Give your child the gift of having an enchanted makeover. Visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Inspired by the beloved Fairy Godmother from the Cinderella tale and her supernatural gifts, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will make the impossible seem possible and will most definitely bring a smile to your child’s cherubic face.
Most people will not see this kind of devoted service and truly marvelous transformation again until their wedding day, so the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can help you and your little ones celebrate your vacation or a special occasion by supplying an extra dose of magical pixie dust.
Before You Indulge
If you have a daughter, and she has heard of the Walt Disney World Resort, chances are she also already knows all about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. She may have heard the stories from a friend, relative, or she might have even seen the commercials advertising this unique experience. She may even be begging you to let her go to this boutique, but before you agree there are many things you need to know.
Pick a Location: There are currently three Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques open for business. The first is located in the heart of it all at the Magic Kingdom. Recently this franchise expanded. It can now serve twice as many customers as it used to because the venue size has doubled.
The experience begins at a shop located just behind Cinderella’s Castle and just in front of the Royal Carousel. After spending about a half hour in the shop, children and their parents will be ushered into the salon area for an additional half hour. The salon is located inside Cinderella’s Castle.
The second Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique can be found over at Disney Springs. This spot has also recently been under construction. The once small area that shared a home with The World of Disney Store has now been moved and expanded so that the Boutique is quite large.
Found tucked behind Once Upon a Toy and across from the Earl of Sandwich Restaurant, this new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has the largest reception area which features some of the costumes that are available for purchase. The third and final location is on display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Just a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Grand Floridian houses the newest boutique.
When selecting your location, it is most important to consider your travel party. For those traveling with a large party where only one or two of the guests may be participating in this experience, you may want to think of making your reservation at the Magic Kingdom location. I really like this option because it allows your travel party to go their separate ways for a short while, but it also gives a very clear meeting point so that all party members may reunite later.
If you only have a little girl indulging in this experience, and there are other teenaged members of the travel party about, they will thank you profusely for giving them a touch of freedom while you are watching the transformation process. The Magic Kingdom location is also my preference if you have a young boy in your party who wants to be given the royal treatment, too. The Knight package is a slightly newer concept and young men seem to like it.
If your travel plans allow you to check into your hotel in the afternoon, but you don’t necessarily want to spend money going to the park for a shortened time period, then heading over to Disney Springs and making a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique there is the right choice for you.
While you could spend all day carousing around Disney Springs, looking into shops, and dining on some of the best food you will ever eat, you may want to make time on this relaxing shopping day to go to the Boutique. Since the location is larger, it can accommodate more children.
This means you are more likely to get a reserved time here. Also, since the plaza is abuzz with activity, your travel party will have no qualms about leaving you and your little princess here for an hour while they explore the rest of the Disney Springs area. (If your kids are like mine, they probably won’t get far in an hour. They will be sidelined by the Lego Store.)
The third location of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is over at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resorts and Spas. This is the clear spot to pick if you happen to be staying in this hotel. The Grand Floridian is one of the most luxurious spots in the world, and your daughter may feel like a princess just by walking through the doors.
To be sure, this resort is a sparkling beauty. If you are not staying in the resort, you still may choose to go there, if you have an Alice in Wonderland or Mary Poppins fan in your crew. Almost every day, high tea is served in Wonderland (at approximately 2 p.m.) inside the Grand Floridian Resort. If members of your party would delight in this extraordinary event, then it might also make sense to book a reservation at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique near the same time.
If your party would prefer, they can have breakfast, brunch, or dinner at 1900 Park Fare. This restaurant is a favorite among those with small children who love Mary Poppins. The all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet is overflowing with an abundance of appetizing dishes. Scheduling a breakfast or brunch table reservation at this popular character dining experience can easily coincide with your desire to visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Determine how much you want to spend: There is no fussing around about it. Doing Disney World on a budget, can be tricky; especially if you have one or more people in your travel party who want to go to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Do not disillusion yourself. If you have someone who wants to go and participate in this experience, it is going to cost you a pretty penny.
A total transformation, whether undergone by your daughter or by one of the Disney World Princesses, is always going to cost someone in some way. Luckily, deciding what to purchase and how much to spend at this location can be something you think about ahead of time and prepare for so that the sticker shock doesn’t set in after you get there.
Package One: The Crown Package
This package costs approximately $75. By purchasing this option, your little princess will have her choice of hair style done, makeup will be applied from her own signature pallet, and a face gem will also be affixed. Your child will then have her fingernails polished. She will be given a sash and a cinch bag. The sash is a nice piece that will continue to be cherished for years to come.
