For today’s post, we welcome guest blogger Jeanine Pipe, who shares with us her daughter Felicity’s experience during a recent visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Jeanine lives in the United Kingdom and visits Walt Disney World often with her family.
Walt Disney World, for me, is a truly magical place. As I wander through Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom with Felicity, we always feel like we have been transported into a fairy tale. Yet there are even more exciting ways to make your little one’s wishes come true. One of these add-on experiences is a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Here your child (ages 3-12) can be turned into the princess or knight of their dreams.
Two Locations Provide Royal Service
The most popular Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is located inside Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom (valid park entrance required). You can also experience this enchanted beauty salon at its Disney Springs location. We have taken Felicity to both, and they each were a magical experience.
Beauty doesn’t come cheap. Princess makeovers start with the basic Crown Package, which is currently $64.95 plus tax. This gets your child a fancy hairdo resplendent with mini tiara and jeweled Mickey barrette, makeup, glittery painted nails, and a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique sash and bag to keep. We have always opted for this and brought a dress from the Disney Store in the United Kingdom along with us. There are, of course, plenty of options that come with an outfit that your child chooses there and then (subject to availability) from the Castle package (starting at $199.95), right up to the Signature Dress Collection, which is a whopping $450 plus tax.
First is the hair. There are lots of nets, pins, and sprays involved with this! Felicity had chosen the traditional Fairy Tale option, with her long waves transformed into a wonderful classic bun. Miss ants-in-her-pants (who doesn’t even like mama to brush her hair) was good as gold for her Fairy Godmother-in-training—she sat as still as one of Cinderella’s mice. There are several different looks your child can chose from, too, including Fairy Tale Princess, Disney Diva, and and even Color Star.
Next up is the makeup session. This being Disney, the Fairy Godmothers-in-training are very conservative with the amount that they put on. There is just a little dash of color to the eyes, cheeks, and lips—nothing too grown-up or likely to be sweated off immediately in the Florida heat.
After the nails are painted all glittery, your little princess gets to wear the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique sash, and the Fairy Godmother-in-training tops it off with a dash of Pixie Dust. In case you wonder, it was Minnie Mouse who taught the Fairy Godmother-in-training how to tie bows.
While mom gets to watch the transformation, the little princess has no idea what she looks like. During the entire process, your child is faced away from the mirror. Only when the final touches have been made will she be turned around to face the mirror for the big reveal. This moment for us was worth the money alone—and there was a Disney PhotoPass photographer capturing the whole story. They will give you a Memory Maker card or scan your Magic Band so that all the photos will appear on your My Disney Experience account.
Your experience is not over once you leave the boutique. Make sure to head over to the PhotoPass studio to take even more pictures. In the Magic Kingdom, this is cleverly located inside Castle Couture, just in case you need to buy more accessories. At Disney Springs, this service is offered inside the beauty salon. The photographer will take classic beauty pageant-type shots, which are super cute and fun. And then you are free to spend the day with your princess being treated like royalty! Cast Members are always wonderful with kids, and Felicity was called Belle wherever she went.
Because I am a planner, I had booked the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience at 180 days out and also secured dinner at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This made her day even more magical. I also had secured FastPass+ for a visit with Belle at Princess Fairytale Hall and Enchanted Tales with Belle. If you are lacking in the daughter department, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique also has a Knight package for your young prince. There is a basic package at $19.95 or a deluxe version (including a full outfit) at $79.95 (plus tax). These packages also come with a photo session and a meeting with the princesses that offers lots of kisses, guaranteed.
Some Magic is Also Available Free of Charge
You do not have to pay Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique prices to get a taste of the magic. You can ask a Cast Member at Castle Couture for some Pixie Dust, and they will shake their wand over you for a glittery wish that will hopefully come true. Also, anyone can use the PhotoPass studio for free. So next time you visit, go ahead, dress up your kids for pictures at Castle Couture, and you, too, can add some special memories to your Memory Maker or simply take the pictures with your own camera. To book a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique package, call WDW on 407-939-7895. Both locations book up fast, so I recommend that you call 180 days before your desired date.
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