerly types though. If you would like to join in, Lego Castle is hosting two weeks of castle-building capers from 12 to 26 August including costumed characters, build a castle play area and a treasure trail. Plus you have the bonus of being able to explore historic Warwick Castle and pretend you are a character from the current TV program The White Queen. Or is that just me?

Warwick Castle

At the launch we were lucky enough to be able to view and play with all the new playsets. We instantly fell in love with the bright red dragon from the Dragon Mountain set (70403, RRP: £34.99) and I have already been told about 100 times how my kids ‘need’ (not want need) the huge new King’s Castle (70404, RRP: £79.99).

King's Castle

As a family we are self confessed Lego nuts, my kids have Lego shoes, Lego clothes, Lego clocks, Lego watches and a copious amount of the bricky stuff itself. I suppose this could be due to my husband and me being a bit overly Lego mad from childhood. It’s wonderful to see the kids share our passion. We are also quite keen on history and mythological tales, so it’s easy to see how Lego Castle might appeal to us.King's Castle

We were fortunate to be given a few boxes of the smallest playset ‘Forest Ambush’ (70400, RRP: £7.99) to take home and try out. In comparison to the licensed ranges of Lego, the Castle range seems far better value (a small box of LOTR Lego will normally set you back £12-£13 as a comparison). The set contains two good knights, two bad, a dog, a cart with treasure chest and disguised forest ambush. The kids (and adults) had a lot of fun playing with these sets, but I think you really need more to fully appreciate the range.

Lego Castle

We were so taken with the characters that we hurried out to buy the Dragon playset the very next day 🙂 and our lounge has become chivalric beyond belief!

I took plenty of photos of the play in action but in the end I thought a video might better illustrate the fun we had, so without further ado I give you a little family animation we call….

The Princess’s Rescue!

The Princess has been kidnapped by the Dark Wizard, can the Knight save her and defeat the dragon?

Lego At Warwick Castle Details

Lego Castle are hosting the activities above between 12 to 26 August 2013.

Book online in advance for the best value entrance fees: adults from £17.10 and children from £11.70. Check www.warwick-castle.com for prices and latest attraction schedule.

Lego Castle Details

LEGO Castle is suitable for children aged 5+ and is available in toy shops nationwide from August 2013.

For further information log on to LEGO.com/CASTLE