Children may pick from a variety of sashes and if you happen to have a birthday girl in your party, there is a special one just for her. If you want to let your little girl have this magical experience, but you know you can’t afford to go overboard, this is the deal for you. With this option, you can bring your own costume and accessories from home. They will even allow you to bring special hair pieces that the Fairy Godmother Stylist can add during the transformation.
So, if you find a Halloween costume marked 75% off after the holiday has concluded and you give it to your child now, the experience can be just as special, but you can make it happen without breaking the bank. (Note: The Crown Package includes the basic hair, nails, and makeup that will continue to appear throughout all the other packages.)
Package Two: The Carriage Package
This package includes everything you see above in the crown package, but the little princess will also get a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt. The cost of this package is about $100. I really like this idea because it gives you and your child some flexibility. Some people, when planning this excursion get excited because their little one will get to dress like a princess for the day, and while that it delightful, it does not take Florida’s weather into consideration.
Those princess dresses are not designed to hold up well against extreme heat, rain, or a chilly breeze. Depending on the time of year, your little princess may only desire the chance to wear her costume for a few hours. Then what do you do? If you thought about that ahead of time, as I’m suggesting, you would purchase this package and make sure your daughter got the t-shirt. This would allow her to bask in the glow of the transformation all day, without feeling flustered because her pretty dress is soaking wet due to the afternoon rain shower.
Package Three: The Courtyard Package
This package includes all the salon essentials, plus your child will receive a t-shirt, a tutu, and a headband. The Courtyard Package carries a price tag of $150. This is going to be the package that your child will request, and you won’t even see it coming. What I mean is when you prepare for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience, you may have Disney Princesses in mind.
So, when you start picking out your locations and making your reservations, you are going to look into getting the right package that will give you and your princess what she wants and needs. Then, you will walk into the shop and your little one will cry with delight because this package is so utterly adorable. The Courtyard Package throughout the year has a baby pink design, featuring the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique logo.
But, during select seasonal times throughout the year, there are unique offerings available. In the months of September and October a Halloween-themed outfit is showcased. When the winter holidays descend, a Christmas package is offered. Around spring time, a Minnie-Mouse costume takes the spotlight. So, your child might be thinking “I want to be a princess,” and then walk into the boutique, and spy these costumes, and completely change her mind.
Should that be the case, don’t worry. This package provides the most comfortable clothing of any of the options. Your child can easily wear this costume all day long and never have any issues. Or, if you think it’s best to stick to the traditional princess costume for their first visit, you can always come back to package three the next time you come to Walt Disney World and frequent the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Package Four: The Castle Package
This package is the most popular to purchase because along with the day of beauty, the little princess will be able to select a gown. The gown will come with a necklace and other accessories. Depending on the one your child picks, they will get a crown, wand, or headpiece with this purchase. The Castle Package is available for about $200.
The main reason most people go with buying this package is because it is the first to include the gown. Also, this package allows for the most diverse dressing choices. Girls may pick one gown from the following princess styles: Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Elena, Jasmine, Merida, Rapunzel, Snow White, Tiana, Tinker Bell, Anna, and Elsa. The most popular dresses in this batch are the ones worn by Belle, Cinderella, and Elsa. (Parents who have children who may be interested in purchasing the Tinker Bell costume should note that the wings are sold separately.
You can anticipate an additional $25 charge for this pair of wings, if that is something your child desires. With this package, almost any purchase may be supplemented with accessories. Shoes and boots are available. Some people really like to add-on these items because they compliment the dresses so well. The standard price for shoes, which look a bit like ballet flats, is approximately $30. If your child would rather have the boots, those will cost closer to $40 a pair.)
Package Five: Deluxe Castle Package
The only difference between the Castle Package and this one, the Deluxe Castle Package, is the gown and the accessories.
Those opting for this purchase will be getting a slightly nicer gown and a much nicer accessories set. Deluxe gowns are available for Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, and Elena fans. The cost for the Deluxe Castle Package set is $230.
Package Six: Princess Signature Package
This package is the one that is fit for royalty. With the biggest price tag, at about $450 (before shoes or any other extra accessories are purchased), you know that this package is the once in a lifetime beauty treatment.
The little princess will receive all her salon treatments, as well as her choice of a signature dress. The dress will come with its own garment bag and hanger. To top it all off, there is a tiara included with this package. Princess Signature Dresses are available for Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, and Belle. These gowns are unique in several ways. The first is that they probably cost more than most women spend on their wedding dresses.
