Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offers princess makeovers at Disney

New to me but apparently not new to Disney: Disney is offering princess makeovers in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. (The last time we were there they were offering pirate makeovers.)

According to the web site the services started in 2009. (I think we went that year but must have missed hearing about it.)

Here’s the write up from the Disney Web site:

“Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a beauty salon where little girls are magically transformed into little princesses at 2 locations: World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney Area and Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom theme park.”

“It’s hard not to feel as happy as a princess in this charming little boutique, owned by Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and operated by Fairy Godmothers-in-training. The boutique offers multiple hair styles, nail color, make-up and a total package including Disney Princess costume and photographs.”

“Girls 3 years old and above can choose from 3 hair styles — Fairytale Princess, Disney Diva and Pop Princess — in 3 available packages:

  • Coach Package includes hairstyling and shimmering makeup — starting at $49.95 USD plus tax.
  • Crown Package includes hairstyling, shimmering makeup and nails — starting at $54.95 USD plus tax.
  • Castle Package includes the Crown Package plus the Imaging Package (one 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ photos in a princess-themed photo holder) and complete costume of your choice with accessories — starting at $189.95 USD plus tax.”

“The optional Imaging Package includes one 6″ x 8″ and four 4″ x 6″ photos in a princess-themed photo holder.”

“The World of Disney Store location offers a wide variety of beautiful accessories — including ponytail hairpieces and tiaras.”

“The Knight Package

“Boys over 3 years old have their own special, The Knight Package, which includes hair styling as well as a mighty sword and shield for $14.95 plus tax.”

“On September 19, 2010, The Knight Package replaced the Cool Dudes Package. Reservations for the Cool Dudes Package will be honored or Guests may choose to upgrade.”

“New Disney’s Secret Star Makeover!”

“Be your own star, just like Hannah Montana, with a fantastic Disney’s Secret Star makeover! Learn what’s included in the makeover package.”

I am sure my girls would love but I have to say I would be hard pressed to pay for anything else at the park because after paying for tickets, hotels, and food you’re broke!

Have you been to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique? Has your family had any of the makeovers? What did you think? Was it worth the money? Tell us about the experience? Would you do this when you go?

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Julia

June 7th, 2011
12:48 am

who in their right mind would spend this in today’s economy?

HB

June 7th, 2011
1:51 am

Wow. With the bulk of the text coming from the Disney PR write-up about how wonderful this service is, including a full price listing and links to the Disney site, this blog post is essentially an ad for their boutique. This doesn’t cross some sort of journalistic line? You’re not even reviewing the service or sharing your own experience — just pasted the company’s own write-up and tacked on questions asking people if they have done it or will in the future.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 7th, 2011
3:05 am

HB — I was trying to give the info so people could judge for themselves.

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Ann

June 7th, 2011
6:55 am

“who in their right mind would spend this in today’s economy?”

Successful people; people who have not been adversely afected by the economy; people who for years have been prudent in their savings/spending/lifestyle before it was popular; people who bought their houses as habitats, not investments; people who recognized the possiblity of economic adversity and planned accrodingly; people who spend their money on what they want to spend it on, not what Julia thinks they should spend it on.

madmommy

June 7th, 2011
7:23 am

Ann, Are you feeling ok? Sure seem to be rilled up about this topic and asking who can afford something like this?

Ok, that being said what a fun idea. However, why is it that the Prince make over is as low as it is while the little Princess is so much higher? Can they not come up with something compairable for both in the same price range? I am going to have a princess party for my little one and will do a few things like this, but mostly dress up with hair and make up while the girls bring their own dresses. Not sure I would ever splurg on something like this from Disney, but never say never.

shaggy

June 7th, 2011
7:55 am

Yes, Yes, transform them into Disney princesses, rather than transforming them into physicists, mathmeticians, engineers, etc…
This culture worship must stop, or at least ease into the background, if we are ever to really move forward as a nation. Of course, the wannabe parents want to pacify, and give little Brittany her fantasy, instead of parent for reality. Next stop, teach her how to “dress” to be popular with boys, the most important thing for a little girl to learn. The younger the indoctrination starts, the better.

