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Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo! With these three words, the Fairy Godmother transformed Cinderella from a ragged scullery maid to a beautiful princess. You may want to give your own little girl the princess treatment when visiting the Magic Kingdom during a Walt Disney World vacation. To do this, you will find out the times and locations for meeting the Disney Princesses and try to secure an advance dining reservation at the most desirable of all the character meals – Cinderella’s Royal Table. Having an audience and dining with the Princesses are both experiences that your little girl will treasure and meet with the utmost exuberance. However, you can further enhance her excitement by giving your princess her very own Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo experience with an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located in Cinderella’s Castle.
At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, your little girl will have her own Fairy Godmother-in-training that will give her a royal makeover at this beauty salon for children between the ages of 3 and 12. There are four different packages to choose from. The Coach package ($54.95 + tax) includes hairstyling, make-up with a face gem, a princess sash and a tote. The Crown package for $5 more adds nail polish. The Courtyard package ($94.95 + tax) adds a T-shirt and tutu, while the Castle package ($189.95 + tax) adds a complete princess costume of your girl’s choice, accessories and a photo package. The photo package can be added to any of the other packages for $32.95. If you opted for Disney’s PhotoPass+, pictures taken during your girl’s transformation will be added to your account. Assorted princess accessories and T-shirts are also available. The amount of time needed for this magical transformation is 30-60 minutes, depending on the package selected.
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique has a very limited number of time slots available on any given day, so advance planning and calling 180 days in advance to make your reservation are extremely important if you want this experience for your little girl. I'm sure that there are many people like me who want to treat their little princess to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, especially before a visit to Cinderella's Royal Table. For those that do want to do this, obtaining the appointment time you want can be more difficult than securing a dining reservation due to the popularity and limited openings for this experience. I had no problems making a reservation for the time I wanted at Cinderella's Royal Table, but when I called the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique 180 days in advance a few minutes after 7 a.m., I had to reserve a time one hour earlier in the morning than I ideally wanted. Plus, this was for a visit on a Thursday a week after Thanksgiving, which is supposed to be one of the least busy times of the year at Walt Disney World.
Granted, the boutique is a little pricey, but my daughter absolutely loved the experience and my wife greatly enjoyed watching her princess makeover. This was my 5-year-old daughter's favorite activity at Disney World. She loved telling the Princesses she met later that day that she had been to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Cinderella's Castle. We did not wash her hair or face that night, so she still had the princess look all of the next day. After returning home and telling others about her visit, she would mention having her hair done and make-up applied in Cinderella's Castle. She also mentions it when she sees Cinderella’s Castle during the opening of Disney movies.
To make a reservation, call (407) 939-7895. In addition to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique’s location in Cinderella’s Castle, there is a second one located in the Downtown Disney area. For little boys that are interested, they also have a Knight package ($15.95 + tax) that includes hairstyling with gel, a sword and a shield. My two sons had no interest in this, though.
One tip I would offer is that a morning appointment allows for a child to be made up for the day. This works out great if you have a meal at Cinderella's Royal Table later. Plus, you can take pictures of your child with characters that may have limited visiting times. For example, we were able to take pictures of my daughter wearing her Cinderella dress after her Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique visit with Fairy Godmother and Lady Tremaine with Anastasia and Drizella. All of these characters were only available to see next to Cinderella's Castle prior to 1 p.m.
A second tip is that 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 $65 + tax. The used dresses can be a great value because they typically have only been worn once or twice, and are in great shape. Doing this, I purchased a new Cinderella dress with several accessories for $45 and a group of four used dresses for only $80.
Vern and his wife are the parents of two boys and a girl that all love Disney’s animated movies and shorts. He lives in Ohio and is employed as a mechanical engineer, which helps to explain his excessive attention to detail, organization and planning. His oldest son enjoys watching the animated shorts from the Disney Treasures series, his youngest son has the middle name “Donald” and he likes telling people that he was named after Donald Duck, and his daughter loves the Disney Princesses, especially Rapunzel and recently Elsa.
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