The second is that when the layers of tulle are pulled back, the handwritten signature of the princess can be found concealed there. According to the Fairy Godmothers at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, this package is exceptionally popular for little girls who are celebrating a fifth birthday. It is also a favorite among grandparents who want to spoil their precious granddaughter.
Package Seven: The Frozen Package
This package was introduced when the first of Disney’s Frozen movies came to theaters. The popularity of Anna and Elsa has endured for so long that this package, which should have been only seasonal, still holds a place on the menu. With this designation, your little one will pick whether they want to look like Anna or Elsa.
If they select Anna, they will get a hairstyle which includes two braids. If they want to be Elsa, they will receive the signature one braid look. Once the hair and makeup are done, the child will receive a Frozen- inspired costume, as well as an Olaf plush toy. The cost for the Frozen Package is about $100.
Package Eight: The Frozen II Package
This is the newest package available at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. It is inspired by the Disney Film Frozen II, which will be released in theatres during the month of November 2019. The Frozen II package is a major upgrade from the original. It costs $180. It includes an Anna or Elsa hairstyle, makeup, a travel-style costume, a sash, a cinch bag, and an Olaf plush. Anna and Elsa’s boots are available for an additional cost. The knee-high leather boots cost about $40.
Package Nine: The Knight Package
For the young man in your life who wants to experience the royal treatment, the knight package is sure to please. The original package only costs about $20. It includes a hairstyle for the young man, complete with some confetti on top. Boys will also be given a foam sword and shield. People who purchase this package like to add-on the knight t-shirt and cape combo. This light-weight t-shirt costs approximately $35 and it adds a touch of dress-up play to the occasion.
Package Ten: The Deluxe Knight Package
If there is a young man in your party who is committed to playing dress up and wants to become a full-fledged knight, this is the option for him. The Deluxe Knight Package costs right around $80. It includes hair gel, confetti, a sword and shield, as well as a deluxe knight costume. The costume looks like the standard knight tunic, with a velvet cape attached.
Make a Reservation: For the Magic Kingdom, there are two ways to make a reservation. You may call 407-WDW-STYLE or you may book an appointment using the My Disney Experience App. All Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques accept reservations up to 180 days in advance. If you want to have the Magic Kingdom experience, it is recommended that you make your appointment as soon as you know you are going to travel to the theme parks.
If you would prefer to try the Boutique at the Grand Floridian, you may use one of the methods mentioned above or you can speak to the concierge in the hotel lobby. This person may be able to arrange last minute appointments, if others have canceled.
Finally, if you wish to go to Disney Springs for the magical makeover, they recommend using the My Disney Experience App, but occasionally you will be able to walk-into the establishment and request a reservation for later in the day.
This is not always the case, but if a child is sick or otherwise unable to make their appointment, something may become available and you may be able to fill that time slot. I do not recommend trying this though. I would go with the app or the reservation hotline. Having a plan will benefit your little princess or knight, and it will be helpful for the rest of your travel party.
Discuss your plans with your family members and travel party: If you have a little princess or knight who are interested in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, it is helpful to talk to them about the experience. Look at the packages that are available and decide which you can afford. Then, talk through those same packages with your kids. If you want to avoid having someone throw a temper tantrum inside the Boutique later, you will want to discuss which package they could get and really talk up the merits of it.
Simply put: If you decide you would rather purchase the Castle package than the Signature package, make sure your little princess understands what that includes. No one wants to get to the shop and have an issue because their child won’t let go of the signature dress and you are forced to pay almost $200 more than you anticipated.
On a different note, there might be adults or teenagers in your party who want to join in on the fun. The Ivy Trellis at Disney’s Grand Floridian offers the “Character Couture” package. This can be purchased for children ages 3-12 or adults of any age. It includes a full beauty package with a hairstyle, nail polish, and makeup application.
The biggest difference between the Ivy Trellis and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, besides the obvious inclusion of adults, is that salon appliances like curling irons and straighteners are used at this location. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique does not use any of these to create their looks.
Prepare Yourself for the Experience: For children ages 3-12, this is a very magical moment. In about an hour young ladies and gentlemen can be transported into the fairy tales they have only ever read about or watched on the big screen. Allow yourself to enjoy these moments as they unfold. This will be an experience you and your children will cherish forever.
*Please note that prices are always subject to change, and as a result, the current price of certain items or accessories or packages may be different than what’s listed in this article at the time of publication.
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