Ann

June 7th, 2011
7:56 am

madmommy, that made me chuckle. I’m feeling fine – just providing a couple of examples of answers to what was hopefully a rhetorical question.

My daughter is grown, so I have no interest one way or the other. But I wouldn’t begrudge those who choose to partake. But then, I also wouldn’t start complaining why the program doesn’t provide something to suit my exact wants. You know, something “compairable”. LOL. Now that’s an example of getting riled up!

newblogger

June 7th, 2011
8:09 am

@Shaggy-oh dear God….does everything have to be such a drag? Just because you let your daughter indulge in a fantasy once in a while doesn’t mean that you won’t encourage her to expand her mind as well. It just drives me nuts that some people think it has to be one or the other and heaven forbid you enjoy yourself for one minute and take yourself out of the real world for a while. If someone does that they are considered shallow, materialistic and one with no real goals in life. I don’t have daughters, but since I am a female I can see where this might be a special treat for one. I might do it for a daughter’s special birthday or something as we are not ones who do Disney every year. Then I will encourage her the rest of the year to grow up and do something wonderful with herself, that being a princess/diva isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be and she shouldn’t strive for that as a goal and that she should depend on herself and not wait for her prince to rescue her….etc. Good grief lighten up! Do you NEVER do anything just for the fun of it?

Lady Strange

June 7th, 2011
8:24 am

@shaggy – It’s Disneyland, not engineerland…. lighten up. Not all girls dream of being princesses anyway. It doesn’t hurt a kid to pretend to be a princess for a day.

catlady

June 7th, 2011
8:55 am

Seems silly to me, to spend that kind of money playing dress-up. But I admit I am out of touch with the current “star struck” attitude by several decades, at least. It doesn’t seem wholesome to me. And yes, I have 2 lovely daughters and one is AN ASTROPHYSICIST (and diva on the side)!

shaggy

June 7th, 2011
8:58 am

I apologize for messing with the princess thingy. I forgot just how deep seated that is, and really my issues are with celebrity worship. Yes, two different things.(((shaggy has hit himself with a hickory switch)))

What the heck...

June 7th, 2011
9:04 am

…is an ASTROPHYSICIST and diva?

motherjanegoose

June 7th, 2011
9:14 am

@ what…a brilliant person with talent who is feisty and confident about herself?

Since I bought my daughter dress up clothes/shoes at Big Lots, this would not be in my price league :) That is just me.

new mom

June 7th, 2011
9:32 am

We may do this soon–once both girls are old enough (right now, oldest is 3.5 and youngest is 20 months) But it would likely be a one-time only thing, and before going to eat at Cinderella’s castle.

Our girls love princesses but they know it’s not a career option! And if you haven’t seen the boutiques or the girls who have left from a visit, you are missing what part of that money goes towards–it’s really an experience. The ’salon’ is precious, scaled to their size, and the girls (at least the ones I’ve seen) are very sweet. It’s a once in a lifetime splurge for most–even though we’re Disney regulars, it won’t be a regular thing for us. (btw, our oldest wants to be a doctor. Sometimes it’s a “doctor princess”, but usually just a doctor)

newblogger

June 7th, 2011
9:57 am

@Shaggy-You are forgiven and I do appreciate your humor! I don’t do the star idol thing either. Sad that some do. I am all about the Princess though-every now and then and as long as one knows it’s probably not an option for a career. :) (It’s o.k. when the men in our lives treat us like one though.) And yes, they should be treated like a Prince from time to time as well!

A

June 7th, 2011
10:20 am

We went to Disney over the last winter break and saw several girls at Magic Kingdom who had clearly been made over, and I’m sorry to say they all looked terrible. Their hair was pulled in a very severe updo (think figure skaters or gymnasts who need their hair to stay in place) with a boatload of glitter everywhere. These perfectly cute girls were made to look like child beauty queens, which is not a compliment. I was just very thankful I don’t have a daughter!

