Today’s post brings my first ever Pandora Disney review, with a closer look at the new Cinderella’s Castle dangle and the Mickey & Minnie safety chain from the Disney Parks Spring 2015 collection! These are available only at Disney Parks locations in North America, or online from the US Disney store. These were my two favourites from the new collection – especially the safety chain, with its cute black and red enamel detailing!
In this review I’ll be taking an in-depth look at both charms individually and then offering some ideas as to how you might style them!
Also, FYI – I did order these to the UK from the Disney Store online, but the shipping charges were astronomical – and then I got customs charges – plus the shipping company charged me again for customs handling when the package actually got here. So I don’t think I’d do that again, lol.
There were actually two new Castle designs released with the collection: Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Cinderella’s Castle. However, the one I fell in love with was the Cinderella’s design on the right – it looks more elegant, and, for me, it’s more like the iconic Disney logo design! It also looks most like the Disney Land Paris castle, which I visited last summer, and this is a great charm to remember that.
The detailing is gorgeous, with all the details of the individual turrets and windows picked out. In style, it reminds me a lot of the National Icon series.
The other side of the Castle is slightly different in its detailing, as you can see here. The charm feels substantial, with a nice weight to it. The flip side to that is that it is quite big in person, however – a little on the chunky side. You do feel it when you’re wearing it.
The charm has ‘Walt Disney World’ written on the base, as I suppose technically it’s supposed to be a souvenir from that particular park. However, the script is pretty and it isn’t obtrusive enough to detract from the design.
In terms of styling, I’ll be wearing my Cinderella’s Castle with the effeverscent muranos from the Winter 2014 collection! I’m planning on adding the delightful Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach to complement the Castle, and to add a touch more sparkle. I love the contrast between the clear pavé pieces and the darker muranos – they all glitter beautifully in the light, in their different ways.
One of the things I wanted to demonstrate with designs like this one is that many of these Disney pieces are wonderfully versatile, and you don’t need to construct a whole Disney-themed bracelet to make them work. The starry, midnight theme that characterises this design is perfect for Cinderella. :)
However, I also tried swapping it for one of the dangles my existing two-tone fairy-tale themed bracelet; it fits in beautifully with Pandora’s regular fairy-tale range. As it’s a plain silver charm, it’s pretty versatile and it suits any number of colours and styles.
This is one of the only bracelets that I have actually finished, and it’s one of my favourites. ^^ Cinderella’s Castle fits in with the other fairy-tale charms really nicely, and makes an especially great complement to the Happily Ever After castle charm (pictured on the left of the bracelet, next to the clip).
Minnie & Mickey Safety Chain
While I absolutely love Cinderella’s Castle, I was most excited to receive the Mickey & Minnie Safety Chain. It’s incredibly cute, and I’ve been desperate for a new safety chain design for some time. The last time Pandora released a new safety chain was Spring 2013 – so on the basis of that alone, I’m inclined to give this design a solid 10 out of 10. ;)
There’s also a similar safety chain with the regular Pandora Disney Spring 2015 collection, featuring cubic zirconia detailing instead of enamel. But I prefer this one, as I’m a big fan of enamel detailing when it’s done right – that little red bow is what makes this design for me. ^^ For me, it’s the more striking of the two designs.
It’s a shame that the only two new safety chain designs Pandora have produced in two years are North-American exclusive, but perhaps they’ll follow up with some regular safety chain designs too.
The finish is very glossy, and the contrast between the black and the silver looks gorgeous, accentuated by the pop of red from Minnie’s bow. It’s worth noting that the design is the same on both sides. :)
The only hesitation that I have is that it has a lot of branding on it – although written very small, and tucked along the sides of each part of the safety chain. All the Pandora Disney charms seem to have quite a bit more branding on them; I suppose this is due to Disney’s requirements.
It’s perfect worn in conjunction with the heart-clasp bracelet! This bracelet also features the silver Steady Heart clips which also go nicely with this safety chain.
This bracelet is home to all my Mickey and Minnie pieces, as they fit in nicely with the red and pink colour scheme I’ve chosen. This is obviously something of a work-in-progress right now, but I am going to eventually add red garnet cabochon spacers and maybe some white Fizzle muranos.
These two pieces were the ones I knew I had to have from the latest Disney Parks collection, and I’m very happy to have got hold of them – even if I did pay something of a premium, lol. They definitely did not disappoint in person, with the Cinderella’s Castle charm offering Pandora’s characteristic attention to detail, and the safety chain featuring a wonderfully cute use of enamel.
While the Castle is quite a versatile charm, my instinct was to fit the black and red enamel safety chain with my other Mickey & Minnie pieces. While the use of enamel is really very cute, I feel like it is very obviously ‘Disney’ and probably works best on a design that features other Disney pieces. In contrast, I was happy to mix my Castle in with designs that focused on the fairy-tales. I associate it less with the Disney parks and more with the films, with Cinderella.
Going forward, I have more Pandora Disney reviews planned, but I’m waiting for my promo items to clear customs. I’m particularly excited to see Eeyore and the Frozen muranos in person! :D
Have you bought any of the Disney Parks collection, or is it on your wish list? Do you have any Disney-themed bracelets?