Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo! We are so excited that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is back open at Magic Kingdom Park, as of Aug. 25, 2022. Princesses and knights ages 3 to 12 can enjoy magical transformations again with the help of the Fairy Godmother’s apprentices. Reservations are now available (but limited) for booking at the Magic Kingdom location — the Disney Springs and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa locations will reopen at a later date. We hopped over with Lily on the first day and have already updated our guide with all of the magical details!
Overview of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney World
Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo! With these three magical words, the Fairy Godmother transformed Cinderella from a ragged maid into a beautiful princess, complete with a carriage. As if a trip to Disney World isn't filled with enough pixie dust, your prince or princess can receive the same royal treatment as Cinderella at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. With multiple locations at Disney World, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offers a magical makeover experience in an equally magical setting. It's one the tadpoles will treasure, and one you'll save for the scrapbooks — Lily still talks about her Bibbidi Bobbidi makeover all the time!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has three locations at Walt Disney World Resort — one in Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, one at Disney Springs and one at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa (note that only the Magic Kingdom location has returned thus far). For any location, you'll need to make a reservation ahead of time. The original location is, of course, in Cinderella Castle. As you might imagine, this location books up pretty quickly, so be sure to hop to it if your prince or princess wants to head to the castle!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Reservations
Reservations are highly recommended for this experience and are very popular. The reservation policy for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is the same as for advance dining reservations. Guests staying at a non-Disney Resort hotel can make reservations up to 60 days in advance, while those staying at a Disney Resort hotel can make a reservation for any day of their stay (up to 10 days) starting 60 days from their arrival.
This means resort guests have an advance opportunity to reserve a time over non-resort guests. For example, on Aug. 1, the furthest date out that a non-resort guest could start making a reservation is Sept. 30 (60 days from Aug. 1). However, on Aug. 1, a resort guest arriving on Sept. 30 could make a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique reservation for Oct. 5. For resort guests, you may want to plan a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique appointment near the end of your trip (when you can reserve 60+ days in advance) instead of when you first arrive.
Reservations are now available for booking — you'll need to include a credit card while booking but the card will not be charged until your visit. If visiting the Magic Kingdom location, you'll need to make sure you have valid park admission and a park pass reservation. You won't need to choose the specific package until your actual appointment, so you'll just be booking the reservation for now.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Packages and Pricing
At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, tadpoles from ages 3 to 12 can have their very own Fairy Godmother Apprentice give them a royal makeover. There are various packages to choose from and they are available to any gender, so your child can decide if they want to be a princess or a knight. You'll want to plan for about an hour for this magical transformation, depending on the package and the hairstyle your mini royal selects. Note: The following prices and packages are subject to change.
- The Carriage Package ($99.95 + tax) includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup and face gem, princess sash and cinch sack, nail polish and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt (pictured above).
- The Castle Package (starting at $199.95 + tax) includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup and face gem, princess sash and cinch sack, nail polish, a Disney Princess gown of their choosing (not including shoes) and additional coordinating accessories.
- The Deluxe Castle Package (starting at $229.95 plus tax) includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup with a face gem, princess necklace, sash, cinch sack, nail polish and Deluxe Disney Princess gown of their choice (excluding shoes) ... plus a coordinating boxed accessory set!
- The Knight Package (starting at $19.95 plus tax) includes hairstyling with gel and a sword and shield.
- The Deluxe Knight Package (starting at $79.95 plus tax) includes hairstyling with gel, a sword and shield and a knight costume.
You'll let the cast members know which package you choose when you are brought into your appointment. While waiting in the lobby, you are provided a binder so you can look at all the package options (all the same information is also available online). You'll go from the lobby to the shop, where assorted princess dresses and accessories are available for purchase.
PhotoPass photographers will be making the rounds and taking photos of the experience, but note that photos are not included with the experience. You'll receive a PhotoPass card with all of your child's transformation photos. Once you can link to your account, you'll see the watermarked photos. You can either decide to purchase individual photos or we highly suggest purchasing Memory Maker, which allows unlimited digital downloads for your entire trip.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Experience
At Magic Kingdom, you'll find the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique behind Cinderella Castle just before Prince Charming Royal Carousel. After checking in, a Fairy Godmother Apprentice will lead you from the lobby to the shop. You'll let them know which package you are doing and if you will be purchasing any dresses or accessories (certain dresses will be included in the price depending on the package). Dresses are typically around $59.99 while the Deluxe Signature dresses are about $99.99. Most of the pieces can be found in other shops throughout Walt Disney World, though some are exclusive to the shop, such as higher-end tiaras. You can also bring your own dress like we did with Lily.
