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    At Disney, 'Million Dreams' Is Not The Price Tag, But Close

    August 20, 2007

    By Vanessa L. Facenda

    NEW YORK -- Wine inspired by characters from the Walt Disney Co. may not make it to your next wine-tasting gathering after the company decided last month not to produce Ratatouille, a white burgundy inspired by the 2007 animated film.

    But Disney Consumer Products, Burbank, Calif., continues to expand its presence in the luxury market, the latest effort being triple-milled soap sets inspired by Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland, designed by Kidada Jones. In May DCP introduced the Kidada for Disney Couture collection of loungewear, costume jewelry and home accessories inspired by Disney's princesses.

    "Brands need to find new ways to attract new audiences. Disney has a treasure trove of icons and assets that they can adapt to appeal to upscale consumers," said Eli Portnoy, chief brand strategist at The Portnoy Group, Orlando, Fla., which did not work on the campaign "As long as they do it in a subtle way and bring the best [icons, assets and quality products] to market, they will find an audience."

    Other high-end Disney collections include furniture from Drexel Heritage, infant apparel and accessories, and adult cosmetics such as the Alice in Wonderland by Goldie items for Bath & Body Works.

    Disney has been careful not to be too heavy-handed with its upscale products. The new Gianna Rose Atelier soap sets, for example, won't even receive marketing support from Disney. "They are letting the designs sell themselves," said Portnoy.
    Last edited by ALIASd; 08-30-2007, 05:37 PM.
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