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As soon as I knew my family was going to Disney World together, I wanted to book the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for my nieces. I had glimpses into these special locations a few times and had seen countless girls roaming about the parks after they had been made over, and I knew my little princesses needed to experience this special treat. “What is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique?” you ask. Think magical beauty salon. Here fairy godmothers-in-training make little girls’ (and occasionally boys’) dreams come true as they do their hair, makeup, and nails to turn them into a member of the Disney royal family. It is quite possibly the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen.
Since I was dedicated to booking this experience for my niece,s I called to make a reservation as soon as I could; guests may make their reservations 180 days out. I called the general Disney reservation line, and after answering a few questions about the ages of the girls and such, I was able to get two appointments at the same time with very little trouble. You may also call (407) WDW-STYLE for a more direct route. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is extremely popular, and you’ll want to call as far out as possible to get your desired time and location. Speaking of location, there are actually two Boutiques on Disney property to chose from. There is one inside the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney, and there is another inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. I was able to book appointments at the Castle, and I imagine those are the first slots to go.
When booking our appointments the woman I spoke to also wanted to know what package I wanted for the girls. There are three options to fulfill all of your princess needs. The coach package costs $49.95 plus tax and includes hair and makeup. The Crown Package includes hair, makeup, and a manicure for $54.95 plus tax. The most expensive package starts at $189.95 (whoa!) and comes with the Crown Package plus photos of your little princess and a costume with a choice of accessories. For little boys, there is also a Knight Package, which includes hair styling along with a sword and shield for $14.95. We opted for the Coach Package, and the girls were extremely happy with their hair and makeup.
Before you sign your kids up for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique there are a few things you should know. The website for the Boutique says this experience is reserved for guests ages 3 to 12 years old. The princesses must also be accompanied by an adult over 18 during the appointment. I was advised to provide our own comb or brush when I made the reservation on the phone, but I don’t recall anyone asking for it once we arrived. You should also allow 30 to 60 minutes for the experience. Also, there is no bathroom in the Boutique in the Castle. I had to exit and use the one in Fantasyland, so keep that in mind if you have a tiny bladder like me.
When we arrived we checked in at the front desk, and they were well prepared for Princess Claire and Sophie’s arrival. They had a very short wait before they they were taken back one a at a time to be seated in their salon chairs and get ready for their big makeovers. The girls were given time to change into their princess dresses we brought from home during their short wait, but they opted to keep their regular clothes on. Such dresses are also available for purchase at the Boutique, but they are very expensive here. The fairy godmothers in training have no problem with princesses wearing dresses they already own, so don’t be afraid to bring yours.
The girls were seated next to each other, and booster seats were provided since they are tiny little things. Their fairy godmother-in-training explained that they’d get their hair and makeup done (based on the package we selected), and they could pick their hair style. There are three styles to chose from: Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva, and Pop Princess. Both girls picked the Disney Diva, which consisted of a piece of synthetic hair attached to their own hair after it had been pulled back into a ponytail. Once things got started the fairy godmothers in training tried to talk to my nieces, but they can be very shy when there are strangers around. Both women picked up on this and did not push them too hard to chit chat. Since they see all kinds of kids all day long they knew exactly how to handle our girls.
While they were getting their beautiful hair-dos my family and I could sit across from them with the other parents on a large bench in the center of the room. There was even plenty of room for my nephew to toddle around, and no one had any problem with that. We could take as many pictures as we wanted, and there were also Photopass photographers on hand to capture moments from the makeovers. Some of the pictures from the photographer really came out well, and I got suckered into buy the photopass CD for the first time ever.
There was also an area to take pictures after their makeovers were complete. We were instructed to make our way to Castle Couture shop across from Cinderella Castle to find the area for photos. The photographers were great; they snapped several good shots of the kids and played with them along the way.
Although the girls were shy while they were getting their hair done, they had no problem expressing how much they loved the end result. They posed for pictures without coaxing and seemed to really enjoy the experience. They also wouldn’t take their hair pieces out for the rest of the vacation! My sister-in-law told me they cried when they were taken out when they got home.
While the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is expensive, I think it is worth the price if you can swing it as a special treat. I don’t know when my nieces will be back in Disney World or if they would be too old to think the Boutique is cool when they get the chance to come back. This could have been a once in a lifetime chance for them, and I’m glad we took it. I’m sure when I have kids they won’t get made over on every trip (and you know there will be a lot of trips), but from time to time my little girls will get to be princesses for a day. If you have little buccaneers rather than dainty princesses in your family you can try the Pirates League in Adventureland instead.
How about you? Have you had your little princesses made over at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Let me know about your experience in the comments!