Once ready, you'll head to the fitting room where the Apprentice will go over the different hairstyles, such as a bun with a tiara or a brightly colored hairpiece. You'll then get a special message from the Fairy Godmother herself! Your child will then adorn their royal attire and head back out to the shop. You'll pay for the package and your Fairy Godmother's Apprentice will walk you over to the boutique in the castle (don't worry if it is raining a little like it was for us, they have umbrellas ready for the few seconds you are outside).
The boutique itself has lots of royal touches and definitely feels like you're in the castle. There are a lot of stations for this popular experience, so it will be a bit tight navigating around, but once you're at your chair, there is a good amount of space. You are allowed two guests with the child and there are cushioned benches so you can sit right in front of the royal star.
Now, the makeover begins! We did the Carriage Package, so the apprentice began with gelling the hair to fit into our selected high bun (even with Lily's shoulder-length hair, she still managed to get it into the iconic princess bun!). We chose the tiara and then there is even a hidden Mickey gem placed on the back of the hair. The hairstyling takes up most of the time and then we moved on to nails. The apprentice applies a sparkly gold nail polish that she got from our favorite fairy, Tinker Bell!
Lily was able to then choose which eyeshadow color she wanted (any combination of two colors). She also chose which lip color and then a face gem. We liked that the child has the freedom to choose whatever they prefer. Finally, the official BBB sash is placed to make it all official.
With that, it's time for the big reveal! The whole transformation is done with the prince or princess facing away from the mirror, so there is a great moment when the Apprentice turns the chair around and lets them see the final look. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, indeed! Before heading out, you'll get your branded bag of goodies, including the nail polish, lipstick and eyeshadow palette you used, so you can enjoy magical transformations at home as well. You'll also get a PhotoPass card with all the photos taken during the transformation (though you will need to either purchase them or utilize Memory Maker to download them).
Lily absolutely loves the experience — it's one of her favorite activities at Disney World! She loved telling the characters she met later that day that she had been to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Cinderella Castle. We did not wash her hair or face that night, so she still had the princess look all of the next day (note: bring a shower cap to help maintain the hairdo).
After returning home and telling others about her visit, she would mention having her hair done and makeup applied in Cinderella Castle. She also mentions it when she sees Cinderella Castle during the opening of Disney movies.
Meeting Princesses at Magic Kingdom
After your royal makeover, you'll definitely want to go see your favorite princesses! A great benefit of the Magic Kingdom location is you're right by Princess Fairytale Hall, where you can meet Cinderella, Elena, Rapunzel and Tiana. Lily was beyond excited to meet Cinderella in her matching outfit!
Other princesses you can meet throughout the park include Belle at Maurice's Cottage, Jasmine in Adventureland (who also meets with Aladdin) and Merida between Cinderella Castle and Tomorrowland. Snow White sometimes makes appearances near Town Square Theater as well. Check out our royal guide to princesses at Disney World for more information!
Most of these locations have a PhotoPass photographer available and you can take photos on your phone to capture all the magical memories.
Why Choose the Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique at Disney Springs
While the location in Cinderella’s Castle is the most popular, another option is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location in Disney Springs (though this location has not reopened yet). All of the styling choices, prices and experience are the same, and it has a number of advantages. This location generally has a little more availability when it comes to reservations.
There are pros and cons to both locations. What could be more magical than a princess makeover in a real-life castle?! However, as with all experiences, note that this does cut into your park time. If you're already planning a Disney Springs day, it's an easy stop. We've found that Lily's hair lasts at least two days, so if your princess has multiple dress-up days planned, she can put that sash back on and really extend the magic.
Some other factors to consider are:
- Since it is at Disney Springs, you do not need an admission ticket. If you have a planned day that does not include visiting the parks, a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover that day can be a good choice because you do not lose park touring time while the makeover takes place.
- It is in a newer location at the Once Upon a Toy store, having moved from its spot in the Disney Store a couple of years ago. This allows for more seats and space in the salon area. However, it is still not overly roomy for siblings who are not having a makeover.
