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This Store Can Entertain Kids for a Few Hours!  American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

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The iconic American Girl dolls have been around forever, and they still manage to capture kids’ imaginations everywhere. At the Florida Mall, for instance, there’s an amazing American Girl store that is basically a wonderland for little girls (and maybe even a sprinkle of nostalgia for moms too!).

About American Girl

Founded in 1986, they’re all about sparking creativity and showing girls how amazing they can be. With engaging stories and dolls from all sorts of backgrounds, American Girl gets girls dreaming big and reaching for the stars. Plus, the quality is top-notch, so you know these dolls are built to last (and survive all those childhood adventures!). It’s why they’ve won over the hearts of millions of girls and parents over the years! But the dolls and accessories are expensive!

We decided to look and play, and but did end buying up a couple of skirts and stayed to eat in the cafe.

American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

Located within The Florida Mall, the American Girl Store in Orlando opened its doors in November 2014 to eager patrons, bringing a slice of childhood wonder to Central Florida. 

Spanning a generous 15,000 square feet, this enchanting store offers a fun, colorful atmosphere filled with everything a doll fan could want.

It’s like wandering into a real-life American Girl story with tons of amazing finds around every corner! You and your little one will get to explore different outfits, accessories, and even have your doll styled by an expert.  American Girl dolls throw lots of emphasis on different roles and careers. Doctors, astronauts, athletes, presidents – you name it, there’s probably an American Girl doll doing it!

Address: The Florida Mall. 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809. 877-247-5223

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Website: https://www.americangirl.com/pages/retail-orlando

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/Tqe3nAwZPDvstkNR9

Doll at American Girl store in Orlando

What to do at the American Girl Store at Florida Mall?

From the moment you walk in, the store’s layout is designed to spark curiosity and keep you exploring. So let’s jump right into all the fun things you can do at the American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall. 

Display of all the dolls available at American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

Shopping and Playing

The American Girl store is like walking into a real-life doll dream. Rows and rows of amazing dolls dressed to impress greet you at the door, along with sparkly accessories and books that will make your kiddo’s imagination explode. Whether your little one wants to be a future president, a fearless scientist, or even a Disney princess, there’s a doll waiting to match their biggest dreams.

The coolest part is inarguably the “Create Your Own Doll” section where you get to design your own one-of-a-kind doll! This is where your kiddo’s imagination takes flight. They can pick out the perfect hairstyle, outfit, and accessories to bring their vision to life.  It’s basically like building your own best friend!

You’ll find the in-store selection of clothes, playsets, and accessories to be way more detailed (and, not to mention, cuter) than anything you’ll see on the website.

My girls playing at the store.

The store has interactive displays, tons of photo ops, and playing with the dolls and sets is totally encouraged which my two girls loved.

If you’re worried about feeling overwhelmed, book a personal shopping session with an expert who can help you find the perfect gift, party favors, or even refine your doll’s style. Each family gets one appointment, so make it count!

Doll Hair Salon at American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

The American Girl Salon

Why does a doll need pampering, you ask? Well, to show your little girl what a spa day looks like, of course!

From hairstyling to ear piercing, the American Girl salon offers a range of packages to suit every doll’s style and personality.

Apart from that, the salon offers nail polish application and spa treatments too. You’ll love watching them giggle as they see their doll enjoy a relaxing bath, have their nails painted, and even indulge in a soothing massage. 

Opt for the exclusive “Doll ‘Dos & Ear Piercing” package, where you not only have the freedom to choose from a variety of hairstyles for your doll but also ensure her ears are pierced in a secure and hygienic setting.

Now, you might be wondering why a doll would need such treatment, but here’s the exciting twist: while most services cater solely to dolls, your little one can actively participate by accompanying her doll during the ear-piercing session.

Don’t forget to check out the clothing section for matching outfits — because twinning is winning, especially when you’re a kid! 

Matching outfits at American Girl for dolls and kids
American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

American Girl Bistro

The American Girl Bistro offers a charming themed dining experience with a sprinkle of magic to make your visit extra special. Special events and packages add an extra touch of fun to your experience.

We checked out the menu. It has delicious treats to please all ages. A highlight is the weekday tea party from 2 to 4:30 pm, offering a selection of finger foods like miniature burgers, sandwiches, and muffins. Sweet treats are also included. If tea isn’t your thing, they offer hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. We opted for pizza and cake.

my daughter playing with a doll at american girl
Borrowing a doll at American girl for the bistro

Adorable details abound at the bistro. Even the napkins come with a cute bow and hair tie, perfect for taking home as a little souvenir. Each doll receives its own high chair and special place setting, and if you forgot your doll or haven’t bought one yet, the bistro has some you can borrow. We borrowed a doll and our daughter loved it.

Doll at cafe eating cupcakes and cookies, American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

In-store Activities for kids 

The American Girl store isn’t just about picking out a doll (although that’s pretty awesome on its own!). It’s like a mini-entertainment center that’s bursting with fun activities all year round too. They keep things fresh with special events for every season, so you and your little one always have something exciting to look forward to.

Spring might bring a charming tea party with the Easter Bunny, while winter could mean festive cookie decorating with Santa! During Halloween, they’ve got a spooky haunted house. Seriously, there’s enough going on here to fill your calendar all year long!

There are the classic tea parties you and your mini-me can enjoy anytime. Feeling creative? Sign up for a cupcake decorating workshop where you can unleash your inner artist (and maybe even eat a few “mistakes” along the way!). 

Looking for some pretend play fun? They even have days where you can “adopt” a furry friend (stuffed, of course!) for some fun pretend adventures.

Don’t miss their “Mommy & Me” events where you and your daughter can decorate cakes together and enjoy a yummy lunch. It’s the perfect way to learn about your mini-me in a completely new setting!

To stay updated on all the excitement, check the store calendar for upcoming activities and make a reservation if needed. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just seeking a fun day out, the American Girl Store promises something for every little doll-lover out there!

Tips for a Great American Girl Store Experience, Florida Mall

  1. Plan Ahead: Check the store calendar for special events and activities happening during your visit. Make a reservation for activities like the tea party or salon services to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun.
  1. Arrive Early: Beat the crowds by arriving early, especially if you’re planning to participate in popular activities or shop for specific items.
  1. Bring Your Doll: Don’t forget to bring your doll along for the adventure! If you don’t have one, you can borrow one from the store to join in the fun.
  1. Take Advantage of Interactive Displays: Encourage your child to interact with the displays and play areas throughout the store. It will help them get comfortable quickly and maybe even make some new friends! 
  1. Capture Memories: Bring a camera or smartphone. From photo opportunities with the displays to candid shots of your child enjoying the experience, there’s a ton of memories to be made here.

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