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Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique
Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a kind of Beauty Salon where girls of all ages can enjoy some pampering and be transformed into a Disney Princess. There are two locations for these special experiences. One is at Downtown Disney and the other is at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. We have used the one at Downtown Disney on 2 separate occasions so please bear that in mind, when reading this.
My first piece of advice is that if you don’t want your ‘princess’ to be disappointed then BOOK EARLY.
Second piece of advice is make sure that the child is old enough to want this ‘pampering’ and wants to sit still long enough for the transformation to take place.
Thirdly, there are no toilets in the area of the Bibbidy Bobbidi Boutique so make sure you have ‘been’ before you ‘go’.
We were fine as we had done our homework beforehand but we saw tears and heard staff being shouted at by guests who had expected to ‘walk in’ and were very annoyed when they could not.
The first time we went we took an 11 year old and she did not want the whole Princess look as she felt too old, however she did want the pampering and make up so we opted for the Crown Package which starts at around $60 and includes hairstyle, make up and nails. The outfit comes complete with a sash and a small carry out bag containing the same cosmetics for extra applications at home. We didn’t get the photograph package but spent that evening at the 1900 Park Fayre Character dining with Cinderella and our Bibbidi girl got lots of extra attention in her outfit.
Our second visit was with a younger member of the family who was 6 at the time. She knew exactly who she wanted to be and that was Tinkerbelle. This time we went with the full Castle Package. It cost $190 approx and as we left the salon we went for the photo shoot which takes place a short walk away, near guest services. Tinkerbelle loved the whole experience during the pampering and photo shoot. Then she wanted to take off the costume and get into something comfortable. We were back at the villa and she was showered, changed and in the pool within the hour. So much for spending the $190. It’s a good job that the photo shoot went well as we could look back at the pictures in the afternoon! !
The boutique does offer a makeover for boys who want to be Knight (It was the Cool Dude Package when we were there. ) I did give ‘Tinkerbelle’s’ 8 year old brother the option of that but he was so far away from that whole boutique scene before you could say abracadabra.
A couple of things to note are that you do not pay for the package until you have completed the look so if your little one is overcome by the place, which is very busy do not endure the experience, you will not be charged and remember it is supposed to be fun for the child.
There is really only room for one additional person to go into the boutique so it isn’t fair to expect the whole family to accompany one guest.
If you are arranging to meet the others outside then allow about 40 minutes.
The Fairy Godmothers who look after the children are usually excellent and we found the photographer to be even better.
Was it worth the money? It was for our family but we had budgeted and booked.
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