- After the princess transformation is complete and you're leaving the boutique, there is a neat photo-op with a model of Cinderella’s carriage. A PhotoPass photographer will take pictures, but you can use your own camera, as well.
- Perhaps the biggest advantage is that in our experience, it is MUCH easier to obtain a reservation. Years ago, we had Lily's appointment on the day after Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest days of the year. We arrived about an hour early just to check in and were surprised that she could go ahead and start her princess transformation immediately. In the salon, there were a number of open seats so someone could have easily obtained a walk-in appointment.
- After your tadpole's makeover, you can visit the PhotoPass Service Studio located nearby in Disney Springs for a photo session. If you have Memory Maker, these photos are added to your account. There are tons of fun backgrounds to choose from, and you can even make your own fairytale storybook!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Tips
1. Try to Get a Morning Appointment
A morning appointment allows your child to be made up for the day. This works out great if you have a meal at Cinderella's Royal Table or a meeting with Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall later. Plus, you can take pictures of your child with characters who may have limited visiting times. An earlier appointment really maximizes the royal look, but with how popular the experience is, it's toadally OK if you can only grab an afternoon booking.
2. Save on Princess Dresses
You can save on an official Disney version of a princess dress by checking eBay for either used dresses or new dresses that are being sold for less than the retail price of about $60 plus tax. The used dresses can be of great value because they typically have only been worn once or twice and are in great shape. I purchased a new Cinderella dress with several accessories for $45 and a group of four used dresses for only $80. Another option to save on a dress is to watch the Disney Store website for sales. I started watching a year in advance before our last visit and purchased several dresses for at least 25 percent off. There are also great third-party options available online from various shops, so there are plenty of options for your young royal.
If your tadpole is near 12 years old or tall for their age, the dress selection is more limited because many dresses are only available up to a size 10. The Disney Store website may offer larger sizes (up to size 13) that are not available at the retail store locations.
3. Visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio
Once the transformation is complete, visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio afterward for a royal photoshoot. At Magic Kingdom, the studio is located at Sir Mickey's gift shop right across from BBB. This photo studio is open to anyone, so you may have a short wait as other families get their royal portraits taken. The studio has a set backdrop and some accessories as well. At Disney Springs, the boutique location is very close to the Disney PhotoPass Studio, which has lots more options with virtual backdrops and more. You can purchase individual photos or use Memory Maker or an Annual Pass with a photo add-on to download.
4. Be Ready for Your Own Photo-Ops
While you'll receive a ton of beautiful photos of your princess, don't froget to be ready to take your own pics during the process. And think about other places that may make for special impromptu photo-ops. Some of our favorite spots are Cinderella Fountain and the Wishing Well, but Leap also caught a gorgeous shot of Lily on Dumbo with a bright smile and her princess sash waving in the wind.
5. Bring an Extra Pair of Shoes
If you have a special pair of shoes that go with the dress, you may want to bring an extra pair that is more comfortable. Lily would wear her fancy shoes when meeting a character and then change to her other shoes after the encounter.
6. Consider Splitting Up
There is limited seating in the boutique for people waiting and watching the royal makeovers and typically only two guests can accompany the child. If your child has siblings, it would be good if they could leave and do something else while the makeover is being done. Tad quickly became bored and did not want to sit in the boutique when he could be riding Space Mountain, so Leap took him while I waited and watched Lily's makeover.
7. There Are Options for All Genders
For tadpoles who aren't interested in a princess makeover, Bibbidi Bobbidi offers a Knight Package ($19.95 + tax) that includes hairstyling with gel, a sword and a shield. The Deluxe Knight Package ($79.95 + tax) adds a prince costume. Disney also announced that coming later this year, there will be even more options to choose from, including new costumes featuring some of Disney's newest heroes and heroines.
8. Keep in Mind the Age Limit
Lily is only a tadpole, so she still has a lot of time left for a repeat visit to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before she turns 12. For those older than 12 (including adults), a character-inspired transformation option has recently been added at salons across the Walt Disney World Resort. If this applies to you, make sure to check out our post on Disney’s Character Couture Makeovers for Adults.
Are you excited that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is back at Magic Kingdom? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.
Related: Getting the Royal Treatment at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Disneyland