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One of my favorite Walt Disney World memories is when Kristin became a princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. I have been asked about this experience, so I thought I would share this memory with you. Kristin was four years old at the time, and she was a huge Frozen fan. I asked her if she would like to look like Elsa at Disney World, and she was so excited. For us, four years old was the perfect age to try out Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. We like to plan a trip for every other year, and as she’s gotten older, she has been just a little less into looking like the princesses. She was at the height of her love of Disney princesses for this trip.
Planning Our Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience
I admit that I am a planner when it comes to trips–especially Disney trips. I don’t want to miss anything simply because I didn’t know I should reserve a spot. This obsession has served us well during our adventures. At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, you can reserve your spot 180 days out. For this experience, I don’t believe that booking at the 180-day mark is mandatory like it is for other experiences, like Be Our Guest Restaurant or Cinderella’s Royal Table. Still, it’s a good idea to book as soon as you know what day you’d like to do this. Also, note that this experience is only available for children ages three to twelve. I called directly to make a reservation. You can find the number and current prices here.
There are two Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations at Disney World–one is at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, and one is located at Disney Springs in the Marketplace area near Once Upon a Toy. The salon at Disney Springs has been moved and redesigned since our visit, but the experience is the same. When we go to Disney, we often arrive a couple of days before our Disney resort stay and our park days. Since we drive, it allows for some flexibility. We are able to be sure we are rested and ready to go for our first park day. This trip was no exception. We stayed offsite for our first night, and then we moved to Port Orleans Riverside for the first three days of our trip. I saw the opportunity to do this experience on a non-park day. I booked an appointment for opening at the Disney Springs location. I then made a reservation for the Cinderella dinner at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian for dinner. We could have some great Disney experiences without using park time.
Arriving for Our Appointment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
I decided to go with the Crown Package. This included a hairstyle, make-up, nail polish, a sash, and a cinch bag. We brought the dress with us, which is not a bad idea if your child is set on being a specific princess. At the time, the Elsa dress was at the height of its popularity, and I didn’t know if we’d be able to get one at Disney. Even our closest Disney store was doing drawings for them. I bought one on eBay months in advance of our trip. By the time our trip rolled around, there were no Elsa dresses anywhere on Disney property. I don’t know if a princess dress will ever be that popular again, but it’s entirely possible that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location you are in could run out of a specific style or size. Some kids also complain about the comfort of the princess dresses. There are some more comfortable alternatives out there, so that’s another thing to keep in mind.
We checked in as soon as we could for our appointment. We were one of the first appointments of the day, so we arrived a little before they opened. We were directed to a changing room so Kristin could put on her dress.
The Princess Makeover
After she changed, she met her Fairy Godmother-in-Training who would be doing her makeover. Kristin was shown her seat, and the Fairy Godmother-in-Training got right to work. She turned Kristin away from the mirror so she couldn’t see her transformation until the end.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique suggests that you should bring your own comb or brush, which we did, but the Fairy Godmother-in-Training used a comb that she eventually gave to Kristin to keep.
There are three hairstyles that you can choose. Every once in awhile they add something special, but usually, you have to choose one of the three. It’s not really a salon with licensed cosmetologists, so the Fairy Godmothers-in-Training are only allowed to follow the selections as offered. Kristin chose the Diva Style with the hair extensions. The Fairy Godmother-in-Training then put Kristin’s hair into a ponytail that she divided into two. Then she braided each section into a separate braid. She used plenty of gel to keep her hair smooth and in place.
The Fairy Godmother-in-Training was really fast. I suppose she’s had a lot of practice. She then pinned the braids into a bun on the top of Kristin’s head. After she did the bun, she let Kristin choose her makeup palate and her gem sticker for her face.
Kristin was then able to choose her nail polish color. She had a choice between pink and blue during the makeover, but she got to keep both bottles of polish; on this day she chose pink.
Next, it was time for Kristin to choose the hair extensions. She chose hair that was similar in color to her own, but she could have chosen blond or even pink hair if she had wanted.
The Fairy Godmother-in-Training attached her hairpiece and arranged it. The hair had a lot of curls, and some of the strands were pink with Mickey heads attached. The package comes with two bobby pins with jeweled Mickey heads for the top of the hair near the bun. It also comes with a Mickey-jeweled hairclip that is fastened underneath the bun. All of these touches were really cute!
After the hair was attached, it was time to spray that hair. This hair-do was not going anywhere anytime soon, I’ll tell you that. Also, you can’t be a princess without copious amounts of glitter.
The Big Reveal
Kristin’s back was to the mirror throughout the entire process, so she didn’t know how she had transformed. It was time for the magic words and the turning of the chair. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!
She was pretty amazed by her makeover, and I will always remember this moment and her smile. Kristin had become a princess!
The appointment was over, and we thanked our Fairy Godmother-in-Training. It was such a magical experience.
You can have your pictures taken by PhotoPass photographers while you are there. You can also now do a photo shoot at Disney Springs after the makeover. At the time, you could do a photo shoot at the Magic Kingdom afterward, but, as mentioned above, we didn’t go to the parks on this day. Instead, we shopped in Disney Springs for awhile, and then we went back to our room at Port Orleans Riverside. We did take some pictures there.
Final Thoughts on Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
We had an excellent experience, and I’m so glad we did it when we did. The timing was perfect for Kristin. If you have a boy in your party and you would like him to join in the fun, there is a prince package available, too. Also, if you can’t get an appointment at one of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique locations, you do have some other choices.
In the Magic Kingdom, you can visit the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street. This shop does have licensed cosmetologists, and you can get a haircut with glitter. You can even get your baby’s first haircut there, and the baby will get a keepsake certificate. There are no age restrictions at the Harmony Barber Shop. Another option at the Magic Kingdom is the Pirates League in Adventureland near The Pirates of the Carribean. At the Pirates League, your child will be transformed into a pirate or a mermaid. This experience is only open to kids older than three.
Another option for a princess makeover is at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The Ivy Trellis Salon offers a Perfectly Prepared Princess Package for children ages three to twelve. Realize, though, that this is an actual salon at the resort, unlike Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
I hope all children who would like to experience this at Disney World are able to have the opportunity. Kristin’s princess makeover remains one of my favorite Disney memories. For us, the memories we made at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique were worth the money, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!