My children LOVE Disney, which child doesn’t, but their all time favourite film, and one that we watch on repeat, is Beauty & The Beast. For me, it’s probably up there with my favourites too, I love the characters, the music and, most of all, the message it teaches our children that beauty is only skin deep.
When the children saw the ‘Disney Princess Belles musical tea cart’ advertised on the television, you can imagine their response. “I want that!” they had all told me, Eva even circling it in the Smyths Christmas catalogue, and I had told them they would have to wait and see what Father Christmas brings. And yet it turns out that, thank you to the lovely people at Disney, we were very lucky to be send the toy to review, and the children couldn’t wait to play with it.
As with all toys, I’m always hopeful that they will be easy to assemble. Anything that involves screwdrivers gets a thumbs down from me, but luckily this was really straightforward and simply clicked together.
The tea cart consists of a teapot, two cups, two spoons and a revolving tray. It also plays the music from Beauty & The Beast, “Be our guest!” while the cart is pushed along. There is an on/off switch underneath that you might want to familiarise yourself with, “Sorry kids the batteries have ran out!” is another phrase you’ll thank me for later.
The set comes with an invitation to the tea party which can be personalised with a child’s name. We wrote Eva’s name on the invite, given she is the only one who can read it, and just told Megan and Harry it said their names too. I’m really going to miss being able to do that when all three of them can read!
I’m pretty sure every child enjoys making a fake cup of tea, and mine are no different. They instantly set to work making cups of tea all round, “There’s some cupatea!” Megan said, as she handed me the little cup, “Be careful it’s hot!”.
It was lovely to see the children playing together and miraculously, even more so given there are only two cups, they managed to play for well over an hour without a single argument.
For me, with a RRP of £59.99 (although currently on offer for £49.99 in a number of stores) the tea cart is rather pricey for what you get. I feel it is missing something, perhaps some additional crockery or cutlery, and although the music is great, after listening to it on repeat for the entire day, I can’t help but wish that it played additional songs.
For the children, they absolutely loved it, so much so that a few weeks down the line they are still playing with it each day. Far too often the children ask for a toy that I don’t feel is worth the money, but whether I still feel the same way when I see their little faces light up on Christmas morning is a completely different matter.