Denise

June 7th, 2011
10:20 am

Hopefully by the time my niece is old enough to appreciate Disney my brother can afford to take her and her brothers (she’s only 3 and her attention span wouldn’t let her stay still in a line). She’s a girly girl already so I think she’d enjoy this. I’d send money for her to enjoy something like this. Why not? (BTW, I’m an engineer (was a chemist) who never wanted to be a princess but I can see the appeal for little girls. I do think grown women who haven’t let go of the princess fantasy need some help. Ever watched Say Yes To The Dress? Old women wanted to be a princess on their wedding day make me wanna scream!)

Becky

June 7th, 2011
10:23 am

No, we haven’t been there yet..Our two will be 9 at the end of this month and we will probably take them to Disney this summer..Yes, I can see myself spending this for her..She has known since she was a baby that she is her Poppys princess and that it’s not real..We all need some playfulness in our life and this would be hers..She doesn’t worship any celeb..Except Alan Jackson..If she could meet him, I think at 9, her world would be complete..lol..

As for the boy, I would do the same for him if he wanted to..he’s not into “dressing” up, but he would love Knight package..They are only kids for a little while, so let them enjoy it..

As for them planning for the future, they have plenty of time for that..as of right now, the girl wants to be an artist or a missonary..The boy wants to be a American Picker, a lawyer, a firefighter, a missonary, you name it, he’s pretty much wanted to be it..

Well said, Becky...

June 7th, 2011
10:39 am

…they are only kids for such a short period of time then let them enjoy it so long as you are not sacrificing needed stuff for magical stuff – and, as long as neither become obsessed with just the “missionary” position, they will be fine…

fred

June 7th, 2011
10:44 am

going to disney this summer. Will skip this but will probably splurge on the wands from Harry Potter world over at Universal. Last time we went to Disney we did do the Tea with Princesses and my 2 did love that experience.

Becky

June 7th, 2011
11:23 am

@Well said, Becky..That would be me doing the sacrificing needed stuff..lol..Of course, it won’t hurt me to miss a couple of meals..

Guess, I do need to check my spelling better, huh? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t become obbsessed with just the “missionary” position…:~)

DB

June 7th, 2011
11:30 am

@A: I saw the same thing — they really glop on the glitter, for sure, the girls look like little plastic dolls when they are finished. I wouldn’t pay it for a very young child – under 6 – because if I was shelling out that much money, I’d want a chance that she’d actually REMEMBER it! I don’t see how it’s any different from allowing them to play dress-up at home, it just costs more.

@Ann: While I agree that prudent financial management is important, I think it’s also important to recognize that most people are only one medical emergency or one job lay-off or one client bankruptcy away from a scary financial struggle that would be far more difficult to bounce back from in this economy than they might have been five years ago. To piously intone that the economy shouldn’t matter if one is fiscally conservative is naive.

@Denise: “Say Yes To the Dress” — OMIGOD, you hit the nail on the head!!!! Sometimes I watch that show and almost always walk away shaking my head at the sense of entitlement so many of these spoiled little princesses have about their wedding day. I feel really sorry for their new husbands . . . The one that blew my mind was the girl who wanted what I thought was an extremely unflattering dress (sorry, but size 22 shouldn’t be wearing strapless, it just moves the muffin top to the very top . . .) — but it was over $9,000, which was $4,000 over her budget. HELLO?!?!? That’s why it’s called a “BUDGET”. She cried and whined and declared that her wedding would be ruined if she didn’t have the dress of her dreams . . . then her extended family (aunts, etc) ended up chipping in to “fulfill her dream”. Gag.

Ann

June 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

I am not the same Ann that posted the other comments. Maybe I should change my blog name to distinguish myself. I am the Ann with a son. A lot of my friends with girls, though, are fed up with all the princess marketing and everything princess pushed in stores, etc. So much of the stuff marketed to girls are princess related. One commented to me recently that she wanted her daughter to be interested in at least one thing besides princesses.

