The recently released Disney Most Wanted Holiday Toys List for 2011 tells parents and other present-shoppers which playthings from its franchises Disney expects to be most popular this year. People looking for gifts to mark Christmas, Hanukkah, and other festive occasions can find items on the list that will appeal to preschoolers, tweens, and even the whole family.
Even more than in past years, many of these Top Ten Most Wanted Toys rely on technology and electronics. Many do, though, encourage imaginative play and will appeal to young fans of such franchises as Disney Princesses, Cars, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
View the slideshow for a detailed look at each most wanted plaything.
Disney Most Wanted Toy for Preschoolers
- The Rock Star Mickey doll is an interactive plush toy that can sing and dance while playing his guitar. Mickey sings three songs, including “You Really Got Me,” while his guitar can play four songs, with kids changing the sound of each song by playing with the various parts of the instrument. Expected to be a hit, this toy also appears on the Toys R Us Holiday Hot Toy List and is available at both mass retail stores and the Disney Store.
Best Disney Toys for Boys
- With Disney Appmates Mobile Application Toys, families can download a free Cars 2 Appmates app from the iTunes store to turn the screen of their iPads into a virtual play mat. When kids drive their Appmates toy character vehicles across the screen, sensors on the base of each toy allow it to interact with the picture on the iPad. The toy figures are sold in 2-packs and are sold at both mass retailers and the Apple Store.
- Cars 2 Remote Control Vehicles are available exclusively at the Disney Store. Characters available include Lightning McQueen (who can say 15 phrases), Finn McMissile, Tow Mater, and Francesco.
- Cars 2 Bomb Blastin’ Mater can move and talk and is tricked out with lights, sounds, and weapons to make him the perfect spy vehicle. He can be found at both mass retail stores and the online Disney Store.
- The Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl LEGO Playset comes with over 800 pieces and minifigures such as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Joshamee Gibbs, Davy Jones, Maccus, and Bootstrap Bill. It is sold at both mass retail stores and the LEGO Store.
All of these boy toys would be perfectly suitable for girls to play with as well.
Best Disney Toys for Girls
- Disney Animators’ Collection Princess Toddler Dolls are younger versions of the ten official Disney Princesses, designed by two of Disney Animation Studio’s top animators — Mark Henn (who animated such classic Disney heroines as Jasmine, Mulan, and Tiana) and Glen Keane (who animated such classic Disney heroines as Ariel, Pocahontas, and Rapunzel). Available exclusively at the Disney Store, each 16-inch doll comes with a tiny plush friend, such as Jaq (for Cinderella), Meeko (for Pocahontas), and Chip (for Belle).
- The My First Disney Princess Singing and Storytelling Belle Doll can perform actions such as reading a Beauty and the Beast story, singing into her microphone, saying over 100 phrases, and interacting with the characters she comes with (Chip, Mrs. Potts, and Lumiere). This interactive Belle doll can be found at mass retail stores.
- The Enchanting Disney Princess 5-in-1 Wardrobe set provides girls with dresses and shoes for role-playing five different characters — Ariel, Belle, Aurora, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. This costume set is available exclusively at the Disney Store.
Most Wanted Toy for Tweens
- The Disney Spotlight microphone, when combined with the free Disney Spotlight app, allows kids to sing along to their favorite songs and create music videos, all the while enjoying professional production tricks such as pitch enhancements and added sound effects. This electronic toy is available from mass retailers.
Most Wanted Toy for the Whole Family
- The Disney For All edition of the classic Trivial Pursuit game comes with three new question types that help level the playing field between players of different ages. This fun family game is sold at mass retail stores.
Shoppers can also check out the Kmart Fab 15 toys for 2011 for additional present ideas.
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