Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
by DVP Lisa Reese
In January 2012 I traveled to Walt Disney World® Resort to celebrate my favorite niece’s (ok, my only niece’s) birthday. She turned four years old the day after we returned home. When planning the trip she was a big part of it. She let us know which characters she wanted to eat with and what rides she wanted to ride. We watched countless YouTube videos in preparation for the trip. Well as anyone who has watched YouTube knows they offer suggestions of videos once you finish the video you were originally watching. This is how Princess Alyssa discovered the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a beauty salon at World of Disney Store and Cinderella Castle where little girls are magically transformed into little princesses. As soon as Alyssa found out about this she wanted to do it. My sister balked at the price tag so Aunt Lisie came to the rescue and booked a magical trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
We were about 10 minutes late as our last trip down Splash Mountain took longer then we planned. We checked in and they welcomed us. It was so pretty inside. It looked much different than it did the last time I was there when I had my wedding pictures taken in the Magic Kingdom. We waited on the bench for about 5 minutes before Princess Alyssa was shown to the royal dressing room. They never batted an eye when we told them we had brought our own dress. Alyssa did not receive any different treatment at all and was allowed to change in the same place as the Princesses who were paying an upwards of $65 per dress at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
The Fairy Godmother gave her a sprinkle of pixie dust and turned her around. She was very happy! She was even given a Birthday Sash and a new Birthday pin!
Then it was all over and time for the Princess’s Aunt (me & Uncle) to foot the bill. It cost $54.95 plus tax. It was well worth it! Even my sister who did not think it would be when Alyssa first expressed interest was now a believer.
Now when you get the big package that costs $189.95 to $249.95 it includes photographs. A little known fact though, you can go over to Castle Couture when you are done with your princess makeover and have the same photo shoot done for free. They will add the pictures to your Photopass card instead of allowing you to order prints!
I am pretty sure this will now be a permanent addition to our future visits to the Magic Kingdom. I cannot wait for my nephew to get old enough to give the Pirates League a try!
After changing we were led to her chair where she picked out her hairstyle. Thankfully she picked the one we were hoping she would. Then the Fairy God Mothers in Training got to work. They transformed her air into a bun like hair-do complete with crown and Mickey barrette in the back. They painted her nails, she could pick pink or blue polish, but was given both to take home with her. They applied her make up with a very nice light touch. A little eye shadow, blush and lipstick; all came in a kit that she also got to take with her. She was beyond excited! She loves make up, much to my father’s disappointment. HAHA!