Denise

June 7th, 2011
4:16 pm

@DB – I’m glad I’m not the only one who watches that show! I love it and hate it all at the same time! LOL!!! The one that made me scream was the one (Friday, I think) where a big girl looked really nice in a dress but didn’t get it because Randy said she looked like Belle from Beauty in the Beast and she wanted to look like Cinderella…so she bought an ugly dress because it was more like her favorite princess. Are you kidding me?

All right! That’s it!!! No princess party for my 3-year-old niece. It makes them crazy women! LOLLLLLL!!! (Kidding!)

jarvis

June 7th, 2011
4:46 pm

We did this for my daughter a few years ago….I guess it was 2009. She came out looking like she’d just walked out of a hair salon in Nassau County. He hair was ENORMOUS and full of product and glitter, and her normally beautiful face was caked in rouge.

It was not a great look, but she enjoyed the experience, and that’s all that really mattered to me.

By the way Julia, I spend $65 a week on gasoline to sit in traffice, so spending $50 or $75 to make my kid happy seems like a great investment to me. Also as an FYI, even with unemployment at 10% the other 90% of us are still gainfully employed.

Becky

June 7th, 2011
5:07 pm

@jarvis..I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your post at 4:46..If I had to eat bologna sandwiches for a month to do that for my girl, you can bet your sweet booty that I would..Make sacrafices, that’s what we do for kids….

Oh, want to share some good news with y’all..I just found out over the weekend that my neice is pregnant, so we are getting a new baby in Dec..So happy for her and the hubby..

motherjanegoose

June 7th, 2011
7:56 pm

Congrats Becky! Hope your summer is going well! I may not be out your way for quite a while but when I am, I will let you know!

madmommy

June 7th, 2011
8:02 pm

Ann, Just saying that if they offer something for around $15 for boys, they should for girls as well. I am a bit over the whole princess thing myself, but if it makes her smile and use her imagination so be it. Most of the time she plays mommy, shop keeper, office, teacher and even a vet, but she does it dressed as a princess. Guess she figures you can do whatever you want and still look good doing it. haha

djm_NC

June 7th, 2011
9:02 pm

congratulations becky! im getting a new grandbaby and a new grand niece or nephew in december…:):)

jarvis

June 8th, 2011
9:17 am

@madmommy, things aren’t equal in what goes into dressing their pirates and their princesses. My daughter was in there for over an hour. Think of it like shrits at the cleaners; men’s shirts are $.99 cents because they can be done quickly and without much effort :).

DeeDee

June 9th, 2011
9:56 am

My daughter is in the 2nd grade, gets straight A’s, plays sports, and also loves anything that sparkles and shines. We visited Disney in April. I made sure to schedule her an appt. at Bibbidi Boppity Boutique six months prior to our visit because the last time we were there three years earlier, she LOVED it. She wore her own Cinderella gown so we only paid for her hair and make-up. Being inside the castle, decorated like anything Disney does, in spectacular fashion, was a joy for the whole family. We saved for this vacation and our kids helped. They understand the way money works because we have taught them. For people who think this is extravagant..sorry. It’s ok to lighten up and have a little fun once in a while.

georgia_mommy

June 10th, 2011
3:05 pm

I went to Disney Land last week and saw a couple of girls dressed up from this. I’m personally okay with it when it’s a once-in-a-while thing, versus the beauty pageant thing. My daughter is turning 2 next week and already loves princess stuff but loves playing with trains, trucks and Star Wars with her older brother. We are headed to Disney World in a year and a half (with new mom, actually!) and will probably treat her to the base package. I will cut coupons, save up money for this, like any other purchase and even bring her own dress. I mean, really, this is about the cost of a nice dinner out with my husband. Little girls, and boys too, don’t get to be little for long so why not let them pretend a little? The whole park is centered around fantasy anyway.